Vicki Matranga, H/IDSA

Vicki Matranga, H/IDSA
Design Programs Coordinator
International Housewares Association


Vicki Matranga organizes educational programming and displays for the International Housewares Association (IHA). In 1993, she created IHA’s student design competition which is now in its 26th year and has had over 5,000 students participate since the competition began.

Matranga is also a museum consultant, author and lecturer, chairs of the IDSA History Section and contributor for INNOVATION magazine. In 2004, IDSA awarded her an Honorary Membership for her work in educating the public about design and for documenting the profession’s history.

She has a BA in the history of architecture and art (University of Illinois/Chicago) and a master in marketing (Northwestern University). She completed the Summer Intensive in Design Writing and Research at the School of the Visual Arts.


Reflections on Our Progress
Nancy Perkins, FIDSA
Vicki Matranga, H/IDSA

Statistics reveal that professional advancement and life management options have improved dramatically for professional women, yet we know there is much more to be done. The Women’s Section, IDSA’s first special interest Section, was founded in 1992 by Sharyn Thompson FIDSA and Nancy Perkins FIDSA to promote the visibility of women in the profession. Now named Women in Design, our group’s events prove the value in continuing our dialogue. Nancy will share insights gained during her 50 years in the profession as a designer, design manager and CEO of a manufacturing company.

Vicki Matranga, H/IDSA Design Programs Coordinator for the International Housewares Association, will share stories of lesser-known women whose professional accomplishments are under-recognized.  She will discuss unique professional development opportunities and inspiring career paths of some selected women in industrial design and related fields during the 1930-1970 era.