Jon Otis Named 2017 IIDA Educator of the Year
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has named Jon Otis, IIDA, of Pratt Institute in New York as the 2017 IIDA Educator of the Year. Also a principal and creative director at Object Agency (OIA), Otis will receive $10,000 sponsored by Milliken as well as a complimentary 2018 IIDA membership. The award is annually bestowed upon full-time educators for outstanding accomplishments and commitment to teaching interior design.
“Professor Otis understands that at the core of teaching is a desire to give, and through his empathy, understanding, and ability to connect with students, he has guided countless young designers through Pratt Institute and onto successful careers in the industry,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “The depth of his practical experience in design as well as his mission to positively impact his students and the industry illustrates his deep commitment to interior design education.”
A professor at Pratt since 1998, Otis was named Design Intelligence’s Most Admired Educator in 2009. He has also served as a guest editor and curator for Phaidon Press’ Room and participated in the maiden IIDA Educator’s Roundtable. Otis launched the Moderns design studio, where he oversaw interior architecture and product design. He eventually went on to form Object Inc., in 1999, which was rebranded in 2009 into Object Agency. Otis received his bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Moravian College and a master’s degree in interior design and architectural studies from the University of Massachusetts.
Otis will be formally presented with the award at the IIDA Annual Meeting on June 11 in Chicago.