Illinois Design Educators Association

wINTER 2023 - President's Letter

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break!  Winter is here and it is hard to believe that the end of first semester is only a few weeks away.  We recently finished up another fantastic ITEC conference and also elected some new officers and board members.  Thank You to all that attended and for those that helped out and presented at the conference.  Congratulations to the new IDEA officer positions:

Dale West - Secretary

Jonathan Weger - Member at Large

Mark Stoch - Member at Large

Jon Schmidt - Communications Director

Brock Keller - Assistant Conference/Competition Director ISU

Kengi Balderas - Assistant Competition Director

New Website -

The new IDEA website launched!  Please check us out at our new site where you will find current information about the conference, competitions, resources, and more information about IDEA.  Dues can be paid online and are currently $20 before January 1st and increase to $40 after January 1st. 

IDEA State Competition

Our annual state CAD, Drafting and Design student competition will be held at ISU on Saturday, April 20th, 2024.  Regional competitions across the state will take place from February 16th-March 22nd.  Please check out the competition page on our new website for the latest details and registration information.

Thank You for all your support and for all you do for the drafting and design students in the State!


Chris Komer – IDEA President

I.D.E.A. Important Dates

October 20th & 21st: ITEC / IDEA Fall Conference - (See you next year! Thank you for attending!)

October 20th: IDEA Annual Membership meeting 6:30pm @ The Chateau Banquet Room (Food Provided)

December 1st: Architectural Design and Engineering Design Briefs will be posted to the competition page.

February 1st: IDEA Regional Registration Due

February 16th - March 22nd: IDEA Regional Competition Window

April 20th: IDEA State Competition @ Illinois State University

Save the Date !  ITEC / IDEA Fall Conference - October 18th & 19th 2024 !