Graham Savage was one of the two co-founders of the present GIDE network. Whilst GIDE was formally established in 2003, its legacy goes back to 1993 when Graham and Nansi van Geetsom, [Thomas More University College Mechelen, Belgium] – who collaborated at Leeds College of Art in a shared project at that time. GIDE has developed from those days to now include eights nations from an increasingly interdisciplinary mix. Since 1993 earlier partners from Spain, the Netherlands, France and Italy worked closely with Leeds and Mechelen and recently guests schools have included Canada , USA [2010-14] and now has a new member from China. Since then GIDE has become a major feature in each member’s curriculum producing annual research publications, exhibitions, international workshop weeks and student led symposia for new and existing international students and staff.
Graham was immensely proud to have been pivotal in establishing the GIDE experience with Nansi at a time of considerable change across the HEI sector. During his retirement from Leeds  he remained a central and influential figure in GIDE activities helping to street the network into new uncharted territory. Graham’s recent passing away has left us all with a profound sense of saddness but also gratitude and appreciation for the vision and determination he showed in developing such an exciting collaborative network.
Graham studied Industrial Design in 1964 at Ealing School of Art and after working as a designer he attended the Royal College of Art RCA, for a post-graduate degree which he completed in 1971. In 1973 Graham moved to Leeds College of Art as Course Leader of BA(Hons) Product Design – and later, Interior Design for twelve years. It was during this time that GIDE became a fixture in the curriculum. He became the GIDE European Coordinator. Graham’s outstanding achievement and vision was acknowledged at the closing ceremony of the GIDE Leeds 2016 international workshop week and a Graham Savage prize will be awarded each year in all following GIDE workshops.
Professor Cynthia Mohr, Chair of Design at the CVAD – College of Visual Arts&Design / University of North Texas UNT, was IDEC President – Elect 2014-15 and IDEC President 2015-16. In her 40 year academic career she has taught in Oregon, Kansas and Tennessee before coming to the University of North Texas in the fall of 2003. Certified as a professional designer by the NCIDQ, her professional work is varied and includes experiences in both residential and contract design. As an educator, her research focuses on the interaction of design, culture and pedagogy. Professor Mohr has a strong commitment to study abroad experience for students. She has organized and led annual spring break trips to Europe and study abroad courses to the United Kingdom, Italy, and France. At UNT she was instrumental in the creation of the first formal student/faculty exchange for the College of Visual Arts and Design with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee in Scotland. More recently she established a formal exchange with Thomas More University in Belgium and is in process of developing new exchanges for CVAD students with two universities in the United Kingdom. She is a professional member of the Interior Design Educators Council serving that organization as Regional Chair, editor of both the Innovative Teaching Manual and the online version of the E-Record, Collaborative Coordinator for Teaching, Director of Teaching and was recently elected to serve as President – Elect 2014-15 and President 2015-16.
Lenka Kavčič is Slovenian architect with many years of industry and teaching experience as a design tutor and in her capacity as an architectural planner, interior designer and spatial researcher. She received the gold BIO 16 award, and she has participated in various international exhibitions (European Design, Berlin 2003 in Osaka, Japan, 1998). She worked previously at the Faculty of Design in Ljubljana as a vice dean, professor and lead for Interior Design. She now works across Italy and Slovenia.Her area of expertise is education of interior architectural design and interior design in residential premises and public facilities. She also take part in many social design projects. Internationally she is active in GIDE group (Group for International Desin Education). Since 2010 she has been leading and actively participating in the international art research platform A.L.I.C.E.(ARCHITECTURE.LANDSCAPE.INTERIOR.DESIGN. EDUCATION), which links architecture and design academies of the Western Balkans, Russia and the USA.
She has also participated in establishing the group Architecture and children which operates within the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial planning of Slovenia, where they regularly organize expert workshops and trainings for teachers. She strongly believes that the importance and the role of education about buildings, architecture and interior design nowadays represent a fundamental activity which requires experienced, highly educated, knowledgeable and energetic experts, so that the expertise we all want can be developed and achieved.