Cologne: 22.–25.10.2024 #ORGATEC

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  Durst Cheryl S. | Speaker of the ORGATEC 2022


Durst Cheryl S.
Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA
Key subjects
Architecture & Design

About Durst Cheryl S.

An exceptional communicator, innovator, and visionary leader, Cheryl S. Durst has spurred progress, driven change, and
encouraged the expansion of the interior design industry. As the Executive Vice President and CEO of IIDA, Cheryl is committed to
achieving broad recognition for the value of design and its significant role in society through both functionality and engagement
in every day workspaces and the built environment. Demonstrated by her active involvement in connecting industry professionals,
including designers, manufacturers, clients, end users, and employers, she has worked to promote an understanding of how design
impacts human behavior and affects all aspects of shared spaces.
With 15,000 members across 58 countries, Cheryl oversees the strategic direction of IIDA, curates and publishes Perspective, the
association’s award-winning design journal and manages the Headquarters professional staff. In addition, she leads the
International Board of Directors and directs all Association outreach and programs, including more than a dozen global design
competitions that recognize worldwide excellence in interior design.
Cheryl’s ability to engage audiences with insight, humor, and authenticity has positioned her as a sought-after keynote speaker,
guest lecturer, panelist, and moderator at both domestic and global conferences and seminars. She is also an experienced
facilitator and moderator in discussions around equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice and holds a certificate in Diversity
and Inclusion from Cornell University.
Cheryl also holds honorary doctorates from the New York School of Interior Design, the Santa Fe University of Art and Design,
and the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas in recognition of her impact on the industry. Cheryl
extends her support of arts and culture through volunteerism and is a Trustee for Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art
(MCA); the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID); and Marwen, a visual arts education organization. Citing her leadership
in the industry, Cheryl was inducted into the prestigious Interior Design Hall of Fame as the recipient of its first-ever Leadership
Award. She is the first African American woman to be inducted into the industry’s Hall of Fame.