IIDA, founded in 1994, is the result of a merger of the Institute of Business Designers (IBD); the International Society of Interior Designers (ISID); and the Council of Federal Interior Designers (CFID). The goal of the merger was to create an international association with a united mission that would represent interior designers worldwide and speak on their behalf with a single voice.
WHO ARE IIDA’S MEMBERS?
IIDA’s more than 13,000 members represent all levels and aspects of design, including:
- Professional Members who have fulfilled IIDA’s requirements for education, examination, and experience
- Associate Members who are otherwise qualified but have not passed the NCIDQ exam
- Affiliate Members who represent related design disciplines such as landscape design or graphic design
- Student Members
- Industry Representatives + Individuals
Members represent all interior design specialties and may participate in any two of IIDA’s nine Forums:
- Education and Research
- Facility Planning and Design
WHAT MAKES IIDA UNIQUE?
IIDA’s International Board of Directors is committed to the concept of the virtual association; the IIDA Web site is a key tool for communication among IIDA’s leadership and individual members around the world. IIDA’s global infrastructure and emphasis on information technology make it possible for IIDA to keep in constant touch with its members. IIDA’s Regions, Chapters, and City Centers offer regular educational, social, and fund-raising activities. IIDA holds international events, such as the International Coffee Reception held each year during NeoCon. As a member of the International Federation of Architects/Interior Designers (IFI), IIDA encourages dual membership by interior designers who belong to selected design organizations in countries other than the United States.
HOW DOES IIDA ASSIST INDIVIDUAL DESIGNERS?
IIDA requires its Professional members to pass the examination of the NCIDQ (National Council on Interior Design Qualification). Designers with IIDA attached to their names represent the highest standards in training, experience, and professionalism.
IIDA offers a full range of continuing education opportunities in interior design and business practice for interior designers. Courses are given at the regional and local levels; in connection with international trade shows; and through home study via industry publications and the Internet.
Professional and Associate Members are required to take 1.0 CEU equal to 10 hours of continuing education units.The current compliance period for Professional and Associate Members is January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007. This compliance period applies only to those who became either a Professional or Associate Member prior to January 1, 2006. If a person became a Professional or Associate Member after January 1, 2006, their first compliance period will begin January 1, 2008.
IIDA has established a Government and Regulatory Affairs Program that has proven to be effective at the national level in the United States. IIDA is committed to assuring that interior designers are strongly and accurately represented in forthcoming hearings of the International Code Council (ICC).
IIDA’s international advertising campaign focuses on public awareness of IIDA and the importance of interior design.
HOW DOES IIDA STRENGTHEN THE DESIGN PROFESSION?
IIDA hosts the International Design Congress, a meeting of leaders from the interior design profession and industry, international corporations, and academia. Congress participants analyze future trends that will affect interior designers; proceedings are shared with IIDA members.
IIDA has established a series of Roundtables that focus on issues of interest to large design firms, residential designers, and design educators. Members receive summaries of Roundtable discussions.
IIDA Industry Advisory Council
IIDA’s Forum Advisors meet periodically with industry representatives to discuss subjects of mutual interest, including continuing education, public awareness, and pending legislation.
HOW DOES IIDA CELEBRATE EXCELLENCE IN INTERIOR DESIGN?
Each year, IIDA sponsors international interior design competitions that are highly respected throughout the industry; winning entries exemplify three decades of the best of interior design. Competitions include:
- Interior Design Competition, sponsored jointly with Interior Design Magazine.
- The Will Ching Design Competition and The IIDA Residential Design Competition, these competitions recognize the work of interior design firms of five or fewer people.
- Hospitality Design Competition, sponsored with Hospitality Design Magazine.
HOW DOES IIDA ENHANCE ITS VISIBILITY?
IIDA is an education partner or is otherwise present at selected annual trade shows, including:
- IIDEX NeoCon (Canada)
- NeoCon West and Design Week (California)
- High Point (North Carolina)
- NeoCon East (Baltimore)
- NeoCon (Chicago)
- Hospitality Design (Las Vegas)
NeoCon, the National Exposition of Contract Design and Furnishings, held at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, is IIDA’s annual meeting and exposition; in 2001, NeoCon attracted 57,000 designers and industry representatives from around the world, and more than 30 IIDA members gave educational presentations in all design specialties.
HOW TO CONTACT CAROLINAS IIDA
IIDA Carolinas Chapter
P.O. Box 986 Irmo, SC 29063
(803) 781-1638 FAX (803) 732-0135
HOW TO CONTACT IIDA INTERNATIONAL
International Interior Design Association International Headquarters
222 Merchandise Mart
Chicago, Illinois USA 60654-1104
Telephone toll free within the continental United States: 888-799-IIDA(4432)