The Society of British Interior Design

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The Society of British and International Design (SBID) based in London is a professional body for interior design professionals in practice, education and manufacture. Founded in 2009 to establish and secure the trained design profession as a standard bearer organisation, it connects professionals with the public to provide assurance of quality by recognition of training and standards. It promotes the sole route to a career in an interior design practice through a degree and works with leading universities in the United Kingdom. Interior Designers and Interior Decorators have been defined in an agreement with the National Council of Interior Design Qualification NCIDQ Professional Members with four years recognised education and a Degree plus two years work experience are entitled to use the SBID accreditation. Other member categories are not. The established Code of Conduct and Ethics is shared with sixteen Countries across Europe through membership with the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA) The membership organisation has 1,500 members with a universal network of 50,000 professionals.

The Executive Board consists of Vanessa Brady OBE, a practicing Interior Designer, Owen Luder CBE former twice President of the Royal Institute of Architects (RIBA) Michael Rose CBE, Chairman of The Building Centre and Niall Trafford, Director of Sustainability and Operations of Building Research Establishment (BRE) (a private organisation and formerly government owned). Mark Wilkinson, a designer, is a Founding Fellow of SBID.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors RICS and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) are among over thirty recognised organisations collaborating to develop the industry in collaborative programmes of research and development, science and engineering.

SBID launched the International Design Awards to promote design disciplines and design skills around the world the inaugural to be held in Paris in September 2011 at Maison & Objet.

SBID lobbies government to protect and promote the design industry for legislation change in Britain and campaigns on sustainability issues through two Ambassadors, Robin Gibb CBE of the Bee Gees, Ambassador for Intellectual Property (IP) rights and Dame Vivienne Westwood, Ambassador for Wool as a sustainable fibre.

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