International Interior Design Association

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The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a professional networking and educational association of more than 13,000 members in 10 specialty forums, and 29 chapters around the world. IIDA advocates for interior design excellence, disseminates industry information, nurtures a global interior design community, maintains educational standards and responds to trends in business and design.


IIDA was founded in 1994 as 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 merger created an international association with a united mission that represents interior designers worldwide. Since that date, IIDA has worked to convene communities of interior designers across regions and specialties representing the interests of the entire community.[citation needed]


There are four levels of membership: Professional, Associate, Affiliate and Student.

Professional members are active interior design professionals or design educators. They have either passed the NCIDQ exam or are registered architects.

Associate members are active interior design professionals or design educators who have met the requirements of the NCIDQ but have not yet taken the exam.

Affiliate members are actively engaged in a related field such as landscape architecture or lighting design.

Students with a minimum of two years coursework are welcome to join IIDA at reduced fees.

Specialty Forums[edit]

Forums offer a venue for discussion and dissemination of information on trends, problem-solving strategies and perspectives on current or developing areas of design practice. Each forum promotes awareness among clients of the value of the profession. The forums also provide members with the chance to work directly with other design professionals in similar fields and offer networking opportunities along with access to exclusive resources. The nine forums are:

  • Corporate
  • Institutional
  • Facility Planning and Design
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Knowledge
  • Residential
  • Retail
  • Sustainable


All members receive a copy of the quarterly journal, Perspective. Articles highlight exceptional work in all design practice areas.

The organization also publishes a biweekly newsletter, DesignMatters, that covers industry news and organization activities including industry events, networking opportunities and chapter news.

As part of its advocacy activities, IIDA tracks and promotes legislation that protects the interior design profession. The legislative newsletter, GRAction, spotlights governmental action across the nation.

Student Members receive Custom a quarterly e-newsletter, which alerts them to industry trends, competitions and IIDA announcements.

Research and Career Services[edit]

A Knowledge Center on the organization's web site includes a Calendar of Events, a listing of Continuing Education courses and a database of research items pertinent to the interior design profession.

The IIDA website also includes a Career Center that connects the design community with qualified professionals.

The Foundation[edit]

The foundation is a not-for-profit (501c3), philanthropic organization whose primary mission is to advance interior design through education, research, and knowledge to benefit IIDA and the interior design profession. Under the guidance of its Board of Trustees, the foundation works in collaboration with IIDA to support the strategic plan of the association.


There are 29 chapters located around the world.

Region 1: Eastern Pacific

  • Japan
    Coverage: Eastern Pacific Areas

Region 2: Southwest US

  • Southwest
    Coverage: Arizona; New Mexico; Las Vegas
  • Rocky Mountain
    Coverage: Colorado; Utah; Wyoming; Montana
  • Southern California
    Coverage: Southern California including Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Orange Coast, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs

Region 3 : Northwest US

  • Northern California
    Coverage: Northern California including Oakland, Sacramento, San Jose, San Francisco, Nevada (excluding Las Vegas), Hawaii
  • Oregon
    Coverage: Oregon
  • Northern Pacific
    Coverage: Washington; Alaska; Idaho, British Columbia, and Alberta

Region 4: Central US

  • Illinois
    Coverage: Illinois
  • Great Plains
    Coverage: Iowa; Nebraska; South Dakota
  • Indiana
    Coverage: Indiana
  • Ohio/KY
    Coverage: Ohio/Kentucky
  • Michigan
    Coverage: Michigan
  • Northland
    Coverage: Minnesota, the Dakotas, western Wisconsin and southern Canada
  • Mid-America
    Coverage: Missouri; Kansas
  • Wisconsin
    Coverage: Wisconsin

Region 5: South Central US

  • Delta Regional
    Coverage: Louisiana; Mississippi; Arkansas
  • Texas/Oklahoma
    Coverage: Texas, Oklahoma

Region 6: Southeast US

  • Alabama
    Coverage: Alabama
  • Carolinas
    Coverage: North Carolina, South Carolina except Hilton Head
  • Florida
    Coverage: Florida
  • Georgia
    Coverage: Georgia, Hilton Head Island area of South Carolina
  • Tennessee
    Coverage: Tennessee.

Region 7: Northeast US

  • New England
    Coverage: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut
  • New York
    Coverage: New York
  • Pennsylvania/NJ/Delaware
    Coverage: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware
  • Virginia/West Virginia
    Coverage: Virginia/West Virginia
  • Mid- Atlantic
    Coverage: Washington D.C. area including all of Maryland

Region 8: Mexico/Central & South Americas

  • Guadalajara
    Coverage: Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Mexico City
    Coverage: Central & South America; Mexico except Guadalajara

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