Definition of Interior Design
CIDQ, the Council for Interior Design Qualification, defines the profession in the best way: Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants and are aesthetically attractive.
“The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals.”
It is not unusual for the general public to use the terms “interior design” and “interior decorating” interchangeably. The two professions are vastly different in both scope of services as well as minimum requirements for formal training, certification, and licensure.
The Professional Interior Designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to protect and enhance the health, life safety, and welfare of the public through the design of interior spaces.
Roles of Interior Designers
COMPLETE INTERIOR DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS
COORDINATION WITH TRADES
CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION AND POST OCCUPANCY REVIEW
The Profession of Interior Design
Interested in how to become an interior designer? Check out this educational video about the profession, introducing the three E’s of interior design:
Certification and Licensure
Every day in state capitols around the country, lawmakers are making decisions on issues that affect Commercial Interior Design and how interior designers practice. As the voice for the industry, IIDA advocates for its members and the profession so interior designers may practice to their fullest abilities. Become an advocate today.
IIDA New York is proud to be a Coalition Member of the Interior Designers for Legislation in New York (IDLNY). IDLNY’s efforts are focused on making CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNERS the GOLD STANDARD of the profession. IDLNY strives to inform and educate the New York legislative and regulatory bodies, interior designers and consumers about the issues confronting the interior design profession. IDLNY also continually monitors legislation that could affect the practice of interior design and serves as a representative coalition for this process.
IIDA NY has provided me a community from which I can learn, grow and connect in. My job as a designer would be totally different without the IIDA NY community!
Annie Lee, IIDAPrincipal, Interior Design, Environetics
I think the networking aspect of being a member has already paid huge dividends. Beyond that, it allows me to be part of a dialogue that I wouldn’t have been otherwise, bringing me closer to some of our industry’s brightest minds, which personally I aim to be one day.
Dylan Howe, Associate IIDADesigner, Mancini Duffy
Being on the Board of the IIDA gave me the first inkling about the power of working for the public good. I started to think about how lucky I have been and how I could give back by participating in organizations to improve the world I live in. I also continue to appreciate the many events, lectures and programs it sponsors.
Joan Blumenfeld, IIDAPrincipal, Perkins+Will
Professionally, being President in 2011 prepared me for any of the challenges I face today as a director of an office. Personally, I have developed amazing friendships and a wonder circle of trusted colleagues.
Lance Amato, IIDAPrincipal, Vocon
As a new comer to the U.S. Design world, the networking events and different forums that are offered really give me the opportunity to meet new people and experience more of the ‘scene’.
Lydia Tiasiri, Associate IIDAInterior Design Professional, HOK
Being an IIDA NY member has helped me become a better professional. The IIDA provides a forum where professionals can come together and exchange ideas in a non-competitive way. Every committee meeting leaves me refreshed and inspired.
Suzette Subance Ferrier, IIDAStudio Design Director, Associate Principal, TPG Architecture
I’ve gotten to meet some great people in our profession and since moving back to New York, I’ve had the chance to make some really great friends. I love how organized IIDA NY is and I’m so impressed by all of the people involved.
Tom Polucci, IIDASenior Principal, Director of Interior Design, HOK
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