What is Interior Design?

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

SCHEMATIC DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

SPACE PLANNING

COMPLETE INTERIOR DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS

CONTRACT DOCUMENTS

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.

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IIDA Membership provides you with a network of diverse industry professionals and offers you the opportunity to advance your career with continuing education, inspiration, professional development, and industry recognition.

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