Interior Design responds to human need in the physical world. It is the business of creating functional, safe & healthy environments that integrate the architectural shell, functional & strategic requirements, technical & material components. Interior Design creates the spaces where you live, work & play.
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) works to enhance quality of life through excellence in interior design and to advance interior design through knowledge, value and community.
The IIDA is a professional networking and educational association with more than 13,000 Members practicing worldwide in more than 58 countries. IIDA is committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge, value and community. IIDA advocates for interior design excellence; nurtures a global interior design community; maintains high educational standards; and supports its Members and the Profession with visionary leadership. Since 1994 IIDA has helped reveal new Design talent through a variety of education initiatives and Interior Design/ Architecture competitions honoring local talent, including the Interior Design Competition, Global Excellence Awards and Sustainable Leadership Awards. More information can be found by visiting our National site at www.iida.org.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER
The award winning Northern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a vibrant, active and diverse membership of more than 800 people. The greatest benefit of membership is the connections & camaraderie between our chapter members, which is both enjoyable and career enhancing.
We cultivate a strong community through the four major chapter events we host each year and the numerous Professional Development & City Center events that occur throughout the year. Being active in the management of the Chapter is an excellent way to improve your leadership skills and visibility. Staying informed about changing government regulation, licensing and other issues affecting interior designers is an important benefit of membership in IIDA Northern California.
IIDA NC HISTORY
Northern California is where it all began. The profession of commercial interior design can trace its roots back to this area. Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, Art Gensler, David Mourning, Charles Pfister and many other luminaries led the way with national or global footprints and award winning design. IIDA NC is part of this amazing history. Our chapter has supported designers and related industry since 1994 and have brought these and other founders forward to honor their contributions, share their stories and celebrate the camaraderie that is unique to our community.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
The Interior Design Association of Northern California (IIDA NC) is at the pulse of the Interior Design profession in our region. It’s an opportunity to expand and maintain professional networks, mentor students and young professionals, support community efforts, and most importantly it’s a forum to advocate for our evolving profession. If you are an Interior Designer, are studying to become one, if you work in our industry or an affiliated one, IIDA NC is the place for you to connect, inspire, and transform!
Headquartered in Chicago, IIDA is a non-profit professional organization, with 13,000 members in 31 chapters around the world who are professional interior designers, industry partners, students, educators, and affiliate members aligned with the goal of promoting our profession. The impact of Interior Design on the lives of building occupants is tremendous. While the inspirational and often transformative power of Interior Design resonates with most people – everyone knows great space when they see it - the complexities and technical know-how that goes into making interiors function and perform are still largely misunderstood by many. IIDA’s mission is to raise awareness and elevate the profile of our important profession, both nationally and abroad.
IIDA NC represents the very best of the IIDA. Our Chapter is a who’s who of the interior design professionals in our region. With more than 800 members located in six City Centers - San Francisco, Silicon Valley, East Bay, Sacramento, Fresno, and Honolulu - our events focus on education, networking, project tours, professional development & philanthropy. We also support nine Campus Centers, connecting Interior Design students with professionals, recognizing their work, and mentoring them as they transition into professional life. Our members are truly inspirational and are what make our organization so special.
I hope you will find this website to be a valuable resource in keeping up with our Chapter’s activities and members. Follow our blog for the latest news! Sign up for our E-Blast newsletter! Join us on Facebook, Linked In and Twitter! It’s time to promote and celebrate the profession of Interior Design, so set yourself apart in your industry and join IIDA NC today!
Sascha Wagner, IIDA, CID, LEEDTM AP ID+C
IIDA NC Chapter President
The IIDA NC Chapter Board is a body of elected or appointed members who jointly oversee the activities of the organization. New board members are selected on an annual basis. Biographies and photos of IIDA’s leaders are available on the Members page or by clicking on the image below.
Can’t make it to the city for the annual Chapter events? We bring the IIDA to you! City Centers provide programming and opportunities to members within their local area. City Center events generally cater to a smaller audience of members than the Chapter events, and include networking opportunities, CEU credits or other educational programming, philanthropic fundraising and local project tours. The events are open to all members and are an added bonus to your membership.
The current City Center’s within the Northern California Chapter include San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Sacramento, Fresno, East Bay and Honolulu. More information about City Center events can be found on the blog or by connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter.
Forums create opportunities of learning that benefit the chapter membership via the leadership, organization, operation and programs of the Chapter's specialty practice areas. IIDA NC Forums offer venues for continuing education within the specialty practice areas of our profession and collaborate with the chapter City Centers in the sharing of information on trends, problem-solving strategies and perspectives. Tapping into this network makes accessible to the membership the expertise of our industry's leaders, our region and our colleagues.
Facility Planning & Design
Foster collegiality in an environment of learning
Provide IDCEC pre-approved CEU educational forums for CEU compliance
Discover regional design projects
Celebrate local design leaders
Idea Champions – Breakfast with professionals immersed in the industry to brainstorm possible forums of learning and inspiration.
What are CEUs? A CEU, a continuing education unit, is a measurement of contact hours and credit assigned to an approved course. CEUs are awarded based on full-hour increments only. Who needs CEUs? All Professional and Associate Members (active and inactive) including IIDA Fellows and Chapter Officers, must adhere to IIDA’s compliance requirements. How many CEUs do I need? You need 1.0 CEU (10 hours) during each compliance period. The current compliance period is January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2013. How do I get CEUs? IIDA accepts all IDCEC-approved courses. You can attend an IDCEC course in person or explore distance learning opportunities at www.iida.org.
How do I report CEUs? It is the responsibility of each Member to maintain his/her own records. IIDA reserves the right to request proof of compliance at any time. CEU reporting is handled at the end of each compliance period through CEU Auditing. If you are selected for the audit you will be required to submit proof of your compliance at that time. If you attend an IDCEC approved course all you would be required to submit as proof of attendance is a certificate of attendance/participation. If you attend a course that is not IDCEC approved you may submit that for approval using an Individual Approval Reporting Form, IARF. Credits awarded via an IARF will only be acceptable towards IIDA Compliance.
Do I need to report my CEUs to NCIDQ? IIDA is no longer encouraging NCIDQ registration due to cost and the length of processing. Members are instructed to keep their own records and can report to NCIDQ if they wish, but this is not required. CEU providers should provide a certificate of attendance to members directly in addition to reporting to NCIDQ.
Are you a CID? All IDCEC approved CEUs qualify for California Certified Interior Designer CEUS. Visit CCIDC online for more information on CID CEU requirements. CCIDC now requires CIDs to report their CEUs online before they can renew their certification. Reporting is free and reports can be used to track all CEUs you took. Report CID CEUs online.
Are you AIA member? IDCEC approved courses are considered Structured Self-Reported Programs by AIA and are accepted for Learning Units (LUs) by many state boards. To request credit, AIA members must complete the AIA/CES Self-Report Form and submit it to AIA/CES Records at the University of Oklahoma.
Do you need a LEED CEU? If you attended a non-ERB approved presentation that covers LEED content, like lunch-and-learn or an IIDA presentation, you can report it under “Live Presentations” category for a maximum of 5 CE per reporting period (five sessions). Learn more here. Find a list of LEED Accredited Continuing Education Courses here. For more information about LEED Continuing Education Credits please consult LEED Credentialing Maintenance Guide. IIDA offers LEED Exam Reimbursement. For more information and to apply, please visit online.
The NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) is a not-for-profit organization whose objective is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public. Interior designers who pass the NCIDQ examination are recognized for meeting the minimum standards for professional practice. Passing the NCIDQ is a prerequisite to professional membership in IIDA. California has a different examination for professional certification of interior designers called IDEX, but at this time IDEX is not recognized by IIDA as qualifying requirement for professional membership.
IIDA offers NCIDQ Tuition Reimbursement. For more information and to apply, please visit online.
ASID offers a NCIDQ Exam Preparation course called STEP. To find out more about it and locate a workshop, please visit online.
GOVERNMENT & REGULATORY AFFAIRS
Interior Design legislation helps establish and maintain professional standards that protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public. IIDA firmly believes that legal recognition, achieved through licensing, registration, and certification brings uniformity to the profession, defines responsibility, and encourages excellence in the Interior Design industry. The state of California has Self-Certification and Practice Act has been introduced.
Protected State Title | "Certified Interior Designer"
Self-Certification Law: 1990, amended 1991
California Council for Interior Design Certification
1605 Grand Avenue, Suite 4
San Marcos, CA 92069-2440
T: (760) 761-4734 F: (760) 761-4736
Interior Design Coalition of California
To maximize our effectiveness, the IIDA Northern California Chapter and City Centers team up with nonprofit organizations to continue our efforts towards social responsibility. By joining forces we are able to make a more significant impact on the needs of our community. Some of the organizations we partner with include Philanthropy by Design, Design Response, Habitat for Humanity, Society for the Blind, Heifer Project International, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and St. Vincent de Paul Society. For a complete list of our partnerships and updates on current philanthropic efforts, please visit our philanthropy tag on the IIDA NC blog. If your organization would like to be considered for a pro bono project please fill out our online form.
The IIDA Northern California Partner Program is an amazing opportunity for our supporters and friends to make meaningful annual contributions to the programs and events that the IIDA presents. The IIDA Northern California brings educational, networking and professional opportunities to our members, partners and the community at large. Your contribution will allow us to continue to provide these special programs, will help provide funding for Chapter operations, and will also support the ongoing efforts to legislate the practice of interior design. Our Partnership levels vary by contribution amount and benefits, so that you can chose a level which is most comfortable for you and/or your firm.
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