What is IIDA?

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 scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience, and examination, including protecting and enhancing the health, life safety and welfare of the public.

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is the Commercial Interior Design Association with a global reach. We support design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms and their clients through our network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. We advocate for advancements in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of Interior Design as a profession that enhances business value and positively impacts the health and well-being of people’s lives every day. For additional information see the IIDA Story on the national website.

Letter from the President

Dear Members and Friends of IIDA,

I am honored to write this as the new President of IIDA’s Northern California Chapter. This year, 2019, marks the 25th anniversary of IIDA.

We are a Not-For-Profit Philanthropic organization whose primary mission is to advance Interior Design as a Profession. We do this through education, sharing knowledge and best practices, and research. Through all of this we bring great benefits to both our members and the public. As a body, we take design and our professional responsibilities seriously.

I personally believe that IIDA and design has the power to enlighten, inspire and improve the world around us. However, this does not happen by osmosis, but by the continual effort of design professionals to do the work of transformation. To me, we can achieve this in three ways:

  1. Strengthen the Profession

Professionals share best practices and knowledge with each other. As commercial Interior Designers, our work touches thousand of lives every day. Our designs must follow laws and codes, and the safety and well being of the public are our responsibility. Our goal is to create beauty that also enhances the user experience and contributes to well-being of both people and the planet.

  1. Continue to Benefit the Community

It is our job to teach the public about great design, and what it can do for individuals, organizations and the society at large. Our designs can have a significant impact on the world around us, and we take sustainable practices seriously. We need to support and nurture the next and future generations of designers by giving them our time and sharing our knowledge. Whenever possible, we aspire to bring great design to the least among us, ensuring that human dignity is always uplifted through the power of design.

  1. Tell our Story

It is ironic that in this era of hyper-communication, we Interior Designers find that we need to be better at telling the story of design and its impact. We must to not only be advocates for our clients, but also for ourselves and the Profession.  This may be the biggest challenge of all, but I know we can do it if we use “design thinking” to its fullest.

Finally, we are strengthened by each other. To quote Henry Ford,

“Coming together is a beginning. Staying together is progress. Working together is success.”

Join me in working together for our shared success! WE are DESIGN.

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2019 | 2020 President of IIDA NC Chapter

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