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. Scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience and examination, include 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


The International 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 15,000 members in 58 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 vision and mission stands for the future of design, raising awareness and elevating the profile of our important profession, around the world.

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 nearly 800 members located in six City Centers – East Bay, Fresno, North Bay, Sacramento, San Francisco and Silicon Valley – our events focus on networking, education, professional development, advocacy & 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.

Follow our blog for the latest news! Sign up for our monthly E-Blast newsletter! Join us on FacebookLinkedIn, Instagram 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.

Shawn McLean-Bergel, IIDA

2017 | 2018 President of IIDA NC Chapter

Scroll Up
iida nc