Advancing the Profession of Commercial Interior Design

About IIDA

The profession of Interior Design positively impacts people’s health and well-being every day and enhances business value all around the world. The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) supports design professionals, educators, students, firms, and their clients through our network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. In order to continually increase the value and understanding of our work, we provide community outreach and a vibrant community for those interested in design, and we advocate for advancements in design excellence, education, legislation, and accreditation.

About the IIDA Northern California Chapter

The Northern California Chapter of IIDA supports a vibrant, active, diverse community of more than 900 members across six locally focused City Centers. 

Through numerous chapter events, we strengthen community bonds, provide opportunities for networking and mentorship, build leadership skills, and celebrate the accomplishments of our peers.

A letter from the IIDA NC President

Dear Members and Friends of IIDA:

As I write my first letter to the Chapter, I am filled with a sense of great excitement to begin my term as President of IIDA Northern California.  Over the past year, I’ve met Chapter leaders across the country, which has underscored our collective ability to make a difference both locally and nationally. The strength of our Chapter community is incredible, and it is an honor to continue the work of our 2024 theme, Design for Dignity, while launching our 2025 theme, Design for Empowerment.  

Throughout my term we’re going to make sure that we keep these themes at the heart of all our initiatives and events. Design for Dignity harnesses our belief that the strength of our society can be measured by the way we treat our most vulnerable populations. We seek to provide the comfort, care, and resources necessary for the dignity and equal access of everyone.

Design for Empowerment emphasizes giving people the tools they need to thrive by encouraging people and communities to exercise autonomy and self-determination while enabling them to achieve goals previously unattainable. Our mission this year will be to significantly improve the quality of our lives and the lives of others.

In pursuit of these goals here are a few things I’m particularly fired up about:

  1. Diversifying Membership: Let’s make our IIDA family even more vibrant and inclusive. Whether you’ve been in the industry for years or are just starting out, there’s a place for you here. Our broad membership base will enrich our collective expertise and strengthen our ability to address complex challenges.
  2. Advocating for Equal Permitting Rights and Pay Equity: It is crucial that we continue to advocate for fair and equal permitting rights for Interior Design, and we’ll champion pay transparency because Interior Designers deserve to be paid fairly for the significant contributions that they make to our communities.
  3. Enhancing Professional Development Resources: We’re cooking up some exciting educational resources to keep you at the top of your game. From things like leadership workshops to members only resources, we’re here to help you take it to the next level.

As we work towards these objectives, I encourage each of you to actively engage and contribute insights, ideas, and passion. Your presence and input are what make this community so special, so please don’t hesitate to reach out and get involved. I promise that you’ll get more out of it than you put in! We cannot do this work without the amazing support we receive from our patrons and event sponsors. You are integral to our Chapter’s success, and we know you’ll find value in connecting your organization to IIDA.

Thank you!

Melissa Pesci
2025 | 2025 IIDA NC Chapter President

2020 Chapter
Award Recipient

Gold Level Badge

Every year, the national IIDA organization awards Gold Badges to chapters that exemplify and exceed the standards of the organization for member benefits, enhancing the reputation of the profession, and successful management. For the 2019-20 Board Term, IIDA NC received this honor—one of only two chapters that year!

Our Core Values


Relentlessly pursue diversity to bring everyone with us


Champion our industry and constituents at every opportunity 


Be the grace, love and kindness that brings our community closer together


Be the futurists redefining the profession


Teach and mentor the next generation of professionals


Collaborate openly for a better future


Share stories and honor the excellence of what we do and who we are      

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We are a vibrant community of
City Centers.

Our Chapter consists of six vibrant, locally focused City Centers which host a variety of programs & events throughout the year. Come create connections and support thriving local design communities of students and professionals.

Our community

The IIDA Northern California and City Centers partner with other nonprofit organizations to support our continuing efforts towards social responsibility. 

By adopting a unified theme each year, we address the most important needs of our local community and focus our work on the communities and organizations where we can have the greatest impact.


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