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.


YOKO ISHIHARA
2020 | 2021 PRESIDENT OF THE IIDA NC CHAPTER

A letter from the
IIDA NC President

Dear Members and
Friends of the IIDA:

I am honored to serve as the new President of IIDA’s Northern California Chapter, and represent our incredibly dedicated board and committee members who tirelessly volunteer their time.

It has been an unprecedented year so far, like none that we have ever experienced before, with a pandemic gripping our nation, movement to fight against systemic racism, and now historic scale wildfires raging across our regions. In these difficult times, it has given us the opportunity to reflect introspectively, and rethink what is important to our community and how to best support our industry, in order to continue to advance Commercial Interior Design as a Profession.

It is my personal belief that our collective minds can overcome any obstacles, and together we can continue to make progress to come out stronger on the other side of this challenging time. This year, we will be focusing our efforts and resources in three ways:

1. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe that Interior Design plays a key role in protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public, and that design has the power to heal and bring people together. However, we must all collectively take action in order to make progress. Therefore, we are launching a series of Equity Initiatives to fight against systemic racism in our society, and inequity in the interior design field.

2. Mentorship, Training and Resources

In order for our industry to thrive, it is critical that each and every one of us takes the time to inspire, teach, and mentor the next generation of professionals. For this reason, we are launching a brand new website and a virtual mentorship program this fall. Each of these will be new vehicles to generate opportunities for our community to connect and learn from one another.

3. Nurture the Culture of Innovations

Our industry is shifting as we have gone through many life changing experiences in the last several months. It is our responsibility to push the value of design beyond our current understanding, in order to make a positive transformation through innovations.

The above work cannot happen without the continued support and involvement of our community.

Please join us in our effort and let’s make progress together.

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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

Include

Relentlessly pursue diversity to bring everyone with us

Support

Champion our industry and constituents at every opportunity 

Connect

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

Change

Be the futurists redefining the profession

Inspire

Teach and mentor the next generation of professionals

Challenge

Collaborate openly for a better future

Celebrate

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
involvement.

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.

Learn more

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