Empowering the Next Generation of Designers

Why join?

IIDA Student Membership provides students enrolled in an interior design program the resources they need that are not available on campus. Being a student member introduces you to our vibrant design community, with opportunities to create meaningful relationships, network with professionals, and build opportunities for your professional future as you gain valuable skills.

Membership gives students access to resources such as mentoring programs, online newsletters, career center, and joining your school’s campus center. Benefits include the exclusive eligibility to use the Student IIDA acronym after your name demonstrating your credibility and maximizing your professional exposure.

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Upcoming Student Events

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Past Student Events

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Membership Benefits

  • Be a recognized contributor to the local design community
  • Get discounted tickets to select Chapter and City Center events 
  • Attend Member-Only events
  • Use of IIDA Appellations with your business signature 
  • Get Discounted submission rate for acclaimed Honor Awards
  • Receive free admission to select continuing education courses and forums
  • Access to an online IIDA Headquarter Membership directory 
  • Access to Virtual Mentorship Program (add link)

Awards and Scholarships

Have Questions?

Distinguish yourself as a promising new designer and elevate your resume by entering IIDA competitions. This guide will help you determine the varying benefits of each opportunity and what it takes to enter.

National Opportunities

Student of the Year

Award: $5000

Recognizes an IIDA Student Member who has significantly impacted their school’s interior design program through outstanding leadership, insight, and involvement

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Student Design Competition

Award: Up to $2500

Celebrates the talent of interior design students and provides the opportunity to showcase your work and gain exposure in the interior design industry

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Wilsonart Essay Competition

Award: $1000

Submissions due May 6, 2022

The Wilsonart Student Education Fund was established to provide financial support for activities directly related to the advancement of the professional development of IIDA Student members.

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Campus Center Awards

Award: $1000

The IIDA Campus Center Awards recognize outstanding achievement by an IIDA Campus Center through the development of superior programming that enhances the interior design profession at the student and local levels.

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IA Diversity in Design Scholarship Fund

Award: Up to $5000

The IIDA Foundation, in partnership with IA Interior Architects, has created the IA Interior Architects Diversity in Design Scholarship Fund, which recognizes that creating a diverse design community is paramount in making the world of design a more inclusive and innovative place.

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John Nelson Sr. Legacy Scholarship

Award: Up to $25,000

The John J. Nelson Sr. Legacy Scholarship Fund was created to benefit and further the study of interior design and architecture by students of African American descent who are currently enrolled in a U.S. not-for-profit CIDA- or NASAD-accredited interior design or NAAB-accredited architecture program.

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One of the most important things any of us can do as professionals, is pass on our understanding and nurture others who share our passion. At IIDA NC, we offer mentorship opportunities to help up-and-coming designers develop their potential and learn the ins and outs of our industry so that they can have the careers they’ve dreamed of.

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The profession of Commercial Interior Design is constantly changing to respond to regulatory shifts and our ever-evolving understanding of how to serve individuals’ and society’s changing needs. IIDA  provides a wide array of resources, training, and connections to make sure our members have the tools they need. 

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Active Member Schools


California State University, Chico


California State University, Fresno 

North Bay

Santa Rosa Junior College


Art Institute of California
California State University, Sacramento 

San Francisco

Academy of Art University *
California College of the Arts *
City College of San Francisco
San Francisco State University 
UC Berkeley Extension * 

Silicon Valley

Canada College *  
San Jose State University * 
West Valley College *  

Denotes a Campus Center *

A Campus Center is a design-oriented club with at least seven IIDA Student Members. Campus Centers provide an environment for the development and exchange of knowledge among students, educators, administration and design professionals. Participation in a Campus Center adds further value to your student membership because it involves working closely with your local IIDA Chapter or City Center to develop programs and events.

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.

Joining IIDA was the best decision I could have made as a student. I have built professional relationships that have helped guide me both during and after graduation. I highly recommend joining IIDA to learn aspects about the industry that are often not taught in school curriculum.
Frances Pacheco, Sacramento State.