ASID Foundation supports Fall 2010 Collaborative Strategies session

The trustees of the ASID Foundation recently granted funds to support CIDA’s Collaborative Strategies session. The fall 2010 session will bring together interior design and related disciplines to identify factors influencing collaboration in practice and how future practitioners might commonly be required to address these. CIDA will use this information toward the continued development of professional standards for interior design education. Results of the session also will be made available for the benefit of the professional community as a whole.

“The ASID Foundation supports initiatives that result in a stronger, more resilient profession. Our goal is to ensure that future designers are well prepared not only to practice, but also to work with and lead collaborative teams. Graduates who are poised to become highly valued team members are critical to the profession’s future,” according to Nila Leiserowitz, FASID, IIDA, Associate AIA, chair of the ASID Foundation Board.

CIDA-accredited interior design programs report that standards for education are by far the most influential factor in curriculum development. This fact emphasizes the need for standards to keep pace with changes in practice. “The interdisciplinary nature of the profession and the need to collaborate effectively across disciplines is a clear and consistent message from practice. Clients more than ever expect a wide range of expertise, and the next generation of designers are innate collaborators and multi-taskers, having grown up with technology and social networking. CIDA Directors believe these factors have significant implications for both design practice and education,” noted Robert Wright, FASID, chair of the CIDA Board. “We are grateful that the ASID Foundation Trustees see the value in engaging our allied disciplines in this important discussion.”

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is an independent, non-profit, accrediting organization responsible for setting standards and evaluating degree granting interior design programs. There are 167 CIDA-accredited programs in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more at

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