ASID Foundation grant supports Standards Development Project

The ASID Foundation recently granted funds to support a major standards revision project currently underway by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). CIDA Board Chair, Heather Robertson Corrigan says, “By awarding this grant, the ASID Foundation demonstrates a high level of commitment to the interior design profession and confidence in CIDA’s ability to facilitate outreach and collaboration between interior design education and the practice of the profession to the benefit of future graduates. Over 15,000 students are enrolled in CIDA-accredited interior design programs annually, resulting in an extraordinary impact.”

“The professional and ethical standards of interior design practitioners is at the core of the ASID Foundation’s work,” states Suzan Globus, FASID, LEED AP ID+C, NJCID, chair of the ASID Foundation Board. “Relevant, strong standards ensure the strength and growth of our profession. We are pleased to offer our support to CIDA for undertaking this effort to update accreditation standards.”

The Standards Development Project is currently underway. In 2014, CIDA is focused on building a rich knowledge base about factors influencing the profession and higher education in the future. Environmental scanning and surveying has led to an exceptional body of information upon which to forecast emerging realities and opportunities to advance the field. In November 2014, CIDA will convene Future Vision, a summit of thought leaders from higher education, interior design practice, industry, allied disciplines, and clients, who will consider results of environmental scanning and establish priorities for future entry-level interior design practitioners. Results will be used to craft accreditation standards in 2015 through a process that includes extensive community review and comment. New accreditation standards will be published in early 2016, with implementation in 2017.

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 184 CIDA-accredited programs in the U.S., Canada, and Qatar. For more information about the CIDA Standards Development Project click here. For more information about the ASID Foundation click here.

For additional information:  Holly Mattson, Executive Director
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