IIDA Foundation supports Standards Development Project

Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is proud to announce that the IIDA Foundation has granted funds to support the development of the next generation of accreditation standards for interior design programs. The primary mission of the IIDA Foundation is to advance interior design through education, research, and knowledge to benefit the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the interior design profession. CIDA Board Director and liaison to IIDA, Collin Burry, FIIDA, says, “The intent and focus of the CIDA Standards Development Project closely aligns with the IIDA Foundation’s mission. CIDA’s project will result in standards for interior design education that contain the content required not only to meet future practice demands, but also to ensure graduates have the attributes of life-long learning that are critical to the continued growth and advancement of the field. ”

“The IIDA Foundation is proud to support CIDA in their mission to develop and promote high quality standards for Interior Design,” says Jim Williamson, FIIDA, Chair of the IIDA Foundation Board. “As we look to the future of design, this kind of collaboration among the organizations is vital to the interior design community as we learn to uphold future practice standards while preserving our sensibility of artistry and innovation.”

The CIDA Standards Development Project is currently underway. Following an extensive process of environmental scanning, accreditation standards will be drafted in 2015 and circulated for 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 on the IIDA Foundation click here.

For additional information: Holly Mattson, Executive Director
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