The CIDA Board of Directors Adopts New Standards

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Board of Directors adopted new quality standards for interior design higher education programs that prepare graduates for entry into the profession. Hundreds of students graduate from CIDA-accredited programs annually. Professional Standards 2017 will become effective January 1, 2017.

Professional Standards 2017 reflect information gathered over the past three years regarding significant future directions for interior design practice and higher education. CIDA’s information gathering process began with in-depth environmental scanning in order to identify potentially influential trends in the profession. Next, a group of visionary leaders representing diverse design sectors across North America was nominated and appointed to reflect on these results and forecast implications for professional-level interior design higher education at CIDA’s 2014 Future Vision. The priorities established at Future Vision were used to develop drafts of Professional Standards 2017 that were circulated broadly for community review and comment in 2015. The tremendous response throughout the project from key constituents was of great value to CIDA’s Standards Committee. “We would not be able to produce such high quality revisions without the rigorous process of information gathering and the community engagement we continually received. Having specific feedback and input from our various stakeholders ensures the validity and relevance of CIDA’s Professional Standards 2017,” states Margaret Portillo, Ph.D., FIDEC, CIDA Standards Committee Chair 2015.

CIDA Board Chair Pamela Evans, Ph.D., FIDEC, IIDA wishes to acknowledge the CIDA Standards Committee and all of the individual groups and stakeholders who contributed to the three-year process. “The importance of thoughtfully and routinely reviewing and elevating our Professional Standards cannot be understated. The far-reaching impact and importance of CIDA Standards on our students and the public is worthy of continual evaluation. We thank the CIDA Standards Committee for their outstanding job of stewarding this extensive project, which led to strong support for adoption,” states Evans.

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CIDA gratefully acknowledges CIDA standards development project sponsors The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the ASID Foundation, the IIDA Foundation, the Interior Designers of Canada, Interior Design Media, and Steelcase.