The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) was established in 1970 as the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER; renamed in 2006 to CIDA), using the legal structure of an Indenture of Trust. Its first Board of Trustees represented the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID), the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID), and the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC). Created to address a need for accreditation in the interior design profession in North America, as identified in IDEC’s 1968 A Critical Study of Interior Design Education and as promoted in IDEC’s 1970 Guidelines for the Accrediting on Interior Design Educational Programs, the organization developed standards and guidelines for accreditation, administered a pilot program, and prepared an accreditation procedure.
In 1997, the Board of Trustees represented IDEC, ASID (merger of AID and NSID in 1975), IIDA (merger of the Institute of Business Designers/IBD, the International Society of Interior Designers/ISID, and the Council of Federal Interior Designers/CFID), Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), industry, and public-at-large, reflecting a shared commitment to design education. It held regular planning sessions to address the need for financial support of accreditation. In 1998, with the support of the founding organizations, FIDER/CIDA restructured its organization to a Michigan nonprofit corporation, one designed to maintain productive connections with all “communities of interest.”
The organization evolved and developed its accreditation processes to keep pace with changes occurring within the industry it serves by promoting and establishing excellence in the interior design profession and protecting the public from professional incompetence. It has an earned reputation for credibility and value through its support for the continuous improvement and enhancement of interior design education, and hence the profession itself. The number of accredited interior design programs increased substantially since its inception. Click here for a complete history of accredited programs.
Presented by Buie Harwood, FIDEC, Honorary FASID, with assistance from Holly Mattson, CIDA Executive Director; Dr. Josette Rabun, FIDEC, ASID; Dr. Joy Dohr, FIDEC, IIDA; and Curt Sherman, FIDEC, ASID.