CIDA Standards Development

Quality standards for interior design education offer significant value to the interior design community and the public at large. Standards must be relevant, valid, and reliable in order to serve the purpose of ensuring that interior design graduates are well prepared for entry-level practice. Community involvement is the cornerstone of the standards development process. Practitioners and educators are the primary stakeholders engaged in dialogue leading to strengthened accreditation standards.

Current Activities


      2019 Summit Report

          Click here to download the CIDA 2019 Summit Report


      2018 Future Scan

          Click here to download the CIDA 2018 Future Scan

      2018 Summit Report

          Click here to download the CIDA 2018 Summit Report

     Professional Standards 2018

          Press Release: CIDA Announces Professional Standards 2018

          Click here to download the Professional Standards 2018


     Proposed Revisions Professional Standards

          Press Release: CIDA calls for community comment on revisions to Professional Standards 2017

          Click here to download the Proposed Revisions Professional Standards 2017

          Submit comments no later than December 15th to

     2017 Future Scan

          Press Release: CIDA Commissions and Publishes 2017 Future Scan

          Click here to download the CIDA 2017 Future Scan

     2017 Summit Report

          Press Release: CIDA’s 2017 Summit Report forecasts the future

          Click here to download the CIDA 2017 Summit Report

     2016 Future Scan

          Press Release: CIDA Commissions and Publishes 2016 Future Scan

          Click here to download the CIDA 2016 Future Scan


The 2013-2015 Standards Development Project was undertaken to create the next generation of accreditation standards. The resulting Standards were implemented in 2017.

Click here to download the 2013-2015 Standards Development Project Overview

Press Release: The CIDA Board of Directors Adopts New Standards

Future Vision 2014

Visionaries and Thought Leaders

Katherine Ankerson
Department Head, Kansas State University

Julianna Catlin
Principal, Catlin Design

Tilanka Chandrasekera
Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

Raphael Paul diTommaso

Benjamin Fuglevand
Associate, Callison

Michael R. Gibson
Associate Professor, University of North Texas

Caroline Hughes
Strategic Principal, Figure3

Janine King
Interior Architecture Department Chair, Florida International University

Thomas Kong
Associate Professor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Melissa Mizell
Senior Associate Designer, Gensler

Christina Oliver
Principal, Oliver Interiors

Alex Serriere
Principal, TEECOM

Dorothy Stern
Professor, Algonquin College

Adam Stover
Principal, Populous

CIDA Board

Heather Robertson Corrigan , Chair
President, Robertson MacLean Design Limited

Pamela Evans , Secretary Treasurer
Interior Design Director, Kent State University

Collin Burry
Principal, Gensler

Jan Johnson
Vice President Design and Workplace Resources, Allsteel

Carol Jones
Principal, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning LTD

Jane Kucko
Associate Dean for University Programs, Texas Christian University

Carl Matthews
Interior Design Department Head, University of Arkansas

Mark Strauss
President, Interior Design Media

Speaker & Facilitator

John Cary , Speaker
Strategist, TED

David Lathrop , Facilitator
Director, Research and Strategy, Steelcase

CIDA gratefully acknowledges Future Vision partners and sponsors:



CIDA gratefully acknowledges Standards Development Project sponsors:

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