The mission of IIDA is to:
"enhance the quality of life through excellence in interior design and to advance interior design through knowledge."
IIDA is an international professional networking and educational association committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge. It presents the Industry's premier awards for design excellence, including the Interior Design and APEX awards. IIDA provides leadership, advocacy and legislative support for the industry.
Areas of expertise include:
- Advocation for design excellence
- Providing superior industry information
- Promoting professional expertise
- Nurturing a global interior design community
- Maintaining educational standards
- Responding to business and design trends
Flexible: A fundamental premise of IIDA is that it will be unencumbered by rigid bureaucracy, that it will be responsive to changing member needs and able to "turn on a dime" when necessary. It is a new organization and a member-driven organization. IIDA offers a menu of services and delivery methods geared to the busy designer of today and tomorrow.
Global: IIDA is an Association with an international focus. The design industry like every other field of business is facing the challenges of an expanding global market. With 33 Chapters worldwide, including those in Europe and Asia, IIDA is poised to take an active role in that market. Through tools like the IIDA Web site and this Chapter web site, members stay connected around the world.
Forums: Members participate in IIDA through Chapters in nine regions established throughout the world, and have the opportunity to participate in eight Forums. The Forums have been established to deliver programs that coincide with the specialized areas of practice: Commercial, Education & Research, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Residential, Retail, and Facility Planning and Design.
CEUs: IIDA is committed to promoting professional expertise. It offers an array of first-rate Chapter and regional professional development conferences and programs, and Chapter level CEU programs, as well as home-study educational courses.