Proposed CIDA Standards Appeal to New York Educators

April 22, 2008

On the verge of adopting new quality standards for interior design education, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) board of directors continues to engage the community to verify support and identify concerns.

The CIDA board convened a roundtable of interior design educators in New York City early in April to discuss proposed standards. Design educators participating in the roundtable agreed that revised standards strengthen support for interior design programs to adopt innovative approaches. The group also commented that a program's mission and goals should be the lens through which success is evaluated-requiring accreditation review teams to be both open-minded and analytical.

Haworth hosted the educator's roundtable and CIDA board meeting in its New York City showroom. "How better to inspire CIDA's mission of providing the foundation for future excellence in the profession than to convene in a space that exemplifies the value of interior design?" says Cary Johnson, CIDA board chair. "Haworth has been a strong supporter and we're very grateful for their commitment to quality."

The April roundtable was one in a series of conversations with practitioners, educators, and industry partners.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is an independent, nonprofit, accrediting organization responsible for setting standards and evaluating degree granting interior design programs. There are 162 CIDA-accredited programs in the United States and Canada. Learn more at www.accredit-id.org. 

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