Proposed Priorities for Interior Design Education Will Be Tested

Feb. 12, 2007

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA … formerly FIDER) is engaged in a three-year project to update standards used to measure academic programs. As a beginning step, a group of visionary leaders was convened to propose priorities for interior design education.

"It is certain that the interior design profession will continue to change. Future demands will require shifts and modifications in the educational preparation of aspiring designers. We're thinking ahead," says Joe Pettipas, CIDA board chair.

Priorities for education established at CIDA's Future Vision session will be used to inform the organization's current project to develop the next generation of accreditation standards for interior design programs. Employers, interior designers, and educators will be surveyed to test the validity of proposed priorities.

Results of the visioning session are now available for review on the CIDA Web site:

Standards Revision Project sponsors to date include the ASID Foundation, IIDA, Haworth, Steelcase, Gensler Chicago, and STUDIOS Architecture, Washington, D.C.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is an independent, non-profit, accrediting organization responsible for setting standards and evaluating degree granting interior design programs. There are 155 CIDA-accredited programs in the United States and Canada.

For additional information, visit or contact Holly Mattson, executive director: [email protected]; or Kayem Dunn, development director [email protected].

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