WASHINGTON - The boards of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) recently met to discuss the future of the interior design profession and issues that face each organization and their members.
The historic meeting marks the first time that the full board leadership of the two organizations has met.
ASID and IIDA will maintain a collaborative approach to joint initiatives that support the profession of interior design, and continue their dialogue about expanding opportunities for increased interaction.
"It was an historic occasion ... and more to the point, we got some positive first steps accomplished—and set in motion some collaborative ideas that certainly make sense in today's changing marketplace," notes Bruce Brigham, FASID, president of the ASID board of directors.
"This first meeting was a very important step in understanding our common goals and identifying potential opportunities for collaboration between the two associations. Collectively moving forward, the associations will continue to explore ideas that will shape the future of design for our members," says Mitchell Sawasy, FIIDA, AIA, president of the IIDA board of directors.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people-designers, industry representatives, educators and students-committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people's lives. Its more than 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 Chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.asid.org.
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a professional networking and educational association of more than 13,000 members in nine specialty forums in 30 Chapters around the world committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge. For more information, go to www.iida.org.