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Design Societies and Organizations

By Janet Ramin on January 18, 2005

A professional organization provides opportunity for its members to network with others who have similar interests. These organizations also offer supplementary education on the latest developments in the field. The following are some organizations that a NYIAD student can join.

As a point of interest, one of our NYIAD graduates, Tiny Jones, was the past president of the Interior Design Society (IDS).

  • Interior Design Society (IDS)

    The Interior Design Society is the design arm of the National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA). IDS promotes the education and the development of residential interior designers.

    IDS members enjoy many benefits - including market seminars, educational conferences, training courses, local chapter functions, networking opportunities and most importantly - access to industry events.

    NYIAD students may apply as a student member of IDS. Click on the following link to join.

    Graduates of NYIAD School may apply as an affiliate member - see the IDS Web site to apply.

  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

    IIDA is an international organization of over 10,000 members that supports the field of interior designers through education, advocacy of design issues, and providing a knowledge center.

    Benefits include invitations to chapter meetings and IIDA special events, networking opportunities, and other professional resources.

    NYIAD students may apply as a student member of IIDA. See their Web site for application.