Interior Design regulation at the state level helps establish and maintain professional standards that protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public. IIDA firmly believes that legal recognition, achieved through registration or certification, brings uniformity to the profession, defines responsibility of an interior designer, and encourages excellence in the Interior Design industry.

Ways to Get Involved

  • Become NCIDQ Certified

    • NCIDQ Certification is the industry’s nationwide recognized indicator of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer’s commitment to the profession. IIDA argues that the qualifying exam for certified or registered commercial interior designers in California should be the NCIDQ exam.

  • Join The Effort To Educate Local Officials

    • We need committed individuals from every district willing to meet with their representatives and lobby for upcoming legislation regarding how interior designers practice in the state.

 If you are interested in getting more involved with IIDA, whether it be Advocacy or hosting events, please fill out the form below.

If you are interested in supporting Michigan IIDA’s advocacy efforts you can donate using the link below.

What is Commercial Interior Design?

 Any code-impacted interior environment requires Commercial Interior Design. This includes all public and corporate spaces such as civic buildings, offices, and hospitality, retail, and entertainment spaces—essentially, anything that isn’t a private residential interior. Interior design encompasses the analysis, planning, design, documentation, and management of interior non-structural/non-seismic construction and alteration projects in compliance with applicable building design and construction, fire, life-safety, and energy codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines for the purpose of obtaining a building permit, as allowed by law. Qualified by means of education, experience, and examination, interior designers have a moral and ethical responsibility to protect consumers and occupants through the design of code-compliant, accessible, and inclusive interior environments that address well-being, while considering the complex physical, mental, and emotional needs of people.

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