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Who we are
Institute of Interior Design is the pre-eminent professional organisation
for interior designers in the UK. Our growing national and international
membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors, from
heritage to cutting edge. In addition to rigorous entry requirements which
assess training, experience and professionalism, we require our members to continue
their professional development throughout their career to ensure their
continued expertise in design process, practice and regulatory matters. The
British Institute of Interior Design is the only professional organisation for
interior designers which has been granted the prestigious and rare accolade of Institute
status by the Minister of State as the pre-eminent body in its field.
The British Institute of Interior Design is committed to encouraging and supporting creativity and competence in the field of interior design through facilitating best practice, practical professional support, development opportunities and education.
The organisation was founded in 1965 as the Interior Decorators and Designers Association (IDDA). In 2001, the IDDA was amalgamated with the globally recognised International Interior Design Association UK Chapter (IIDA), to form the British Interior Design Association (BIDA). The Secretary of State recognised the BIDA as the pre-eminent body in the field in 2009 and granted Institute status so it became the British Institute of Interior Design.
In 2015, the BIID celebrated 50 years as an organisation dedicated to the interior design profession, making it the UK's oldest professional body representing solely interior designers.