The BIID launch survey to measure diversity and inclusion in interior design
In 2020 the BIID carried out it's first survey to measure diversity and inclusion in interior design. The purpose of the survey was to identify areas for improvement and create a benchmark to measure success.
The 2020 survey coincided with the launch of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Through the information obtained in the survey and the hardwork of the committee, the BIID made many internal changes, improved resources and worked in the wider industy to bring about much needed change.
Some of the stand out achievements include:
- Created the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2021 - 2024
- Changed the imagery on our promotional materials to be inclusive and diverse
- Approached Decorex to request the use of hearing loops and transcription screens; they welcomed the suggestions and agreed
- Created an ongoing campaign to encourage more designers to participate in BIID profile raising activities, ensuring we present a diverse selection of designers for events
- Introduced the BIID Student Drawing Competition a nationwide, free to enter, competition
- Introduced CPD on Diversity and Inclusion
- Created resources on inclusive design including How to design interiors for people with visual impairment and Designing with age in mind
- Created the guide How to Create an Inclusive Design Practice for those in leadership positions within the industry
We are extremely proud of how far we have come in our journey to making interior design inclusive. However, we recognise there is still work to do to ensure long term change within the industry. To help us do this we have launched the Diversity and Inclusion Survey 2023. We are asking all designers, BIID members and non members to complete the survey. It will take 4 minutes and is for everyone: the broader the range of voices we hear from, the more we create a better, more inclusive inudustry.
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