Advocacy

The Illinois Interior Design Coalition (IIDC) dissolved on January 1st of 2017 after a wonderful and effective 25-year run. All Illinois Advocacy efforts will be led by the IIDA Illinois Chapter moving forward, which are stronger than ever! The Vice President of Advocacy and Advocacy Committee will build on what the IIDC started and continue to protect existing legislation, oppose legislation that could be harmful, and pass legislation that benefits the Interior Design profession and the public. The Committee has formed a solid alliance with the ASID Illinois Chapter, coming together to move forward future advocacy initiatives.

How can you help? Become an advocate! The Committee needs everyone to become an advocate in their own way. Whether you work at a firm or are self-employed, continue to speak to your friends, family and yes, clients, as to what Interior Designers do! Increased public awareness will make it easier to pass legislation that will elevate the profession. Become a voice to inform others that Interior Designers do far more than just selecting finishes and furniture. Examples of ideas to spread are that Interior Designers are knowledgeable on building codes, accessibility codes, sustainable design, and are often team leaders managing the entire project including professional engineers. Inform others of the NCIDQ exam that is exclusively focused on health, safety and welfare that we take to become a registered Interior Designer. Many people outside of the industry would be shocked to hear that Interior Designers take a two-day exam!

Lastly, keep a look out for Designer Drinks in late June! This fun event will feature specialty drinks created by a professional mixologist spread over multiple furniture showrooms. Drink, socialize, and network in a lively party atmosphere. All profits will go directly to funding Illinois Advocacy efforts!

Laws and Regulations

Interior Design legislation 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 licensing, registration, and certification brings uniformity to the profession, defines responsibility, and encourages excellence in the Interior Design industry. Visit the IIDA licensing guide to find out what states and jurisdictions .

Find out more about GRA, Legislation, and what states and jurisdictions have Interior Design legislation in place at the IIDA National Website.

Collaborate With Our Partner Disciplines

Interior Designers, Architects, Landscape Architects, Facility Managers, Real Estate Brokers, and Marketing Professionals can connect and learn from one another through partner associations and their events.

IIDA Illinois Chapter Office

20960 Frankfort Square Road, Suite B
Frankfort, IL 60423
Contact: Jen Hendrickson
815-464-0785
info@iida-ilchap.org