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.


IIDA Headquarters is monitoring potential new legislation proposed by Senator Mike Lee of Utah. The ALLOW Act (Alternatives to Licensing that Lower Obstacles to Work) is meant to deregulate and/or reduce the licensing requirements of professions including Interior Design. Interior Design is specifically mentioned in the ALLOW ACT summary but not listed in the actual bill language. CLICK HERE to read the summary. The goal of the Act is to stimulate the economy by making it easier for workers to practice in a new field for higher pay with less government regulation and financial burden on the state. We as Interior Designers must together stand against this legislation as it negatively impacts our profession. Interior Designers are educated to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Deregulating licensing places the public in more danger by potentially allowing unqualified and uneducated persons to practice in the field of Interior Design. This bill further devalues the importance of the Interior Designer today and the advancement of our profession as a reputable field. The ALLOW Act has not passed and has only been submitted for congressional review. IIDA Headquarters has been monitoring the ACT and will inform state chapters if additional actions are needed to oppose the bill.

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