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INDUSTRy NEWS ASID and IIDA Issue Joint Statement on Initiatives The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) issued a joint statement to their members in March. This included a brief question-and-answer to address joint efforts for the profession, such as continuing education and student initiatives. The statement read: The ASID and IIDA Boards of Directors reaffirm their desire and intention to continue our work together on issues of mutual interest that benefit the members of the interior design community. Recent joint endeavors include: • Substantial investments by ASID and IIDA with the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) to restructure the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), the profession’s CEU registry for Interior Designers • Ongoing planning with ASID and IIDA to jointly provide a new, more accessible and lower cost National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) preparatory program for designers • Increased opportunities for student chapter collaboration through the joint promotion of student member experiences including the Student Career Exchange and Student Career Bootcamp at NeoCon® 2012 • A joint Fellows summit at NeoCon® 2012 The senior leadership and boards of both organizations continue to explore joint initiatives that support our collective Members.  We will meet to continue that work and help provide strong leadership for our industry. We sincerely believe that creating successful collaborative initiatives is the foundation for the evolution of the profession and ASID and IIDA. ASID/IIDA Joint Statement FAQ: Q: Will ASID and IIDA create one organization for the profession? ASID and IIDA continue to work toward organizational unity on a number of resources and programs designed to benefit all members. At this time, we cannot project precisely how these collaborative activities will evolve, but member value and the advancement of the interior design profession remains our top priority. Q: What is the new NCIDQ prep program that is being developed? ASID’s previous STEP workshop model required instructors and learners to participate in a three-day intensive program over the course of a weekend followed by a paper-based exam. Over the years, we have seen significant changes in the way people learn and, in turn, ASID and IIDA are partnering to offer an improved course that offers a one-day, in-person meeting in addition to an online practical exam. Q: How are the two organizations working together to benefit student members? We are excited to collaborate on a new program at NeoCon® 2012 called Destination Passport, which combines the resume and portfolio review, guest speakers, and one-on-one networking of ASID’s Student Career Exchange event and IIDA’s Student Career Bootcamp event under one umbrella to provide students the fullest experience at NeoCon®. Q: What is IDCEC and why was it established? The IDCEC is a centralized accrediting body for interior design continuing education. IDCEC aims to streamline the accreditation process for both course takers and providers, and to elevate the quality of continuing education within the industry. In January 2011, ASID, IIDA, and IDC entered into an agreement to create a new, independent business entity, the new IDCEC. The IDCEC will relaunch its website,, within a month as a more robust resource with a calendar of events, course submission capabilities, an evaluation process, and continuing education registry. Lisa Henry, FASID, national president of ASID, tells Contract, “In our ongoing discussions with IIDA, it is evident that we can co-create more powerful programs and leverage our resources in the strategic areas defined in our joint letter to members. ASID intends to foster further collaboration to bring our members value and advance the profession of interior design.” Peter Conant, FIIDA, AIA, the president of IIDA International, tells Contract, “IIDA recognizes the strategic significance of collaboration— especially during a time when the design profession and its practitioners are presented with a series of marketplace opportunities and challenges. The newly announced joint endeavors with ASID strengthen our collective organizational portfolios, enhance member value and leverage a shared vision of a preferred future for the design profession. IIDA looks forward to working with ASID on the true and consistent goals that are meaningful and relevant to members and the profession.” —STAFF 18 ApRIl 2012

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Contract - April 2012
Industry News
Product Focus: What Goes Around Comes Around
Product Focus: Graphic Statements
Product Briefs: Hospitality, Indoors and Out
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto
Union Jacks
ESPA at the Istanbul Edition
Nobu Beijing
St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
Practice: ASID Profiles the Design Industry
Designers Select: Rugs and Carpet
Ad Index
Pritzker Prize

Contract - April 2012