Interior Design College of Design

Design Community Information

Many organizations have student memberships available, scholarships, and opportunities for design competitions.



Generalist Organizations:

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

Minnesota Chapter

  • Largest national professional organization for interior designers

International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

Northland Chapter

  • Second largest national professional organization for interior designers

Interior Design Educators Council, Inc. (IDEC)

Midwest Chapter

  • Leading association and authority on interior design education

Specialty Organizations:

Association for Retail Environments

  • International non-profit trade association representing the retail environments industry.

The Color Association of the United States

  • The Color Association of The United States creates and delivers global color intelligence across industries.

International Associations of Lighting Designers (IALD)

  • Internationally recognized organization dedicated solely to the concerns of independent, professional lighting designers.

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES)

Twin Cities Chapter

  • Lighting technologies and design focus

International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)

Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter

  • Professionals who engage in facility design and management

International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA)

Minnesota Chapter

  • Industry trade association representing furnishings and design professionals

Inter-Society Color Council

  • Principal professional society in the field of color in the United States, encompassing the arts, sciences and industry.

Lighting Research Center

  • Leading university-based research center devoted to lighting.

National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)

Minnesota Chapter

  • Dedicated to the remodeling industry professionals

National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)

  • NCIDQ is the recognized qualifying examination for professional membership in ASID or IIDA. 

National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)

Minnesota Chapter

  • Kitchen and bath design focus

NEWH, Inc.

North Central NEWH Chapter

  • Hospitality industry focus

The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE)

  • PAVE's programs benefit students (design competitions, student aid, scholarships, etc.)

Retail Design Institute (RDI)

Minneapolis/St.Paul chapter

  • Focused on advancing the excellence and innovation of Retail Design.

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

Minnesota Chapter

  • Educate and promote the benefits of sustainable, energy-efficient buildings

Related Profession Organizations:

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Minnesota Chapter

  • Professional organization for architects


American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Minnesota Chapter

  • Professional organization for landscape architects






















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