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Mission statement.

THE MISSION OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS (ASID) IS TO ENCOURAGE EXCELLENCE IN THE PRACTICE OF INTERIOR DESIGN, ASSIST ITS MEMBERS TO PROFESSIONALLY SERVE THE PUBLIC, DEMONSTRATE THE VALUE OF THE PROFESSION AND WORK FOR A FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PRACTICE OF INTERIOR DESIGN.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS

With more than 33,000 members, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is the world's largest association of professional interior designers.

Officially founded on Jan. 1, 1975, through the consolidation of the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID) and the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID), the organization's roots date back to 1931, when AID was first formed.

Since then, the society has grown into an international body promoting excellence in all aspects of interior design. ASID's members have reached the top levels of their profession through their skill, creativity and technical knowledge.

The concerns of ASID members today extend far beyond the furnishings or design elements incorporated into a residence. Indeed, an interior designer's influence extends into virtually every area of life. A designer's work could involve planning low-cost housing; conserving energy; creating interiors for offices, hotels, restaurants and municipal buildings; improving the efficiency and comfort of hospitals, schools and libraries; preserving the integrity of historic buildings through restoration projects; and crafting barrier-free interiors for disabled or elderly people.

By following ASID's rigid standards of excellence, members receive the most current information on materials, technology, building codes, government regulations, flammability standards, design psychology and product performance--all of which helps ASID designers help their customers.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP ASID has six titled membership classifications for which qualified individuals may apply. They are:

* Professional Membership -- recognizes an interior designer who has completed accredited course work and/or practical work experience in interior design or a related field, as well as rigorous national testing. Designers must have successfully completed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination or possess a current state-issued license in interior design.

* Allied Membership/Associate (Practitioner) -- is a classification for interior designers engaged in fulfilling the requirements for Professional Membership.

* Allied Membership (Education) -- requires active involvement as head of or full-time instructor in a program of interior design education at any college, university or accredited school of interior design.

* Allied Membership (Affiliate) -- is a category for individuals engaged in one of a variety of allied activities such as support staff in an interior design firm; allied design professions; allied business organizations, governmental agencies, etc.

* Allied Membership (Press) -- is available to journalists who write, publish or edit stories related to interior design.

* Allied Membership (International Corresponding) -- is extended to qualified interior designers whose principal residence and place of business lies outside the geographical boundaries of an ASID chapter.

ASID INDUSTRY PARTNERS

Every interior designer is ultimately dependent on his or her manufacturers and suppliers. The ASID Industry Partners (IP) provides a forum for professional designers and the manufacturers of design-related products and services.

IP members, which include manufacturers and their representatives, trade associations, publications and market centers, work with designers to improve products and services and industry business practices. Through educational programs and other interaction with the designers, IP members work to raise the standards of the interior design industry.

ASID ALLIED AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP

Allied membership is open to individuals in professions associated with interior design, such as architects, landscape architects, industrial designers, social and behavioral scientists, graphic artists, photographers, advertising and marketing executives, managers or executives of interior design firms or departments, and other allied professions not directly engaged in the practice of interior design.
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