Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) Poised for Success in Continuing Education Accreditation Efforts

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Lish Ephraim, Director, Marketing and Brand Strategy, ASID 202.675.2349
Sarah Brown, Communications Coordinator, IDC 416.649.4442
 Jeanne Heller Fisher, Senior Director, Communications & Marketing 312.379.5140

Three Associations Partner; Director Named to Head New Organization

March 11, 2011, Chicago, IL – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA) are pleased to formally announce a partnership among the three design organizations to create an accrediting body for interior design continuing education. They will formalize and centralize what is currently a voluntary, decentralized consortium known as the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC).   

It is the mission of IDCEC to serve as the premier advocate for continuing education in the advancement of the interior design profession, and to inspire and guide providers of continuing education programs to deliver high-quality lifelong learning activities for interior design practitioners.

Under the direction of newly hired IDCEC Director Brynell D’Mello, a small staff will be selected and board of directors chosen as the organization works to centralize records/files and convert them to a web-based, data-driven infrastructure.  

Continuing education strengthens the interior design profession by improving individual attitudes, competencies, knowledge and skills in subject areas essential to the growth and success of the industry. Because of this significance, the new IDCEC aims to streamline the accreditation process for both course takers and providers, and to elevate the quality of continuing education within the industry. Quality of content, sustainable business practices, customer service and reliability are all core values of the new IDCEC.

IDCEC will be operated by and for the benefit of the interior design community exclusively for the purpose of continuing professional education. In addition to members of the founding organizations, members of other organizations are welcome to actively participate in IDCEC in a manner which best serves their membership and strategic directions.
Brynell D’Mello and the IDCEC office will be based in Toronto, Canada.  

About American Society of Interior Designers
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (, a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.

About Interior Designers of Canada
IDC is the professional association for interior designers in Canada. IDC’s mandate is to advance the profession of interior design across Canada as well as internationally. It does so through advocacy with government and the public, and by providing continuing education opportunities and business practice support services to members. For more information on IDC, please visit

About International Interior Design Association
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a professional networking and educational association with more than 13,000 Members practicing worldwide in more than 50 countries. IIDA is committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in Interior Design and advancing Interior Design through knowledge, value and community. IIDA advocates for Interior Design excellence; nurtures a global Interior Design community; maintains high educational standards; and supports its Members and the Profession with visionary leadership.  For more than 37 years, IIDA has helped reveal new Design talent through a variety of education initiatives and Interior Design/Architecture competitions honoring local talent, including the Interior Design Competition, Smart Environments Awards and Sustainable Leadership Awards.

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