noun the act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea or policy. 

Every day in state capitols around the country, lawmakers are making decisions on issues that affect Commercial Interior Design and how interior designers practice. As the voice for the industry, IIDA advocates for its members and the profession so interior designers may practice to their fullest abilities. Become an advocate today. #IIDAadvocacy


Why does advocacy matter for interior designers

  • Legal recognition of the interior design profession

  • Largely misunderstood by much of the general public and many policymakers

Legal recognition of the interior design profession

  • Authorize a board to register Interior Designers who meet a minimum standard of competency based on education, examination (NCIDQ) and experience

  • Establish the legal title "Registered/Licensed/Certified Interior Designer"

  • Allow Registered/Licensed/Certified Interior Designers to stamp and seal drawings for the purpose of permitting

  • Institute bench marking and continued education requirements for Registered/Licensed/Certified Interior Designers.

What you can do to support the interior design profession 

  • Help with a Capitol Day by:

    • Accompany attendees to meetings with their legislators

    • Make sure lawmakers are hearing from interior designers who live in their districts

    • Help organize logistics of the day or assist in getting sponsors to help cut costs

  • Host a site visit

  • Host a lunch and learn

  • Respond to action alerts

  • Testify at a hearing

  • Fundraising

  • Make sure you are familiar with the issues

  • Ask other advocates to become involved!

  • Build a relationship with your legislator by:

    • Calling/emailing/writing them

    • Meeting them in person

    • Meeting their staffer in-person

    • Following up with a call or email

    • Telling them your story

    • Attending town halls

    • Volunteering