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 impact and change people’s lives.
Founded in 1975, the American Society of Interior Designers is the oldest, largest and leading professional organization for interior designers. The Society celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2010, but the rich, vibrant history of the organization goes back further–much further–to the founding of its predecessor organizations, the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID) and the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID). The History of ASID: 30 Years of Advancing the Interior Design Profession was published in 2005 to commemorate the Society’s extensive achievements.
ASID inspires and enriches its members by promoting the value of interior design, while providing indispensable knowledge and experiences that build relationships. The Society’s 18,000 practicing interior designers work in all areas of both commercial and residential design. Professional members of ASID must pass rigorous acceptance standards: They must have a combination of accredited design education and/or full-time work experience and pass an accreditation examination administered by the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ).
ASID Industry Partners include more than 2,700 member firms with some 7,500 individual representatives, uniting the professional designer with manufacturers of design-related products and services. The Society’s membership also includes more than 10,500 students of interior design.
The ASID Texas Chapter represents 1,700+ Practitioner, Educator, Student and Industry Representative members (1,000+ of which are Practitioners) throughout the state of Texas excluding the greater Houston area, which is covered by the ASID Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. Members work in both the residential and commercial fields, either as sole proprietors or as part of small or large firms. Within the state and around the world, they provide valuable services and useful products to their clients. Members strive to improve the quality of life for all of their clients through the creation of aesthetically pleasing, thoughtful design that takes into account the health, safety and welfare [HSW] of the public.
As a condition of membership, ASID requires all of its Practitioner members (both Professional and Allied), whether or not they are registered in their state, to complete 10 hours of Continuing Education Units [CEUs] every two years. These courses are often approved by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council [IDCEC] and could consist of topics such as improving one’s business operations, learning a new accounting or drafting software program, improving communication with clients and contractors, etc., as well HSW topics, such as building codes and regulations, indoor air quality concerns, sustainable design practices, energy conservation considerations, and designing for those with a range of disabilities and/or multiple generations.
ASID has mounted a comprehensive initiative to raise the bar for individuals entering and working in the design profession, not only to protect the designers but also the clients who hire them.
**PLEASE NOTE: The ASID Texas Chapter is not an interior design firm and does not employ interior designers on staff. ASID staff are neither qualified nor at liberty to answer questions about specific design projects.**