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Chapters

IIDA is committed to supporting our members—a growing network of 15,000+ design professionals around the world who are passionate about enhancing our health, well-being, productivity, and culture.

IIDA chapters host local events, continuing education programs, and networking opportunities, provide information on legislative concerns, and give mentorship and career guidance to prospective, introductory, and veteran members.

Each dedicated chapter Board of Directors leads, organizes, and maintains chapter activities to ensure that design excellence is accessible to IIDA members everywhere. Members around the world who do not have a local chapter can join the International-At-Large Member Category.

Read more about the IIDA story and the benefits of joining our community.

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Chapter Leadership Council (CLC)

Leading Local Chapters Across the World

The IIDA Chapter Leadership Council includes Presidents and Presidents Elect from every chapter. The Council meets twice a year with representatives from the IIDA International Board and IIDA Headquarters staff to exchange ideas and crucial operation information to ensure that our chapter and member voices are heard. These meetings give the chapter leaders an opportunity to share knowledge, resolve issues, and share success stories.

IIDA Catalyst Grant

What could your chapter achieve if you had the opportunity for supplemental funding? With regional needs so varied, IIDA Headquarters has created a program to support our chapters however they need. IIDA wants to fund programs that drive our chapters forward, enrich the organization, and promote our mission of advancing excellence in interior design. The IIDA Catalyst Grant is designed to spark growth and provide the resources to bring chapter goals to fruition.

Chapters can apply under the following categories:

  • Membership – Do you want to run a member recruitment drive or retention activity?
  • Education – Do you want to bring in a speaker series? Will you host more CEU courses? Do you want to send your members to conferences?
  • Branding – Do you want to hire a graphic designer to create new materials to promote your chapter? Do you want to hire a videographer to cover a signature chapter event?
  • Leadership – Is there a leadership development program in your area that you’ve always wanted to take? Alternatively, has your chapter wanted to start a leadership development program?
  • GYST – Also known as “General Yearly Substantive Tasks.” Does your chapter need support to get organizational basics right? Do you have a unique challenge that you need help with?
  • Advocacy - Do you have an advocacy program or initiative? Is your chapter interested in hosting educational events, develop tools to make Members better advocates for the profession, and/or provide opportunities to supplement costs for pursuing legislative initiatives
  • EDI - Any EDI initiative, program, course, etc. that impacts equity, diversity, and inclusion in design.

Application Guidelines & Eligibility

Any chapter who did not defer their 2022 Catalyst Grant is eligible to apply for a 2023.

Application Close Date: December 15, 2023
First Disbursement of 2023 Grant Monies:
February 15, 2023

For more information reach out to Chapter Relations Manager, Aleida Fuertes at afuertes@iida.org.

IIDA Chapter Awards

The IIDA Chapter Awards recognize outstanding chapter achievement, best practices, and program excellence. The awards celebrate the exceptional efforts and contributions IIDA Chapters make to the interior design profession.


This year, the Chapter Awards are becoming the IIDA Changemaker Award. To align with the most recent IIDA membership campaign, the IIDA Changemaker Award will be representative of your chapter’s crowning achievement of the past year. Up to four winners may be selected by the judges based on the merit of submissions. How has your chapter changed design in your area? Tell us today!

How to Apply:


Submit creative materials and read the creative materials requirements for the IIDA Changemaker Award here.

Why Should You Enter Your Chapter?

  • Be recognized by your peers and members as a chapter of excellence with our IIDA Changemaker Award.
  • Be featured in DesignMatters and on the IIDA website for your chapter accomplishments.
  • A chance to share your best programs and practices with your fellow IIDA leaders at the next IIDA Chapter Leadership Conference (CLC).