Student Membership

Why Join?

IIDA Student Membership provides students enrolled in an interior design program the resources they need that are not available on campus. Being a student member introduces you to our vibrant design community, with opportunities to create meaningful relationships, network with professionals, and build opportunities for your professional future as you gain valuable skills.

Membership gives students access to resources such as mentoring programs, online newsletters, career center, and joining your school’s campus center. Benefits include exclusive eligibility to use your Student IIDA acronym after your name demonstrating your credibility and maximizing your professional exposure.

Benefits to You as a Student Member

  • Student Appellation, exclusive eligibility to use your Student IIDA acronym after your name demonstrating your credibility and maximizing your professional exposure.
  • Attend Member-Only events.
  • Campus Centers, a design-oriented group on your campus which provides opportunities to interact with other IIDA Student Members, organize events, take on leadership role, and work closely with local Chapter leaders.
  • Be a recognized contributor to the local design community.
  • Get discounted tickets to select Chapter and City Center events.
  • Receive free admission to select continuing education courses and forums.

Oregon Resources & Opportunities

National Resources & Opportunities

  • Student of the Year
    Recognizes an IIDA Student Member who has significantly impacted their school’s interior design program through outstanding leadership, insight, and involvement.
  • Student Design Competition
    Celebrates the talent of interior design students and provides the opportunity to showcase your work and gain exposure in the interior design industry.
  • Wilsonart Essay Competition
    The Wilsonart Student Education fund was established to provide financial support for activities directly related to the advancement of the professional development of IIDA Student Members.
  • Campus Center Awards
    The IIDA Campus Center Awards recognize outstanding achievement by an IIDA Campus Center through the development of superior programming that enhances the interior design profession at the student and local levels.
  • IA Diversity in Design Scholarship Fund
    The IIDA Foundation, in partnership with IA Interior Architects, has created the IA Interior Architects Diversity in Design Scholarship Fund, which recognizes that creating a diverse design community is paramount in making the world of design a more inclusive and innovative place.
  • John Nelson Sr. Legacy Scholarship
    The John J. Nelson Sr. Legacy Scholarship Fund was created to benefit and further the study of interior design and architecture by students of African American descent who are currently enrolled in a U.S. not-for-profit CIDA or NASAD accredited interior design or NAAB accredited architecture program.

Become an IIDA Student Member Today!

To apply online or to download an application for student membership, click here.

Recently graduated from design school? Click here to learn about what to do next.

Oregon Interior Design Programs

  • University of Oregon
    – Bachelor & Masters of Interior Architecture
    – CIDA Accredited
  • George Fox University
    – Bachelor of Fine Arts: Interior Design Major
    – Non CIDA Accredited
  • Oregon State University
    – Bachelor of Science: Interior Design Major
    – Non CIDA Accredited
  • Portland Community College
    – Associate of Applied Science: Interior Design Major
    – Non CIDA Accredited

Student Liaisons

Student Liaisons are IIDA Student members who are part of the IIDA Oregon Chapter Board. Each one represents a design program from within the state of Oregon and assists in coordination of on-campus activities and in the programming of events that bring value to our student members.

Find out who your school’s Student Liaison is here.


What is CIDA?
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally. For more than 35 years, this knowledge-driven organization has been passionately committed to the ongoing enrichment of the interior design profession through identifying, developing, and promoting quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers, and then encouraging, accrediting, and supporting educational programs to aspire to those standards.

For Students and Parents
Deciding what career you would like to pursue and selecting a college to attend are big decisions. Many factors impact your decision – mobility, affordability, personal preference, etc. Students naturally want to select the most promising educational program available to them. Selecting an interior design program that is CIDA accredited is a good start. CIDA employs a thorough review process for programs using quality standards established by the profession for entry-level education. CIDA’s accreditation process is focused solely on interior design programs that culminate in a professional-level degree. Interior design programs that voluntarily undertake the CIDA accreditation process demonstrate a strong commitment to quality and continual improvement.

How Accreditation Benefits You as a Student
Enrolling in a CIDA accredited interior design program means you can be confident that the program meets standards recognized by the profession and fulfills education requirements necessary for your entry into the profession upon graduation. An accredited program has voluntarily placed itself before the scrutiny of the profession – investing time, energy, and money – to ensure the education you receive will not only serve you during your time at the school, but also position you for the future of professional growth.

Curious to learn more about choosing a design program? Reach out to the IIDA Oregon Chapter Student Affairs team or a member of the Board of Directors here!