AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGNERS :: ASID

www.asid.org

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, we strive to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Our 30,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

ASID inspires and enriches our members by promoting the value of interior design, while providing indispensable knowledge and experiences that build relationships. The Society’s 16,000 practicing interior designers work in all areas of commercial and residential design. Professional members of ASID must pass rigorous acceptance standards, including a combination of accredited design education and/or full-time work experience and passage of a two-day accreditation examination administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).

Shop! Enhancing Retail

www.shopassociation.org

Shop! is the global non-profit trade association dedicated to enhancing retail environments and experiences. Shop! represents more than 2,000 member companies worldwide and provides value to the global retail marketplace through our leadership in: Research (consumer behavior, trends, futures), Design (customer experience design, store design, display design, fixture design), Build (manufacturing, construction, materials, methods, logistics, installation), Marketing (in-store communications, in-store marketing, technology, visual merchandising), and Evaluation (ROI, analytics, recognition/awards). Shop! is the new name for A.R.E. | POPAI The New Association.

ARCHITECTURAL WOODWORK INSTITUTE :: AWI

www.awinet.org

The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI)is a nonprofit trade association founded in 1953. Today, AWI represents nearly 4000 members consisting of architectural woodworkers, suppliers, design professionals and students from around the world.

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL :: FSC

www.fsc.org

FSC is an international not-for-profit membership-based organization that brings people together to find solutions to the problems created by bad forestry practices and to reward good forest management. We are an open, membership-led organization that sets standards under which forests and companies are certified. Our membership consists of three equally weighted chambers — environmental, economic, and social — to ensure the balance and the highest level of integrity.

U.S. Greeen Build Council :: USGBC

www.usgbc.org

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED — the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures around the world.

Every day, USGBC is helping advance spaces that are better for the environment and healthier for us to live, work and play in. Through our community network, continuous collaboration with industry experts, market research publications and LEED professional credentials, USGBC remains a key driving force in the green building sector.

INTERNATIONAL INTERIOR DESIGN ASSOCIATION :: IIDA

www.iida.org

IIDA was founded in 1994 as the result of a merger of the Institute of Business Designers (IBD); the International Society of Interior Designers (ISID); and the Council of Federal Interior Designers (CFID). The goal of the merger was to create an international association with a united mission that would represent Interior Designers worldwide. Since that date, IIDA has worked to convene communities of Interior Designers across regions and specialties representing the interests for the entire community.

RETAIL DESIGN INSTITUTE :: RDI

www.retaildesigninstitute.org

The Retail Design Institute works with colleges and universities to develop retail design programs. We continue to work toward a degreed specialty in retail design through both architecture and design schools. The Institute promotes continuing education to improve the skill sets of working professionals. Each Chapter is required to hold at least four Continuing Education meetings each year. Most Chapters are AIA and IIDA CEU providers. Through workshops and seminars highlighting new and noteworthy trends, the Institute engages the retail community at large to share accomplishments in retailing and retail store design. At the point a career move is on the horizon, the Institute is there for members. We maintain a jobsite for members seeking a new challenge. The site is set up for employment opportunities, positions wanted and a resume posting service. We work with most retailers and recruiters and are rated as one of the top six placement services in the industry. Most Institute Chapter meetings have a social aspect (meet and greet) prior to the program event. In general, Chapters hold two social events every year that might range from a holiday party, to a boat cruise, to a golf tournament. Special events such as a tour of a new retail venue combine learning and pleasure.

NATIONAL WOOD FLOOR ASSOCIATION :: NWFA

www.nwfa.org

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing all segments of the hardwood flooring industry, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, installers, importers/exporters, inspectors, and consultants.