Interior Design Professional Societies
Interior design societies were created to give those professionals working in the field access to information and resources that they wouldn't otherwise have. The member pays a set fee every year and then has access to that information. There are currently two major interior design societies for professionals operating in the United States.
The first of the professional interior design societies is the aptly named Interior Design Society or IDS. They currently have chapters operating in big cities across the country and in over thirty states. IDS hosts several national events every year, and also has a newsletter that's sent to every member several times a year.
The IDS website also allows members to create their own account to stay connected. They can request that the newsletter be sent to their email address, find contact information for other members, and find access to other chapters in the country. In addition they have discounted memberships available for students currently enrolled in an interior design program.
There are four separate levels to membership in the IDS - student, affiliate, associate and professional. Each level has a different price associated and different benefits for members. Those working as an interior designer will find that the professional level contains far more benefits and resources than any of the other levels.
The other of the major interior design societies is the American Society of Interior Designers or ASID. The ASID is one of the oldest professional societies of its kind in the world. They currently have over 20,000 members practicing throughout the world and in a number of different specialties.
One of the benefits of joining the ASID is that it allows members to advertise on their website and in their newsletter. They can also advertise with the ASID logo, which shows others that the company is affiliated with a professional group. The ASID also makes all members adhere to strict rules of conducts and ethics regulations.
The biggest benefit of joining one of the professional interior design societies is that each year they host a number of workshops and seminars that are only open to registered members. These events showcase the newest programs and technologies that are changing the profession. There are also a few events like housing fairs and festivals that members get discounted admission with their membership card. It helps interior designers find brand new products to show clients and meet new manufacturers.
Professional societies devoted to interior design also allow for a host of networking opportunities. Designers have the chance to meet with other designers in their area at the meetings or workshops. It can lead to new clients from referrals of contacts and to new local manufacturers that the other designers use frequently.
Interior designers join professional societies like the IDS and ASID for these reasons and a whole lot more. Many people join while still in college and continue to renew their membership because they continue to learn new things every year and meet new contacts.
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