To many young interior designers, the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam is a looming gateway that they will have to cross through, and seemingly all too soon in their young design careers. It is a cause of stress and anxiety, and rightfully so. The NCIDQ has helped to standardize the professional interior design industry since 1972 and carries the mission statement “to protect the public health, life safety and welfare,” that shows they are not fooling around.
As a governing body of the industry, they were in need of a space befitting of their status. Their new headquarters office in Washington D.C. is a collaborative and innovative space designed by the office of Perkins + Will. The new space is 6000 square feet of efficiency and functionality, including a boardroom, private and open offices, efficient filing storage and a beautiful break out kitchen space. The space, once full of dark woods and traditional furniture, has taken a more playful approach with Pantone color swatches in every shade of green lining the hallways and sleeker furniture choices paired with Louis XV chairs. The marriage of history and functionality, playfulness and efficiency highlights the evolution the interior design industry and hopefully creates a less daunting picture of whate NCIDQ really stands for.
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Post written by our new Marketing and Communications Intern, Maggie Oldmixon. Maggie received her B.S. in Interior Design from Texas State University and was the IIDA Student Chapter Vice President before graduating in 2009. She has held numerous internships in the Interior Design field and is excited to be a part of the IIDA Headquarters team.