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IIDA College of Fellows

Induction into the College of Fellows honors a Member's achievements and contributions to the profession and the Association. It is the highest and most prestigious honor IIDA bestows.

The College is composed of Members who have demonstrated outstanding and exemplary professionalism and leadership. IIDA Fellows assist in furthering the future of design by serving as mentors to aspiring designers, helping to implement educational programs, serving on committees, and being involved in other important initiatives that reflect positively on the interior design profession, as well as the Association. 

The College of Fellows application process is held annually and is conducted by the Chair of the College together with a jury of selected Members of the College. 

Only Professional Members in good standing, and who have been a Member of the Association for a minimum of five consecutive years, may apply for Fellowship. Only Professional Members may make nominations and Professional Members may nominate themselves.

For general information or any questions concerning the College of Fellows or the application process, contact Karen Kiell, Senior Director of Member Services, at 312.379.5171 or at kkiell@iida.org. You can also consult the Fellows Application FAQ.

2015-2017 Chair of the College of Fellows 

Jim Williamson, FIIDA, LEED AP ID + C
Mid Atlantic Chapter


James (Jim) Williamson is a practicing Interior Designer and Principal at Gensler in the Washington, DC office. In his application, Jim stated: 

jim wiliamson 2015 to 2017 chair of the college of fellows “IIDA professionals play an essential role in shaping how people will live, work, and play in our future. The IIDA College of Fellows represents the foundation and legacy of our Association and its professionals. In the coming year, we will engage our IIDA Fellows to more strongly connect them not only to the future of our Association, but to our members and their future vision of Interior Design. ”