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International Interior Design Association

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Member of the Year Application Requirements


Who Should Enter

IIDA Members in good standing are eligible to nominate or to apply for this award. Current International Board Members and IIDA Student Members are not eligible to apply for this award. The candidate must be an IIDA Member for a minimum of five consecutive years.

Materials Required

Candidate Statement: 300 words maximum, documenting the candidate's superior achievements and volunteer contributions to the Association.

Resume/Volunteer Activities: The candidate will include a professional resume and a listing of all IIDA volunteer activities in which he/she has participated. List volunteer activities in the following format:

  • Chapter
  • Name of Event
  • Year
  • Role/Responsibility

Four letters of recommendation: Letters from IIDA members in good standing who know the candidate well and can support the candidate’s qualifications and achievements.

  • One recommendation letter must be from an IIDA Chapter leader from the past three years.
  • Each letter must be limited to one page and submitted in PDF format.

Questions: The candidate will answer the following questions in the application:

  • How many years have you been practicing in the interior design profession?
  • What is your design practice specialty?
  • What motivates you as a volunteer?
  • Other than IIDA, what other organizations have you served as a volunteer?
  • Do you have a particular philosophy that you follow?

Video: The candidate will submit one 2-3 minute video answering the following questions:

  • What positive effects have your volunteer efforts had on the Association?
  • What has been your most rewarding volunteer experience?
  • Complete this statement: "I believe IIDA is..."

One headshot (4”X6” or 5”X7”): Only JPG files will be accepted. Image file must not exceed 1MB in size.

Completed Application: Submit all application materials by completing the online application prior to the deadline.


For more information, contact Karen Kiell, senior director of member services, at or 312.379.5171.