CIDA’s 2017 Summit Report Forecasts the Future

In spring 2017, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Board of Directors convened a summit of design leaders to consider implications of a 2016 CIDA-commissioned environmental scan. Topics included: global influences, economy, social/demographics, workforce, emerging technologies, industries related to interior design, sustainability/wellness, occupant behavior, and interior and product design. Subject matter experts Whitney Austin Gray, Ph.D., LEED AP, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Delos, New York, NY and Ying Hua, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Director of Undergraduate Studies, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, respectively presented on the topics of health and wellness and occupant-centered design research.

The resulting CIDA 2017 Summit Report summarizes the: 1) big picture trends identified in CIDA’s 2016 environmental scan, 2) forecast implications for interior design discussed at the 2017 summit of leaders, and 3) relevant content and learning for interior design education. The CIDA 2017 Summit Report is available at

CIDA’s annual future scan and summit brings to fruition the organization’s goal to both predict and respond to the myriad rapid changes impacting interior design. CIDA uses the results of the above activities to strategically inform future accreditation standards development. The content is also intended to help inform interior design continuing education content and areas for future research.

“CIDA is always looking ahead in order to position interior design graduates for advancements in the field and also for opportunities to use their knowledge and skills in new and perhaps unforeseen ways. In order to accomplish this, we must forecast the core professional attributes and skills that poise future interior designers for success as the field continues to evolve,” states CIDA Board Chair Lisa Waxman, Ph.D., FIDEC, ASID, LEED AP ID+C, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation is an independent, non-profit, accrediting organization responsible for setting standards and evaluating degree-granting interior design programs. There are 190 CIDA-accredited programs in the U.S., Canada, Qatar, and the UAE.