IIDA Announces Collaboration with UK-Based Recruitment Specialist Urban to Bring Inclusivity-Driven Hiring Strategies to the U.S.

IIDA is excited to announce the launch of a collaboration with the award-winning U.K.-based interior design and architectural recruitment specialist, urban, to bring their inclusivity-driven hiring solutions stateside with the #BeMoreInclusive campaign.

By connecting firms seeking to hire a diverse workforce with candidates working with urban, the #BeMoreInclusive campaign will ensure that young professionals have access to opportunities and can reach their full potential. Following success in the U.K., IIDA is excited to bring the #BeMoreInclusive campaign to the Chicago and New York markets as a seamless addition to Talent Collective initiatives focused on promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion, facilitating opportunities, and guiding professional development. Programs and services under this initiative include the IIDA’s Design Your World and Talent Collective Consulting.

“There is more positive action needed on the issues of true inclusion in society,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “We know that our members want to do more to resolve this key issue, so when the opportunity came up to collaborate with the leading global architectural and interior design inclusive recruitment specialist, we immediately recognized the significant impact we could make together in our shared passions for equity, diversity, and inclusion.”

Implementing the #BeMoreInclusive initiative in the U.S. with urban will help tackle the shared challenges under-represented communities face in the design industry.

“Our award-winning #BeMoreInclusive program has changed the way the U.K. interior design and architecture industry will recruit forever,” notes urban Program President and Operations Manager, Charlotte Kingsbury. “By collaborating with IIDA, we know we can continue to affect positive change.”

For more information on urban and the #BeMoreInclusive campaign, please contact inclusive@bemoreurban.com. For additional information on IIDA’s Talent Collective, please contact IIDA’s Director of Strategic Sales, Tracey Thomas, Assoc. IIDA, at tthomas@iida.org.


IIDA is the commercial interior design association with global reach. We support design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms, and their clients through our network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. We advocate for advancements in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of interior design as a profession that enhances business value and positively impacts the health and well- being of people’s lives every day. IIDA.org


urban is an architecture & interior design recruitment specialist that provides recruitment solutions exclusively in these industries throughout the U.K., Ireland, Europe, U.S, and the Middle East. They understand the core issues facing the architecture industry in the 21st century and have a passionate interest in striving to make the industry more inclusive. urban ensures their team consists of like-minded individuals that share the same passion, and they are always updating their knowledge of the sector to support and inspire clients and candidates and remain at the forefront of their field. www.bemoreurban.com