What is good interior design?

So how can interior designers better understand and articulate the impact of their work? The five newly created frameworks below, developed by the two Metropolis and some of the nation’s leading advocacy groups, provide crucial advice. And there is much more to expect. IIDA has formed an Equity Council which will soon announce new initiatives; the International WELL Building Institute convened a Health Equity Advisory Committee to develop a rating system; and mindful MATERIALS builds a common framework of materials to guide specifications. (See our NeoCon post, Specifyto learn more about it.)

The problem you hold presents an interior design that recognizes the diversity of sensory needs, access, age and income. The work of Motionspot (“Authorized access,”) Experiences with friends (“Design for Autism”,) and architects designing housing in Los Angeles (“Tackling Los Angeles’ Homelessness Crisis”,) proves that when we go above and beyond to be inclusive, we open up new realms of design possibilities.

All professionals need a clear understanding of what constitutes excellence in their field, and this standard should encourage working for the greater good. I look forward to seeing these varied initiatives coalesce into a vision of how interior design can shape a better future for us all.


If you are an interior designer or work with interior designers, here is a list of promises, commitments and initiatives to help you set standards for your practice:

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