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Accessible Design

Interior and exterior designs along with products and technologies that are useable by individuals with disabilities.

Adaptable Design

the planning and construction of designs that anticipate future changes that may be required due to health related issues and promotes supporting independent living for individuals.


the act of granting approval of a program of study by an independent official review board after meeting specific requirements.


(American Society of Interior Designers), professional association for interior designers. Their mission is to advance the profession through education, knowledge, advocacy, community building and outreach efforts; founded in 1975 by merging the AID and NSID.


a period of two years

Built Environments

refers to the man-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, ranging from personal shelter to neighborhoods to the large scale commercial surroundings.

CBD - Certified Bath Designer

an individual that specializes in the design of bathrooms and that has met the knowledge, experience and examination requirements for NKBA.

CKD - Certified Kitchen Designer

an individual that specializes in the design of kitchens and that has met the knowledge, experience and examination requirements for NKBA.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation- (CIDA)

an independent, non-profit accrediting organization that identifies, develops and promotes quality standards for the education of entry level graduates in the field of interior design.

IIDA - International Interior Design Association

founded in 1994 with the merger of Institute of Business Designers (IBD), the International Society of Interior Designers (ISID) and the Council of Federal Interior Designers (CFID). Merger created an independent organization whose mission is to represent interior designers worldwide and promote the quality of life through excellence in the profession.


authorization or official approval to act

NASAD - National Association of Schools of Art & Design

an accrediting organization for colleges, schools and universities in the United States that establishes standards for graduate and undergraduate degrees; founded in 1944.

NSID - National Society of Interior Designers

the second national organization that was founded in 1957 to promote the field of interior design and interior designers as professionals.

NCIDQ - National Council for Interior Design Qualification

an independent non-profit organization that regulates the licensing requirements and examination of individuals seeking licensing in the profession of interior design.

NKBA - National Kitchen and Bath Association

an international non-profit association for kitchen and bath professionals that provides resources, promotes professionalism and ethical business practices.


a title act that regulates the use of a title and is controlled by an independent professional organization instead of the governing board.

Sustainable Design

an integrative approach that seeks to create environments that are livable and promote health, safety and well-being without impacting the environment.

TBAE - Texas Board of Architectural Examiners

a government agency that was founded in 1937 to regulate the examination, registration and practices of multiple design professionals including architecture, interior design and landscape architecture in the State of Texas.

Title Act

a law that regulates the use of a title and raise public awareness of the required qualifications for specific professions.

Interior Designer

a licensed professional who specializes in designing architectural interiors including creating construction documents, specifications and selection of finishes and furnishings.

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