As a non-regulated profession, consumers were regularly misled by interior design hobbyists masquerading as professional designers. The general public needed a way to identify and qualify an interior designers’ competence. As well as this, interior designers needed to distinguish themselves from untrained practitioners.
SBID founder, Dr Vanessa Brady OBE, accepted the challenge to tackle the risks and opportunities within the professional practice of interior design with a vision to professionalise the industry. SBID was formed in 2009 to serve, promote and protect the profession of interior design in the UK.
For over a decade, SBID has been working to address the reputation of professional interior designers, and as a growing organisation for interior design, the brand is now recognised by industries around the world for promoting the highest professional standards.
SBID has achieved a remarkable position within the interior design and fit-out sector, where the designers’ scheme is procured. As the UK’s professional design organisation for interior design, SBID has supported apprenticeships in collaboration with the National Shopfitters Association since 2009. Together, both organisations have showcased industry experience and knowledge requirements for best practice in overlapping sectors by developing initiatives that provide opportunities for new market entrants. By request from designers seeking trustworthy, reliable and competent specialist contractors, SBID formed an approved national fit-out company list for designers to source for their projects. This completed SBID’s 360-degree industry vision, first submitted to government in January 2009, when the challenge to professionalise UK interior design practice was accepted.
To ensure interior designers continue learning and developing, SBID introduced the pioneering first requirement in the UK for defining professional accreditation with a 3-point combination of a degree in interior design, ongoing training and work experience. This series of measures defined interior design professionals with SBID Accreditation.
Associate Membership is also available for emerging interior designers on their journey to achieve full accreditation.
The SBID Awards is intrinsically linked with SBID brand values. Showcasing the qualities of professional practice and the value of industry innovation, the Awards demonstrate the calibre of design excellence that SBID serves to protect. Championing and promoting interior design on its global stage to inspire standards and industry growth. Widely featured in press and media, the programme gives insight into the latest developments and design trends; highlighting the value that interior design brings to businesses and homes, as well as its impact on health, wellbeing and the built environment.
Interior design standards: SBID has led the profession to drive greater collaboration between academia and design practice. It set pioneering standards for professional practice and conduct, and has consequently become a global name supporting government campaigns for public protection and design rights.
Interior design awards: SBID’s global interior design awards programme, SBID International Design Awards is recognised as a leading industry event, receiving entries from 49 countries and becoming the first interior design award scheme to be accredited with the GOLD Standard Awards Trust Mark by The Independent Awards Standards Council.
Interior design training: SBID created pioneering criteria to accredit CPD content through the SBID Accredited CPD Programme which is designed to support ongoing industry training. To join the membership, designers must partake in annual CPD learning. Like all other recognised professions, this obligatory member requirement keeps designers skills relevant and up to date.
Interior design business: SBID provides members with access to a suite of Professional Service Contracts to help interior designers to establish clear contractual relationships. Contracts for large scale projects are endorsed by government and exclusively provided to SBID by NEC Contracts to facilitate project procurement and define legal agreements. SBID also provide a short contract for small projects included with annual membership fees.
(1) The Design Council
The SBID champion best practice and knowledge sharing in the profession of interior design by creating routes to market in the industry for all design professionals.
Collectively we have the experience, ability and tenacity to create a valued industry voice locally, nationally and around the world.
On behalf of its members, the SBID has protected, promoted and celebrated the interior design profession.
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