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ASID is the leading professional organization for interior designers with the largest residential and commercial membership. With more than 38,000 members, ASID establishes a common identity for professionals and businesses in the field of interior design. The Society is lead by a volunteer board of directors that includes the Society's president, president-elect, and immediate past president. Daily operations are carried out by a small staff housed in the Society's headquarters in Washington, D.C. ASID Industry Partners include more than 2,100 member firms with nearly 6,000 individual representatives, uniting the professional designer with manufacturers of design-related products and services. The Society's membership also includes more than 11,000 students of interior design. The association has 48 chapters throughout the United States and more than 450 international members. ASID was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1975 with the consolidation of the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID) and the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID). Professional members of ASID must pass rigorous acceptance standards: They must have a combination of accredited design education and/or full-time work experience and pass a two-day accreditation examination administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). ASID promotes professionalism in interior design services and products for the workplace and home. To keep up with the unique needs of its members, ASID conducts independent research on topics related to the practice and business of the profession. ASID designers receive the most current information about appropriate materials, technology, building codes, government regulations, flammability standards, design psychology and product performance. PLEASE NOTE: ASID is not an interior design firm and does not employ interior designers on staff. ASID staff are neither qualified nor at liberty to answer questions about specific design projects.
Of the Society's 21,000 practicing interior designers, approximately 6,000 practice primarily in the commercial field and 4,000 practice primarily as residential designers. The remaining 11,000 work in both commercial and residential design.