The project Building on Connections for a Stronger Profession aims to professionalize the organisation and to increase recognition and strengthen the profession. This project is supported by the Creative Europe Programmme.
Creative Europe is the European Commission's framework support programme designed to help the cultural and creative sectors. The Call for European Networks for cultural and creative organisations that came out in 2021 aims to support about 30 networks covering cultural and creative sectors. ECIA is selected as one of that 30 networks!
The project wants to call attention to the fact that the profession of interior architect/designer needs recognition at a local, national and EU level. The aim of this project is based on two main objectives:
- Professionalize the organisation ECIA and
- Increase recognition and strengthen the profession.
Only then can interior architects /designers have the general recognition by the public and legislative bodies they need to unleash their full potential and increase their positive impact on society and the environment.
In essence, the goal is to promote an environment in which interior architects/designers can practice the profession in an effective and relevant way for society. By doing so, this project will also enhance the capacity of interior architects to be active at international level in Europe and contribute to the Green Deal, both priorities of this call.
The project BCSP will run for 3 years and is divided in the following subprojects:
- Spider Models Research
Description: To collect data to be able to get a good overview on the profession in the different countries of the EU / Europe. This will be done in collaboration with the University of Antwerp.
- Growing the network
Description: Growing the network of ECIA by attracting new members, assisting European countries to set up a NO for interior architects/designers and stakeholders networking.
- Exchanging knowledge
Description: To improve the skills of the professionals by organising workshops, trainings on various topics (also on topics like New Green Deal and Renovation Wave) with different partners (NO’s, universities, other organisations).
- ECIA Interior Award
Description: Organising a competition that will identify good practices in our profession.The best projects will be promoted with various publications and a travelling exposition.
- Promoting the ECIA Charter
Description: Promotion of the ECIA Charter of Interior Architecture Training, as a tool to work towards a higher standard for Interior Architects/Designers education (and consequently the profession) in the EU. This includes also the organisation of a Charter Networking Conference (in collaboration with Subprojects 3 and 6).
- Representing the network
Description: Representing the network by setting op policy work groups to brainstorm and to discuss about policy and regulatory questions, organise stakeholder events and ECIA round tables