National organizations

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ECIA members are national professional organizations of interior architects / interior designers whose objectives and activities can be described as follows:

  • The member organization is an independent professional body or a section of an umbrella-type professional association that is able to demonstrate that its constitution and statutes comply with the shared ECIA’s objectives.
  • The member organization has the primary objective to develop and promote interior architecture as a profession.
  • The member organization operates on a national level.
  • The member organization can demonstrate that it is endorsed and registered with relevant authority in its member state.
  • The member organization consists of individual members, not of societies or other collective bodies, working as a liberal profession.
  • The individual members of a national organization or its chapters are interior architects /interior designers and comply to the professional and educational standards as set in ECIA policy documents.

The full members of the Effective Member organization as individual interior architects / interior designers shall comply with minimum education standards as follows:

  • 5 years of professional education in accordance with the European Charter of Interior Architecture Training (latest version) plus 1 year of professional practice in an interior architects or architects office, or as a self-employed interior architect, proven by employers recommendation letter and/or by portfolio

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  • 4 years of professional education in accordance with the European Charter of Interior Architecture Training (latest version) plus 2 years of professional practice in an interior architects or architects office, or as a self-employed interior architect, proven by employers recommendation letter or by portfolio

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  • in case of insufficient education, 1,5 year of professional practice is needed as a substitute for every year missed education, proven by employers recommendation letter or by portfolio and checked by an admission committee of the national organization