Projects are special themes that are worked out by ECIA.
Spider Models Research
In Europe the regulation of the profession of interior Architecture is very diverse. On the occasion of the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of ECIA (Pärnu 2017), the board started to work on this “overview” by defining the important criteria and building up a spider model as a way of showing both the diversity and the similarity in general and in the criteria axes. With this model, ECIA would like to make the diversity visible for our members and give them an instrument to show the regulating bodies in their countries the possibility of positioning our profession.
This descriptive study of 2017 was a good start. In 2020 ECIA started a pre-study for extending this project with a more analytical and more scientifical research. University of Antwerp is working on this pre-study research, the results will be presented during the General Assembly of 2021.
New European Bauhaus
ECIA welcomes the New European Bauhaus initiative, as presented by the EU Commission President Ms U. von der Leyen in her State of the Union speech (2020). ECIA joins the initiative of the Architect' Council of Europe to group several pan-European organisations representing architects, spatial planners, landscape architects, interior architects, engineers, designers, artists, educators and researchers of the built environment, and more broadly the cultural and creative sectors. This Collective joins forces to collectively support the development and implementation of the New European Bauhaus. By doing so, they consider that the strategy can be a game-changer in the transition to a more sustainable economy and society and bring the Green Deal closer to citizens, for their well-being. It opens the door to a more holistic approach to our built environment, seeking to enhance, at the same time, economic, social, environmental and cultural values, as well as access to culture and cultural participation.
The NEB Collective released in November 2020 a Statement “Making the Renovation Wave a cultural project” to express initial views on the New European Bauhaus and offer its support to the Commission. It also released a Statement of the New European Bauhaus Collective (NEBC) on Public Procurement. On 29 April 2021, the New European Bauhaus Collective (NEBC) organised an online conference 'Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project’. The conference was attended by around 800 participants from various backgrounds. You can watch the recordings and download the conference report.
Revision of the Charter (2020)
The Charter of Interior Architecture Training serves as a reference document for the Interior Architecture profession and educational institutions to define objectives and scope of Interior Architecture training, and to describe the standard of the entry level to the profession. The main purpose of the revision was to clarify the requirements for the training of an Interior Architect from the perspective of practice, check if these were appropriately pictured and ensure that changes in society were reflected in the necessary qualifications, as described in an upgraded charter. In the revision of the Charter, the most significant changes are the need to design with an awareness of environmental issues, increased social responsibility and the use of digital technology. The definition of the profession of Interior Architect used in the 2013 charter has been re-worked and expanded in the 2020 Charter in order to reflect the work and position of the profession today. You can download the 2020 Charter here.
Examples is a project set up by ECIA and was presented during the GA in 2013 in Amsterdam. It is an overview of examples of interior architecture of all the member countries. You can download the presentation here. Currently, new examples of interior architecture projects from members of our National Organisation, are shown on the homepage of this website. Information on the projects can be found by pressing the i-button in the right lower edge of the picture.