The Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN) was established to address the major problems that exist in the interior design industry in Nigeria, principally the absence of any:
voluntary association to stimulate and promote professionalism in the practice
legal regime, statute or regulation governing the interior design industry
institution offering comprehensive professional training in interior design
To promote excellence in interior design through education, training and continuing professional development of practitioners
Register all practicing interior designers in Nigeria
Provide the platform from which all interior designers may lend a collective voice to government and industry initiatives
Increase public awareness and promote the relevance of professional interior design in building the economic and cultural wealth of the Nigerian society
Maintain the highest professional and ethical standards of interior design through the education and training of practitioners
Establish a training institute to deliver high-value business tools and address issues that affect practitioners
Provide networking support and forge strategic partnerships within the interior design community in Nigeria and internationally organising yearly interior design fairs.
The establishment of an interior design institute. IDAN Training Institute The mission of the IDAN Training Institute is to bridge the educational gap in the interior design industry in Nigeria. The IDAN Training Institute will also offer a broad range of interior-related training services to enable Nigerians to recognise, create and take advantage of the educational and economical opportunities in the interior design industry.
Presently, interior design is not considered or offered as a discipline in any tertiary institution in Nigeria. The resulting gap prevents Nigerian interior designers from competing on the same platform as their international counterparts. It also results in a lack of professionalism and standard for the responsible practice of interior design in Nigeria.
According to the International Federation of Interior Designers (IFI), the professional Interior Designer is a person qualified by education, experience and skills, who identifies researches and creatively solves problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment. A professional interior designer also performs services related to interior spaces, including programming, design analysis, space planning, aesthetics and inspection of work on site using specialised knowledge of interior construction, building systems and components, building regulations, equipment, materials and furnishing. They prepare drawings and documents relative to the design of interior spaces, in order to enhance the quality of life and protect health, safety and welfare of the public.