Institute of Interior Design prepares to mark half century

The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) has confirmed plans to commemorate its 50th anniversary next year.

The organisation’s annual conference will be taking place at Portland Place, London in June, with the institute confirming this week that the theme will be ‘Who do we think we are?’

Daniel Hopwood, the president of the BIID, said: “As well as looking back over the past fifty years, our anniversary year presents us with the perfect opportunity to look ahead to discuss the future for the interior design profession.

“We hope that next year’s conference will be the perfect platform to encourage debate and the exchange of ideas as we look at the issues impacting the sector from a historical context through to the complexity of the modern day multi-disciplinary designer.”

A line up of influential speakers will debate provocative topics, such as: What role has mass media played in the evolution of our profession? Does the role of the interior designer need to change in the face of the new “instant expert” culture? And why don’t we get more respect from our peers and the general public?

Last year, more than 250 people attended the event, with Lee Penson, Shashi Caan and Tim Mutton among the leading lights who took part.

The conference will also offer the opportunity for the institute to present its honorary fellowships, recognising those individuals whose work has had a lasting impact on the profession.

The BIID started life as the Interior Decorators and Designers Association in 1965 and was recognised as the industry’s pre-eminent body in 2009, when it was granted institute status.

More details about the conference including the keynote speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.  To find out more visit