This category of membership is for individuals who are active in, or affiliated with, the furnishings and design industry; or whose function deals with the design industry exclusively. Others include managers, supervisors, executives or associates who work in a design related field; or who spend less that 50 percent of their time in the design industry. Professional members have full voting rights and membership privileges such as serving on local and national boards and committees. Membership dues for Professional Members are $350 per calendar year.
Open to any graduate of a 2 or 4 year higher education program that applies within 1 year of the date of graduation. The membership period is valid for 2 years. A copy of a transcript documenting graduation within one year of submitting an application for associate membership must be with the membership application. Membership dues for Associate Members are $150 per calendar year.
Student Members must be currently enrolled and continue to be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a field related to the design and furnishings industry and not currently working full-time in the design and furnishings field. Proof of current enrollment must accompany the application, as well as a declared major and intended year of graduation. Student members are not eligible to vote or hold office on local or national boards. Membership dues for Student Members are $45 per calendar year.
This category is not available for “open enrollment” but, any member in good standing for the five preceding years and who has retired from active business in the furnishings and design related fields may, upon written request to the Executive Office, change their status to that of “retired.” Retired members retain a voting membership with full membership privileges except they are ineligible to serve on Association/Educational Foundation Boards. Membership dues for Retired Members are $75 per calendar year.
Any individual member who has received the the IFDA Honorary Recognition Award or Trailblazaer Award, Honorary members have voting privileges.
Any member in good standing for the 50 preceding years will be granted status as an “Emeritus Members”. Emeritus Members will no longer be required to pay membership dues. Emeritus Members retain voting membership with full membership privileges except they are ineligible to serve on Association/Educational Foundation Boards.