Aims and Status


Interior Educators (IE) is an organisation established by academics representing well-established Interior design / interior architecture courses from across the UK. It is a unique group in that it provides a forum for debate and the exchange of ideas and practice effecting the education of designers of interior space. It is currently the only relevant and influential mouthpiece for interiors education and educators in the UK. At the present time it meets formally twice each year.


IE’s overarching charitable objectives are:

  • to advance education in the subjects of interior design, interior architecture and related disciplines; and
  • to prevent and relieve poverty and financial hardship among those persons, in particular students and prospective students of interior design, interior architecture and related disciplines, who are or are at risk of being in need.

IE aims to do this through:

  • the promotion of Interiors education
  • active liaison with any other organisations that concern themselves with Interiors education or have interests in associated areas of work;
  • influencing and informing current thinking and research via the collection and dissemination of information concerning interiors education;
  • the provision of a coherent, collective and representative body through which to articulate current and future common issues and ambitions;
  • financial support to students and prospective students of Interiors education.


IE will represent Interiors education through:

  • the promotion and recognition of excellence and intellectual rigour within the broad range of UK wide Interior Architecture and Design education and research;
  • the advocacy for all affiliated undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Interior Architecture and Design subjects and support the diversity and range of that provision;
  • recognition as the national authority on UK Interior Architecture and Design education and research issues.

IE will provide a mechanism for the recognition of excellence through:

  • publication, citation and research outputs, and for the collective promotion of affiliated programmes
  • contributing representative views too wider environmental / educational debates and forum including CHEAD, CUMULUS, AHRC funding, and research studentships; and
  • coordinating and sharing good practice, external examiners and other subject specialists.


IE will provide a coherent, collective and representative body through which to articulate and common issues and ambitions through:

  • having a creative presence at European and International interior focused forum and conferences;
  • bi-annual meetings – for sharing best practice, responding to common interests and preoccupations and likely trends within the discipline and Higher Education;
  • having an organizational presence at national HE recruitment events;
  • engagement with public Interiors events e.g.100% Design / Ideal Home to provide insight and intelligent critiques; and
  • promoting leading edge research, teaching and learning and practice methods particular to this discipline through established and new routes.

IE will actively liaise with any other organisations that concern themselves with interiors education or have interests in associated areas of work through:

  • design and architectural profession, associated professional, educational and representative bodies and organisations to facilitate reciprocal support and communication between Interiors education and practice;
  • representing and promoting Interior Architecture and Interior Design to education, business, non-governmental organisations, local and national government and policy makers.


Interior Educators strongly denounce racism and inequality of opportunity in any form and fully support BLM in upholding the principles of equality, diversity, progression and access to our subject.

As educators, to address these issues we pledge to:

  1. Adopt and implement a plan of action to understand and eliminate all forms of unconscious bias, in recruitment, assessment, and progression of students and staff.
  2. Support educators to de-colonise the curriculum, develop a plurality of references, sources, and comparative historical and theoretical propositions in order that students may see themselves reflected in cultural, historical and contemporary contributions to the subject.
  3. Provide and create specific space for cultural diversity, through IE publications and at IE events, for the promotion of design from around the globe to encompass design, history and culture.
  4. Take action on the monitoring of BAME students’ access to courses, and the attainment metrics achieved within the subject, to implement a plan of action to ensure parity of experience and outcome.
  5. Act to encourage the recruitment of Black and diversity base staffing in order to evidence an aspirational and inclusive learning environment.
  6. Provide, publicise and implement an ongoing action plan to widen access to the profession, by promotion to schools and colleges through industry engagement, events, and outreach at all levels.