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New education policy for IFI

by Ofentse Sefolo
New education policy for IFI

The recent announcement by the International Federation of Interior Architects / Designers (IFI) signalled a change in the IFI’s Interior Architecture and Design’s Education Policy. Given the transformative change affecting all aspects of society and culture, the organisation deemed it necessary to review its current policy with the aim of aligning it with the technological advancements that are increasingly shaping the architectural and design industries.

Starting in mid-2018, the IFI initiated an extensive revision of the existing IFI Interior Architecture/Design Education Policy (IFI IA/D EP) for its preparedness to embrace and support the next decade.

Global industry engagement
A diverse world community was engaged for contributions and an expert leadership taskforce panel was formed. The proposals obtained through surveys and dedicated members’ feedback were workshopped at the IFI’s General Assembly in Dubai. This process was followed by a fresh draft, which was finalised in September 2020, following collaborative insight to embed important social justice and inclusion criteria.

The revised IFI IA’s new policy is now complete, articulating a global benchmark for Interior Architecture/Design education, based on the profession’s essential needs, future ambitions, global concerns and collective influence.

Titi Ogufere, President of the IFI

Bringing Gravitas
“We think the policy provides vital disciplinary substance and gravitas by going beyond aesthetics to comprehensively address societal issues, well-being and improvement through creative endeavours,” comments Titi Ogufere, President of the IFI.

The new policy’s is structured around the following key points:
• Core tenets shaping graduates’ integrity as professionals (also included in the IFI Interiors Declaration and IFI Advocacy Platforms), ethical practice for overall well-being of people and environment, accurate crediting of work and an upholding of human ethics.

• Consideration of such foundational and evolving factors as technological innovation, globalisation, economics, inclusion and equality, as well as integration of all sustainable / environmental factors.

• Curricular and skills knowledge relevant for advancement of creativity and its practical application to support all life through and by design – including the designer’s life-long learning and adaptability.

Integration of global and local objectives
The policy underlines global objectives for Interiors while supporting integration within local needs and considerations. It empowers and informs discipline of stakeholders (both internal and external) including students, graduates, educators, practitioners, academic institutions, professional associations, policy makers and governments.

IFI ADVOCACY PLATFORMS

The IFI Interior Architecture/Design Education Policy comprises four important areas:
1. Global considerations (aspirational & practical)
2. Graduates’ capabilities and competence
3. Graduates’ qualities
4. Professional guidelines

The president noted that the IFI IA/D EP is a working policy – a living document – that actively engages the IFI and world Interiors community to foster and support the critical nexus between professional practice and education.

For more information visit https://ifiworld.org/

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