One of the remarkable experiences during the past year as President of ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario) was to participate in the regional think tank for “Design Frontiers: the Interiors Entity” (DFIE) held by IFI (International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers) at Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design. The 16 participants were university professors from Design, Architecture, and Landscape, in addition to principals of Toronto design firms.

The discussions were challenging and thought provoking, however the definitive outcome was published this spring with the culminated “IFI DFIE Interiors Declaration”. The declaration encapsulates the true meaning and definition of our profession with reference to our role within the human community. View the video of John M. Fly, Chair of the IFI Outcomes Declaration Committee, delivering the IFI DFIE Interiors Declaration (below):

“It is the nature of Humankind not only to use spaces, but to fill them with beauty and meaning.

Skillfully designed spaces can arouse in us a sense of purpose, or a sense of the profound.

In the spaces that are important to us, we experience not only a sense of place, but a sense of who we are, and of what we can be.

Thoughtfully designed spaces help us learn, reflect, imagine, discover and create.

Great spaces are indispensable for great creative cultures. They encourage connections between people, ideas and entire fields of thought.

As design professionals, our knowledge enables us to form spaces that respond to human needs. These human spaces are the domain of our competence, our passion and our work.

We use space responsibly. We practice our profession with highest regard for engaging the world’s economic and natural resources in a sustainable manner. We design for health, safety, well-being and the needs of all.

It is, after all, for Humanity, our ultimate client, that we design.

We shape the spaces that shape the human experience.

This is what we do, what we create, what we give.

It is how we earn our place at the human table.

It is why our work is important to our clients, to our societies and to ourselves.

It is the difference we make and why we choose this noble profession.”