Hong Kong Interior Design Association May 2015
HKIDA Happenings
RIDA is ready to start next New Phase of Professionalism

In 2005, the HKIDA initiated RIDA–the Registered Interior Designers Association project, the objective of which is to promote the interior design profession and gain the support of the government as well as the general public for the establishment of a registration system for Hong Kong Interior Designers. We have gone through Phase 1 to Phase 4 in the past 10 years with the support from the practitioners, educational sector and the Government.


And it is a time to review the effort we have made for RIDA. In October 2007, Phase 1 of the RIDA, HKIDA succeeded in getting an internal research grant from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to carry out a background study to examine the feasibility of setting up an interior design registration system in Hong Kong.

The study examined regulations and legislations for the interior design profession in Europe, the USA and Asia, as well as gauge the views of Hong Kong interior design professionals and key stakeholders via interviews and focus group meetings.

Phase 2 of the RIDA project took place in 2009 with a series of seminars on interior design professionalization. Interior design experts from Europe, the United States, China and Taiwan came to Hong Kong to speak about the 3Es of the profession: Education, Experience and Examination. The seminars are intended to inform and educate the public about the development of interior design in other countries, as well as the roles and responsibilities of interior designers.


Phase 3 of the RIDA project is entitled Survey on the 2Es of Interior Design in Hong Kong—Education and Experience. It is the first comprehensive survey of the interior design profession in Hong Kong and the most thorough study out of all the design disciplines ever attempted. This survey is sponsored by the Hong Kong Interior Design Association with funding by the government’s DesignSmart Initiative, and is administered by the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The survey took place between December, 2010 and September, 2011.

Professional Guideline for the Interior Design Industry in Hong Kong is the research outcome of Phase 4 of the RIDA project, initiated by the Hong Kong Interior Design Association. Supported by the Hong Kong government’s CreateSmart Initiative, with research conducted by the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Professional Guideline for the Interior Design Industry in Hong Kong will, for the first time, spell out the knowledge and responsibilities of interior designers of different levels as well as the content and scope of varying levels of academic programs for interior design in Hong Kong.

Implementation of Professional Guideline for the Hong Kong interior design industry is the focus of Phase 5 of the RIDA. The tentative main features include:
  • Organizing a Master Class featuring top international interior designers & educators
  • Research and write the first Hong Kong textbook series for interior design education
  • Implementation and monitoring of a 2-year interior design mentorship pilot scheme for fresh graduates
  • Working with other educational institutions to develop continuing education courses for practitioners
Please keep stay tuned at upcoming E-Newsletter and visit www.hkrida.org for more details.
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