English Summary

What is the BDIA?
The „Bund Deutscher Innenarchitekten“ BDIA („Association of German Interior Architects/Designers) is the professional association of the Interior Architects/Designers in Germany. The BDIA promotes and strengthens the professional organization and the practice of the Interior Architects/Designers. It exerts itself as an occupational representation of its members for the importance in the public as well as opposite to the economic system and politics. It corporates at European and international level. The Association accompanies the education of the rising generation and takes an interest in their further professional development. It creates a platform for information, communication and exchange of experience. Various service performances are offered to the members.

Who is a member in the BDIA?
The membership in the BDIA is voluntary. At present 2000 people are associated in the BDIA. Members are freelance or employed Interior Architects/Designers. A Membership is also possible for Interior Architecture/Design students as well as certified engineers of the course of interior architecture/design studies who are not registered as Interior Architects/Designers in the Chamber of Architects. There is also the possibility for contractors/entrepreneurs to become members in the promoter circle of the BDIA.

What is the work of the Interior Architects/Designers?
Modern necessities of life and an enhancing demand on quality place the highest claims to today’s culture of construction and space. Interior Architects/Designers employ themselves with these social requirements and put this into creative design and organization of living spaces. A balanced, thought-out interior architecture raises the value of a building decisively. The creativity and the professional know-how of the interior architect/designer help the owner to do justice to the high demand to the entire quality of a building, from which emerges a multilateral requirement profile of an interior architect’s/designer’s task. It is their main effort to design and plan interiors , and under certain circumstances provide pertinent technical and economical changes to buildings, while supervising the realization. Interior architects/designers are also responsible for the observance of the public-legal terms (e.g., country building code). Interior architects/designers arrange for the necessary construction authorization for building permit procedure. The interior architect/designer is a specialized planner for the inside of the architecture. Their main work pertains to restoring old buildings, and the reconstruction and the modification of existing buildings. Exhibition sites and retail projects, fair design, conceptual development for restaurants, hotels and offices are other fields of activity. The borders of neighboring disciplines like architecture and design overlap. Consequently, competent/expert partners are selected – according to the object or project. The honorarium of the performances of an interior architect/designer takes place according to the fee order for architects and engineers HOAI. The job title interior architect/designer is protected in Germany: Only after completing university studies and the following professional experience as an interior architect/designer is registered in the list of architects of the respective country, entitles one to be called interior architect/designer.