The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) recognizes the role of interior design professionals to “design green” to maximize the positive impact of design in the development of buildings, products and spaces that minimize environmental harm, as well as enhance the quality of life and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. IFI advocates the designer’s role in protecting the environment to policy makers, governments, institutions and individuals. IFI also supports policy reinforcing key principles of environmental stewardship: including the use of safe products and services; protecting the atmosphere and use of environmentally safe energy sources; and the use of sustainable materials and resources.
Socially Responsible Design
IFI believes it is a mandate to use Interior Architecture/Design as a tool to improve the quality of life and uphold human dignity for all. Socially Responsible Design can help alleviate a range of problems caused by poverty, illness, lack of basic shelter, or badly designed physical environments. IFI advocates supporting the human dignity of all people through Interior Design by changing the perception that design remains the domain of an elite segment of the world’s population; and encouraging professional designers to use their best abilities as creators and innovators to solve social and environmental problems.
IFI Advocates Universal Design to ensure that, although people may have temporary or permanent disabilities, they do not necessarily have to be challenged by their environment or prevented from full participation in society. IFI also supports the need for barrier-free design that addresses an entire human life span with dignity and respect. IFI advocates that designers be sensitive and responsive to the needs of all people; that public accessibility is extended within any environment as the norm rather than as the exception for special needs; and that design serves the maximum number of all people.
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