ECIA provides the foundation for excellence in the interior architecture profession by setting standards for education and training. All ECIA national organizations signed the ‘European Charter of Interior Architecture Education’ in 2000. This document set standards for the education objectives and fields, the outline of the teaching curriculum and the course of studies for 5 year full time higher education in interior architecture. It also set the basis for the national organizations membership policy.
In 2004 the ECIA member organizations agreed to implement common admission standards for individual membership of Interior Architects, based upon the “European Charter of Interior Architecture Education”. Subsequently a guest membership was introduced to support Associated Interior Architects when working, teaching or studying abroad.
The ‘Bologna Declaration’ introduced a Europe-wide harmonization of educational systems, including readable and comparable degrees, adopting a system of two main cycles (Bachelor/Master) and establishing a system of credits (ECTS).
As a result Interior Architecture education in many European countries was reconsidered and revised, leading to the introduction of new Master courses and even PhD programs.
For 2 years an ECIA working group has been working on a complete revision of the original “European Charter of Interior Architecture Education”. This document, "the European Charter of Interior Architecture Training 2007", was approved by the General Assembly on 15 September 2007 in Amsterdam.
The document aims to encourage the development of Interior Architecture training in Europe and to monitor and review their compatibility with the aims and standards of the European Council of Interior Architects and its member organizations.
Following the success of the introduction of the `European Charter of Interior Architecture Training' ECIA now introduces a recognition program for courses in Interior Architecture/Design and an educational membership for recognized institutions. With this program ECIA aims to further the quality of professional education in Interior Architecture/Design in Europe and enhance the exchange of people, services and knowledge. ECIA Recognition offers schools a quality seal that endorses students, faculty and alumni. ECIA Educational Membership provides a platform for the exchange of best practices, harmonization of standards, coordination of research projects and educational and professional development.