ASID, IIDA Merger Talks End

ASID, IIDA Merger Talks End

Washington, DC Exploratory discussions regarding a possible merger between the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) have ended, with leaders of both associations concluding that a merger would not be "in the best interests of our respective members."

The associations, which ended the merger talks in mid-July, had been engaged since February in discussions aimed at exploring whether the two organizations should combine to form a single association "representing the entire design profession."

"Members who expressed their views about a merger strongly supported the concept of establishing a single association," said ASID president Barbara Nugent. "Although the leaders of both associations also hoped to realize that goal, we were unable to reach agreement on several critical structural and cultural issues," Nugent added.

Nugent said that while both sides were "disappointed" by the outcome of the talks, the associations "have agreed to continue to communicate and cooperate on issues affecting our members and the profession as a whole."