IFI President’s Update


IFI President’s Message
IFI Interiors Declaration Adoption – Shanghai, China

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Having 124 cities adopt the IFI Interiors Declaration is to the extraordinary benefit of not only our profession but all of society as a whole, for when a city adopts the Declaration:

  • The Interiors profession secures legitimacy by being publicly recognized and highlighted by government officials
  • The municipality joins a world-class list of progressive cities leading the way in making a commitment to the well-being of its citizens by Design
  • National professional associations gain leverage at a policy-making level by being officially acknowledged by local authorities
  • A legacy foundation is laid at the civic level for the Interiors profession upon which future generations can continue to build
  • Interior Architecture/Design is honored and celebrated for the fundamental relevance it has in people’s daily lives

We want your city to be the next to take this bold and dynamic step. Join our efforts in advancing Interior Architecture/Design globally and locally by partnering with IFI to promote the IFI Interiors Declaration adoption in your city. Reach out to the IFI Secretariat so we at IFI may offer our full assistance in realizing this goal with you. Esteemed members and friends, with your help we seek to expand the ever-growing list of adopting cities, generating the further impact and influence of the IFI Interiors Declaration and thereby elevating our noble profession and the life-quality of all people worldwide. 

IFI and CIDA Proudly Announce Shanghai Declaration Adoption 

In a momentous ceremony, one of the largest cities in world, Shanghai, became the 122nd city to adopt the IFI Interiors Declaration thereby sending a powerful message to all about the value of our profession. Working hard for the public recognition of the profession, the month of September was both rewarding and significant for the global Interiors discipline and the IFI team. In collaboration with our powerful national members we produced three extraordinary events. These marked the 122nd (Shanghai, 9 September), 123rd (Dalian, 22 September) and 124th (Adelaide, September 26) Declaration adoptions. The world community of Interior Architects/Designers benefits as a whole when the design profession and governmental collaborate to dream and envision a bold and transformative future for our cities, communities and citizens.

Shanghai, CIDA and IFI Join Forces to Recognize the Power of Interior Architecture/Design On September 9, Shanghai adopted the IFI Interiors Declaration through the outstanding efforts of our esteemed member China National Interior Decoration Association (CIDA) and Shanghai Interior Decoration Association (SIDA). We at IFI want to express our gratitude and appreciation for this dedicated effort to raise awareness and significance of Interior Architecture/Design.

During the ceremony Mr. Chen Yue Hua, Vice Director of the Leading Group for the Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries of Shanghai, proclaimed his city’s determination to put design at the core of its economic growth.


Chen Yue Hua (Vice Director, UNESCO Creative City Shanghai Promotion Office) & Sebastiano Raneri (IFI President) sign the historic Interiors declaration


L to R: Shen Guo Chen (Vice President, CIDA), Wu Jun (Vice President, CIDA), Zhang Li (Vice President, CIDA), Liu Yi (President, CIDA), Tao Xiao Nian (Vice President, China National Light Industry Council), Chen Yue Hua (Vice Director, UNESCO Creative City Shanghai Promotion Office), Lilia C.De Jesus (IFI Board Member), Sebastiano Raneri (IFI President), Steve Leung (IFI President Elect) & TIti Ogufere (IFI Board Member) 


Sebastiano Raneri (IFI President) in formal meeting with Mr. Chen Ming Bo (Director, UNESCO Creative City Shanghai Promotion Office)

Celebrating 2016 Shanghai Design Festival

This historic Declaration adoption, along with our most recent IFI Executive Board meeting, took place in the context of the important 2016 Shanghai International Interior Design Festival. It was IFI’s distinct privilege to participate in the opening of its 7th annual celebration, dedicated this year to innovative interior design from Asia. Showcasing the latest trends and insights of Interior Architecture/Design worldwide, this remarkable festival has grown to become a noteworthy international event.


Zhang Li (CIDA Vice President), Liu Yi  (CIDA President), Sebastiano Raneri (IFI President), Steve Leung (IFI President Elect), TIti Ogufere (IFI Board Member) & Lilia C.De Jesus (IFI Board Member)

Top row L to R: 1) Sebastiano Raneri (IFI President), 2) Liu Yi (President, CIDA), giving their speeches
Bottom row L to R: Competition winners receive their awards 1) Horace Pan (Former IFI Board Member, 2011-2014) and 2) Ong Sheng Keat (President, Society of Interior Designers Singapore (SIDS)), 3) CIDA Vice Presidents Shen Guo Chen and Zhang Li (center) with participants during the SIIDF inauguration 

Promoting Life and Design for All
Children from the Autism Care Project, “Angel Voices Salon”, performed for the Festival’s charity auction, celebrating their talent

The entire IFI team was duly inspired by the Shanghai International Interior Design Festival and Declaration adoption. I strongly encourage all cities to adopt the IFI Interiors Declaration. Contact the IFI Secretariat so we may offer our full assistance.Sebastiano 

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