March 11, 2020

2020-2021 IFI Board Announced


2020-2021 Representatives for Global Interiors Profession Announced at 29th IFI General Assembly in Dubai

A new board of representatives for the global Interior Architecture/Design community from Australia, Brazil, China, Estonia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, South Africa and Turkey were elected by members of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) on the occasion of the 29th IFI General Assembly, IFI’s biennial gathering of international members. These distinguished design leaders will collectively represent the Interiors profession at the world level during this board term.

The IFI Executive Board comprises the President, President-Elect, Past-President and multiple Executive Board Members along with Co-Opted Board Experts, who will work with the IFI CEO to lead the Federation’s activities and provide invaluable insights into the global profession. The new members are leading design practitioners, educators and professional representatives, who represent all world regions.


The 2020-2021 IFI Executive Board includes the IFI President Titi Ogufere, Founder and Editor of Essential Interiors Magazine (Nigeria), and Carlos Eduardo (Cadu) Scheliga, Founder and Director of Questtonó (Brazil) as IFI President-Elect. Steve Leung, IFI President 2017-2020 and Founder of Steve Leung Design Group (China) remains on the IFI Executive Board as IFI Past President.

Joining as IFI Executive Board Members are Suzie Attiwill, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Interior Design, School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT University (Australia); Michael Cruz Pizarro, IDr., Founder/ Principal Interior Designer, MICHAEL PIZARRO INTERIOR DESIGN (Philippines); Victoria Plasencia, Founder, VP Interiorismo, Guadalajara (Mexico); Sezin Hatice Tanrıöver, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul Architecture (Turkey); and Urmo Vaikla, Founder and Partner of Vaikla Studio (Estonia).

Co-Opted Expert Members include Kamy Abrarpour, Founder, by Kamy (Brazil); and Zakkiya Khan, Lecturer of Interior Architecture, Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria (South Africa).

“We are honored to welcome our new Executive Board Members to help guide IFI over this next term and thank them for their passion and commitment to further the Interiors profession at a worldwide level.” SHASHI CAAN

“It is an honor to be instrumental in the furtherance of dialogue through design from developed and emerging communities across the globe.” TITI OGUFERE

“We are pleased to have Ms. Ogufere as the first President of African descent with the unanimous support and vote extended by the IFI members during the General Assembly in 2017. We see this opportunity for IFI, to help to expand and uplift literacy, awareness, fellowship, and cooperation – not just within the discipline of Interior Architecture/Design but also at a societal and cultural level.” STEVE LEUNG

Originally shared via IFI’s newsletter on March 11th, 2020, accessible here; and by media release here.
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