1955 – Representatives of five European national associations get together in Munich, Germany, to discuss how they can collaborate to strengthen their associations.
1961 – In a meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, a strong appeal is made to join forces and create an international organization that will stand for the profession at a global level.
1962 – Ten national associations hold a meeting in Bonn, Germany, to discuss the articles and purpose that will set the foundations for a global entity for the Interiors profession.
1963 – The International Federation of Interiors Architects/Designers (IFI)’s founding meeting takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Although there are only European associations present, it is agreed that development will be worldwide.
1972 – As national associations continue to join IFI and its influence expands beyond the European continent, IFI changes its official language from German to English.
1980 – IFI furthers the advancement of educational Interiors programs, obtaining a relationship with UNESCO and putting itself on the map of international non-governmental organizations.
1981 – IFI is joined by Icsid (now World Design Organization-WDO) and International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) in their first joint Congress in Helsinki, leading to a closer collaboration in following years.
1983 – The IFI Resource Council is created, opening its doors to cooperation and support from key firms or industries supplying services or manufacturing products related to Interior Architecture/Design.
1988 – The IFI Forum “25” is held in Copenhagen, Denmark, to celebrate IFI’s 25th Anniversary with the presence of many of the participants of its founding meeting.
1993 – IFI publishes the IFI Green Design Checklist, taking action to further environmental issues and promote sustainability in the Interiors profession.
1997 – The IFI Pro Vitae program is initiated to contribute to social change through Interior Architecture/Design, supporting projects that give back to communities in a wide range of countries, from Sweden to Mozambique.
2003 – At IFI’s XXI General Assembly held in Pune, India, the idea for a global event on Interiors Design is launched: World Interiors Day.
2011 – Following the “Design Frontiers: The Interiors Entity (DFIE) Global Symposium”, the IFI Interiors Declaration is formally produced and signed, a first in the history of the Interiors’ profession.
2014 – IFI celebrates its 50th Anniversary in the XXVI General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, staging a series of multimedia, multi-stage, international events to showcase the innovation and accomplishments of Interior Architecture/Design worldwide.
2015 – IFI establishes its permanent Secretariat in New York, USA, to develop a close alliance with the United Nations and further its advocacy platforms to promote Interiors that serve humanity.
2019 – IFI launches the IFI Global Awards Program (IFI GAP) to recognize the world’s most exemplary individuals and built projects in Interior Architecture/Design, as well as building a single-source repository of preeminent Interiors leadership and projects.
2020 – The IFI Interior Architecture/Design Education Policy (IFI IA/D EP) is revised for its preparedness to embrace and support the next decade now upon us. The document articulates a global benchmark for Interior Architecture/Design education.