65 Years of Interior Design in Manitoba

Posted by: Stephen Lamoureux 3 years, 2 months ago


In 1949, a group of student interior designers at the University of Manitoba formed the Society of Student Interior Designers (S.S.I.D.). The Society’s first objective was “to obtain Legislative recognition of Interior Designers in Manitoba and later in Canada.”  As a result of the groundwork initiated by the S.S.I.D, an organization of professionals was formed; the Manitoba Institute of Interior Designers (M.I.I.D.). Shortly thereafter, members of the M.I.I.D group submited a bill to incorporate an Act cited as “the Interior Designers Act”. The professional organization name was revised for the passing of the Bill to the Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba (I.D.I.M).

On March 17, 1954 the act to incorporate the Interior Designer’s Institute of Manitoba was passed by the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba under Bill No. 38.  Further, on May 26, 1981, The I.D.I.M petitioned the Provincial Government to preserve and protect the name and profession of Interior Design. This resulted in our current name, The Professional Interior Designer’s Institute of Manitoba (The PIDIM). The legislation gave self-governing powers to The PIDIM, including the formal complaints and discipline process which the government considers mandatory in all professional legislation.  Two lay people were appointed as representatives of the public.

In January 1982, Manitoba was the second province to enact legislation creating an Interior Design profession.  The Interior Designers Act had become law, under the conditions the association would be renamed The Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba (The PIDIM), and only recognized members would be permitted to use the title Professional Interior Designer,  The PIDIM would be responsible for professional development, admission standards, and ethical conduct.

On Thursday October 17, 2019, The Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba will be celebrating 70 years of interior design organization and our official 65th Anniversary as an Association.  To mark these celebrations The PIDIM will be holding a Black Tie Gala at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to celebrate this milestone and the foresight of that "group of student interior designers at the University of Manitoba" so many years ago.   The Manitoba Alberta Saskatchewan Interior (MASI) Design Awards will be celebrating interior design in the prairies at the Gala.  The Manitoba Design Exposition will be held on Wednesday October 16, 2019 (Exhibitor packages will be sent out soon) and the Provincial interior Design Regulator (PIDR) bodies will be hosting their Presidents meeting in Winnipeg on October 18, 2019.

Mark your calendars now for an exciting week of design in Winnipeg, MB this October!!!!

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