about ARIDO

about ARIDO

The Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) is the only professional organization for interior designers in Ontario. First established as the Society of Interior Decorators of Ontario in 1934, then Interior Designers of Ontario, the name was changed to the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario in 1984 when the ARIDO Act was passed in the Legislature of Ontario. The act was amended by the passing of Bill Pr6 in 1999 to grant Registered Members who meet ARIDO standards exclusive use of the title Interior Designer in Ontario.

By giving legal standing to the designation of Interior Designer, the government bestows on the title a measure of respect and recognizes the high standards of education, training, and formal examination that professional interior designers meet. The act also safeguards consumers by ensuring that members are fully qualified and possess the most current qualifications. making clear the difference between professional interior designers and those unqualified to offer interior design services. Any person in Ontario who is not a Registered member of the Association is guilty of an offense if he or she uses the designation Interior Designer or ARIDO.

In 2009, Ontario's interior design profession celebrated its 75th anniversary. In order to preserve ARIDO's rich history, a video was created to commemorate 75 years of interior design excellence.

Since its inception in 1934, ARIDO has grown to become the largest professional group of Interior Designers provincially and is the largest provincial regulatory member organization of Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), the national advocacy association.

As a professional body, ARIDO's mandate is to regulate the interior design profession in Ontario for the betterment of the profession and in the best interests of the public. ARIDO sets standards for admission into membership, including education and experience standards, Practice Standards, professional development requirements as well as adherence to a Code of Ethics and Practice Standards.

ARIDO counts more than 1,800 Registered and Intern interior designers as members, representing all areas of specialty including corporate, residential, retail, hospitality, healthcare and institutional. The Association has a total membership of over 3,300 in Registered, Intern, Educator and Student categories.