The CFAI (French Council of Interior Architects) validates and protects individual professional skills as well as modes of execution, by performing an annual audit of every member.
Since 2007, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique educational programs have been monitored by the CFAI, which has also been involved in degree boards of examiners on a regular basis with respect to interior design architect programs.
Having met all of the quality standards required for the entire program, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique was granted approval on December 6th, 2013 and is now part of the 15 schools in France that are acknowledged by the CFAI.
Students who completed their Spatial Design Bachelor studies (an option in interior design architecture since 2013) and received their degree in 2014 may therefore, whatever their choice of option in postgraduate studies, validate their status and sign up right away with the CFAI with full credential-based entitlement. After 3 years’ working experience, whether freelance or as an employee, they will be granted the title of Interior Design Architect and be listed in the CFAI’s National Directory.
Interior design architects are project managers who take part in the completion of architectural projects and do so by fully committing their responsibility. This makes them one of the very few categories creative professionals who are legally bound to sign an insurance policy relating to project management.
So being a member of the CFAI will facilitate the process of securing compulsory insurance, because the aim of the Council is precisely to vouch for the professional competence of interior design architects. As a result, professionals who are listed with the CFAI are required to comply with the professional duties governing the work of interior design architects, as defined by the council, subject to termination of membership.
The history of the CFAI began with an agreement signed in 1981, where it made a pledge to the CNOA (National Council of the Order of Architects) that it would prove the authenticity of a profession capable of intervening within its specific field, and doing so with a competence that is equal to that of architects in creative, technical and ethical terms.
Nowadays the CFAI enjoys a European standing within the ECIA (European Council of Interior Architects), as well as a global presence through the IFI (International Federation of Interior Architects).
L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is pleased at this time to be in a position to provide its young graduates with an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of this agreement, which will help them to perform their work as interior design architects under the best possible conditions.