Design Organizations in the United States

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  1. AIA


    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the leading professional membership organization for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners. The AIA serves its members through advocacy, information, and community.

    Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC

    Category Architecture Organizations

  2. IIDA


    The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a professional networking and educational association of more than 10,000 Members in 8 specialty Forums, 9 Regions, and more than 30 Chapters around the world committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge.

    Category Interior Design Organizations

  3. AIGA


    AIGA, the professional association for design, is the place design professionals turn to first to exchange ideas and information, participate in critical analysis and research and advance education and ethical practice.

    Category Graphic Design Organizations

  4. The One Club

    The One Club

    The One Club for Creativity exists to support and celebrate the success of the global creative community. We are a diverse tribe of creative thinkers and doers who believe creativity is the most powerful element to business success.

    Category Communication Design Organizations

  5. ASID


    The American Society of Interior Designers is a community of people committed to excellence in design. Members include professional interior designers, interior design students, interior design educators and industry representatives.

    Category Interior Design Organizations

  6. IDSA


    Founded in 1965, the nonprofit Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is one of the oldest and largest industrial design associations, representing thousands of members in dozens of Student Chapters, Professional Chapters and Special Interest Sections in the United States and internationally.

    Category Industrial Design Organizations

  7. SEGD


    Society for Experiential Graphic Design is a global, multidisciplinary community of professionals who plan, design, and build experiences that connect people to place. We are graphic and information designers, fabricators, architects, exhibition designers, technology integrators, interaction designers, brand strategists, students, wayfinding specialists, teachers, and others who have a hand in shaping content-rich, experiential spaces.

    Category Graphic Design Organizations

  8. DMI


    The Design Management Institute (DMI) is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to heighten awareness of design as an essential part of business strategy. Founded in 1975, DMI has become the leading resource and international authority on design management. DMI has earned a reputation worldwide as a multifaceted resource, providing invaluable know-how, tools and training through its conferences, seminars, membership program, and publications.

    Category Design Organizations

  9. Type Directors Club

    Type Directors Club

    The Type Directors Club is the leading international organization whose purpose is to support excellence in typography, both in print and on-screen. With a solid historical background, the TDC today represents the best of today's type design and type use.

    Category Typography Organizations

  10. Van Alen Institute

    Van Alen Institute

    Van Alen Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving design in the public realm through a program of exhibitions, competitions, publications, workshops, and forums, and is an advocate for active and accessible waterfronts.

    Category Urban Design Organizations



    NYCxDESIGN is a not-for-profit organization committed to empowering the city's creative community through design and leveraging design in all its forms to foster transformation and progress forward. The organization makes a difference through live and virtual programs, content, education, and experiences that promote equity, diversity, and purpose in design.

    Category Design Organizations

  12. UCDA


    The University & College Designers Association (UCDA) exists to promote excellence in visual communications for educational institutions. As a professional trade association, we offer annual memberships; professional development opportunities through conferences, summits, and workshops; a quarterly trade publication/magazine; monthly job posting service; and email messaging lists for both working communication professionals as well as design educators.

    Category Graphic Design Organizations

  13. PAVE


    PAVE is a vital and effective organization that enables young talent to build successful careers in all aspects of the retail industry. Our vision is to cultivate students and educators through financial assistance, top industry thinking, inspiration and mentorship.

    Category Retail Design Organizations

  14. Center for Urban Pedagogy

    Center for Urban Pedagogy

    The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. CUP projects demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact our communities, so that more individuals can better participate in shaping them. We believe that increasing understanding of how these systems work is the first step to better and more diverse community participation.

    Category Urban Design Organizations

  15. AIGA SF


    AIGA San Francisco, the professional association for design, is an organization with cross-disciplinary interests that deals with social, ethical and professional challenges. It is the largest professional association for the design community representing San Francisco, Silicon Valley, North and East Bay and the greater Bay Area.

    Category Graphic Design Organizations

  16. IFI


    The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) was founded in Denmark in 1963. The current membership of IFI is 74 members under various categories from 45 countries, collectively representing about 65 000 members. IFI's mission is to expand internationally the contribution of the Interior Architecture/ Interior Design profession, to society through exchange and development of knowledge and experience in education, practice and fellowship.

    Category Interior Design Organizations

  17. Society of Architectural Historians

    Society of Architectural Historians

    The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) promotes the study, interpretation, and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes, and urbanism worldwide for the benefit of all. SAH serves a network of local, national, and international institutions and individuals who, by vocation or avocation, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life.

    Category Architecture Organizations

  18. Letterform Archive

    Letterform Archive

    Letterform Archive is a non-profit center for typography and lettering. The Archive hosts tours and public events as well as serving a global community with publications, archival imaging, social media, and more - all focused on text-based art and design.

    Category Typography Organizations

  19. Be Original Americas

    Be Original Americas

    Be Original Americas is a non-profit organization committed to informing, educating and influencing manufacturers, design professionals and individuals on the economic, ethical, and environmental value of authentic design while preserving and investing in its future.

    Category Design Organizations

  20. Creative Time

    Creative Time

    Creative Time is a non-profit organization that commissions, produces, and presents art that engages history, breaks new ground, challenges the status quo, and infiltrates the public realm while engaging millions of people in New York City and across the globe.

    Category Art Organizations

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    Design Corps

    Design Corps' mission is to create positive change in communities by providing architecture and planning services. Our vision is realized when people are involved in the decisions that shape their lives, including the built environment.

    Category Architecture Organizations

  22. Design Trust for Public Space

    Design Trust for Public Space

    The Design Trust for Public Space is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the future of public space in New York City. Our projects bring together city agencies, community groups and private sector experts to make a lasting impact-through design-on how New Yorkers live, work and play.

    Category Design Organizations

  23. Architectural League of New York

    Architectural League of New York

    The Architectural League of New York is an independent forum for creative and intellectual work in architecture, urbanism, and related disciplines. The League promotes excellence and innovation in architecture and urbanism by furthering the education of architects and designers, and by communicating to a broad audience the importance of architecture in public life.

    Category Architecture Organizations

  24. Materials and Applications

    Materials & Applications

    Materials & Applications (M&A) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a public culture of experimental architecture in Los Angeles. Our mission is to advance original and critical ideas about architecture through public projects and programs. We produce outdoor installations, workshops, and dialogues in collaboration with architects, artists, and communities.

    Category Architecture Organizations

  25. AICP


    Founded in 1972, by a small group of television commercial production companies concerned with a single issue, today's AICP has grown to represent exclusively, the interests of companies that specialize in producing commercials on various media - film, video, digital - for advertisers and agencies.

    Category Broadcast Design Organizations

  26. STA


    Founded in 1927, the Society of Typographic Arts is Chicago's oldest professional design organization. It is a network of passionate people who promote high standards in visual communication, focusing specifically on the culture, technology, and politics of typography. As a membership association, the STA connects creative professionals through hosting events, producing publications, and news.

    Category Typography Organizations