Iris Dunbar, founder of The Interior Design School, based in London’s Queens Park, has been awarded the IFI Fellowship Medal. The IFI Fellowship recognises and acknowledges exemplary international achievement within the Interior Architecture/Design profession and honours those who lead, connect, inspire, enrich and influence the Interiors profession in significant and outstanding ways.
‘I am honoured to have been recognised in this way,’ says Iris Dunbar, Director, The Interior Design School. ‘Over the eight years on the board of IFI, I have gained so much respect for our profession at a global level.’
As practitioner, educator, former President of the British Institute of Interior Design and former President of IFI, Dunbar has sought to establish Interior Design as an essential discipline in the built environment.
Having studied Interior Design within the School of Architecture and Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dunbar began her career as an Interior Designer with Building Design Partnership, an interdisciplinary practice of architects, designers and engineers, before setting up her own company combining graphic design, interior and exhibition design. She set up The Interior Design School in 1991 with the view that Interior Design should be taught within a professional framework. Dunbar’s ambition has always been to inspire clients and designers from all walks of life to create interiors that lift the spirits and to make the industry a rich and relevant sector.
The school runs an evolving and responsive programme of studio-based training, with a number of different courses that seek to accommodate individual requirements and circumstances. Alumni include Nicola Osborn, Design Director, MoreySmith; Nicky Dobree, Nicky Dobree Interior Design, Andrea Pfeiffer and Ralph Born, BornPfeiffer; Lucy Clark, Studio Clark & Co, and many other distinguished designers in the retail, residential and commercial sectors.