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July 3, 2014

At its recently held Annual General Meeting, the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) elected Daniel Hopwood as its new President for the year 2014/15 to take over from Sue Timney.

“I am honoured to be elected as the new President of the BIID” says Daniel.  “For the past two years, Sue has been a fantastic President and ambassador for the Institute. As a champion of professionalism across our industry, her term saw the launch of the Professional Pathway, which was the most exciting and significant development in interior design education for many years.   I am looking forward to the year ahead where we hope to continue to raise the profile of the Institute, enhance status of interior designers and continue our work to help people transition from talented amateurs to professional designers.”

As principal for twenty years of one of London’s leading interior design companies, Studio Hopwood, Daniel is an experienced designer with a portfolio of high end residential properties and stunning commercial projects.   After graduating with a degree in Architecture, he joined the Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture where he gained a classical training. While Daniel specialises in contemporary design, he does so with a deep understanding of the provenance of the building.

Daniel is a great believer that good design should not be exclusive but instead should be made accessible to all.  He presented and judged the Channel 4 series, ‘Britain’s Best Homes’ and has now followed that up by working alongside Sophie Robinson and Tom Dyckhoff as a judge on the popular BBC 2 show, ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’ which returns for a second, much anticipated series this Autumn.

Daniel’s work has been featured in publications across the globe. He is a guest tutor at the KLC Design School in London and is a renowned speaker on interior design at UK and international events.

Other changes to the BIID Council include Nia Morris from the Cloud Design Studios who joins as Finance and Operations Director replacing Patti Money-Coutts and Charles Leon from Leon Black who becomes the new Education Director. Meanwhile, Susie Rumbold from the Tessuto design practice has also been voted onto Council replacing Daniel as CPD Director.

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About the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)

Established in 1965, the BIID is the pre-eminent professional organisation for interior designers in the UK. In October 2013, the BIID announced a merger with the Interior Design Association (IDA) to create one leading body for interior design that will set national professional standards, promote learning and debate and champion the value of interior design on the national and international stage.

The BIID’s growing national and international membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge. The Institute is the only professional organisation for interior designers which has been granted the prestigious and rare accolade of Institute status by the Minister of State as the pre-eminent body in its field.

In the UK, the BIID is a full member of the Construction Industry Council and, as a result, is now part of Government consultations to advise on new policy and legislation. Internationally, the BIID is represented on the board of the International Federation of Interior Architects and Designers.   Visit for details.

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