On February 27 2020, Titi Ogufere, Founder Of Interior Designer Association Of Nigeria (IDAN), was inaugurated as the 21st global president of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI)- the first President of African descent.
The inauguration took place in Dubai, at the 2020 IFI Congress in front of an audience of renowned international designers and architects. As the new global president, Ogufere will focus on shifting the narrative of African design by creating stronger links leading to collaborations between the continent and the rest of the globe with IFI resources. She strongly believes design should be inclusive and as the global voice and authority for professional Interior Architects/Designers, IFI must prioritize this as its central agenda.
“I am excited about this opportunity, especially as the first African to become president of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI). The design industry is particularly intriguing because if a design doesn’t solve a problem and isn’t of use to a broad group – not just in the developing nations, but globally – then I’d say it’s not a very successful design. I look forward to strengthening relationships across the region, using design to solve problems and improving the profession of architecture and design on a global level“
Titi Ogufere, 21st Global President of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI).
As CEO/Creative Director of Essential Interiors Consultancy, publisher of Essential Interiors Media, founder of Design Week Lagos (DWL), West Africa’s first global design fair, Ogufere brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the organisation as it nears its 60th year and continues to expand, internationally and across all levels of society, furthering the contribution of the Interior Architecture/Design profession through the exchange, development of knowledge, experience in education, research and practice, through fellowship and community.
“I formally congratulate Nigeria, Africa and the Interior Designers Association of Nigeria (IDAN) on the appointment of Ms Titi Ogufere as the incoming President of the International Federation of Interior Architects/ Designers. We are pleased to have Ms Ogufere as the first President of African descent with the unanimous support and vote extended by the IFI members during the General Assembly in 2017. We see this opportunity for IFI, to help to expand and uplift literacy, awareness, fellowship and cooperation – not just within the discipline of Interior Architecture/Design but also at a societal and cultural level.”