IACC International Association of Color Consultants

Thanks to the IACC International Association of Color Consultants for providing this information about the organization.

The IACC began in Hilversum, Holland in 1957. Founding members included approximately 50 architects, interior architects, designers, scientists and artists from 12 countries.

The inspiration was an acute shortage of professional color consultants. Furthermore, there was an absence of competent training in the field. Therefore, in 1958, Dr. Heinrich Frieling established the the IACC interdisciplinary education/accreditation program. Dr. Frieling, the first IACC President, was already a renowned color authority, psychologist, biologist, and philosopher. The IACC calls this original program in Salzburg, Austria the  “Salzburg Seminars for Colour and Environment.”

The unique education and accreditation program we know as the IACC Seminars for Color and Environment has had a presence in the United States in San Diego, California, since 1991.

Meanwhile, interest in the organization has expanded. In 2000, the author and international lecturer Frank H. Mahnke became the second President of the IACC. He then founded an Asian branch in Japan. The Asian program is known as the IACC School for Colour and Interior Design in Nagoya City, Japan. Furthermore, Mahnke also founded the American Information Center for Color and Environment, in San Diego. In 1994, graduates from the San Diego courses established the North American chapter of the IACC with the new name of IACCNA.

The IACC International Association is also instrumental in giving guidelines to various universities internationally about how to construct their core curriculum for the subject of using color in the built environment.

The Unique IACC Educational Program

The educational program of the IACC is important in two significant areas.  First of all, it serves as a prerequisite for a student’s competent command and understanding of the laws of color. This includes understanding human reaction to the architectural environment.  Moreover, the IACC International Association of Color Consultants program also aims toward the shaping of color professionals who have comprehensive capabilities in all areas of knowledge necessary to create beneficial and purposeful environments. Ultimately, it is this understanding that further satisfies and guides the client’s design goals.

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Color

The IACC education is unique for providing an interdisciplinary approach to design and color education. Among the subjects are scientific findings on visual ergonomics, psychosomatics, neuropsychology and psycho-physiology, as they relate to the design of the architectural environment. This type of material is not presented in traditional architecture or interior design programs. Moreover, this interdisciplinary approach is just one of the noteworthy strengths of the IACC and the IACC accredited color consultant/designer.

Individuals are internationally accredited by the IACC International Association upon completion of important features of the program. Among these features are fulfillment of all course requirements, with presentation and acceptance of design assignments; an oral examination; and an approved and evaluated thesis bases on original research. Upon successful completion the individual is then designated as IACC qualified Color Consultant/Designer. Thereby the IACC has set the guidelines, criteria and accreditation for the profession of (IACC) Color Consultant/Designer.

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