Do You Need a Request for Proposal?
The key ingredient to a successful project is quality in the selection process. On smaller, residential projects, IDC recommends meeting with several potential designers and finding someone who will meet your needs and fit with your lifestyle. On larger scale commercial projects, a Request for Proposal (RFP) can be a great way for a business or facility manager to find the right interior designer for the job.
An RFP describes the project, identifies the project needs, lists the scope of services required. Once distributed to a number of potential design firms, this document outlines the format for the proponents' response.
IDC has developed standard templates and brochures to help you construct the most comprehensive RFP. Download the Corporate/Office Projects Brochure. Download the standard RFP template and Project Management Services Schedule. Please note this is temporarily an ARIDO document.
In addition, for projects where the interior design firm has already been selected, the RFP template can serve as a checklist or review of requirements, responsibilities and procedures.
For more information, download the Retail Projects Brochure. Download the standard RFP template for retail or corporate projects and Project Management Services Schedule. Please note this is temporarily an ARIDO document. Due to recent Adobe changes, the completed form cannot be saved.
To ensure quality-based selection of a professional interior designer, follow these simple steps:
1. Develop a design brief or a Request for Proposal (RFP) that identifies the project needs, lists the scope of services required and outlines the format for the proponents' response.
2. Establish a list of potential interior designers with relevant experience.
3. Issue the Request for Proposal (RFP) or design brief.
4. Interview interior designers whose expertise fits the project needs. (This can be done before or after the submission of formal proposals.)
5. Check qualifications and references.
6. Select and interior designer.
7. Finalize consulting agreements in writing.