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Nicole Cocolin, IIDA, NCIDQ

What is your current job title and what types of projects do you work on?

I am the owner and managing principal of DCC Design group (, an interior design firm focused primarily in the Healthcare and Corporate Office industries. At DCC we take a comprehensive approach to design, engaging ourselves in each of the moving parts that must come together for a project to be completed successfully. 

Where did you go to school and what degree did you receive?

After high school, I went to college for business and received my Associates Degree. Years later, I decided to follow my heart and attended Philadelphia University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design. 

What is your favorite moment of your career so far?

Honestly, the moment I hired my first designer. Funny enough, the conversation took place at a folding table that I bought from Home Depot in a bare office space. I was just starting out as a business owner, so knowing that my passion for design inspired someone else to join me on this journey gave me the boost of confidence I needed to quickly grow our firm.

Why are you a member of IIDA? 

Because I believe in what we do as designers, and I’ve seen firsthand the impact that professionals in our industry can have in our communities, in our country and around the world. But to do what we do successfully, we need community support, continuing education, and the opportunity to share our knowledge and problem-solving skills with others to advance our profession and cultivate the generations of designers to come.

What do you enjoy most about being in the design industry?

As designers we are responsible not only for the built environment, but also for the ways in which we and others experience space. I love the challenge this presents. Designers must understand their clients, users, consumers, and the general population on a social, political and economic level to produce stimulating environments for all.

What is your favorite way to spend a Saturday?

Wake up late, grab a hot cup of coffee from Starbucks, and spend the afternoon wandering around different antique shops. Either that, or you can find me at the beach.  

Tell us about a favorite vacation you've taken.

Hands down, Italy was the trip of a lifetime. The food is fantastic, the culture is intoxicating, and the history is truly inspiring.

Membership Benefits

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Membership Levels

by the numbers - 663 members (dec. 2017)

IIDA membership provides you a support network that connects you to peers, clients, and educators while offering you the opportunity to advance your career through continuing education, industry recognition, and relevant research. We work for you to advocate for design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of Interior Design as a profession that enhances business value and positively impacts the health and well-being of people’s lives every day.

Whether you are a design professional, educator, or student, IIDA has a membership level to fit your experience.

Professional Interior Designer

  • Professionals are actively engaged in the profession and are NCIDQ certified OR are actively engaged in the profession and meet additional requirements.

Professional Architect

  • Professionals are actively engaged in the profession and have completed the ARE exam OR are actively engaged in the profession and meet additional requirements.


  • Associates are designers who are actively engaged in the profession and meet the educational requirement of completing two to four years of coursework in an interior design or architecture program. 


  • IIDA Student Membership provides students enrolled in an interior design program the resources they need for educational and professional development, that are not available on campus.


  • If you are a full-time instructor, department chair, or adjunct professor in a post-secondary program of interior design at any university or accredited school of interior design, we invite you to join IIDA as an Educator Professional or Educator Associate member at reduced membership rates.


  • If you an active Interior Designer located outside of an area covered by an IIDA chapter, you can apply as an International Member. International Members can join at the Professional, Associate, or Affiliate level. 


  • If you work for a manufacturer or dealer/distributor of interior design products, IIDA Industry Membership is right for you! 


  • If you are actively engaged in a field other than interior design such as landscape architecture, lighting design, or architectural photography, you can join IIDA as an Affiliate member.



IIDA Members in good standing are encouraged to use the IIDA appellation after your name. Using your IIDA designation shows your clients, employers, and peers that you are deeply committed to your profession. It also demonstrates to prospective employers and clients that you have the qualifications that give you an edge.


  • Capitalize IIDA; do not separate with periods or other punctuation
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