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In 1957, with the participation of approximately 50 architects, designers, educators, psychologists and scientists from 12 countries, the IACC was founded in Hilversum, Holland.
The motivating force was an acute shortage of professional color consultants/designers and an absence of competent training in the field.
The first IACC President, Dr. Heinrich Frieling, founder of the Institute of Color Psychology in Germany, with the collaboration of recognized experts in architecture, interior design, psychology, art, design and so forth, was given the task of establishing an interdisciplinary training program that would lead to an IACC Diploma.

The IACC trains and accredits individuals, primarily from the professions of architecture, interior design, environmental design, color consulting, or any profession where the educated use of color  is of importance, to carry the title of: IACC qualified Color Consultant/Designer (with Diploma). We are the only international association that represents the profession of color consultant/designer. The IACC also represents professionals that have met IACC qualification standards to have been accepted as “IACC associate members”.

Color, or the concept of color, can be approached from different perspective and disciplines, such as: the natural sciences, color theory, biology, psychology, philosophy and art.  In the color experience all of these perspectives and disciplines are involved to some extent. The requirements to perform the highly skilled task of designing and planning with color demands appropriate training in all interdisciplinary fields related to color and environmental design. Modern investigations confirm that our response to color is total ñ it influences us  psychologically and physiologically.
The assumption that color is perhaps no more than ìmere decorationî, or the belief that the complex psychological, physiological and technical requirements needed to specify color, can be satisfied or solved by personal interpretations of what is appropriate, or by the following of color trends and design idioms in current fashion, is absolutely false and counterproductive.  Sensible color design, one that understands the ultimate goals, can only be solved through the integration of art and science ñ a phrase that reflects the IACCís professional philosophy.

The training of the IACC Color Consultant/Designer goes far beyond the traditional training in color that is received in architecture or in interior design schools.  Traditional color training covers primarily color theory and that is all.  The core curriculum of the IACCís education-accreditation program covers a variety of subjects that are related to color in all its facets:  from the creation of optimum architectural environments and color in marketing to in-depth color psychology.
The IACC color professional is specially trained in the functional as well as the artistic application of color and the subsequent human reaction to it.  The goal is to use color in a more effective way and to create more user-supportive environments through the ìeducatedî application of color.
logy and art, monitors the educational program to keep the curriculum up-to-date.  This committee also teaches most of the subjects presented. Guest lecturers are hired to lecture on special topics.


Environmental Psychology
Sensible Color Design in the Architectural Environment
Color-Environment-Human Reaction
Analyzing the Environment
Psycho-Physiological Effects
Neuro-Psychological Aspects
Psychological Effects
Psychosomatics ñ its relationship to  design
Visual Ergonomics
Psychology of Perception
Color Psychology in Depth
Color as Information/Communication
Aspects of Color Theory
Basics of Light Terminology
Biological Effect of Light
Color in Architectural Space:
– Medical and Psychiatric Facilities
– Offices
– Industrial & Production Plants
– Educational Facilities
– Business
– Hotels and Restaurants
– Residential
– Townscape

IACC Accademia Salzburg Seminars for Color and Environment, Salzburg, Austria.
IACC Italy Seminars for Color and Environment, Milano.
North America:
IACC Academy Seminars for Color and Environment, San Diego, California, USA.
Asia Pacific/Japan
IACC Schools of Japan for Color and Interior Design, Nagoya City, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Sapporo, Japan.

The IACC has also conducted “introductory courses” in various countries.  The IACC interdisciplinary education has been adopted as a model in many universities, often as post-graduate courses, as example Berkeley, UCLA, etc.  The IACC also assisted in the establishment of the curriculum for the “Masters in Color Architecture” being offered by the Faculty of Architecture Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal and teaches some of the courses the “Masters” program.