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IACC Founding History (1957 to present)
The IACC was founded in Hilversum, Holland in 1957, with the participation of approximately 50 architects, designers, educators and scientists from 12 countries. The motivating force was the understanding by that group that many design dilettantes hid behind the unprotected professional name of color consultant/designer: that there existed an acute shortage of true professionals and an absence of competent training in the field.
The IACC's first President, Dr. Heinrich Frieling, founder of the Color Psychology Institute of Germany, was given the assignment of creating an interdisciplinary training program leading to an IACC Diploma. Frieling proceeded in collaboration with experts from the field of architecture, interior architecture, environmental psychology and art, among whom were:
- Prof. Jos de Mey, Chair for Architecture and Art, University of Gent, Belgium
- Prof. Sergej Pavlin, Chair for Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Prof. Dr. Perry Marthin, Professor for Architecture, Sweden
- Prof. Robert Gutman, Architect and Designer, London, England and Berlin, Germany
- Liselotte Browers von Crailsheim, Art Pedagogue, Germany
- Carl-Heinz Herbst, qualified Engineer for Lighting Engineering, Zurich, Switzerland
These individuals were also the permanent lecturers of the IACC curriculum, with the addition of guest lecturers, who brought their special expertise to the training program.
The IACC training program commenced in 1958 and was initially known as the "Independent International College for Color and Environment of the IACC." The name was later changed IACC Academy - Salzburg Seminars for Color and Envioronment
- IACC Seminars for Color and Environment, San Diego, California – established 1991.
- IACC School of Japan for Color and Interior Design, Nagoya City - established 2000 Fukuoka Branch, Japan – established 2004.