New York Eleven Plus, Inc. (NY11+) is dedicated to promoting public awareness of the interior design profession by providing a platform
to showcase student work from prestigious New York State institutions. By increasing visibility, it aims to emphasize the complexity and
responsibility of the profession, particularly as it pertains to the health, safety, welfare and economics of the public. We seek to advance
the purpose of interior design by demonstrating solutions to cultural problems, such as the diminution of natural resources, aging population, ecological issues, and other social concerns.
NY11+ was founded by Ruth Lynford in 1997 as an exhibition of work from six New York metropolitan area interior design institutions.
Under the auspices of the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC), a non-governmental agency of the United Nations, students
exhibited their work and met with delegates from all over the world, who took back to their native countries the students' many innovative ideas in
By 2000, the exhibition consisted of work from eleven prestigious New York State educational institutions, all offering four-year programs
or more in interior design, and in 2011, NY11+ became a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. To date, more than a dozen schools join together
each year in Albany and New York City in efforts to reach the general public, the press and the design community through their students' work.