The ESL stands for the professional skills and interests of its members, applies suitable forms, means and benefits for the complementation of professional skills, and supports the training of interior architects. In cooperation with educational establishments that train interior architects, the ESL participates in the development of professional higher education in interior architecture.
Professional training of interior architects in Estonia dates back to 1938, when an interior architecture course was launched at the State Higher Art School, a school based on the former Art Industry School. The academic activities were interrupted by war and political changes and continued in 1944–1955 in the Tallinn State Institute of Applied Arts. In 1959, an Interior Design Department was opened in the State Institute of Arts of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic that laid the basis for the study of a language of form emphasising functionality and constructiveness, influenced by the modernism of the Nordic countries. Today, the Estonian Academy of Arts admits students to study interior architecture and furniture design in its three-year Bachelor programme and Master programme.