Well nobody owns it of course. But there are some who feel that they do. This is a fundamental flaw in the use of interior design regulation to distinguish who is an Interior Designer and who is not.
Although the above link is one year old it is probably the most succinct and reasonably accurate justification for “professional” Interior Design services. Since the article is linked by the New Hampshire Interior Design Coalition, AKA Interior Designers for Certification, I believe it is also a rallying cry for the need for professional interior design to be regulated in the state of New Hampshire. Or is it? Ms. Coleman and Ms. Guest are highly respected design professionals who are passionate about the virtues of interior design education, experience and examination. I certainly cannot argue that point. However their case for the need of government regulation to distinguish those that merely claim an entre’ to the profession vs. those that have passed an exam (with the requisite education and experience) is less solid.
For one just because you have received a design education from an accredited school, practiced under the supervision of a qualified interior designer and passed the NCIDQ exam does not provide you with sole ownership of the title “interior designer”. What you have done is earned the right to call yourself an NCIDQ certified interior designer. Nothing more-nothing less (unless of course you are also a registered architect too..but that is another story). However in the interest of brevity most will call themselves simply interior designer. Problem is at the same time there are untold numbers of creative and highly motivated individuals who may have a suitable education, hard earned practical experience and/or a flair for the creative powered by a knack for self promotion. Who am I to say that Vern Yip http://www.vernyip.com/about_vern/index.html or Kelly Wearstler http://www.kwid.com/company/biography.html or Phillipe Starck http://www.starck.com/ cannot also lay claim to the profession of interior design? Seems pretty arrogant to me that just because they have not passed and exam or attended the right schools that they cannot call themselves Interior Designers. I am sure they scoff at the very premise. And I do not blame them.
So where is this going? Stay tuned.
Is it the governments responsibility to sort out those that claim knowledge and expertise from those that can prove it?