So this is where I really step in it…er on it..whatever.
Others have discreetly discussed it behind closed doors. There have been some high level back room discussions over many years and some of my fellow academics have written an impassioned and scholarly vetted plea for the need of one organization to represent the professional domain of Interior Design
For students of Interior Design it is confusing at best. I tell my students that participation in both organizations can only benefit their entree’ into the profession. I firmly believe that. However, when pressed to explain why they need to subscribe to two seemingly parallel organizations I am forced to put a positive spin on a reality that I do not personally support.
As I see it two organizations representing one profession is just plain STUPID! There I said it.
Now if you are still reading this you are either incensed or intrigued. If you are incensed I can not help you and you cannot convince me otherwise. Should you be intrigued by where I am going with this hang in there….this is a really complicated issue that involves a whole lot of well-intentioned people. First I want to acknowledge their efforts and to state that I am but a minor cog in this complex machine. I am not that arrogant to assume anybody but my mother agrees with my position on this topic. Back to my point. To make a rather complex issue clear I have to break it down like this.
ASID favors residential interior design practitioners. IIDA favors contract or commercial interior designers (both will claim otherwise). This is an inherent dichotomy that forces a professional schism. With that the entire profession suffers due to the lack of a singular focus that is INTERIOR DESIGN. Instead we get Residential Interior Design and Contract Interiors with divergance into interior architecture (yet another story), Home Re-Designers, Feng Shui Consultants, etc.
Well I say it is time to come clean. Are we two (or more) professions or are we one?
Anybody (except my mother….Okay mom you can chime in) care to agree?