Okay I am refining my new building design professions paradigm. I have posted several times regarding the need for Interior Design to consider a new credential but the more I think about it the more it makes sense to turn the entire built environment realm on its head.
IT IS TIME TO COME OUT OF OUR INTELLECTUAL SILOS AND OUR PROFESSIONAL BUNKERS.
THE WORLD IS CHANGING- WE ARE NOT.
I have a dream that the AIA/NCARB, ASID/IIDA/NCIDQ/CIDA and all of the related M/E/P Professional Engineer Societies suddenly realized that we are stronger working together than defending what little professional turf we have left. In so doing we might be able to turn the tide of diminishing influence. Due to BIM technology this is happening to a certain extent on major projects but there is still a power struggle for overall control- we need to evolve into a large team with a flat ego structure.
OK That is a big “what if” but go with me here…….
Together we create one overall building design entity- don’t care what it is called- how about ABEP Association of Built Environment Professionals? Each would be licensed to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public within, and only within, their respective scope of specialization. This is who we are;
Now if you are still with me we need to reconsider how we divvy up the project types. This is what we do;
PROJECT TYPOLOGY (inspired by Architect Magazine)
WORK From office to industrial to fast food..wherever people provide a service or make a product (IBC Occupation Types B, F, H, certain S and U)
BOND From churches to nightclubs
LIVE All residential types from single family to resorts to prisons (prisoners “live” too)
PLAY All sports from bowling to curling to open stadiums
LEARN Self explanatory
HEAL From birthing facilities to assisted living
PROCURE Any mercantile or facility where money is exchanged for a product or service
I realize there are many consultants that also serve the building design professions such as lighting designers, security, acoustics, voice/data/video I.T., etc. I would think that they could continue to work as consultants to the ABEP licensed professional teams noted above but they may want to create their own domain, “Professional Consultants” or some such thing.
The education/experience/examination paradigm established by each profession could be unified, branded and promoted. All of the intellectual and financial capitol currently being spent on defending our own little piece of the pie could be devoted to policing/monitoring and advancing the brand.
PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER does not have the resources to trademark/copyright this concept. But in 20 years I expect to be made an honorary fellow…er…F-ABEP-I.
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