Tennessee Interior Designers are set to push title legislation, which by the way is “voluntary” (no surprise given the state motto).
So the local architects are not too happy- as usual. This is beginning to be oh so predictable.
It appears that the ID legislation effort has completed its evolution to steer clear of merely defending “interior design” to a more focused attack on permitting privileges. While PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER believes this approach has more merit than the obtuse semantic battles caused by the protection of the term “interior designer” we are still going to have to get our professional identity slapped silly by the anti-regulation effort. Furthermore this focus on limited permitting rights opens up a larger can of professional liability worms that PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER believes that the entire professional domain does not fully understand, and if they do, they may not fully support the effort. It seems like an awful lot of effort to eeek out a very small scope of business that will benefit only those that care to practice commercial interior design independent of, and at the alienation of, our allied design professions.
IF THIS IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE OUR DEFAULT MODEL FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT- WE NEED TO MAKE DAMN SURE ONE, EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS THE IMPLICATIONS AND TWO, THAT EVERYONE OF US SUPPORTS IT.
Until that happens I will not give up.