PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER has been watching how the lighting design profession is dealing with the issue of credentialing and professional identity. In a struggle for validity that closely mirrors that of NCIDQ certified interior designers, lighting designers are trying to decide how, or if, credentials will help advance their professional domain.
Elizabeth Donoff, the editor of Architectural Lighting design magazine offers this take on the process;
There is much here for the certified interior designers to learn about our identity issues. The issue of who should be able to call themselves a “lighting designer” and how credentials will address that being just one very germane topic. How lighting designers deal with Electrical P.E.’s and Manufacturers representatives is another issue that matches our struggles to distinguish our work from that of decorators and whether we compete with or collaborate with Architects.
PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER admires Ms. Donoff for taking on this issue. Unfortunately certified interior designers do not have such a voice in a position of influence. Where or where might that person be?