In an update of their continuing effort to define the interior design profession Dr.’s Denise Guerin and Caren Martin have provided us with a sharper tool by which to sculpt and form our profession. It is by any measure an impressive summation of all things interior design profession. PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER has read the report linked here;
however, I have not taken the time to fully digest it. I will offer some key points here for those who may not have the time to read the full report ALTHOUGH EACH ONE OF US SHOULD READ THE ENTIRE REPORT.
On the issue of Health Safety and Welfare (HS&W), which remains the crux of our professional validation, the authors presented updated definitions of all 3 aspects which provide stakeholders a more focused and pertinent tool to help describe ID’s role in each.
HEALTH: “Definition of Health as Related to Interior Design Practice: Interior designers create interior environments that support people’s soundness of body and mind; protect their physical, mental, and social well-being; and prevent disease, injury, illness, or pain that could be caused by occupancy of interior environments.”
SAFETY: “Definition of Safety as Related to Interior Design Practice: Interior designers create interior environments that protect people against actual or perceived danger; protect against risk from crime, accidents, or physical hazards; and prevent injury, loss, or death that could be caused by occupancy of interior environments.”
WELFARE: “Definition of Welfare as Related to Interior Design Practice: Interior designers create interior environments that support people’s physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being; and assist with or contribute to their financial or economic management, success, and responsibility.”
For those of you who have trouble explaining our role and value to society by using the HS&W frame of reference these definitions will be helpful.
The authors even went as far as to suggest that the profession reconsider HS&W “Recommendation 12. Interior design practitioners and researchers need to change the order of the HSW terms and speak of these terms as WELFARE, health, and safety (WHS) to reflect interior design practitioners’ critical contribution to quality of life.”
WH&S…….that is going to be hard to get used to but I agree.
In another of their recommendations the authors fired a large cannon ball over the decks of those interior designers who choose not to engage in the advancement of the profession, “Recommendation 3. Interior design practitioners must become and remain engaged with the evolving BOK or be marginalized by the profession as being less qualified.”
Again PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER appreciates and respects the authors tireless and scientific analysis. It is the closest thing we have to a shareholders report for the profession. It will be interesting to see if all shareholders read it and support it.