UPDATE ON CALIFORNIA’S EFFORT TO REGULATE THE PRACTICE OF REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGN:
Seems the California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has drunk the entire jug of Interior Design Protection Council Kool-Aid;
“Interior Design Practice Act
So far, this bill has taken the majority of our lobbying time. It is still early in the year, and our time soon will be divided among many issues, including our sponsored bills, but an active coalition has formed in opposition to AB 2482 and is meeting with the author, legislators who sit on the Assembly Business & Professions Committee, where the bill has been assigned, and the Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency.
The coalition includes the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the Community College League of California, several community college districts, the California Building Officials, the California Legislative Coalition for Interior Design, Home Depot, Lowes, the California Retail Association, and several other groups.
AB 2482 creates a practice act for interior designers and limits who can engage in this newly defined practice. It would not stop architects from legally engaging in interior design, of course. It is, however, an attempt by a small group of interior designers to use the power of the state to limit who can provide interior design services.
Additionally, for a reason we cannot understand, it places restrictions on who can own an architectural firm and, if an architectural firm has a non-licensed individual as a co-owner, places the architectural firm under the regulatory authority of the proposed Interior Design licensing board.
More to come in the next issue of Relevance”
As Mr. Christian noted ” It would not stop architects from legally engaging in interior design, of course.” Then PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER must ask- WHY DO YOU CARE SO MUCH THAT YOU MUST SPEND THE “MAJORITY” OF YOUR LOBBYING TIME ON AN ISSUE THAT DOES NOT CONCERN YOU OR YOUR CONSTITUENTS? Seems like a witch hunt gone awry at the expense of your members dues. Just sayin’