Utah Senate Bill 0117 which allows state certified Commercial Interior Designers to submit signed and sealed drawings (within limited scope) in order to obtain building permits in that state was approved today. Yay!
This is the first substantial piece of ID legislation to be approved in several years.
Kudos to IDEAL Utah and their lobbyist Amy Coombs for creating the proper strategic alliances and educating/swaying/cajoling Utah policymakers. This was the result of a monumental investment of time, effort and perseverance.
With that a precedent has been established. Utah SB0117 codifies the title “Commercial Interior Designer”. PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER finds the savvy semantics interesting. As far as I know Oregon was the first state ID coalition to draft ID legislation using that particular title nuance. It makes sense to help distinguish our work in the regulated ID realm…but.
Are we ready to dissect the profession in this manner? Will we evolve into Commercial Interior Designers and Residential Interior Designers or just Commercial Interior Designers and Interior Designers (my vote)? Will we need to create Schools of Commercial Interior Design? Will CIDA need to become CCIDA? Will the NCIDQ Examination need to become the NCCIDQ Examination? Will this minimize the appeal of the title “Interior Architect”?
Do I ask too many questions?