If This Is Interior Design………….

and she is an “interior designer”…… then why would I want to be a “certified” version of this?

https://www.ktnv.com/morningblend/dwg-home-decor-11-22-19

Once again if we, the code regulated commercial interior designers of America, wish to establish a public image that demands understanding and respect we need to do one of two things;

  1. Establish a public messaging campaign that will overcome decades of confusion and misunderstanding of  interior design and the interior designer’s role in the design of the code regulated built environment.   OR
  2. Leave “interior design” to the innately qualified by creating our own unique professional identity* that distinguishes us from “interior designers” by default.

If anybody has a better idea please come forward.

*See Interior Architecture.

P.S. If you think the above popular media piece in the nation’s 39th largest T.V. market  is a rare one-off segment you are wrong.  It is by far the most common public face of “interior design”.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “If This Is Interior Design………….

  1. Hello,

    I’ve been following your emails for a while or maybe I should say blog. Either way I understand the Dilemma. I live in North Carolina and UNCG which is University North Carolina Greensboro offers a program called interior architectural design and is as far as I know the only one of its kind. It offers a bachelor’s degree in this field. The reason I mention this is because I understand the Blurred distinction between interior design and interior designer. When I started I wanted to know the difference and why people don’t understand it as well. I wrote a paper and ended up digging much deeper into finding my answers. I realized that the architectural committee has actually called interior design professionals out and asked that the architectural community do everything they can to discredit and ban interior design. I was disgusted and appalled at the information that I found. I assume there must be some type of emasculation felt somewhere. I have no idea. Anyway the reason I bring this up is Maybe adding the word architectural may change perspective for people. It certainly does create a distinction. Just a thought.

    Laura Penland

    On Mon, Nov 25, 2019, 10:18 AM Professional Interior Designer’s Blog wrote:

    > Michael Dudek posted: “and she is an “interior designer”…… then why > would I want to be a “certified” version of this? > https://www.ktnv.com/morningblend/dwg-home-decor-11-22-19 Once again if > we, the code regulated commercial interior designers of America, wish to > establish” >

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  2. Hi Laura thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. It is helpful to know that I am not the only one that frets about this title nonsense. So the two of us will have to solve it;-)
    Seriously though UNCG is not the only Interior Architecture program out there. It is within the state of North Carolina- but not nationally. It was an early adopter of the title Interior Architecture though. Ultimately a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Architecture earned at UNCG IARc does not allow a graduate of their program to legally call themself an “Interior Architect” nor does it satisfy requirements for it’s graduates to sit for the Architectural Registration Exam although a grad could pursue an appropriate NAAB accredited graduate degree program that would allow them to become a licensed architect. Thereby meeting the legal requirements to practice as an “Interior Architect”.

    I do want to push back on something you wrote which needs to be clarified. You stated;

    “the architectural committee has actually called interior design professionals out and asked that the architectural community do everything they can to discredit and ban interior design”.

    I will assume you meant that;
    “the architectural committee has actually called interior design professionals out and asked the architectural community do everything they can to discredit and ban interior architecture.”

    While “interior design” can be “discredited” it cannot be “banned”. Interior Architecture if practiced by non-licensed architects can in fact be banned since it is illegal in the US.

    All very confusing but since it is a legal and ethical matter it is critical that we get it right.

    Thanks again for chiming in.

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