You Don’t Know Jack

Is Jack an interior designer?

Of course he is. It has been awhile since PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER posted a press item regarding interior design’s conflicted identity. While this one is merely a local St. Louis blogger, doing what bloggers do (whatever that is), and not the New York Times, it is oh so typical of articles that come across my monitor on a daily basis.


Any design profession that claims competence to practice design services in commercial/code based construction must prove that their work significantly affects the public health safety and welfare which typically is only an issue in the commercial construction realm. Consequently those who practice in the single family/non-permit residential realm are being cleaved away from the professional domain.

Is this inclination to distinguish between commercial and non-commercial interior design healthy for the profession of interior design? Should it be accepted as a normal evolution of the profession? Can it be the basis of a new paradigm that distinguishes us axiomatically from the innately qualified, i.e. Commercial vs. Residential Interior Designers? How will this affect the education, experience and examination foundation of our professional domain?

What’s in a Name Part Deux Redeux

…… issue the new ASID/IIDA commitment does not address is identity. That is how can we better define our roles and responsibilities so that society in general, and our policymakers specifically, will grant us legal recognition as licensed professionals? Who are we and what do we do that needs to be licensed and regulated? Very few of us can answer that in a consistent, succinct and readily tangible manner.

ASID & IIDA Issue Joint Statement on ID Licensure

There are two take away points for those who see the effort to license the practice of Interior Design as our primary mode of professional validation

1. ASID & IIDA are collaborating on this issue.
2. A clear objective for this effort has been identified-

“…..both ASID and IIDA strongly support voluntarily licensing that provides expanded practice opportunities for interior designers, allowing qualified designers to work independently in code-based built environments.”

Okay now we’re talkin’! That’s it in a nutshell elevator ride statement. Kudos to Don Davis of ASID and Allison Levy of IIDA for distilling down an incredibly complex and misunderstood issue. I hope that ASID and IIDA will adopt the above statement as their official policy regarding the regulation of Interior Design.

The Interior Design License Battlefront Shifts to The West Coast

Should this bill find life PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER will guarantee that the Institute for Justice will have a legal field day, maybe even a walk in the proverbial constitutional park with this effort.
What part of we cannot force interior designers to not be interior designers is unclear? We need to present ID licensure as a free choice. Doing so will eliminate legal challenges and minimize the collateral bitching and moaning to nothing but sour grapes. We can do this.