AN OPEN LETTER TO INTERIOR DESIGN STUDENTS IN THE GOOD ‘OLE U.S. of A.

So this article from the Louisiana State University Reveille came across my screen yesterday; https://www.lsureveille.com/news/some-lsu-interior-design-students-want-to-change-degree-name/article_05974fc2-01f5-11ea-9f21-170a20137f86.html First I commend the LSU ID students and faculty for taking on this issue.  Since I somewhat follow this topic I took a moment to understand what the students were actually considering.  Well duh! They want respect.  Plain and simple […]

UTAH PASSES COMMERCIAL INTERIOR DESIGN PRACTICE BILL!

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 […]

Leading Interior Design Company Declares 11% Increase in Cash Dividend

OR WWEAD- (What Would Ethan Allen Do?) Offer free interior design service of course. PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER saw this article on Ethan Allen’s success (the furniture chain, not the statesman) I had to comment; Ethan Allen Declares 11% Increase in Cash Dividend DANBURY, Conn. —  Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (“Ethan Allen” or the “Company”) (NYSE:ETH) announced today […]

PROUD TO DISPLAY THE NEW NCIDQ CREDENTIAL

Introducing New Benefit
For Active Certificate Holders

On July 15, 2013 the appellation “NCIDQ” and a unique mark will be available for use as an additional benefit for active certificate holders. After completing the terms and conditions on their MyNCIDQ online account, active NCIDQ Certificate holders will have the option to sign their names “First Name Last Name, NCIDQ” and/or use a unique NCIDQ logo in their professional materials, which may be downloaded from the same online account. Active NCIDQ Certificate holders are those individuals who are current with their annual renewal payment, and in addition to the benefits already funded by the annual renewal fees, helps support NCIDQ Examination development and operations to maintain the validity and integrity of the series of tests.

Kim Ciesynski, NCIDQ Examination Board President, praises the move, saying “This new option for all certificate holders is a great opportunity for interior designers/interior architects to promote the NCIDQ credential they have worked so hard to earn, and to market themselves as successfully passing the rigorous standards tested by the NCIDQ Examination. The NCIDQ Examination is developed according to credible industry standards and we take great care to maintain its validity. Therefore, we are very proud of our certificate holders and so pleased that they will now be able to demonstrate that they incorporate the highest standards of health, safety and human welfare in their daily practice. Certificate holders have spent years educating themselves, earning work experience and studying for the NCIDQ Examination. They deserve the ability to showcase their hard-won and unique achievement.”

The Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc., the corporate structure that provides resources to develop the NCIDQ Examination, is confident in the skills of those professionals who hold the NCIDQ Certificate, and is thrilled to promote those interior designers/interior architects who are the best examples of what the NCIDQ Examination stands for: health, safety and welfare within the spaces we use daily.

CALIFORNIA CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNERS UNDER ATTACK….OR ARE THEY?

I’m back.

Okay follow this missive from the CCIDC regarding California Senate Bill 308 and its language that the CCIDC says is detrimental to the profession:

http://ccidc.org/eNews/sb308-2nd-bulletin.html

Okay now read this web post by the Interior Design Coalition of California claiming that there is no need for concern:

http://www.idc-ca.org/idcc-news/templates/featured.aspx?articleid=210&zoneid=22

I find the IDCC claim regarding the supposed AIA backed amendment to SB-308 that-

“As part of this process, an amendment was considered and is being interpreted as an attempt to deregulate the interior design profession. Upon closer review with legal counsel, we have found this NOT to be the case”

troubling not only in that it contradicts the CCIDC claim that the current CID model will be

“DISASTROUS for Certified Interior Designers and any non certified designers including those doing kitchens and baths!”

it also does not tell us why their legal counsel reached this decision. Are we to go on faith here?

Well I came back to call BULLS**T! Somebody is not telling the whole story here and for either organizations to claim otherwise is extremely troubling. The pissing match in California is growing old it’s time to;
GET OVER IT- TELL US THE WHOLE STORY-GET ON THE SAME PAGE AND MAKE THIS WORK!

No I do not have a dog in this hunt per se but we all suffer the consequences of the fallout from your pissy fits.

GOOD GRIEF.

P.S. California SB-308 will be brought before committee this morning at 9:00 AM (PST)….Listen to the great debate here;

http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/

I hope the profession doesn’t get beat up too bad.

YET ANOTHER SHOT OVER THE BOW OF THE GOOD SHIP INTERIOR DESIGN

PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER has highlighted the efforts of the Institute for Justice, The Reason Institute and the CATO Institute to use Interior Design regulation as the prime example why government regulation is bad for the economy. Now the Goldwater Institute has issued this “Policy Report” in which the regulation of interior design is cited as one of the prime examples of why the government needs to reduce, or reform, “occupational licensing laws to increase jobs and lower costs”

http://goldwaterinstitute.org/sites/default/files/Policy%20Report%20247%20Licensing.pdf

And There Was This One Time at Design Camp……………..

http://designcamp.com/

PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER has poked fun at the Design Camp folks before. I do admire their marketing and self promotion moxey and they are certainly free to promote their little business venture. Unfortunately when they make statements such as;

“The curriculum at Design Camp is on par with course work from any top interior design school. The biggest differences being, you’ll graduate in a few days, invest a lot less money and have much, much more fun!”

I have to wonder how ASID can allow their credential to be associated with such a blatant bar lowering statement.

Unfortunately Ms. Dennis is free to tout her ASID credential as she pleases.

ASID & IIDA Ponder Collaboration Efforts

ASID – IIDA Joint Fellows Roundtable with Susan S. Szenasy @ NeoCon 2012 from neoconwtf on Vimeo. P.S. June 5th 2012- Ms. Szenasy does not advocate for an IIDA ASID merger. Seems like a missed opportunity to PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER.  How can two seemingly similar yet very disparate organizations that both claim to represent the “profession” of […]

TIS THE SEASON- COULD IT BE MORE THAN SEASONAL?

In his current editorial Contract Magazine Editor John Czarnecki notes that he is heartened by what he sees as an upturn in cross discipline and cross organizational dialogue.

Read the editorial here;

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5o2FEjMaZF8Wi1MS2FfTERJREU/edit

Read the entire issue here;

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nielsen/contract_201206/index.php?startid=Cover1&WidgetId=null&BookId=b146858744c82ca55d5ac1394856080a

Kudos to Mr. Czarnecki for broaching such a sensitive (in my mind anyway) subject. PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER will be the first to admit that he sees the professional glass as half full at best and at times leaking profusely. However, I am willing, and in fact hope, to be proven wrong.

Around NEOCON each year there is a flurry of tepid, cross or co-sponsored events in which ASID and IIDA appear to be reading the same book if not the same page. The events for students and the legislative affairs forum are certainly positive steps….baby steps but I have to commend the effort.

Evidently there is even some interaction between the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Committee and ASID…albeit mere attendance by ASID CEO Randy Fiser at a committee meeting. Other than a desire to be included in discussions with AIA leadership regarding being included in more discussions Mr. Czarnecki did not elaborate as to what Mr. Fiser took away from the meeting. Which Mr. Czarnecki failed to mention was a meeting with an organization that is currently plotting against ID regulation efforts (see my previous post https://professionalinteriordesigner.com/2012/06/08/interior-design-legislative-update/). Kudos to Mr. Fiser for stepping into the liar of the two-faced dragon. It will be interesting to note what comes of his duly noted request.

Evidently ASID CEO Fiser and IIDA CEO Cheryl Durst have been meeting as well which Czarnecki notes as “progress”. Well Okay but talk only goes so far and let’s not forget there is a long history of such talking between the two organizations. Mr. Czarnecki also noted newly elected IIDA president Jim Williamson’s desire to communicate and even collaborate with ASID. Positive signs no doubt. Mr. Czarnecki sums it up nicely

The landscape for communication in the design profession is stronger today than ever. Recent changes in leadership in related organizations and the reality that the recent recession has brought to both the interior design profession and architecture professions present a basic need to cooperate to do what is best for designers. I am heartened by this. The time for even greater collaboration is not”

Here here! Let’s escalate that challenge THE TIME FOR EVEN GREATER ACTION IS NOW!