The Other Side of Regulating Interior Designers

Looks like the Institute for Justice is at it again. Interior Design..or what they consider “Interior Design” is supposedly the most restrictive or over regulated occupation in the U.S.. Or another way to look at it is Interior Design is the occupation that is most difficult to become regulated or licensed.

So what’s the problem again?

http://www.bastiatinstitute.org/2012/05/09/it-takes-10-times-more-educational-hours-to-cut-hair-than-to-be-an-emt-and-other-horrifying-truths-about-occupational-licensing/

Of course in the eyes and minds of the IJ anybody should be able to call themselves an interior designer and anybody with a pulse should be able to practice “interior design”. All the more reason for ASID/IIDA to rally around R.I.D.’s and the process to legislate Registered Interior Designers.

Let the interior designers be. If you love somebody set them free!

California Puts The Brakes on Interior Design Practice Act

Yesterday California Assembly Bill 2482 which would have established a registered interior design practice act was suspended in the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions, and Consumers evidently as a courtesy to allow the bill sponsor, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma a chance to amend and edit the bill to address concerns raised by those opposed to such a bill. Basically the supporters of AB2482 raised the white flag rather than push the bill forward in the face of stronger opposition.

Why should we care?

Good question. My simple answer is because California is the most populous state in the Union and has the most interior designers particularly if you include the innately qualified like this- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2130695/Justin-Timberlake-turns-interior-designer-launch-new-home-line.html?ito=feeds-newsxml and what happens in California does not stay in California.

Unfortunately the interior design profession in California is literally an island

ATTENTION ALL PROFESSIONAL INTERIOR DESIGNERS!

THE STATE OF THE INTERIOR DESIGN PROFESSION SUMMIT- 2013
PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER is forming an exploratory committee (can you have a committee of one?) to determine if there is sufficient interest in holding a STATE OF THE INTERIOR DESIGN PROFESSION summit at NEOCON 2013.

This summit meeting would be a broad overview of the current state of the profession as well as the future potential of a better informed profession.

Easier said than done- I know. But unless you have a better idea to reach out to as many like-minded professionals as NEOCON offers I have to try this.

FLORIDA SENATE PONDERS THE FATE OF LICENSED INTERIOR DESIGNERS

As we wait for the Florida Senate to consider HB/SB5005 and its intent to deregulate non-residential interior design in Florida PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER offers this food for thought. Through the static of voices arguing their case my tuner has been able to pick up the following tidbits of information; MISTRUTH: The claim by the Institute for Justice […]

THE AIA COMES OUT SWINGING AGAINST FLORIDA REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGNERS

WHAT A SHAME……

http://www.idpcinfo.org/AIA_letter_to_Florida_Senators.pdf

So here’s the deal; the Institute for Justice and the National Kitchen & Bath Association say that we are being anti-competitive and the American Institute of Architects is afraid we are trying to be too competitive. WHO’S RIGHT?