Category: Interior Design Protection Council

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

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 interior design possibly deploy an effective public outreach campaign? They can’t.

How can two disparate organizations that both started as professional networking organizations with minimal, if any, public relations efforts possibly be effective advocates for the highest levels of the profession while catering to those segments of the profession who advocate for de-professionalization of  the same profession? They can’t. 

Talk is cheap folks.


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;

Read the entire issue here;

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 an AIA IAKC committee meeting. Other than expressing 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  Kudos to Mr. Fiser for stepping into the lair 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 now”

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

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?

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 unregistered 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- and what happens in California does not stay in California. 

Unfortunately the interior design profession in California is literally an island unto its own. However, it is a perfect beta site for the effort to regulate, via state government powers, the practice of Interior Design. Those that oppose the government regulation of Interior Design have created a private certification process by which designers that are so inclined can become “Certified”. Here is their explanation;

Background on The California Council for Interior Design Certification
CCIDC was established in January 1992 as the organization responsible for administering the requirements of the Certified Interior Designers Law under Chapter 3.9, Section 5800 of the California Business and Professions Code.

After several years of legislative efforts by interior design groups and by the California Legislative Coalition for Interior Design a new law went into effect on January 1, 1991 outlining the parameters and responsibilities of work that an interior designer can perform. Along with these guidelines the listing of “Certified Interior Designer” was added to the California Business and Professions code, providing an official designation for interior designers who meet the education, experience and examination requirements as outlined by the California Council for Interior Design Certification.

  • Under the Certified Interior Designers Law, Certified Interior Designers are qualified by the CCIDC upon evidence of a combination of interior design education and/or experience and passage of a designated examination.
  • Only the CCIDC can determine eligibility to be a Certified Interior Designer in the State of California. Designers who meet the education, experience and examination criteria of the CCIDC Board are allowed to use the “Certified Interior Designer” title and are recognized in the State of California.
  • Upon qualification, the Certified Interior Designer will be identified by an individual number which will appear on a certificate, a stamp with which to identify interior design nonstructural and non-seismic drawings and documents, and an identification card.
  • Certified Interior Designers, as mandated by the State of California, have met high standards of qualification and have agreed to uphold a strict code of ethics and conduct.

So for 20 some years California has had a voluntary self-regulatory process for its Interior Designers. PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER suspects that it was implemented to spite the pro-regulation effort as championed by ASID.

So CCIDC is the private regulatory entity. Their grassroots coalition is the CLCID …got that?  So if you have been reading with me so far you may note the sponsors of CLCID are the very same organizations that steadfastly oppose government regulation (A.K.A. licensure) of interior design across the nation. In fact you could say that their goal is to de-professionalize the ID profession. So the Interior Design bed in California is a crazy mix of bedfellows and they really don’t care about the other 49 states and territories. 

But hey it is after all California- BUT PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER does see merit in the self-regulatory process. There is some merit here and it deserves our consideration. See this discussion on this blog under comments for instance

California Assembly Bill 2482 was championed by the Interior Design Coalition of California vis-a-vis ASID. Here is a good dialog explaining their position on government regulation of interior design there are obviously some good points to be considered here.

If we thought the recent legal and political battles in Florida were convoluted and contentious California represents the Battle of the Bulge in regard to the use of the government to sort out the qualified interior designers from the not. PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER is determined to sort it out and present the facts on both sides of the issue so that if there is anything from this orgy that we can use to move the entire profession forward I think we need to consider it. More to follow- I’m off to grade NCIDQ exams…..again.



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.

So here are my thoughts at format and ground rules. The Summit will be a panel presentation from representatives of each aspect of the professional domains- Education, Experience, Examination and Regulation after which we will have a question and answer session. The Summit will not accept sponsorship from any of our professional organizations. It must be a forum free of party lines and special interests. We should be free to speak frankly and openly, both positively and negatively, without fear of retribution. I would however accept sponsorship and participation from our profession’s non-profit education and certification entities since they are most critical to us moving forward. We also would welcome participation by industry media.

We have to publicize this event beyond the walls of the Mart and the pages of our own media outlets. It’s time to stop preaching to the proverbial choir.

Now as far as who can attend……well that is a tough one. I am dubious we can restrict entrance to a certain segment of the “profession”. We could limit it to NCIDQ credential holders but students and those working toward the exam need to hear this as much as anybody. Therefore I am for a full and open meeting. We may have to hire bouncers. Anyway that is the kernel of my idea.

Anybody care to help make this happen?

The mark of a true professional is giving more than you get.
Robert Kirby


So sad.