Legislative / Advocacy Moment – Vol 1, Tip 1
What do Licensed Interior Designers Do?
1) Licensed Interior Designers are trained to create a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but is functional and safe.
In emergency situations, the decisions made by interior designers are critical in protecting life safety. Interior Designers are specially trained in interior materials, including flammability and toxicity, and are qualified to select interior finishes that comply with applicable fire codes. Proper paths for egress, alarm systems, and exit lighting are all addressed by interior designers.
Legislative / Advocacy Moment – Vol 1, Tip 2
What do Licensed Interior Designers Do?
Licensed Interior Designers are trained to create a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but is functional and safe:
2) When designing for the workplace, interior designers are trained to provide for ergonomic work spaces and a built environment that can lead to increased productivity. Interior designers are also responsible for designing interior spaces that confirm to ADA requirements, providing barrier-free designs for the disabled and other persons with special needs.
Legislative / Advocacy Moment – Vol 1, Tip 3
What’s the difference between interior design and decoration?
“Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a structure. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. Interior designers may provide interior decorating services, but decorators are not qualified to provide interior design services.
One primary difference between the two professions is that interior designers are responsible for the elements that affect the public’s health, safety and welfare. For example, an interior designer can evaluate wall finishes based on durability, acoustic properties, clean-ability, flame retardancy, allergens, toxicity and off-gassing properties. An interior decorator can evaluate finishes based only on color, style and texture.” –NCIDQ
What is required to become an Interior Designer with a NCIDQ certificate? Education, experience through employment, and passing the NCIDQ exam. The expense of the NCIDQ exam alone is $1,125. This does not include the cost of schooling, study guides, preparation programs, and practice tests. Once finished with their education and a couple years of experience, an interior designer must first apply to take the exam, once approved they need to provide letters of recommendations, transcripts, and proof of employment. The exam is administered over two full days. Many designers will study for well over a year giving up evenings and weekends for reading and taking sample tests. Those who seek such qualification understand the importance and take pride in their dedication and knowledge. For additional information about Interior Design and the NCIDQ exam please visit: http://www.ncidq.org/
Legislative / Advocacy Moment –Vol 1, Tip 4
What do Licensed Interior Designers Do? Licensed Interior Designers are trained to create a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but is functional and safe:
3) When designing spaces in hospitals or other medical locations, a qualified designer understands the relevant safety codes and practices necessary to design a safe, effective space. A qualified interior designer will know which type of products and finishes are flame retardant, antibacterial and anti-microbial; which products will withstand harsh cleansers and strict sanitary protocols; and which colors and types of lighting will aid recovery and enhance healing, or help a surgeon focus while operating.
Legislative / Advocacy Moment Extra—
We wanted to share this link about Kyna. She is our lobbyist for the Missouri Coalition of Interior Design (MCID) as well as other associations. IIDA Gateway helps to support Kyna’s & MCID’s efforts. Kyna continually advocates for our profession and keeps us posted continuously on legislation in our state that effects Interior Design. Thanks Kyna!
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Kyna Iman, a Missouri lobbyist, has an unusual name, pronounced Ki-na I-mahn. In fact, she once told former state Sen. Chuck Gross that the two could never have gotten married, because her name would have been “Kyna Gross.” Iman’s particular brand of lobbying has been a […]
Legislative / Advocacy Moment –Vol 1, Tip 5
The interior design profession is impacted by the public perception of our services. It influences salaries, access to educational resources and a designers’ legal standing as professionals on both State and National levels. The words we use to talk about our profession provide an opportunity to shape public perception for the better. Our friends at ASID developed the following word diagram to help designers’ better articulate our services:
a-develop, generate, plan, implement
j-work on, organize
k-knowledge, training, education
h-come up with
k-taste, knack, flair
l-take care of, handle