For Immediate Release: February 4, 2019
New Official Definition of Interior Design
The Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) has just released its newly updated Definition of Interior Design. Originally developed in 2004, the prior definition has become widely recognized and cited as the definitive, comprehensive definition for the practice of interior design by government agencies, jurisdictional statute, regulatory boards, professional organizations, institutes of higher learning, academic publishers, and others.
The definition was updated for 2019, under the oversight of a task force of eight subject matter experts from the U.S. and Canada representing a broad range of professional experience across practice and education. This task force held a series of meetings, both by phone and in person over a 4 month period, to review and update the definition to accurately reflect current practice and the evolution of the profession over the last 15 years. It encompasses the scope of work in current practice, along with a glossary of terms. The definition was then carefully reviewed and vetted by regulatory board representatives from across the United States and Canada prior to being approved by CIDQ’s Board of Directors in January 2019.
Sometimes confused with the occupation of interior decorating, the profession of interior design requires specialized education, knowledge, qualification, and training and extends far beyond aesthetic concerns to matters of public health, safety, and welfare. Professional interior designers can be distinguished by their successful fulfillment of several criteria including Education (majority have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in interior design and/or architecture), Experience (minimum two years practice in the field), and Examination (NCIDQ Examination and Certification which includes verifying competent application of building systems, codes, and construction standards).
Executive Director Thom Banks stated, "The Definition of Interior Design is one of CIDQ's most broadly utilized tools that reflects the true depth and breadth of today's interior design practitioner knowledge, skills, and ability. Along with our Practice Analysis, the Definition serves to ensure the NCIDQ Examination and accompanying Certification continues to be the standard to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public."
Caren Martin, CIDQ president-elect and Definition Task Force chair, explained, "Our task force members carefully examined the scope of work of interior design practice, both past and present, in arriving at this updated definition. Given the widespread dissemination and adoption of the 2004 version, we owed it to the public and the profession to make sure CIDQ's definition aligned with current practice."
OFFICIAL DEFINITION OF INTERIOR DESIGN
(STRUCTURAL & NON STRUCTURAL CHANGES)
INTERIOR DECORATION: Furnishings and finishes (NON STRUCTURAL CHANGES).
FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION, WE ACCOMPLISH ALL THE DETAILS INCLUDED, IN BOTH AREAS OF DESIGN.
WE ARE A FULL SERVICE STUDIO, OFFERING DESIGN AND DRAWINGS SERVICES, CUSTOM DESIGNS (SOFT GOODS AND CASE GOODS), PROJECT COORDINATION AND MANAGEMENT AND ALONGSIDE WITH MANY QUALIFIED COLLEAGUES WHO ASSIST US TO PRODUCE YOUR DREAM SPACES.
WE WORK WITH ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS WHEN REQUIRED, AND OTHER CONSULTANTS TO FULFILL YOUR DREAM SPACE.
WE TRY TO COMPLETE YOUR PROJECTS ON YOUR BUDGET IN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME AND ARE STRIVING FOR A TRANSPARENT PROCESS OF BILLING.
HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY AND IT MAKES EVERYONE'S INTERACTIONS LESS STRESSFUL.
CLARITY IS KEY!
COMMUNICATION FROM START TO FINISH IS WHAT SIMPLIFIES THE PROCESS.
WE WORK WITH THE ONTARIO BUILDING CODE AND REQUIRE PERMITS WHEN THE JOB REQUIRES THEM.
PERMITS AND THE BUILDING CODE PROTECTS EVERYONE INVOLVED. BE AFRAID WHEN CONTRACTORS SUGGEST OTHERWISE.
A MINIMUM OF A 1 HOUR CONSULTATION IS REQUIRED, FEES FROM THAT MEETING GET PLACED INTO THE BUDGET, IF YOU DECIDE TO CONTINUE FORWARD WORKING WITH US.
THE FEE IS BASED ON THE TRAVEL AND CONSULTATION AND ANY PREPARATION REQUIRED.