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Do the Right Thing
PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL CONDUCT MATTERS TO YOUR
BUSINESS AND YOUR PROFESSION/
DID YOU KNOW that the ASID Government and Public Affairs departmen
t is responsible not only for shaping sound interior design policy, but also for
providing oversight of the Society’s ethics program? Upon joining ASID, every
member commits to following the Society’s code of ethics. This is one of the
many ways that ASID membership sets a designer apart in the industry, and
adherence to these few key principles beneﬁts members and clients alike.
As an interior designer, it is common to run into situations where the client has trouble understanding your perspective of design (such as asking for
“modern” when really referring to “contemporary”). Despite a designer’s — and
client’s — best efforts, miscommunication can happen. And although the saying goes, “the customer is always right,” it may nonetheless cause frustration.
In the most extreme cases, it may even raise questions of unethical practices.
However, in most instances, by following the ASID ethics guidelines you can
avoid these potential conﬂicts. Representing yourself in a professional manner
will grant your client the satisfaction that their project will be taken seriously
and done with precision.
There are several responsibilities to follow when designing a space, in order
to accomplish a successful result. The three key responsibilities for an interior
designer are to the client, the public and the interior design profession. First
of all, it is important to clearly state the scope of your work and compensation
regarding the speciﬁc project in the proposed contract. For instance, in section
3.4 of the ASID Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, it is stated that there
should be no hidden costs to the client, and that all details of the contract should
be fully disclosed. Not only is your responsibility to the client valuable, but your
accountability to the supplier and industry representatives is equally valuable.
Your obligation to the public is extremely important because you must consider
the health, safety and welfare of the public when designing a space, as stated in
section 2.3 of the ASID Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
And of course, your responsibility to the profession is key when it comes to
advancing the profession of interior design. As the interior designer, you serve
as an example to the design and building industry.
The ASID Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is available online, at
www.asid.org. If you are looking for ways to brush up on your ethical, business
and ﬁduciary responsibilities, ASID also offers tools to assist you, via a new platform, www.asidvirtualprofessor.org. Here you will be able to take online courses
on Finance 101 for Interior Design Businesses and Ethics and Ethical Business
Practices. For more information on the society’s code of ethics and professional
conduct, visit www.asid.org. i
CONTACT THE ASID GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC AFFAIRS TEAM
ASID has a full-time staff of experienced professionals working to protect interior
designers’ rights in the government and public affairs arena. If you have questions
or would like to become involved in interior design legislative efforts, please contact
the ASID Government and Public Affairs team at (202) 546-3480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don Davis, vice president email@example.com
Alexis de Armas, government affairs specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
William Dessert, government affairs specialist email@example.com
Visit us at www.asid.org/legislation.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASID Icon - Fall 2013
The Kids Are Alright
Meeting of the Minds
The Future Is Now
Design for Life
Celebration – The 2013 ASID Design Awards
ASID Icon - Fall 2013