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DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & KNOWLEDGE RESOURCES
ASID STAFF MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Lipner
Thom Banks, Hon. FASID
ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lisa Henry, FASID, LEED AP
Where Have All the Designers Gone?
MARKETING ASSOCIATE PUBLICATION DIRECTOR Erik Henson
Karen Berube, K.Designs
PROJECT MANAGER Megan Sapp
NAYLOR TEAM PUBLISHER Jill Andreu
DESIGN & ART PRODUCTION
Sam Ezeji, Danielle Theroux
THERE IS A notable decrease in
the number of students getting jobs after they graduate with degrees in interior design. Perhaps not coincidentally, there is a marked decrease in the number of students now graduating with interior design degrees. This should be a cause for concern by interior design ﬁrms and professional associations. We all need a continuous inﬂux of talent and leadership to ensure succession and skills to execute the work in a competitive world. That’s organizational sustainability. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation conducted a recent survey of 179 interior design programs. CIDA reports that during the past three years, these programs graduated 15,984 students. Of 2011 graduates, 64 percent were employed as interior designers, down from 75 percent in 2009. That comes out to a placement rate of about 21 percent. The impact of this drop in interior design graduates will be felt in the future as companies look to replace workers who are retiring from the workforce or cutting back on hours as they phase into retirement. In addition, the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that there were approximately 40,120 employed interior designers in the United States in May 2010. That represents nearly a 25 percent decrease—some 13,170 designers—since May 2008. That is the lowest employment ﬁgure for interior designers since 2002. (Note that these ﬁgures do not include self-employed designers.) At ASID, we have our ﬁnger on the pulse of this demographic reality. The inﬂux of new professional leaders in our own organization will be impacted by these declines. We conducted a survey of principals of interior design ﬁrms recently and asked the following question: What advice would you give emerging professionals who have been out of school for some time and have not been able to secure employment as an interior designer? Among the responses: • Stay active in the profession, including taking an unpaid internship or volunteering with your professional association or on a community service project.
Keep up to date on developments in the industry. • Seek employment in a related ﬁeld, such as a furniture retailer, home improvement store, home builder, contractor or manufacturer. • Learn new skills, like SketchUp or Revit. • Update your portfolio. • Keep your networking activity going. • Stay positive and conﬁdent; focus on your abilities and strengths. This is also an opportunity for professionals to respond and help to keep our newest designers from becoming a “lost generation.” We need to make a concerted effort to engage recent graduates and those under-employed designers who have not yet found a place in their chosen ﬁeld. What can we do to help? Make yourself available! This is a perfect role for members of ASID and the greater professional community. We have an established design network already in place. Let’s share it! Invite emerging professionals to chapter and industry functions. Include educational and business networking programming at ASID events. Host speed mentoring activities or a career day that focuses on emerging professionals and include alternative career path ideas and contacts. ASID has committed many resources to providing programs and compelling reasons for emerging professionals to become members of ASID. We are creating opportunities for them to have a voice in organizational leadership and direction. This will help ensure that we continue to have talented and engaged leadership in our organization for years to come. If you are in a position to encourage, inspire or employ a new designer, please do so. i
Erik Henson at (800) 369-6220.
EDITOR Leslee Masters
Mike Hisey, Bill Lovett, Patricia Nolin, Marjorie Pedrick, Mark Tumarkin
PUBLISHED JAN 2012/AID-Q0112/6719
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Volume 14, Number 1, ASID ICON (ISSN 15270580) is published four times a year in March, June, September and December for the American Society of Interior Designers by Naylor, LLC, 5950 NW First Place, Gainesville, FL 32607; (800) 369-6220; (352) 331-3525 fax. Copyright 2012 by Naylor, LLC. Reproduction in whole or in part prohibited without written authorization. Receipt of ASID ICON is a beneﬁt of membership in the American Society of Interior Designers. ASID ICON is printed on Rolland Enviro100 paper, containing 100% post-consumer ﬁber and manufactured using biogas energy. Rolland Enviro100 is certiﬁed EcoLogo, processed chlorine free and FSC recycled. The use of every ton of Rolland Enviro100 reduces ASID ICON’s ecological footprint by: 17 mature trees; 1,081 lb. of solid wastes; 10,196 gallons of water; 6.9 lb. of suspended particles in the water; 2,098 lb. of air emissions; and 2,478 cubic feet of natural gas.
Lisa Henry, FASID, LEED AP
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