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Can An Architect Do That?
HOW TO RESPOND WHEN CLIENTS AND COLLEAGUES ASK THE AGE-OLD QUESTION/ YOU HAVE LIKELY heard this question before: “Can’t an architect do that?”
After all, why would someone contract with an interior designer for an interiors project when an architect is equally capable of doing the work? It’s essential that you have an answer at the ready when this question arises. As an industry develops, so does the need for further specialization. This is true in the built environment just as it is in most ﬁelds of practice. For instance, the medical ﬁeld—once dominated by general physicians and surgeons—has expanded over time to include numerous specializations in response to the advancement of the science and the increase in demand. Similarly, the need for specialization in the built environment has also expanded. Due to the advancement of building sciences in areas such as acoustics, ergonomics, aging in place and more, architects and engineers are now joined by landscape architects, land surveyors, and, yes, interior designers to meet the demand for specialized expertise. Interior designers, like many professionals in specialized ﬁelds, are differentiated by their unique education and training. Accredited interior design programs require students to build upon core studies in building technology, computeraided drafting and architectural graphics, with extensive coursework in anthropometrics, schematic design, ﬁre suppression, lighting and numerous other interior design-speciﬁc classes. In all, a student graduating from an accredited interior design program completes 30 or more courses to earn a degree in interior design. Like other professions, professional design experience is valued as well. Graduates seeking the highest level of interior design certiﬁcation by the National Council for Interior Design Qualiﬁcation (NCIDQ) must accrue no fewer than two years of interior design experience, gaining practical training in the profession. There is no question that registered architects are skilled in their own trade and no denying their purpose in the built environment. But the profession of interior design has evolved substantially since the Boston Society of Architects formed in 1867. Today’s interior designer is trained to work in a speciﬁc element of the built environment—the interior space within the building envelope—and has accrued years of education, training and experience to become an expert in interiors. So why can’t an architect be hired for an interior design project? The truth of the matter is that a licensed architect can legally perform an interiors project. If a client wishes to hire an architect to design or redesign a hotel lobby or medical facility, they are within their legal ability to do so. But who should you hire if you want a professional that has gained the specialized knowledge and experience necessary to do the best job? For that, you need an ASID interior designer. 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 any 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 Tom Kaczmarek, government affairs manager firstname.lastname@example.org Alexis de Armas, 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 - Winter 2012
Data and Design: A Winning Combination
The Two Voices of Interior Design
Design for Life
Resource Guide & Advertisers Index
ASID Icon - Winter 2012