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Celebrating the Profession
ILLINOIS AND MASSACHUSETTS PROCLAMATIONS HONOR INTERIOR DESIGN/
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Members of the ASID New England Chapter celebrated Massachusetts Interior Design Day this June. Pictured are chapter president-elect Barbara Bradlee, ASID; chapter president Lynda Onthank, ASID; chapter president-elect-elect Jane Hassan, ASID; and Dr. Rose Botti-Salitsky, ASID, president of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition.
ASID APPLAUDS THE legislatures of Illinois and Massachusetts
for recognizing and celebrating the interior design profession. This summer, proclamations were signed by the governors of each state to reaffirm the importance of interior design professionals in protecting the health, safety and welfare of their states’ residents. In Illinois, Governor Pat Quinn (D) proclaimed June 13 – 20, 2010, as Interior Design Week in recognition of the contributions interior designers make to the state of Illinois. Interior Design Week also corresponded with the 42nd annual NeoCon World’s Trade Fair held in Chicago in June. The Illinois Interior Design Coalition (IIDC) heralded the proclamation, which recognizes interior design as “a multifaceted profession which applies both creative and technical solutions within structures to achieve functional, safe and aesthetically pleasing interior environments.” During the same week, Governor Deval Patrick (D) of Massachusetts signed a proclamation acknowledging the signiﬁcance of the profession of interior design within the state. Massachusetts design professionals took the opportunity to celebrate, educate and showcase the profession during the state’s Interior Design Day. Members of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition (MIDC), fellow interior design professionals, design students and supporters marched the halls of the Commonwealth’s State House in support of the State’s legislation to expand opportunities for interior designers in Massachusetts by allowing designers to bid on state contracts. ASID commends both Governor Quinn and Governor Patrick for recognizing the profession of interior design and commends IIDC’s and MIDC’s continuing efforts to support legislation on behalf of the profession.
Sonny Perdue (R) signed House Bill 231, which amended the state’s interior design law to expand permitting opportunities for interior designers, further recognizing the profession Entry as one that engages educated, skilled and talented professionals who apply their knowledge of functionality, livOutdoor Playground ability and efficiency to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all those Ramp to who use a space. Ambulance This amendment to the existing interior design statute represents a giant step forward for the interior design profession in the state. Georgia’s original statute, signed into law in 1992, was a title act that granted the title of “Registered Interior Designer” to all individuals who registered with the state and met the qualiﬁcation criteria. In 2000, the legislature amended the architectural statute to grant interior designers the ability to ﬁle plans for permit with building officials. This recognition was signiﬁcant in that it included a real and tangible expansion of ability for interior designers who registered. However, in recent years, the wording of the existing law created a challenge for registered interior designers because it limited their ability to submit plans to “office” projects only. This meant that building officials would not accept plans for permit on projects in schools, healthcare or retail facilities. H.B. 231 removes the word “office” from the law, allowing interior designers to practice in all appropriate commercial settings. Additionally, it grants registered interior designers their own stamp for construction documents and the ability to sign and seal their own documents. i
Contact the ASID Government & Public Affairs Team ASID has a full-time staff of three 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, director – email@example.com Ryan Day, associate director – firstname.lastname@example.org Caitlin Lewis, government affairs assistant – email@example.com Visit us at www.asid.org/legislation.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASID Icon - September/October 2010
ASID Icon - September/October 2010
Making Their Mark
A Year of Ups and Downs
Design For Life
Resource Guide & Advertisers
ASID Icon - September/October 2010