Interior Design Profession

The Interior Designer

The professional interior designer is a person qualified by education, experience and examination, who

  • identifies, researches and creatively solves problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment;
  • performs services relative to interior spaces, including programming, design analysis, space planning and aesthetics, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building systems and components, building codes, equipment, materials and furnishings;
  • prepares drawings and documents relative to the design of interior space in order to enhance and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public

Definition of Interior Design

Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) Definition of Interior Design

Interior design encompasses the analysis, planning, design, documentation, and management of interior non-structural/non-seismic construction and alteration projects in compliance with applicable building design and construction, fire, life-safety, and energy codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines for the purpose of obtaining a building permit, as allowed by law. Qualified by means of education, experience, and education, interior designers have a moral and ethical responsibility to protect consumers and occupants through the design of code compliant, accessible, and inclusive interior environments that address well-being, while considering the complex physical, mental and emotional needs of people.