After our last poll, it is clear that there needs to be a brief discussion about the interior design profession in Texas. A recent law passed has changed what the title of “interior designer” entails. This new legislation states that ANYONE and everyone can be an interior designer. Absolutely no formal education is required to hold this title. However, a “Registered Interior Designer” (or RID) is someone who has been approved by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) as well as the Texas Board for Architectural Examiners (TBAE) as having enough experience and knowledge to obtain this title.
So what kind of experience can you expect from a Registered Interior Designer? The current requirements include a 4 year degree at an accredited university, followed by 2 years apprenticeship under a RID, and completion of a standardized exam over all the aspects of interior design. RID’s are directly charged with the task of caring for the health, safety, and welfare of our clients and the general public. RID’s are also required to have annual continuing education classes in order to maintain their registration. While an interior designer might be capable of putting pretty elements together, it is this responsibility and knowledge that separates RID’s from designers.
There are several ways to tell if someone has obtained their registration as an interior designer. One way is the letters behind their name. RID, IIDA, and ASID are common titles. IIDA (International Interior Design Association) and ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) are societies RID’s can join in order to meet other design professionals and contribute to the profession. You can also research online at TBAE’s database to find a Registered Interior Designer. The easiest route would be to directly ask a designer you are interested in hiring. Most registered interior designers are proud of their accomplishments and are more than willing to discuss the process and their qualifications.
If you have more specific questions about registered interior designers or the profession please feel free to leave comments or write me an e-mail!