Title or Practice Act: You Decide Survey Answers:
We would like to take this opportunity to answer a few comments that we were asked as part of our 2010 survey (PDF).
Each question below is numbered to respond to the corresponding number in the published results of the survey. We respect maintaining your anonymity so please contact us if you have additional comments or concerns with this content.
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3. Yes, architects are "acceptable to practice" if they are Registered Architects and therefore able to practice interior design as defined by their profession. If they want to use the title "Registered Interior Designer" they must submit to the Board, pay a fee, and become registered.
4. Yes, Residential practices are free to practice in their area of expertise. We are not including single-occupancy type residential work in the practice scope. No state regulates residential interior design or residential architectural design less than 4000 square feet, so we have no precedent. Also, we cannot protect the title “Interior Design” or “Interior Designer” as various courts have ruled these terms are public domain and protected under the first amendment to the constitution. We respect these decisions by the courts, therefore we are using “Registered Interior Design” and “Registered Interior Designer.”
6. In regards to the term "Interior Architect", no state regulates “Interior Architect” so we have no precedent to use that title in the State of Oregon. Currently any discussions regarding “interior architect” are on a national level with professional organizations and regulatory bodies.
21. A Practice Act (See definition above) will not impose on kitchen and bath designers holding that credential. Their practice is safeguarded under a couple exemptions. First, if they practice interior design in single-occupancy type homes, they may do so (Also see response to question 4). Second, many kitchen and bath designers also hold CCB licenses, therefore are exempt because they already hold a practice type registration license with that Oregon state board.
25. Weather or not you will need to gain a university level degree or other formal education if you are already practicing interior design in the State of Oregon is addressed through a "grandfather clause". There are grandfathering provisions that would not require designers to go back to school to continue to practice. The act will assure the next generations of career candidates are meeting minimum levels of university education as the foundation for professional competency.
"Good vs Bad"
The comment in this question is inaccurate as contractors in Oregon have a practice act, not a title act. This legislation is not about “good design” or “talent” but about understanding the design process, multiple occupancy types, interior materials and construction practices, and how this impacts the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants. Rather than policing or defining "good" or "bad" design, it is the government’s job to protect the public from unqualified practitioners whose work impacts the safety of the public. We support professional liability for interior designers.
29. In regards to supporting the Act that is most likely to pass, this data is continually being gathered as professionals speak out on what they believe best represents their profession. Any additional examples are welcome to help us engage the greater public in a dialog on why this legislation is important to pass. Please continue to keep the communication open and freely contact us anytime to continue the discussion.
31. Indeed there are many issues for the legislature to address this session, especially in this economy. We appreciate as a 'No' voter you took the time to tell us your viewpoint. However, we believe this Practice Act will allow qualified professionals to practice their profession and submit for construction and building permits, thus increasing the scope Registered Interior Designers may offer. In return, this will spur competition, provide business opportunities, help new emerging small interior design businesses, and possibly reduce construction costs as clients will not need to hire architects to provide construction drawings for non-structural interior remodels and tenant improvements. Fees, thus providing a new revenue stream for the state, will also support registration. Interior design students will have better opportunities to practice in Oregon, and stay in our state instead of moving away to other states that have registration.
33. The added expense to practitioners of the profession will be fees for those wishing to practice as Registered Interior Designers in addition to errors and omissions insurance for those who do not currently have any insurance. For those who do have insurance, informal surveys have shown that in states with registration, E&O insurance rates were reduced. The additional business brought by being able to stamp and seal drawings will more than outweigh the cost of registration and insurance. Again, this does not define good design, only safe design. Please also see our response to question 25.