ASID Helps to Defeat California Assembly Bill 2192: Society continues push to protect and expand practice rights for interior designers

Published year: 
2014

Washington, D.C. (June 25, 2014) – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is pleased to announce California Assembly Bill 2192 has been defeated for the 2014 legislative session.

ASID opposed the legislation because it would have created a board for project permitting made up exclusively of architects. The bill would have given architects assigned to this permitting board the authority to conduct expedited reviews and to stamp for approval drawings for other architects, circumventing government review of plans and also excluding other design professionals from the review and permitting process.

After considerable opposition, the legislation was amended to include only residential building plans while still excluding from the review board certified interior designers, who design the majority of interior residential spaces and for which architects’ licensure is not required.

ASID Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Don Davis noted, “If the legislation had passed, certified interior designers in California would have had no seat on the review board and would not be recognized as design professionals, as they are under current law." Davis further stated, "Simply put, AB 2192 was a solution looking for a problem. There is nothing lacking in the current process. There is no backlog of plan approval. There is no need to set up a private, exclusionary review process."

ASID is committed to ensuring that no legislation providing a peer review board without interior design professionals will become law. For more information on ASID Government and Public Affairs efforts, please contact gpa@asid.org.

About ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidenced-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded nearly 40 years ago when two organizations became one — an anniversary we will recognize in 2015 — but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are poised to lead the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big and of the places we live with the places we work, play and heal.