Saturday, 17 July 2010

The Rush for Regulation

In my last blog l wrote that the Society of British Interior Designers (SBID) and the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) had announced developments with regard to establishing recognised criteria for interior design qualifications. Since then an article in idfx issue 141 mentions that the Interior Design Association (IDA) is also making new efforts to forge better links between interior design education and industry, and in their Annual Review the outgoing president of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) mentions that a professional practice qualification is being developed.

It is difficult to see how 4 bodies purporting to represent the profession of interior design in aiming to develop their own individual qualification requirements are really contributing to strengthening the industry and thus producing clarification of it in the eyes of the public. ln my humble opinion the only real way forward would be for the SBID, IDA, BIID and CSD to get together and organise the best from each to form a strong cohesive organisation representing all aspects of interior design. The CSD represents more than just interior designers so perhaps the new organisation could be called the Royal Institution of Chartered Designers. The problem with this idea is that personal agendas and egos will always be an obstruction to such a development. Recently l ventured my opinion to a very experienced and wise colleague who amongst his duties advises the Government on the development of the creative industries. In line with his worldly experience he replied that it is only in times of real crisis that people in situations such as this set aside their personal ambitions and work together for the good of the cause in trouble.

l can't justify longing for a crisis in the industry and l can't change human nature so l stand on the sidelines watching the scramble for (personal) glory continue at the expense of developing the industry to which, after training for 5 years at Art College and University l have given almost 30 years of my life. An industry for which l have great passion and for which l dearly wish to see public recognition and validation and government regulation. Unfortunately l don't think it will happen in my lifetime.