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Illinois latest state to recognize interior design as distinct profession

Illinois latest state to recognize interior design as distinct profession

Illinois has become the newest state with legislation to strengthen the interior design industry with the passage of House Bill 4715, which was signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker on June 10.

The legislation expands the scope of interior design with permitting privileges for interior designers to stamp and seal plans, thus defining interior designers as professionals who protect and advance occupant health safety in their work, the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) said. The new legislation recognizes the extensive education and knowledge of interior designers concerning safety solutions in the built environment, including ADA-friendly features and fire safety codes.

The American Society of Interior Designers, the IIDA and the Council for Interior Design Qualification have been working together to pass these laws state by state. Last month, the IIDA spoke with sister publication Designers Today about why this type of legislation is important and how it elevates and advances the profession.

These laws help interior designers who have passed the national NCIDQ exam, and generally are working in code-impacted environments, mostly commercial spaces such as libraries, airports, hospitals and mixed-use buildings.

“Interior designers are highly skilled professionals who must have significant qualifications to pursue a career in the industry,” said State Representative Margaret Croke, who introduced and sponsored the bill in Illinois’ House of Representatives. “This bill will allow designers to stamp their own design plans for non-structural construction, removing an unnecessary barrier for those in the industry. Interior design is a traditionally female-dominated industry, and I’m proud to lead efforts to ease the challenges they face.”

“Interior designers bring an extensive body of knowledge, experience, and care to their profession, and this legislation reaffirms their impressive qualifications,” said ASID CEO Gary Wheeler, FASID. “We are grateful to the state of Illinois for recognizing the profession’s value and empowering designers to be true custodians of health and safety in the built environment. ASID is committed to advocating for our members, the profession and the public as we continue to lead the national movement around practice rights.”

Illinois is the second state to pass legislation of this nature this year, following Wisconsin in March. Since 2021, ASID, IIDA and CIDQ have also secured legislative victories in North Carolina and Oklahoma and improved distinct professional recognition in states including Utah and Virginia.

The bill may be viewed in its entirety.

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