Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The practice of interior design

With the development of real estate, especially high-rise condominiums, more homeowners are now hiring interior designers to make their homes more beautiful and functional. However, most are not aware of the rules and standards governing the practice of interior design. 

With the development of real estate, especially high-rise condominiums, more homeowners are now hiring interior designers to make their homes more beautiful and functional.

First and foremost, interior designers are professionals who have passed the annual licensure board examinations. This is administered by the Professional Regulatory Board of Interior Design, which is under the Professional Regulation Commission or PRC. Prior to taking the board exam, the applicant should also have completed a degree in Interior Design. 

All plans and specifications prepared by the interior designer should be signed and affixed with the seal approved by the Board of Interior Design. The interior designer is also required to indicate his professional license number, the duration of its validity and the professional tax receipt on all documents he signs in relation to his profession. 

Foreign interior designers are not allowed to practice the profession in the Philippines, unless their country allows Filipino designers to practice in their country with the same rights and privileges as their citizens. 

Some may confuse the scope of work of interior designers with that of contractors. According to The National Interior Design Code of the Philippines: 

“The practice of interior design is the act of planning, designing, specifying, supervising and giving general administration and responsible direction to the functional, orderly and aesthetic arrangement and for the enhancement of interior spaces.” 

On the other hand, contractors are responsible for working with the designer to execute and build these designs and specifications. 

Homeowners must also be aware that architects have a different role from interior designers. In fact, interior designers are not allowed to make changes in an architect’s plans and specifications without his consent. Interior designers are not trained in designing buildings and structures, unlike architects and engineers. 

Another common occurrence in the field of interior design is clients asking for preliminary sketches and designs prior to arriving at a contract agreement with the designer. As a professional practice, certain proprieties should be observed to uphold the profession. The interior designer may show his portfolio or examples of his professional work to potential clients, but should only provide design services after the signing of a contract with legitimate compensation. - Aislinn Kee

For more information, visit http://piid.org.ph


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