Launched in 2016, BIID Registered Interior Designer® is a protected professional title for interior designers. It provides a way for clients, designers and other built environment professionals to identify interior designers who have met the BIID’s rigorous professional.
The ‘Registered’ professional title is already well recognised in the built environment, with fellow Construction Industry Council member the Association of Project Management’s APM Registered Project Professional launched in 2011. The aim of this title is to bring much needed clarity to professional terminology in the interior design profession. In the UK the three most commonly used terms are Interior Decorator, Interior Designer and Interior Architect with higher education courses offered in Interior Architecture, Interior Design, Interior Decoration, and Spatial Design. In the UK it is illegal for designers to call themselves Interior Architects unless they are fully qualified architects and registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) but there are no agreed national standard definitions of ‘interior designer’ or ‘interior decorator’.
The British Institute of Interior Design adopts the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), definition of an interior designer. The IFI, the international federating body for interior design representing 270,000 designers in 110 countries, does not differentiate between Interior Architects and Interior Designers. Their definition is:
Qualified by education, experience and applied skills, the professional Interior Architect/Designer accepts the following responsibilities: Identify, research and creatively solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment; Perform services relating to interior spaces including programming, design analysis, space planning, aesthetics and inspection of work on site, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building systems and components, building regulations, equipment, materials and furnishings; Prepare schematics, drawings and documents relating to the design of interior space, in order to enhance the quality of life and protect the health, safety, welfare and environment of the public.
The BIID has translated this definition to a rigorous professional standard that underpins BIID Registered Interior Designer®. This means that in order to become registered, designers must:
Once a designer has become a BIID Registered Interior Designer® they must adhere to the BIID’s Code of Conduct and annual Continuing Professional Development requirement to remain registered. In addition to being able to describe themselves as a ‘BIID Registered Interior Designer®’ individuals will also be able to use the post nominal RegID after their name. The title is also a registered trademark and as such use of the logo and post nominal will be strictly controlled.
‘BIID Registered Interior Designer® is a symbol that an individual has met the highest standard of professional competence set by the government recognised institute for the interior design profession.
Daniel Hopwood, BIID President, comments;
“We are absolutely delighted to be launching BIID Registered Interior Designer® and we are confident that it will provide a much needed professional benchmark for our industry. The current widespread title confusion between Interior Designer, Interior Architect and Interior Decorator is not helpful for designers, students or clients. Interior Designer is the best descriptor for the complex mix of knowledge, skills and experience required to design interior space, which of course includes extensive knowledge of interior architecture and interior decoration. This view, combined with the fact that the use of the Registered title is already well established in the UK construction sector, led to the development of BIID Registered Interior Designer®. “BIID Registered Interior Designer® is a symbol that an individual has met our high standards of professional competence and we are hoping the new title will raise standards across the profession at every level. It is also a Registered trademark and use of the logo will be strictly controlled to ensure only those designers who have met the rigorous standard are able to use the title”.
Jane Duncan, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the UK body for architecture and the architectural profession, comments; “The RIBA welcomes the new BIID Registered Interior Designer® title. It will provide a useful benchmark for other professionals in the built environment sector to understand that an interior designer has met robust professional standards of practice.”
Sebastiano Renari, President of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), comments; "As President of IFI, representing the world community of interior architecture and design and on behalf of the world community of interiors experts, I am proud of the BIID for your achievement. It is only with this kind of standard setting that the profession can excel in achieving a societal greatness. All members of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers recognise your efforts and congratulate your success."