How many foot candles of light are required to safely illuminate an exit door?
What’s the proper ratio of a beveled slope to compensate for a ¼” to ½” change in a floor’s height?
What’s the minimum fire-resistant rating for wooden doors?
A Licensed Interior Designer knows these things and much, much more. Designers who are not pursuing a license probably don’t. We call those people decorators. Decorators can make a building pretty, but that won’t get you a C.O.
A licensed Interior Designer knows safety and accessibility codes, building systems, laws, standards, and regulations.
In addition to that, they know project management and how to interface with development and construction professionals, such as Architects, General Contractors, and Engineers.
A licensed Interior Designer has a bachelor’s or master’s degree and at least 2 years of documented Interior Design job experience. All of that is required just to qualify to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).
NCIDQ Certification is the industry’s benchmark for a designer’s expertise in the practice and principles of Interior Design as well as their professional commitment to the industry and its clients.
Once the NCIDQ certification is awarded through the rigorous testing a candidate must also satisfy state tests for licensing. This 2-step process ensures a national industry quality standard as well as specific knowledge of a state’s requirements.
Only licensed Interior Designers should design the interiors of your developments. StudioSIX5’s teams are staffed with licensed designers who have met industry and state standards.