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Interior Design: From Practice to Profession

American Society of Interior Designers

by Caren Martin, Ph.D., CID, ASID, IIDA, IDEC

June 2007

A History of the Profession

Interior design is on its way to becoming a recognized profession, but it still has several steps to complete, states Caren Martin, Ph.D., CID, ASID, IIDA, IDEC, an assistant professor of interior design at the University of Minnesota and author of a new ASID publication, Interior Design: From Practice to Profession. Martin describes the common characteristics of a profession and traces the path to professionalism taken by such practices as law, medicine and engineering. She then examines the history of architectural, interior decoration and interior design practice, explaining the steps each has taken or not taken to establish the practice as a profession. This is a “must read” for anyone interested in interior design legislation, education and the public’s perception of interior design practice.

Printed copies are available at a cost of $18 for ASID members or $23 for non-members, plus $1.50 shipping.