Virginia Legislation Allowing Interior Designers to Serve on Board of Directors Goes into Effect

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 8, 2010) | On April 11, 2010, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) approved House Bill 1265, legislation that allows registered interior designers to serve on the board of directors at the firm at which they are employed. The legislation went into effect July 1 and applies to registered interior designers working for a combined design services firm and providing registered interior design services. The bill was sponsored by Delegate Betsy B. Carr (D) and was passed by a unanimous vote in both the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate.  

“This legislation will ensure that interior designers who have earned a position of distinction in their design firm will not be barred from serving on their firm’s board of directors,” noted Don Davis, American Society of Interior Designers Director of Government and Public Affairs. “Prior to this law taking effect, interior designers working for a firm offering architecture, engineering, or landscape architecture services in addition to interior design services were not eligible to sit on the board of directors at that firm.”

In order to become a registered interior designer in the state of Virginia, a designer must complete formal education that teaches the technical aspects of interior design, work under another registered designer for a specific time period and pass the certification exam.

ASID and its members applaud the State of Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell and Representative Betsy B. Carr on passage of HB 1265 and for their commitment to the design profession.


About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (, a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.

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