Tanya is delighted to start 2016 with the recognition of being a Member of the British Institute of Interior Design, having completed the Professional Pathway to membership.
The Institute is the pre-eminent professional organisation for interior designers in the UK, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. The Institute places rigorous requirements on all its members each year; this is not an organisation anyone can simply pay a fee to join!
Having met the standards for membership by demonstrating that you have the skills, knowledge and creativity required to carry out a design brief, members must carry out Continuing Professional Development every year to make sure they keep themselves up to date. This can range from learning about the latest technological developments relevant to interior designers, to broadening design horizons with visits to exhibitions, workshop tours, short courses and so on.
The Institute has a Code of Conduct that all members must abide by, defining standards of professionalism and integrity to be maintained at all times. Members are required to set out their Terms of Business and Contracts in writing and must have Professional Indemnity Insurance in place, as well as Public Liability insurance.
Interior designers frequently work closely with architects and building contractors, so it’s vital that we have a working knowledge of Building Regulations and Construction (Design and Management) regulations, including of course, the relevant aspects of Health & Safety legislation. With her degree in civil engineering, a working life that started running a construction site in Canada, and her recent experience of managing her own new build, Tanya is well versed in all these important considerations.
Rules, regulations and insurance….. it may sound all rather tedious, but they’re there to give clients peace of mind, provide them with a number of safeguards and all help ensure that projects run as smoothly as possible.
Choosing an interior designer is an important decision to make before embarking on a substantial project. You’ll be working closely with them and they’ll need to know all about you, if they’re to produce a design that reflects your lifestyle and what you want from your home. As Tanya often points out, “ within ten minutes of meeting a new client, I can find myself standing in their master bedroom….”. It’s a privilege to be invited into someone else’s life on such a personal level and it is the aspect of working as a designer that deserves the greatest respect.
So, it’s not essential to employ a designer who is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design, but doing so will ensure that he or she is professionally qualified, experienced, up to date and has all the essential formalities in place.