Interior Design Chapter

a) Preamble

Interior design is the creation of interior environments that support the function, aesthetics, and cultures of those who inhabit, live, and thrive in interior spaces. It enhances the well-being of people who live, work, and play in those interiors as well as protects their health, safety, and well-being —a key responsibility of the interior design profession to produce designs that do not adversely impact the public.

Did you know that Interior design is one of the most rewarding professions in which to work? It is also one of the most interesting to study.

b) Scope of Practice

For the purposes of this chapter, the term “practice of interior design” means providing or offering to provide consultations, preliminary studies, drawings, specifications, or any related service for the design analysis, programming, space planning, or aesthetic planning of the interior of buildings, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building systems and components, building codes, fire and safety codes, equipment, materials, and furnishings, in a manner that will protect and enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the public whether one or all of these services are performed either in person or as the directing head of an organization.

The practice of interior design does not include the practice of architecture as defined in Kenyan laws

c) Governance

The Chairperson shall be elected from among the members of the chapter and shall have authority to sign all official documents issued on behalf of the chapter, after approval by the Board.

Four (4) other members of the chapter shall be elected and three shall constitute a quorum

d) Qualifications to join the chapter

Applicants shall possess a relevant qualifications showing that they have met the association’s education and experience requirements.
The membership certificate for this chapter shall expire (12) twelve months after date of issue.

e) CPD Requirement for Membership Renewal

An applicant for renewal under this chapter shall submit proof of having completed requisite credit points in approved CPD programs during the term of the membership.

f) Obligations of a chapter interior design member

  • Conform to existing laws, regulations, and codes governing procedures and the practice of interior design and the construction industry in general as established by the jurisdictions in which he or she conducts business; (
  • Maintain appropriate license in good standing in any jurisdiction in which he or she conducts business;
  • Perform professional services with consideration to the health, life, safety, and welfare of the public;
  • Serve his or her clients by only undertaking projects and responsibilities within his or her professional capacity and competence and within the definition according to the laws of his or her membership
  • Clearly set forth the scope and nature of a project, services to be performed, and all methods of compensation for those services;
  • Fully disclose to the end user all compensation in connection with a project and refuse to accept any form of undisclosed compensation from any person, firm, or vendor connected to the project;
  • Disclose to the regulating jurisdiction any knowledge he or she might have regarding unlicensed activity or other violations of the jurisdiction’s statutes by other persons.

g) The Value of Interior Design

“We shape the spaces that shape the human experience. This is what we do, what we create, what we give. It is how we earn our place at the human table. It is why our work is important to our clients, to our societies, and to ourselves. It is the difference we make and why we choose this noble profession.”
International Federation of Interior Designers (IFI) DFIE Interiors Declaration

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