November 1, 2004
by Canadian Architect
On Oct 20th, the Nova Scotia government proclaimed the Interior Designer’s Act. It legally recognizes the right of interior designers to independently act as prime consultants and to submit drawings with their own stamp for building permits. It also recognizes the profession as distinct from decorating by restricting the use of the term “interior design” to only those people in the province with the accepted standard of education, experience, examination and continuing education. The Act has the full support of the Nova Scotia Architects Association and the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia. The legislation corresponds to the Free Trade Agreement, GATS, the National Building Code of Canada, the Nova Scotia Building Code and will facilitate building permit offices by establishing the criteria for submission and stamping of drawings by Registered Interior Designers of Nova Scotia members.
The Act legally recognizes the right of interior designers to independently act as prime consultants and to submit drawings with their own stamp for building permits. The Act gives legal recognition to the profession of interior design by establishing competency levels of education and experience. Members qualify as professionals through a combination of post-secondary education, experience and examination; and, maintain their currency through regulated continuing education. All Registered members are also required to carry professional liability insurance.
Interior Design in this province generated over $42.4 Million in economic impact in 1998 primarily through one-person firms. As the profession continues to grow it is expected to exceed $50 Million in 2004. Interior design is primarily the product of small entrepreneurial businesses of 1 15 people. Currently, there are 35 members of the Association of Interior Designers of Nova Scotia.