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Swaney 2016 Doubles Prize for S.T. Davis and Marlos E’van

Posted on: May 15th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

The 10th edition of the Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression witnessed compelling work from 11 students across all disciplines — and for the first time, two winners were selected.

After intense deliberation by jurors Martin Shofner of Shofner Buck Architects/Architectsure and Walter Crouch of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLC (both former associates of Mr. Swaney), Film School junior S.T. Davis, of Millington, TN, was awarded the $1,000 first place prize, and Art senior Marlos E’van, a Mississippi native who now calls Nashville home, received special recognition with an additional $500 award.

Swaney2016 room ph 1490 WwebEstablished in 2006 by Mary Jane Swaney in memory of her husband, noted Nashville architect Charles Robb Swaney, the Swaney prize honors students who produce “visual designs and patterns that spoke to others.” Davis, whose concentration is cinematography, impressed with a film reel whose visuals and editing weaved a powerful narrative. E’van, who will earn a BA in Art with a concentration in painting, displayed two striking large-scale paintings on canvas and a collection of smaller works on paper.

Students were selected by their department chairs to participate in the annual competition, and brought examples of their work to display and discuss.

Congratulations to all the 2016 Swaney Prize participants!

Swaney2016 1513 Shofner painting review WwebArt:
Marlos E’van

Fine Art:
Mali Hamilton
Micah Mathewson

Film:
S.T. Davis
Emileigh Potter

Graphic Design:
Chris Fornal
Noelle Grimes

Interior Design
Anna Caro
Aimee Spencer

Photography:
Sarah Faith Taylor
Sandra Ventura-Benitez

President J. Kline, S.T. Davis, Martin Shofner, Marlos E’van, Walter Crouch
Aimee Spencer
Chris Fornal
Emileigh Potter
Sarah Faith Taylor
Mail Hamilton
Sandra Ventura-Benitez
Micah Mathewson
Noelle Grimes
Anna Caro
President J. Kline, S.T. Davis, Marlos E’van
Mali Hamilton, Martin Shofner
Chris Fornal, Martin Shofner
Martin Shofner
Martin Shofner, Micah Mathewson

Interior Design Seniors Stage May 13 Showcase

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by Caroline Davis
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Darissa Schilli, Laura Chytrowsky, Thera Barnes

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the BFA senior thesis exhibition from the Department of Interior Design, featuring work by Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidates Thera Barnes, Laura Chytrowsky, Darissa Schilli on Friday, May 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Fine Art/Photography exhibit node.

The exhibition with reception (free and open the public) showcases portfolios of residential, commercial, lighting/furniture and sustainable design work as well as thesis projects.

Thera Barnes • White Pine, TN

Thera’s senior thesis, titled the Passion Project, is a study in providing a unique way of life for entrepreneurs.

Thera Barnes, Science Art Project exterior

Thera Barnes, Science Art Project exterior

Among her Watkins accomplishments are 1st place residential design and 1st place furniture design in the annual juried Interior Design exhibitions; 1st place in the Watkins Restroom Renovation competition; nomination for the 2015 Robb Swaney Prize for Visual Expression; and 2015-2016 ASID/IIDA Student Chapter Secretary.

Thera Barnes, Hotel Emprise main lobby

Thera Barnes, Hotel Emprise main lobby

Thera plans to remain in Nashville and would like to concentrate on large-scale corporate headquarters, businesses and hospitality.

Laura Chytrowsky • North Aurora, IL

Laura’s area of specialty is computer drafting and rendering, and her work has been juried into the department’s annual exhibit for three years, earning her two 1st place honors at the 2016 show, in Portfolio and Furniture Design. She was a 2015 nominee for the Robb Swaney Prize for Visual Expression.

Laura Chytrowsky, crib

Laura Chytrowsky, crib

Her senior thesis project, a Sustainable Safe Haven for the Displaced Population of Nashville, combines the innovation of minimal space of the tiny house movement, the ecofriendly objectives of sustainable design, and pre-existing urban landscaping to provide a new way to offer a calm, welcoming community for the displaced residents of the new developing Nashville.

After graduation, Laura will begin a full-time job with Nashville Office Interiors downtown.

Darissa Schilli • Bloomsdale, MO

With special interests in space planning and computer modeling, Darissa Schilli designed a destination restaurant for her senior thesis:  The Hillside, an oddly shaped dining venue considered not just a restaurant but a destination, for city residents and tourists.

Treasurer of the ASID/IIDA student chapter, Darissa plans on staying in Nashville and working in the many layers of commercial design, ultimately working in restaurant design.

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Darissa Schilli: Allay Hotel seating area

Allay Hotel guest room model

 

 

 

 

 

Watkins Interior Design students are consistently recognized for their creativity and professsionalism in both academic competitions and community involvement, winning student competitions at the annual conference of the Tennessee Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and the chapter’s top honor, the Jane D. Reagor Award, for outstanding interior design student in the state. Alumni of the program can be found in commercial, residential, hotel, restaurant, healthcare and furniture design.

About the program

The Watkins Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program promotes a curriculum intended to educate the student who is intent on a professional career as a registered interior designer with strong links to the professional communities that are shaping the twenty-first century. 

Alumnus Justin Orton checks out a senior project

Alumnus Justin Orton checks out a senior project

Students who earn the BFA degree will possess professional presentation techniques and technical skills, be capable of creating innovative designs, analyze and problem solve, and understand application of appropriate material use and code requirements. Courses encourage the student to develop imaginative, responsible solutions to problems created by social needs and economic constraints, as well as the material and physical limitations of the built environment. The integration of fine art classes elevates the student’s ability to develop resourceful responses and further balances the increasing demands of technology. 

Interior Design 2016 Winners Announced

Posted on: January 26th, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Congratulations to the winners of the 19th annual Interior Design Student Exhibition!

Cheryl Gulley, associate professor and chair of the Interior Design department, announced the winners during a reception on January 25.All Watkins Interior Design majors were eligible to submit projects (created since Spring 2015) in eight categories: Residential, Commercial, Introductory Presentation Skills, Intermediate Presentation Skills, Lighting or Furniture Design, Computer Modeling, Portfolio, and Sustainability. Winners were chosen based on craftsmanship, creativity and digital rendering skills.

BEST OF SHOW

1st Place: Aimee Spencer

2nd Place: Renee Johnson

3rd Place: Anna Caro

Intermediate Presentation Skills
Anna Caro (Junior)
Tennessee Cosmetic Surgery Center

Aimee Spencer
Renee Johnson
Anna Caro
Elizabeth McLemore
Laura Chytrowsky
Sophomore Lexi Ray Livington’s work was juried into the show
Print center manager Sam Angel and Vice President of Academic Affairs Joy McKenzie
The Spencer Clan was excited to be there!

Introductory Presentation Skills
Aimee Spencer (Sophomore)
Seattle Residence

Residential Design
Renee Johnson (Sophomore)
Downtown Residence Model

Commercial Design
Elizabeth McLemore (Junior)
Peak Cosmetic Surgery Center

Sustainable Design
Anna Caro (Junior)
Turnover Hill

Furniture Design
Laura Chytrowsky (Senior)
Luna’s Bassinet

Lighting Design
Elizabeth McLemore (Junior)
Feather Lighting System

Portfolio Design
Laura Chytrowsky (Senior)
Portfolio

Pictured at top: Cheryl Gulley [center] with Watkins ID alumnae Reinalisa Santoyo and Emily Hill.

RESCHEDULED: Interior Design Will Honor Best at Monday, January 25 Reception

Posted on: January 21st, 2016 by Caroline Davis

Owing to weather, the Interior Design Student Exhibit is being extended. Join us for the closing night awards reception on Monday, January 25, beginning at 5:30 pm.

Watkins will recognize the best of the year at an awards reception for the 19th annual Interior Design Student Exhibit, a juried show featuring works by Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree candidates, on [rescheduled date] MondayJanuary 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Category and Grand Prize winners, based on craftsmanship, creativity and digital rendering skills, will be announced at 6:15 p.m. by Cheryl Gulley, associate professor and chair of the Interior Design department. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

All Watkins Interior Design majors are eligible to submit projects (created since Spring 2015) in eight categories: Residential, Commercial, Introductory Presentation Skills, Intermediate Presentation Skills, Lighting or Furniture Design, Computer Modeling, Portfolio, and Sustainability.

The show opens January 8 and will close after the awards reception on January 25.

Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.  Admission is free. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot.

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The Watkins Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program promotes a curriculum intended to educate the student who is intent on a professional career as a registered interior designer with strong links to the professional communities that are shaping the twenty-first century. Students who earn the BFA degree will possess professional presentation techniques and technical skills, will be capable of creating innovative designs, analyze and problem solve, and understand the application of appropriate material use and code requirements. Courses offered within the interior design major encourage the student to develop imaginative, responsible solutions to problems created by social needs and economic constraints, as well as the material and physical limitations of the built environment. The integration of fine art classes elevates the student’s ability to develop resourceful responses and further balances the increasing demands of technology. Watkins offers an optional concentration in Sustainable Design as well as a Certificate in Interior Design (CID), a series of introductory courses that make up the foundation year of the college’s undergraduate degree (BFA). Watkins’ Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), recognizing that the standards and education given are of the highest quality.

 

Top and bottom renderings by Aimee Spencer
Middle rendering by Anna Caro

 

 

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Celebrate Parish-Hadley’s Legacy with December 6 Discussion and Book Signing

Posted on: November 4th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will present a discussion of “The Genius of Albert Hadley and Sister Parish” and a book signing for Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm on Sunday, December 6, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Icon of 20th century taste Albert Hadley (1920-2012) was a native Middle Tennessean who studied drawing at Watkins Institute as a teenager. In 1962 he co-founded Parish-Hadley, Associates with his partner and fellow Interior Design Hall of Fame member Sister Parish, and the firm set the standard for American style in the finest homes for more than three decades.

The panel discussion will take place in the Watkins Theater from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., with book signing and light refreshments following. This event is free and open to the public.

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In Parish-Hadley Tree of Life by Brian McCarthy and Bunny Williams (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, October 13, 2015, hardcover with jacket), 30 of the most renowned designers relate in detail their personal experiences working at the firm, accompanied by images of their own work, past and present, illustrating how their designs were shaped by Parish-Hadley. Parnassus Books will be onsite for purchases.

Book contributors who will be speaking at Watkins are:

  • Libby Cameron: She opened Libby Cameron LLC (New York) in 1995 after spending 14 years at Parish-Hadley, Inc. (she became a partner in 1989) – libbycameron.com
  • Todd Klein: After a successful formative career in Louisville, Kentucky, he worked at Parish-Hadley before establishing Todd Klein, Inc. (New York) – toddklein.com
  • John Tackett: After working at Parish-Hadley, he founded John Tackett Design (Memphis) in 1987 – dclassicist.blogspot.com

Noted landscape architect Ben Page of Page Duke (Nashville) will serve as moderator.

Mr. Hadley’s sister, Betty Hadley, who lives in Nashville, will also be in attendance as will Cheryl Gulley, chair of the Department of Interior Design at Watkins.

Albert Hadley B&W headshot WwebjpgAlbert Hadley attended Peabody College for two years and began his professional career with a position as junior assistant to prominent Nashville-based decorator A. Herbert Rogers. In 1942 he was drafted into the Army, serving overseas as a company payroll clerk. With the help of the G.I. Bill, he was able to make the long-awaited move to New York in 1947 to attend the Parsons School of Design, and he was offered a teaching job shortly after his graduation in 1949. He formed his own studio prior to joining McMillen, Inc., in 1956, at the time the most prestigious decorating firm in the country, and worked there until beginning a 33-year partnership with Sister Parish (she died in 1994.) After closing Parish-Hadley in 1999, he again became independent, continuing to work well into his 80s.

His work is defined by a keen sense of architectural detail and proportion, carefully edited decorative schemes and a sustained sense of tradition combined with curiosity for the contemporary. His clients included Jacqueline Kennedy, Brooke Astor, Babe and William S. Paley, Albert Gore, Oscar de la Renta, Diane Sawyer, and members of the Rockefeller, Whitney, Bronfman, Mellon and Getty families.

Albert Hadley received the honorary degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, from Watkins in 2010.

“Never less, never more,” Mr. Hadley was fond of saying of a well-realized interior. “Glamour is part of it,” he added in a 2004 interview in New York magazine. “But glamour is not the essence. Design is about discipline and reality, not about fantasy beyond reality.”

Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. in Metro Center. Free parking is available in the campus lot.

 

Interior Design Showcases Senior Projects May 15

Posted on: May 5th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the BFA senior thesis exhibition from the Department of Interior Design, featuring work by Bachelor of Arts degree candidates Hannah Chandler, Whitney Garnier and Catherine Soudoplatoff on Friday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school’s Interior Design wing.

The exhibition and reception, free and open the public, showcase portfolios of residential, commercial, lighting/furniture and sustainable design work as well as thesis projects.

Hannah Chandler

Hannah Chandler
Thesis statement: Large and small dog adoption rates can be increased while decreasing the amount of euthanized pets through a comfortable, stress and anxiety free, full service canine facility.

Whitney Garnier

Whitney Garnier
Thesis statement: An artist residency in the growing art district of Wedgewood-Houston provides emerging artists a unique living and working space for a four-week period. Artists are able gain experience working and networking with other fellow artists and the public while working towards a community-based project. The facility’s space will maximize creativity and production by providing a highly adaptable and inspirational environment.

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Catherine Soudoplatoff

Catherine Soudoplatoff
Thesis statement: Sustainable floating fine art studios for the students at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, Tennessee offer a poetic, innovative and flexible solution: an ultimate calling card for attracting talented students and raising Watkins’ reputation as a premier art school.

Watkins Interior Design students are consistently recognized for their creativity and professsionalism in both academic competitions and community involvement, winning student competitions at the annual conference of the Tennessee Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and the chapter’s top honor, the Jane D. Reagor Award, for outstanding interior design student in the state. Alumni of the program can be found in commercial, residential, hotel, restaurant, healthcare and furniture design.

About the program

The Watkins Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program promotes a curriculum intended to educate the student who is intent on a professional career as a registered interior designer with strong links to the professional communities that are shaping the twenty-first century. 

Alumnus Justin Orton checks out a senior project

Alumnus Justin Orton checks out a senior project

Students who earn the BFA degree will possess professional presentation techniques and technical skills, will be capable of creating innovative designs, analyze and problem solve, and understand the application of appropriate material use and code requirements. Courses offered within the interior design major encourage the student to develop imaginative, responsible solutions to problems created by social needs and economic constraints, as well as the material and physical limitations of the built environment. The integration of fine art classes elevates the student’s ability to develop resourceful responses and further balances the increasing demands of technology. Watkins’ Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), recognizing that the standards and education given are of the highest quality.

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Kevin Dietz Draws Swaney Prize 2015

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Fine Art major Kevin Dietz, a sophomore from Memphis, was awarded the 2015 Robb Swaney Prize for Excellence in Visual Expression during judging held on March 12. Established in 2006 by Mary Jane Swaney in memory of her husband, noted Nashville architect Charles Robb Swaney, the $1,000 cash prize honors a student who produced “visual designs and patterns that spoke to others.”

Jurors Martin Shofner of Shofner Buck Architects/Architectsure and Walter Crouch of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, former associates of Mr. Swaney, praised Dietz’s charcoal and graphite drawings and woodcut and poly-litho prints; in particular, they cited the power of two charcoal drawings which were based on the mythological figure Silenus. Dietz explained, “[Silenus’] archetype has been transferable through out literature and in popular culture without too much representation to his deeper philosophical manifestation. I wanted to play on the classical representation of this character and experiment with eroding this drawing until he became a series of lines and distortion. I’m fascinated with imagery of history and power and all I want to do is deflate them or find those figures whose potency and story is not that of fame and glory.”

Students were selected by their department chairs to participate in the annual competition, and brought examples of their work to display and discuss.

Congratulations to all the 2015 Swaney Prize nominees!

Fine Art:
Kevin Dietz
Kay Kennedy

Film:
Alex Mattingly

Graphic Design:
Yanet Mireles
Sara Schork

Interior Design
Laurabelle Chytrowsky
Thera Barnes

Photography:
Joe Nunez
Alanna Styer

Alanna  Styer

Alanna Styer

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Thera Barnes

 

Laurabelle Chytrowsky

Laurabelle Chytrowsky

Kay Kennedy

 

Kevin Dietz

Kevin Dietz

Yanet Mireles

Yanet Mireles

Sara Schork

Sara Schork

Joe Nunez

Joe Nunez

Alex Mattingly

Alex Mattingly

 

 

 

 

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Interior Design Tabs Year’s Best at January 23 Reception

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will recognize the best of the year at an awards reception for the 18th annual Interior Design Student Exhibit, a juried show featuring works by Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree candidates, on Friday, January 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Laurabelle Chytrowsky, junior -- waiting room image from project for the Lovela Oncology Clinic

image of waiting room from project for the Lovela Oncology Clinic by junior Laurabelle Chytrowsky

Category and Grand Prize winners, based on craftsmanship, creativity and digital rendering skills, will be announced at 6:30 p.m. by Cheryl Gulley, associate professor and chair of the interior design department. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

All Watkins Interior Design majors are eligible to submit projects (created since Spring 2014) in eight categories: Residential, Commercial, Introductory Presentation Skills, Intermediate Presentation Skills, Lighting or Furniture Design, Computer Modeling, Portfolio, and Sustainability.

The show opens January 9 and will close after the awards reception on January 23.

Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.  Admission is free. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot.

Watkins Interior Design majors are consistently recognized for their creativity and professionalism in both academic competitions and community involvement. Watkins students have been honored by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers’ with the Jane D. Reagor scholarship prize (2011-13) and with first prize in the 2012 student competition. Alumni of the program can be found in commercial, residential, hotel, restaurant, healthcare and furniture design 

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The Watkins Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program promotes a curriculum intended to educate the student who is intent on a professional career as a registered interior designer with strong links to the professional communities that are shaping the twenty-first century. Students who earn the BFA degree will possess professional presentation techniques and technical skills, will be capable of creating innovative designs, analyze and problem solve, and understand the application of appropriate material use and code requirements. Courses offered within the interior design major encourage the student to develop imaginative, responsible solutions to problems created by social needs and economic constraints, as well as the material and physical limitations of the built environment. The integration of fine art classes elevates the student’s ability to develop resourceful responses and further balances the increasing demands of technology. Watkins offers an optional concentration in Sustainable Design as well as a Certificate in Interior Design (CID), a series of introductory courses that make up the foundation year of the college’s undergraduate degree (BFA). Watkins’ Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), recognizing that the standards and education given are of the highest quality.

 

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Watkins Serves Best Work at Currey Juried Show, Opening February 5

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 by Caroline Davis

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will present the 2015 Currey Juried Student Show, featuring outstanding work in fine art, film, graphic design, interior design and photography, from February 5–March 12 in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.

Currey 2014 gallery viewer 0072 WwebAn opening reception and awards presentation will be held on Thursday, February 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Serving as Currey Show jurors are artist/curator Karen Seapker, who currently splits her time between Nashville and Brooklyn, and Pradip Malde, professor of art, Department of Art and Art History, University of the South, Sewanee.

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COOP Gallery cooperative member/curator since 2013, she holds an MFA in Painting from Hunter College in New York City and a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, and has been in residence at Chashama North in Pine Plains, NY. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Miami, Pittsburgh, and Shanghai, with two solo shows earlier this year, in London (Canal Projects) and Nashville (Zeitgeist).

Malde has lived and worked as a photographic artist and teacher in Scotland and Tennessee since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1980. He has exhibited in Europe and the US and has works in numerous collections including the Princeton University Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (Edinburgh). He teaches classes in photography, documentary photography and electronic media and is currently working with students and alumni on ways of using photography for community development in Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica and Grundy County, TN.

All Watkins students are eligible to submit projects created since Fall 2014, with eight winners­–topped by the Anny Gowa Purchase Award­–announced by President Ellen L. Meyer.

Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

 

NCIDQ Prep Workshop Set for July 18-20

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by Caroline Davis

The Watkins Interior Design department will host a preparatory workshop this summer in advance of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam this fall.

The weekend workshop — Friday through Sunday, July 18-20 — is designed to help prepare for the IDFX, IDPX and practicum portions of the NCIDQ exam. Instructor is Phyllis Moore, FASID, NCIDQ, RID. The workshop must have 8 registrations by June 18 in order to proceed.

Click link for details on schedule and registration: NCIDQ prep workshop July 2014.doc

For more information, contact:
Marcia Knight, ASID
MJNite55@gmail.com • 615-491-3430

About NCIDQ
The National Council for Interior Design Qualification
 is the global leader in establishing standards of competence for interior design/interior architecture professionals. The qualification protects public health, safety and welfare by identifying interior designers who have the knowledge and experience to create interior spaces that are not just aesthetically pleasing, but also functional and safe.

An independent, nonprofit organization of state and provincial credentialing bodies, NCIDQ has issued professional certificates to competent interior design professionals since 1974. Interior designers who meet NCIDQ’s eligibility requirements for education and experience and pass the rigorous NCIDQ Examination are assigned a unique NCIDQ Certificate number that attests to their qualifications for employers, state regulators and the general public.

In addition to developing and administering the examination, NCIDQ provides research and expertise that informs state and provincial licensing laws and regulations for the interior design profession.