ID Connections

Panel offers insight into state of profession

Published by Julia Salerno, October 05, 2010.

IDC hosted a panel discussion on The State of the Interior Design Profession at IIDEX/NeoCon Canada - a very timely topic as the Association seeks to expand recognition of the profession nationwide. Dr. Caren S. Martin and Dr. Denise A. Guerin of the University of Minnesota, co-editors of a recently published book by the same name, led the discussion.

The other panelists included: Sherry Bilenduke, a principal and director of design at KBH Interior Design, Inc. in Toronto; Allan Guinan, founding partner of figure3 in Toronto; and, Tiiu Poldma, associate professor and vice dean of graduate studies and research at the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Montreal. Each of these three panelists contributed essays to the book.

Allan Guinan opened the panel discussion with a summary of his essay titled Commoditization of Interior Design in which he raised many key issues facing the industry today. Sherry Bilenduke discussed the challenges women in the industry have historically faced when setting up a business; and Tiiu Poldma discussed the issues at the core of sustaining interior design education and how this relates to the future of the profession.

The panel provided some interesting insights into the current state of the interior design profession and prompted several equally insightful questions and observations from the audience.


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