Who is the interior designer? What are his knowledge, skills, and ability? The Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) has just released its newly updated Definition of Interior Design. Originally developed in 2004, the prior definition has become widely recognized and cited as the definitive, comprehensive definition for the practice of interior design by government agencies, jurisdictional statute, regulatory boards, professional organizations, institutes of higher learning, academic publishers, and others. ”Sometimes confused with the occupation of interior decorating, the profession of interior design requires specialized education, knowledge, qualification, and training and extends far beyond aesthetic concerns to matters of public health, safety, and welfare. Professional interior designers can be distinguished by their successful fulfillment of several criteria including Education (majority have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in interior design and/or architecture), Experience (minimum two years practice in the field), and Examination (NCIDQ Examination and Certification which includes verifying competent application of building systems, codes, and construction standards).” Above: Interior by Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper Design.