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Practice : Winter 2009
Inside:Out II While interior designers and architects work closely in practice, it is fair to say that our professional associations and a number of practitioners have long been engaged in bitter internecine struggles over licensure and the scope of work included in each of these professional disciplines. In Massachusetts this past year, Governor Deval Patrick vetoed interior design licensing legislation. Nationally the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), under the direction of its President, Massachusetts architect Doug Egrebetsen, held now- suspended discussions on the possibility of licensing "interior architects" as a new category of designers. While some local conversations between the two groups of design professionals have been amicable, many discussions within this "contested territory" have been highly agitated. The BAC, as one of about design schools in America offering both degrees, and as a school with significant numbers of actively engaged professionals from both fields, has sought to provide equal recognition and support for both disciplines, as well as for our Landscape Architecture and Design Studies programs. To achieve this goal of providing disciplinary equality, and in light of the fact that much of this discussion has taken place within professional associations and legislatures, but apart from the schools educating the next generation of practitioners, I met about a year ago in Boston with my colleague Michaele Pride, Director of the highly regarded School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. We agreed that this conversation needed to take place within professional colleges and universities with both programs, where educators could have significant input into these conversations. Michaele and I then assembled and facilitated an initial meeting of about a dozen schools in Cincinnati, on May -- , , as reported in the Fall issue of Practice Magazine (available online at w w w.the-bac.edu). Based on the success of our Cincinnati conversations, we agreed to continue our discussions at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) annual Administrators' meeting this past November in Savannah. The Savannah meeting widened our discussion to over educators from across the U.S., schools from UCLA and Oregon flew in for that day only. The BAC was represented by Heads of our Interior Design and Architecture programs, and by faculty and staff working with our programs. The day-long conversation provided us with clearer definitions of the bodies of knowledge encompassed by the accredited and applied definitions of the terms architecture, interior design, and interior architecture. We discovered that, Dr. Theodore C. Landsmark, President, Boston Architectural College FEATURE ] INSIDE:OUT II PRACTICE 24