Despite a last-minute substitute bill and ongoing conversations with the sponsor, the Certified Interior Design Bill (HB 504) passed the Ohio House Economic Development, Commerce and Labor Committee last Tuesday - and now we need you to act to protect architects in the state. The revised bill still completely fails to address the primary concerns of architects including:
- The practice of interior design as defined in the bill significantly overlaps with the practice of architecture, creates confusion and will lead to the unlicensed practice of architecture.
- The newly created regulatory board lacks necessary expertise and meaningful oversight.
- There is no evidence of a genuine need to regulate interior design to protect public health and safety.
In its current form, HB 504 would require local building departments to accept submittals from certified interior designers, without an architect’s seal, if the submittal complies with the definition of the practice of interior design. This definition, which would determine which aspects of interior design relate to life safety, would be established by a new board whose decisions would not be subject to review or approval by other already-established boards overseeing the built environment. This produces significant concerns as to the consideration of health, safety and welfare during the design process.
Now is the time to make your voice heard - stand up for architects in Ohio TODAY.