THE VOICE: Miguel Rodriguez, Chairman,
Florida Board of Architecture and Interior
THE PERSPECTIVE: Enforcing and writing
the rules to interpret the statutes affecting
interior designers and architects in Florida
“We use the rule-making process to help facilitate
regulation for the licensee to be able to practice
effectively, not for the state to be able to beat
them up effectively. ...And sometimes, that can be
filling a gap, or closing a loophole that becomes
apparent, or addressing something that was
not known at the time the statute was written.
The biggest part of that is just trying to keep
the implementation of the law current with how
business operates. That’s a contrary argument to
the people that would like to see no regulation.
I’m a good Republican at the end of the day, but
the reality is that there is a need for effective
regulation, and the rule-making process allows the
Board to make sure that regulation stays effective.
“How does this affect someone’s practice? It
really shouldn’t. And, the regulation naysayers
are going to chew this one up. But, in reality, the
only difference should be that [you have] a license
fee that you’re going to pay and an application
that you’re going to have to fill in and submit,
and then you’re going to have to renew every so
many years. How you actually practice should
not significantly change, except that, by virtue of
the regulation, there’s a certain amount of ethical
responsibility that becomes part of the law. So,
it does have that effect of ensuring that you’re
more likely to stay within the lines than stray
beyond them,...when you do stray beyond them is
when you hurt the consumer. Our primary focus is
health, safety, and welfare—not financial. That’s the
importance of regulation.”
A Message from Jim Brewer, ASID Vice President of
Government and Public Affairs
Every day interior designers spend so much effort positively shaping the
lives of their clients through design. It’s what you all love doing—and it’s
why ASID is so dedicated to supporting you.
To keep your career and passionate efforts moving steadily forward,
we invite you to take time for self-reflection, and ask: “What can I do to
better shape myself, my practice, and the profession as a whole, for all
A major part of the answer lies in how you work every day: using your
voice and vision to reshape spaces—and the lives of those occupying
them—for the better. With those same voices working in unison, we
have the power to design a better future for ourselves and our entire
To do that, every interior designer, soft or loud spoken, must speak up
about the issues that affect his or her ability to practice interior design.
From small business owners to large firms, residential and commercial,
the future of our profession will be heavily influenced by government
decisions. Right now, elected officials are having conversations on issues
that affect your lives and careers. That’s why ASID established the One
Voice program as a platform for every interior designer to be heard by
their elected officials, from state capitals to Washington, D.C.
No matter your age or where you are in your career, your voice matters.
Let One Voice be your microphone to speak out on the issues that affect
you as an interior designer. It is the avenue by which we act and move
our elected officials to understand what we do as interior designers and
how their decisions affect us.
It’s time to raise up our voices as one and design our future!
Join One Voice to learn more and take action on this and many other
issues affecting interior designers besides licensure.
Text “One Voice” to 52886, follow @OneVoiceASID on Twitter, and
follow OneVoiceASID on Instagram to learn more and take action to
• Share the issues that are important to you as an interior designer.
Stay in touch and tell us what issues are important to you by emailing
us at OneVoice@asid.org.
• Visit the new One Voice website at
www.asid.org/content/advocacy-resources to learn more about issues affecting residential and
commercial interior designers, as well as industry partners in your
• Your Voice. Our Voice. We are One Voice! Join interior designers from
all across the country in Washington, D.C. on February 9, 2016, and
let’s show lawmakers how we design our future with One Voice! Visit
ASID.org for more details.