Advocacy Committee

Committee Statement:

The Advocacy Committee’s Mission is to advocate for and advance the interior design profession in New York State, by promoting the unique value of interior designers to the broader design community, members of state and local governments, and the public, and by pursuing policies and initiatives important to interior designers.

Committee Goals:

The Committee’s long-term goals, outlined below, broadly include improvements to the public perception and legal status of interior designers in New York. As for short-term goals, the Committee seeks to simplify the state’s education requirements for Certified Interior Designers and to increase public awareness of the role and value of interior designers.

  1. Increase public awareness of the role and value of interior designers in design and construction.
  2. Encourage equality of entry into the marketplace for interior designers.
  3. Educate the public on what it means to be a certified interior designer and an ASID member.
  4. Advocate for and support allied and student members seeking to take the NCIDQ exam.
  5. Coordinate with other NY Metro Chapter committees to advocate for diversity, sustainability, and other issues important to interior designers.
  6. Coordinate with the Consortium for Interior Design – New York, which includes ASID New York chapters, International Interior Design Association (IIDA) NY, plus the National Consortium for Interior Design comprised of ASID National, Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ), and IIDA HQ, to advance shared efforts to modernize legislation in New York that:
    1. Aligns the state’s interior design education requirements with those of CIDQ;
    2. Outlines the practice of interior design, granting stamp and seal privileges to certified interior designers.
  7. Further, to advocate separately for legislation in New York that:
    1. Defines certified interior designers as “design professionals”, permitting them to own a majority of a design professional service corporation;
    2. Reduces the state’s interior design application and renewal fees to be closer in line with the national average; and
    3. Eliminates and/or clarifies the interior decorating and design services sales tax.

Upcoming Events

Committee members are coordinating with the Consortium for Interior Design – New York, which includes ASID New York chapters and IIDA NY, plus the National Consortium for Interior Design comprised of ASID National, CIDQ, and IIDA HQ. The group is beginning an effort to modernize legislation in New York that will address some of the current challenges faced by interior designers.

We encourage ASID members of all types, and even non-members, to support the legislative effort by texting “Interior Design” to 52886 and signing up for Phone2Action alerts. This only takes a moment and will allow advocates to stay updated and learn about ways to take action when the time comes. 

Stay tuned for more about upcoming events!

Commitee Members

Maria Lomanto
Michelle Jacobson
Susan K. Tully
Lindsay Sheroda
Heather Millward


The New Advocacy Committee | An overview of the Committee and its mission, in DESIGN magazine

Learn More & Take Action | ASID National’s overview of issues facing interior designers, including the rights to get paid, get promoted, copyright interior design plans, access affordable education, bid on government projects, and obtain a building permit.

Alliance of Design & Construction Professionals Discussion of Consortium for Interior Design | Video interviews about the Consortium and its Goals

IIDA’s Advocacy Overview | IIDA’s overview of their advocacy efforts, including a state-by-state guide to existing legislation

Jurisdictional Requirements | CIDQ’s overview of regulations in the United States and Canada

Health, Safety, and Welfare | CIDQ’s overview of how designers support health, safety and welfare issues, with videos and fact sheets