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October 4, 2010

Reversing the Indoctrination of Interior Design Students


On September 15th, the IDLNY conducted a pro-legislation meeting.  While very little input from those opposing their agenda to expand the current title act was allowed into the forum, subsequent to the meeting, a very interesting email debate ensued between Patti Morrow, founder and director of the Interior Design Protection Council and Chris Cyphers, Ph.D.  and president of the NY School of Interior Design.

That unedited exchange can be found here.

Students — it is important that you take the initiative to educate yourself as to both sides of this important issue.  You are being indoctrinated with ONE SIDE — by teachers who desire to impose their own political agenda.   In order to make an informed decision about your future rights and livelihood, you need to know the FACTS.

To read about IDPC’s exposing of student coersion at the Art Institute of Pittsurgh and Florida State University, click here:

For more information, please visit the IDPC website, where you will find the most comprehensive collection of truthful and factual information on this issue available anywhere:


  1. Hello Patti. I recently graduated from Collins College after having gone back to school to sharpen my design skills and broaden my education within the design field. I have owned a construction firm for over 10 years and have encountered people who claim to be “Interior Designers” when they are in fact no more than a decorator if that. They have caused us immesurable damage due to their lack of expertise and skill, setting an unrealistic expectation to our clients. Which in one case caused the client to name us in the lawsuit they filed against the “Designer”. They have recommended inferior products or do not have the skillset to properly create a space plan or rendering or drawings. THese are the basic tenants of design that most people don’t even realize that they are entitled to within a project. Most people think it is picking draperies or tiles. THat is decorating. WHich I do not deride, but it is a different skillset and is far less in its scope. It is critical that the Interior Design field sets a standard for itself and its clients and licensing helps to do that. As a contractor I must be licensed to prove that I have the basic skills with which to perform my job. Why is that so wrong for Interior Designers? This ensures that we set ourselves apart from the people who have not educated themselves and proven their worth in their field. It’s like a Psychologist claiming to be a Psychiatrist. They are both noble fields but the Psychiatrist has gone through far more schooling and is a practising MD. Anyway, thank you for reading my diatribe. I hope that my view point will show a different side of why licensing is important for our field.

    Comment by Wendy Williams — October 5, 2010 @ 2:00 pm |Reply

  2. Bravo!! Bravo!!
    Thank you SO much for the actual “spirited” discussion that should have been allowed to take place at that Sept 15 white-wash, so-called “town hall meeting”… By the mere fact that the suggestion that IDPC be represented on the panel was unceremoniously squashed tells the whole story [to me, at least] that there was never any intention to have opposing views aired. Further evidence of this is that they even gave a spot on the panel to one person, the student, who suggested or stated she had nothing to contribute — so what was the point of that (??)… And this, in no way, is meant to disparage the student. It simply demonstrates how the organizing body much preferred to reach out to someone who had no opinion to express rather than allow someone (i.e., IDPC) to join the “spirited” discussion who might present any contrary opinion to the “party line.”

    Also, with all the talk about the importance of the 3 E’s to assure public health and safety, why then do they promote or stand by the current NY bill that creates a temporary “window” allowing certain people who have sponsors to avoid adherence to some of the certification 3E’s?? Proposal of this legislation by self-annointed pro-regulation bodies is hypocritical at the very least and, to a greater extent, it is an outright commission of a fraud on the “public” that they repeatedly say they are trying to protect. Why now, given all their hoopla about the importance of meeting the 3E’s, and the importance of certification and what it ALL SIGNIFIES — why now have they SOUGHT LEGISLATION in NY that asks that,for a select group of individuals, these IMPORTANT STANDARDS be modified, actually REDUCED, so that these individuals can gain certification?
    Have they even considered for even a single moment just how
    astonishingly contradictory that legislative bill is to the high ideals that they say they MUST UPHOLD for the public’s health and safety?? The hypocrisy is actually bizarre.

    Nevertheless, I do intend to go to the links in the email threads to research a little more on these certificate holder numbers. But for now I just want to thank you for providing all the factually supported information which Mr. Cyphers apparently felt no problem with totally ignoring, over and over again. The thread spoke volumes about a deliberate decision on the part of NYSID to keep the unwitting student or any observer in the dark as much as possible regarding the true impact and agenda of the ASID cartel.

    Again, many thanks to you….


    Comment by Babs — October 6, 2010 @ 12:52 am |Reply

  3. […] At this point, one of the panel members, Chris Cyphers, president of the NY School of Interior Design said that there are actually 1045 NCIDQ certified designers in NY – which I’ve proven to be both misleading and untrue in a subsequent exchange ( […]

    Pingback by ASID’s Interior Design Licensing Misinformation… Now that’s SCARY! « Interior Design Protection Council — October 31, 2010 @ 2:53 pm |Reply

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