Louisiana Coalition for Interior Design
The Louisiana Coalition for Interior Design (LCID), proposed by Dan Bouligny in 1986, was formally established in 1999 to support legislative efforts relative to our profession. Now is an appropriate time to join forces in reinvigorating LCID, a non- profit corporation, that allows unaffiliated interior designers as well as ASID and IIDA members, industry partners, educators, students, and friends to make a difference at the grass roots level for the common good of the interior design profession in Louisiana.
In in 2009, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the practice act, LCID leaders initiated a campaign of “revitalization” for the coalition. In the opening weeks of the 2010 regular session of the legislature, LCID held “Interior Design Day at the Capitol.” Professionals and students manned displays in the capitol rotunda and handed out logo cookies and informational flyers to legislators and their staffers. The goal was to provide today’s officeholders with an understanding of three key concepts: the technical nature of interior design practice as defined by our law, the requirements for registration in Louisiana, and the economic benefits to the state from the practice of interior design. Later that evening, LCID hosted a reception at which legislators, current and past state board members, educators, leaders of the professional organizations, and the state fire marshal were honored guests.
A positive outcome of LCID’s enhanced communication with legislators was that a potential challenge to the continuation of our board was quickly defused later in the 2010 legislative session.
The Louisiana Coalition for Interior Design has established these priorities as we move forward:
- The recruitment of new members through outreach to registered interior designers, design students, and industry supporters
- Networking opportunities through social gatherings in the major urban centers
- Strategic planning to further define the structure, goals, and policies of LCID
- Event planning for each regular session of the legislature
- Continued consultation with ASID’s Legislative Codes and Advisory Council
For info about LCID membership or events, visit www.lcid.org