Concerns over licensure and registration have sparked a global debate about who is legally allowed to use the title “architect”. Fast Company discusses the issue, with a comparison to IDSA’s attitude of inclusion.
In contrast, the 2013 Industrial Designer Society of America’s (IDSA) national conference in Chicago showcased a different approach to professional community. Board Chairman Charles Austen Angell started his speech on the state of the profession by stating, “Everyone is a member of IDSA. The only difference is that some members pay.”
This response struck home because of its overt inclusivity. We all engage with design on a daily basis, whether or not we are designers.