HB 590, the Interior Designer licensing bill has caused a lot of consternation in our offices, where interior designers who have been integral parts of our practices are asking why AIA opposes a bill that seemingly serves to recognize their capability and elevate their stature in the professional community?

AuthorDavid Crawford

Yes, word is spreading that the gavel fell at 2:10 AM Friday morning ending the long session in the NC Senate without HB 590, the interior design registration bill moving out of the Senate Rules committee. As described by some of our members, the train that was about to crush our profession was stopped.

AuthorDavid Crawford


HB 590, the Interior Designers Registration bill came out of the House on June 5, passed first reading in the Senate and has been held in Rules Committee since it arrived. The reason that it stalled is that our members have been actively engaging Senators with the facts about the bill which contradict the claims of the sponsors.
But the interior designers have been just as busy. ASID has their members working the halls of the General Assembly along with their hired guns, one of the largest and most highly paid lobbying firms in the State of North Carolina. They are still knocking on every door to get a majority of support, and they only need 26 votes to pull this off.

AuthorDavid Crawford

House Bill 590, the bill giving Interior Designers the right to seal construction drawings was approved last evening by the NC House and now heads to the Senate where Interior Designers have already gained enough support to receive passage into law.  However, that discussion has not yet begun in the Senate Chamber and there is still time for AIA members to join this educational effort.

Five members of the Board of Directors and Seven members from around North Carolina  answered the call to come to Raleigh this past week to oppose the House bill, and many more members sent emails to their representatives.  

AuthorKeri Dixon
TagsHB 590

We need to report that HB 590 the Interior Design Profession Act passed out of the House Regulatory Reform Committee yesterday afternoon. As we have been informing you over the last couple of weeks, the bill carves out a piece of traditional architectural practice for the benefit of NCIDQ certified interior designers.

AIA has had a long-standing policy against the adoption of practice acts for interior designers. As such, AIA North Carolina is bound to this policy and has made our position very clear to the sponsor of the bill and the Committee members.

AuthorDavid Crawford

We reported to you earlier this week that the House Regulatory Reform Committee would have a discussion meeting on HB 590. That meeting occurred on Wednesday and it's clear that the interior designers have plenty of support on this House panel.

As we stated in our earlier communication, the interior designers intend to carve out a piece of traditional architectural practice for their benefit. AIA has had a long-standing policy against the adoption of practice acts for interior designers. As such, AIA North Carolina is bound to this policy and has made our position very clear to the sponsor of the bill and the Committee members.

This bill only gets stopped or significantly amended if legislators in the House of Representatives hear from you now! Every House member needs to be educated about this bill.

Here's a link on how to find your House member:  


We have added a number of resources for you to view that will inform you about the AIA's position on interior designer licensing:

1) AIA North Carolina's opposition letter
2) The interior designers talking points
3) AIA North Carolina's rebuttal to the IDs talking points

We emplore all our members to take action now!

AuthorDavid Crawford

Make your plans now to join AIA North Carolina and our strategic partners in the North Carolina Design & Construction Coalition--Carolinas AGC, ACEC NC, and PENC-- for the 2017 NC Legislative Day in Raleigh, April 5.   Register Now 

Join your peers from the design and construction community as we show our strength as an industry to members of the NC General Assembly, as well as spend time face-to-face with influential state legislators.

Schedule for the Day:
10:30 AM       Registration
11:00 AM        Briefing & Legislator Remarks
12:00 PM        Lunch
12:30 PM        Begin Legislator Visits
5:00PM        End Legislator Visits
5:30PM        AGC Reception at Oak & Dagger (ticket event)

Priority Issues for 2017 (Download draft brochure):

Assist Tier 1 Counties with K-12 School Construction

Rural counties have faced increasing difficulties in generating enough revenue to keep pace with their K-12 school facility needs and replace outdated schools. There are a variety of ideas to assist our most needy counties (generally know as Tier 1. The concepts below are all current ideas and/or actual bills under consideration in the General Assembly.

  • Ensure open solicitation and competition for K-12 public private partnership projects
  • Sales tax flexibilityfor K-12school construction
    • HB 333
    • SB 166
  • Expand Lottery advertising to allow for increased Lottery revenue for K-12 school construction
    • SB 234
  • Support a statewide bond of $1.8 billion for K-12 school construction

Transportation Funding

As auto efficiency and changing driving habits have contributed to our decline in a stable sources of transportation funding. North Carolina will see a 43 percent increase in population – 13.5 million by 2040 – placing further strain on the transportation network. To have a safe and efficient transportation network that fosters economic prosperity and grows jobs, our current way of doing business doesn’t add up. If we find no new ways to raise transportation revenue, we face a projected $60 billion gap in funding by 2040.

  • Long-term funding solutions
  • Diversify revenue sources
    • Highway use tax
    • Redirect rental car taxes
    • Redirect car parts tax
  • Remove light rail cap
    • SB 170


Construction Workforce Development

The construction industry in North Carolina is having the most difficult time of any industry finding qualified workers. A national survey finds that nearly 2/3 of the contractors are facing this challenge. Hiring challenges delay projects, drive up wages, affects project quality and stifles economic growth. Public schools have all but stopped promoting construction jobs in career counseling and its clear the industry has an image problem when trying to attract young workers.

  • Support REBUILD Construction, a $200,000 state marketing campaign to young people
  • Support Career Coaches, a $1.1 million Community College program
  • Support Workforce Training, a $15.3 million Community College program for short term training courses

Economic Development

North Carolina’s economic fortunes are truly a tale of two states. Leading economists say that much of North Carolina’s post-recession growth is bypassing the so-called “routine” middle-income vocations and exacerbating the state’s growing regional gap and income inequality. Diminished tools used by economic developers over the last few years have lead to significant challenges to North Carolina’s economic dominance in the southeast region.

  • Support increase in annual Repair & Renovation budget
  • Support the continued work of the Economic Development Partnership & Dept of Commerce
  • Support renewed incentive programs like JDIG, Film Tax Credits, Renewable Tax Credits, etc.
  • Fix the HB 2 mess and restore the NC brand
    • HB 186 

Events Details

Date: April 5, 2017

Cost: Free

Location: Begins at AIA NC Center for Architecture & Design

14 East Peace Street

Raleigh, NC 27604

Schedule of Events:

10:30 am: Registration @ CfAD

11:00 am: Leg Briefing & Legislator Presentations @ CfAD

12:00 pm: Lunch @ CfAD

1:00 pm: Appoints with Legislators

5:30 pm: CAGC Triangle District Networking Event @ Oak & Dagger Public House

                   (separate registration here. For a $25 discount use the
                    promotional code "TRIBB2016" at checkout.) 

Find Your House and Senate Representatives

This year we will be making a concerted effort to match each legislator with a member of AIA who lives in their district in hopes of building long- term relationships. We want our legislators to have access to reliable information about issues associated with the built environment and know our members are among the best resources available.  Your participation this year is very important towards that goal. When you register for the day you will be asked to list your House and Senate representatives. The link below will allow you to find them.

Who Represents Me?

 Register Now 



AuthorDavid Crawford

Due to the climate of exclusion created in the state of North Carolina by HB 2, and in light of the recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the provision of equal access to restrooms for all students, we join the growing chorus of citizens and entities and call for the judicious and timely repeal of HB 2 in North Carolina as soon as the General Assembly convenes this week. We ask lawmakers to engage in further dialogue and legislate a more equitable solution that takes into account the needs of all persons in North Carolina.

Without such action the AIA South Atlantic Region must, for principle and business reasons, relocate its upcoming conference in September from Wilmington to another location in our Region outside of North Carolina.

AuthorDavid Crawford

As usual the Legislature has been busy and as we reached the figurative half-way point of the 2015 session let's take a quick look at some of the items affecting the design & construction community.

AuthorDavid Crawford

Make your plans now to join AIA North Carolina and our strategic partners in the North Carolina Recovery Coalition--Carolinas AGC, ACEC NC, and PENC-- for the 2014 NC Legislative Day in Raleigh, March 25.  

AuthorDavid Crawford

Last year the NC Recovery Coalition (AIA, AGC, PENC, ACEC) made its primary legislative agenda state building repair and renovation and infrastruture investment. The campaign was entitled "The Cost of Doing Nothing." A detailed analysis shows that through the state's maintenance neglect, North Carolina is actually wasting over $600 million a year by forestalling needed repairs and renovation.

AuthorDavid Crawford