Interior designers are not just the next people in the business, they are the next engineers.
A career in the interior design industry has been booming since the 1960s, but the trend is now on a steady decline.
“It’s really becoming the new white-collar profession,” says James B. Young, founder and CEO of Interior Design Associates, which represents interior designers and interior designers from across the U.S. and abroad.
Young says it’s important to keep up with the changing technology landscape in the design industry, and to keep in mind that design is a craft.
“The industry has grown, but we’re still evolving,” Young says.
He says a major reason for the declining rate of interior design graduates is that the market for interior design students is saturated.
“People have to choose between paying tuition or doing something that’s really exciting,” Young adds.
But he believes that the demand for interior designers is higher than ever before.
“You don’t have to be a computer geek to know the value of design,” Young explains.
“But it’s a skill you can’t teach.
You have to develop it.”
And while the industry is still growing, it’s still struggling to keep pace.
“I think we’re going to have a much more diversified industry for the next 10 to 15 years,” Young predicts.