Chapter Profile

Who We Are

The Arizona North Chapter covers a geographic area extending from Flagstaff in the north down to the Maricopa County line, and from the White Mountains east to the California border on the west. With 790 interior designers, 207 Industry Partners, and 143 student members, Arizona North chapter of ASID is one of the largest ASID Chapters. We represent some of the most influential and trend-setting interior designers in the United States. 

What We Do

The Arizona North Chapter ASID is a regional resource for knowledge sharing, advocacy of interior designers right-to-practice, professional education, and expansion of interior design markets.

Why an ASID Interior Designer

Members of ASID must pass rigorous acceptance standards: they require a combination of accredited design education and/or full-time work experience with many electing to pass a 2-day accreditation examination given by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).

Education, experience, and examination qualify the interior designer to enhance the function, safety, and quality of interior spaces. Interior design combines critical and creative thinking, communication, and technology for the purposes of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

What They Do

Interior design includes the following specialties:

  • Residential
  • Hospitality
  • Retail | Store Planning
  • Health Care
  • Corporate | Office Design
  • Facilities Management
  • Institutional | Government
  • Education | Research

Interior designers’ services include consultations, programming, space planning, design analysis, drawings, the specifications of fixtures and their location, furnishings, reflected ceiling plans, and fabrication of non-load-bearing elements of interior spaces of buildings. All drawings and documents prepared relative to the design of interior spaces are done so in compliance with applicable building and safety codes. Interior designers have comprehensive professional training and technical responsibilities and must understand:

  • Flame spread ratings and fire rating classification of materials;
  • Space planning for public and private facilities;
  • National, state, and local building codes and standards;
  • The needs of handicapped and elderly persons and other special need groups;
  • Lighting quality and quantity;
  • Acoustics and sound transmission.

Every decision an interior designer makes, in one way or another, involves life safety and quality of life. Some of those decisions include specifying furniture, fabric, and carpeting that meet or exceed fire codes, complying with other applicable building codes, designing ergonomic workspaces, space planning that provides proper means of egress and providing solutions for the handicapped and other persons with special needs.

American Society of Interior Designers
Deb Ritchie Chapter Administrator
(602) 569-8916