The profession of interior design – specifically, kitchen and bathroom design – is not regulated by the Australian Government nor legally protected. This means that any individual may call themselves a designer regardless of their level of experience (i.e. little to ample), training (informal or formal) or qualifications.
This presents a challenge for consumers looking to find a suitably experienced design professional. It also disadvantages those who’ve worked hard to establish themselves as skilled designers, whether through formal education, years of experience or a combination of both.
We’re proud to have Members with impressive and well-earned design qualifications who’ve continued to learn as their assessments and tutors are replaced with real projects and challenging clients.
Likewise, we love the contribution of Members with extensive trade and practical experience and learned-on-the-job design skills.
In both cases, the capacity to provide evidence of a high level of design and documentation skills, along with a substantial amount of experience, is what we believe can legitimise an individual calling themselves a designer.
In response to this, KBDi developed a comprehensive accreditation program with two primary purposes:
• to provide a highly-regarded credentialing system for designers committed to their profession and
• to give confidence to consumers looking for skilled and experienced design professionals.
The KBDi Designer Awards Certified Designer of the Year 2022 category (generously sponsored by Wilson & Bradley) recognises the work and achievements of KBDi accredited Members. Entries are judged by the primary category panel and then reassessed by a select pairing of KBDi Certified Designers. This year, we’re very proud to announce the following nine finalists, as determined by judges Elizabeth Luke CKD Au, CBD Au and Rex Hirst CKD Au, CBD Au.