Carlie Korinek, Allied Member ASID, NKBA
THE CORE OF THE DESIGN COMMUNITY
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people — designers, industry representatives, educators and students — committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, we strive to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. More than 24,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. You can learn more about our latest initiatives by reviewing our strategic plan. Founded in 1975, ASID is the oldest, largest and leading professional organization for interior designers. The rich, vibrant history of the organization goes back much further, to the founding of its predecessor organizations, the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID) and the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID). The History of ASID: 30 Years of Advancing the Interior Design Profession was published in 2005 to commemorate the achievements of the Society's first three decades. ASID inspires and enriches our members by promoting the value of interior design, while providing indispensable knowledge and experiences that build relationships. The Society’s nearly 13,500 practicing interior designers work in all areas of commercial and residential design. Professional members of ASID must pass rigorous acceptance standards, including a combination of accredited design education and/or full-time work experience and passage of a two-day accreditation examination administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). ASID Industry Partners include more than 2,000 Industry Partner member companies with 6,000 individual representatives, uniting the professional designer with manufacturers of design-related products and services. The Society's membership also includes nearly 5,000 students of interior design. ASID has more than 280 student chapters at colleges, universities and design schools with 2-year and 4-year programs throughout the U.S. as well as several "virtual" chapters through online institutions.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the premiere association for kitchen and bath professionals. Fifty years after its inception, the NKBA has a membership of more than 60,000 members and is the proud owner of the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS)
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry. Established in 1963 as a network of kitchen dealers, it has grown into the premier association of distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, fabricators, installers, designers, and other professionals. The NKBA’s certification program emphasizes continuing education and career development and includes designers and professionals in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry. The NKBA has become a valuable resource for both professionals and consumers.
We accredit programs that offer students a specialty in kitchen and bath design. Visit College and University Accreditation to view the list of NKBA-accredited colleges and universities. Students who graduate from these programs are prepared to work in the kitchen and bath industry and qualify to sit for the examination to earn the NKBA designation Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD) upon graduation.
Our Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is the largest trade show worldwide for the kitchen and bath industry. Every year, we bring hundreds of exhibitors together to showcase new ideas, products, and services.
Professional Resource Library & NKBA Magazine
The NKBA offers a complete Professional Resource Library for the trade, ranging from basic textbooks to advanced and specialized design books. In addition, we publish http://www.nkba.org/Learn/Professionals/News/NKBAMagazinePreviousIssues.aspx each quarter to meet the interests and concerns of our members.
Consumer Inspiration and Guidance
For consumers, we showcase designers and their work on this website. We also provide free planning guides and product information, and educate homeowners in choosing a designer, asking the right questions, and working with a designer or remodeling firm. In the interest of better communications, we provide a complete glossary of design terms
MISSION AND VALUES
NKBA member products and services will be in demand worldwide for all living environments.
The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.
We also intend to become a primary force in the field of sustainability, or green design. We’re expanding our educational programs in this area.
Because we’re committed to helping consumers and professionals understand their options for creating more energy-efficient living spaces, we’ll increase our focus on environmentally friendly products and practices.
STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
In order to maintain the dignity of our profession, to assure public confidence in our industry, and to render proper service to individuals and the public, it is the duty of the owners, executives, and employees of each member firm of the National Kitchen & Bath Association to:
• Conduct all work and business affairs with fairness to all concerned, fidelity to clients and suppliers, and devotion to high ideals of personal honor;
• Accept compensation for a particular service or in particular business dealings from one source only, except with the full knowledge and consent of all interested persons;
• Make no false or misleading statements to the public, to employers, to employees, or to those with whom we maintain business relationships;
• Disclose all interest charges, carrying charges, and fees, and to uphold all laws and regulations pertaining to the business and professional activity;
• Assist the client in understanding and obtaining the full measure of the services and rights expressed or implied in contracts, agreements, or warranties;
• Conduct all business activity without prejudice as to an individual’s age, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, handicap, disability that cannot be reasonably accommodated, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, liability for service in the armed forces or other protected trait or class;
• Refrain from using unfair means to win professional advancement disseminating any malicious information concerning any person or firm; or using improper or questionable methods of soliciting professional work or sales; and
• Cooperate in advancing the kitchen and bathroom industry by voluntarily exchanging information and experience with fellow members and by contributing to the work of educational groups, schools, and public and trade press, without disclosing confidential matters.
These Standards of Conduct have been adopted to promote and maintain the highest standards of business conduct and professional service among the members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Adherence to these Standards of Conduct is required for membership in the Association and serves to assure public confidence in the integrity and service of members of the Association.
For Certified Members
In order to maintain the dignity of our profession, assure public confidence in our industry, and render proper service to individuals and the public, it is the duty of each certified member to observe this Code of Professional Conduct.
The Certified Member Shall:
• Observe the highest standards of personal and professional conduct when dealing with clients.
• Pledge full support in upholding forthright business practices and maintaining a firm opposition to all unethical business practices.
• Clearly determine and define the entire project, services, and terms of agreement in writing.
• Continually strive for knowledge of applicable laws, building codes, statutes and ordinances, permit procedures and such rules and practices as required by communities, state/provinces in which he/she operates, and agrees to be bound by their laws and all other regulations controlling the industry.
• Strive to attain increased knowledge and skill through continuing education in kitchen or bathroom design, construction systems, business management, etc.
• Compete with others on an honorable and fair basis; not misrepresent services rendered by themselves or others not criticize the works of others, except on the basis of well-founded knowledge and fact.
• Show evidence or proof of ability to interpret architectural instructions from plans, drawings and specifications made under accepted architectural practices, as standardized by recognized professional groups.
• Adhere to a strict observance of all laws relative to the conduct of business, and shall not engage in any exploitation of clients, the Association, industry or profession, nor shall the member mislead the public through false advertising.
• Cooperate in every reasonable way with competitors and the NKBA for the betterment of the industry.
• Strictly adhere to the rules, laws, procedures and customs as set forth by the Board of Directors.
NKBA certified members shall adhere to this Code of Professional Conduct and shall, at the time of certification and annual renewal, attest to this Code.