Fernando Arteaga is a principal for HKS in Miami, Florida, where he directs design for the east coast and Latin America. Fernando Arteaga previously held the position of Associate Vice President of CallisonRTKL in Miami, and he served on the board of directors for the Association of Professional Interior Designers.
Joining a professional society like the Association of Professional Interior Designers is a great way to advance most careers. Associations are beneficial for people of all experience levels, from a college student to a professional with years of experience. Joining an association is a great way to legitimize a business and build a strong network of industry contacts. Associations also help professionals stay up-to-date on industry trends. If you’re in the interior design industry and thinking about joining an association, here are some top organizations:
1. The American Society of Interior Designers is the premier association in the industry, offers five levels of membership, and helps designers achieve credibility.
2. The American Institute of Architecture serves all architects, including interior architects, and offers education and business administration support.
3. The Interior Design Society is the largest association focused on residential interior design, and membership holds weight with potential clients.
4. The U.S. Green Building Council, which manages the LEED program, is an organization for those interested in environmental practices.
Regardless of which organization you choose to join, you’ll be likely to glean some benefits and find value in belonging to a community of like-minded professionals.