New and Improved: ADA Standards 2010

In the 21st century, interior designers often find themselves explaining that an interior designer is not someone who merely picks out paint paints colors and fluffs pillows.  Of course, the need for doing this type of work still remains; however, that is not the main role of an interior designer in this day and age.

As a professional interior designer, there is a need to know electrical details, code compliances, and HVAC systems, among a slew of other things.  The job responsibilities overlap with what an architect does about 60 to 70 percent.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) serves as the governing set of codes that interior designers and other professionals must abide by in order for public environments to remain accessible for everyone.  Healthcare Design Magazine published an article this month that highlights the new and improved introduction that the ADA has set forth as the new standards.

Check it out here!

Note:  Feature image identifies the 2010 Standards Minimum with In-Swinging Door.  7′-0″ x 6′-6″ 45.50 Square Feet.  Diagram courtesty of the U.S. Department of Justice.