The interior design industry in Malaysia has been loosely regulated in the past but a recent announcement by the Board of Architects Malaysia (Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia) changes all this for the better of the industry and the general public.
Implemented on 15th February 2015, new amendments under the Architects Act, 1967 (Act 117) were introduced for governing Interior Designers. Under Part VA of Act 117, all Interior Designers and Interior Design Consultancies must now be first registered before they are able to provide interior design services or collect fees for those services. This basically means that any company providing interior design services or professional calling themselves interior designers are now required by law to be registered.
So all the above is the legal speak but what does it mean for consumers? With the implementation of the amendments to the Architects Act, there will be a potential number of implications.
We used to regularly come across forum postings of consumers airing their grouses against 'fly-by-night' Interior Designers and Interior Design Consultancies where these claims often relate to obtaining services from individuals and companies that lack the necessary qualifications. Some of these were also reported to be contractors with in-house designers to create 3D interior design renderings and use this as a method to sell their renovation services and even in some cases for charging more.
Hopefully with this new legislation in place, the interior design industry will further flourish and grow in strength. For consumers, if you're hiring an Interior Designer or Interior Design Consultancy do request to be shown their Certificate of Registration with the Board of Architects Malaysia.
If you're an Interior Designer or operate an Interior Design Consultancy and have not registered yet, CLICK HERE to find out more information about getting registered.