With popular television shows such as “Trading Spaces” or “Queer
Eye for the Straight Guy,” the interior design profession has
sometimes been misunderstood, according to several interior design
“People think our only job is to pick out paint for a room or
fluff up pillows,” said Tommy Altamirano, a junior interior design
Altimarano is the president of the American Society of Interior
Designers chapter on CSU’s campus.
“We are one of the largest, if not the largest, professional
clubs at CSU right now,” Altimarano said.
The chapter on campus is the largest it has been in CSU history
with approximately 94 members.
“ASID tries to educate. A lot of people have misunderstandings
about interior design,” said Altimarano, referring to some of the
current television shows in which only certain aspects of the job
“ASID is the largest professional organization for interior
design in the United States,” Altimarano said. The ASID was
established in 1975.
One thing that the organizations try to do is to get
professionals to come to campus to do workshops on certain aspects
of interior design.
“We’ll pick people who specialize in a certain branch of
interior design to come in to speak,” Altamarano said.
ASID focuses on creating universal access to buildings,
including handicap access. Interior design also focuses on security
elements. Altimarano gave the example of a new elementary school in
town that has high security, something that interior designers
focus on but hardly ever get credit for.
Interior designers work alongside architects. They do not just
come in when the building is finished, which is another common
misconception, Altamarano said.
This is a constant battle with architects.
“Interior design here in Colorado is trying to become a licensed
profession,” Altamarano said.
This is a struggle because making interior design a licensed
profession would take away part of an architect’s job.
“We try to relate a building to people,” Altamarano said.
Rachael Giudice, junior interior design major, is the
professional liaison for the ASID chapter on campus. She focuses on
getting events set up with professionals.
“I have connections with professionals,” Giudice said. “It gives
me the chance to see things from a professional point of view.”
Stephanie Clemons associate professor of design and
merchandising department and the faculty advisor for ASID.
“My responsibilities are to help guide the organization of the
counsel, to act as a liaison between them and the national
chapter,” she said. “I’m there for support and guidance. It truly
is a student-run chapter.”