Letters to the EditorialFrom Our ReadersI read the article, "A Force to Reckon With," in the July/August 2003 issue with interest as I know Lisa Whited and was affiliated with the Boston Architectural Center (BAC) for several years. I am impressed with Lisa's energy and commitment to interior design licensing. She deserves to be commended for her contribution to interior design education and the profession. I noted, however, a factual error in the article that I feel needs to be corrected.Lisa Whited was not the first interior designer to sit on the board of directors at the BAC. I was the first interior designer to be elected by the general membership to the board of directors in 1993. There were before me at least two other interior designers that served on the board as faculty representatives.During my two-year term I sponsored a proposal to amend the institution's bylaws. The new amendment requires that there is always interior design representation on the board from both the profession and the student body. At the time this was a big step for an institution that was often referred to as an "old boys' club" among female designers and architects. It also marked the beginning of a change in direction as the BAC initiated its first degree program in interior design and abandoned the Interior Design Certificate. The proposal was actively supported by the former president, George Terrien, and the first interior design chair, Faith Baum. I share the credit for its passing with them.
S. Christine Cavataio,
NCIDQ Certified #9471
Interior Design Program
Ron Renner, ASID
NCIDQ Certified #1456
Florida State Licensed Interior Designer (ID #114, Retired)
Founder and President
Certified Interior Decorators International, Inc.