Christy Somerville & John Arabolos

"The Profession of Interior Design: Working with an Interior Designer"
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Marvin K. Peterson Library


Interior Design is a relatively young profession having met the last of six characteristics that define a profession in 1974. At that time the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) administered the first national examination that serves to qualify interior designers for the profession of Interior Design.

Primary to the mission of NCIDQ is to certify by examination that an individual is qualified among other things to protect the life, health, safety and welfare of the public. Over the past thirty-five years, 28 states have enacted legislation through practice licenses and/or title registration to assist the consumer in identifying an interior design professional. Professional business organizations such as the American Society of Interior Designers and the International Interior Deign Association also use the NCIDQ Exam certification to qualify an individual for Professional Member status.

This presentation will explain the six characteristics of a profession, the knowledge and services a professional interior designer brings to the consumer and an understanding of how an interior designer and the consumer work together to create residential and commercial interiors that meet their interior design goals.

Biographical Information

Christy Somerville


Christy is a title registered Interior Designer in Connecticut and currently serves as the President of the Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers. She is also an Allied Education Member of the American Society of Interior Designers and a Corporate Member of the Interior Design Educators Council. Christy has thirty years of experience as an interior design educator and practitioner with a specialty in Corporate Office Design.

Christy is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design and serves as the Coordinator for the Interior Design program within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven. Christy holds a M.A and B.S. degree in Environmental Factors: Interiors from California State University, Long Beach.


John Arabolos


John is a title registered Interior Designer in Connecticut and currently serves as the Vice-President of Legislation for the Connecticut Coalition of Interior Designers (CCID). He is also a Past- President of CCID. John is a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and has also served as President of ASID.

John is a Professional-In-Residence, teaching courses in architectural drawing and construction documents in the Interior Design program at the University of New Haven. John is owner of Arabolos Design in West Haven, an Interior Design firm providing residential and commercial interior design services since 1981. He is a practicing Artist and exhibiting nationally since 1974.

John received a B.F.A. from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in CT in 1974, where he received Ruth Cheney Goodwin Award. He received his M.F.A. at Pratt Institute of Design in NYC in 1980, where he received a Ford Foundation Grant for his Art and Design work.

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