Press Release


DATE:  August 2010
FOR RELEASE:  Immediately
CONTACT:  Carl Lavender

Carl Lavender, Toronto Interior Designer,
Earns North American Interior Design Credential


Toronto, Ontario - Carl Lavender, an interior designer with the firm of Visual Energy in Toronto, recently passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Examination and earned the prestigious NCIDQ Certificate.


Passage of the Examination and earning the NCIDQ credential signifies that Mr. Lavender has met the standards for education, experience and examination for interior designers in North America.  A minimum of six years of combined education and experience is required before being eligible to take the practice-based Examination.  The NCIDQ Examination is a rigorous, three-part examination requiring examinees to demonstrate competence in a wide variety of aspects of the interior environment.  The Examination covers programming, schematic design, design development, contract documents, contract administration and professional practice, among many other related topics such as codes, sustainability and universal design.


“NCIDQ has long been the standard to identify those interior designers who are uniquely qualified to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare,” explains Deborah Steinmetz, 2009 NCIDQ President.  “The NCIDQ Certificate is the mark of a professional, and this credential is what every user of space should look for when choosing or working with an interior designer.”


Lavender graduated from Ryerson University with a Certificate in Architectural Technology and has worked in the interior design field for 15 years.  In his current position, Mr. Lavender is the principal owner, designer and administrator.  Visual Energy is a small interior design firm which designs retail stores and restaurants from a downtown location in Toronto.


NCIDQ is an organization of regulatory boards and provincial associations in the United States and Canada whose core purpose is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design.  More information about the organization may be found at .


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