Despite well-intended laws and protocols enacted in respective states, co-op and condo homeowners, organizations and associations are often faced with complicated, sometimes confusing issues related to building codes, zoning ordinances, designers, vendors and contractors. Too often, they are left to negotiate the maze without adequate guidance and oversight.
While New York and New Jersey are among five states requiring residential building designers to present their clients with licensed architectural renderings of proposed projects, the rest of the country has no such requirement. Builders in the other 45 states can essentially build “as they see fit.”
This divide gave rise to the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) nearly 60 years ago. The organization was founded in 1950 to provide its members with professional and educational resources, as well as to develop nationwide design standards and a code of ethics for the building design profession, explains AIBD’s Executive Director Steve Mickley.
“When a new home or addition is in your future, a specialist in the discipline of residential design is your best choice to guide you through the design/building experience,” says Mickley. “It makes sense to secure design services from a qualified, experienced source.”
And while Mickley concedes that AIBD’s New York and New Jersey chapters have fewer members than chapters in states with less stringent laws, many designers, architects and builders operating in the tri-state area have joined AIBD because of the extra measure of comfort and security their membership gives clients.