The Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers (ASBALAID) is a multi-profession regulatory agency that oversees the examination, registration, and professional regulation of architects, landscape architects, and interior designers. The Arkansas Legislature created the original Arkansas Architectural Act and the Arkansas State Board of Architects in 1941 via Act 270. On July 1, 2009, the Arkansas State Board of Architects merged with the Arkansas State Board of Landscape Architects and Arkansas State Board of Registered Interior Designers.
The activities of ASBALAID benefit the public in two critical ways.
First, regulation protects the public at large. The primary responsibility of any architect, landscape architect, or registered interior designer is to design environments that are safe, durable, functional, satisfy reasonable environmental standards, and contribute esthetically to the surrounding community. To accomplish this, the design professional must satisfy the applicable requirements of law and demonstrate the correct application of skills and knowledge. It must be emphasized that the results of faulty design may be injurious not only to the person who engages the design professional but also to the third parties who inhabit or use the environment.
Second, regulation protects consumers from fraudulent services rendered by design professionals. The necessity for ensuring that those who hire architects, landscape architects, and registered interior designers are protected from incompetent or dishonest individuals is self-evident.
The mission of the ASBALAID is to protect public health, safety, and welfare through the regulation of architects, landscape architects, and registered interior designers in the state of Arkansas by the following:
ASBALAID will play a major role in ensuring that architects, landscape architects, and registered interior designers provide the highest quality professional services.
ASBALAID will strive for the highest possible quality throughout all of its programs, making it an exceptionally effective and efficient multi-profession regulatory agency.
To that end, ASBALAID will: