Dec 04, 2023 By Laura Botham
ADCP Podcast: The Interior Design Consortium
Founding member Ethan Lu of The Alliance of Design and Construction Professionals introduces the podcast featuring IIDA’s Marci Merola
By Laura Botham Dec 04, 2023
Published in Advocacy

As interior designers, we are uniquely responsible for the health, safety, and wellness of the dozens to thousands of people who inhabit and use our spaces. But we aren’t the only space makers that work within a regulated environment: In 2017, 17 such individuals united to establish an inclusive partnership that transcends the divide and creates a more diverse and supportive community within the built environment. Including professionals from across the fields of architecture, interior design, engineering, higher education, and the construction industry, and united by a shared vision, the Alliance of Design & Construction Professionals (ADCP) was born.

Founding member Ethan Lu, IIDA, AIA, is an assistant chair of the Interior Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT/SUNY), a registered architect in the states of New York and New Jersey, and an NCIDQ-certified Interior Designer, and a LEED BD+C-accredited professional, underscoring his commitment to architecture, interior design, and sustainable design. Lu has worked as a corporate architect and interior designer but has found his calling in shaping the future of interior design through his role as an educator, and through advocacy work. With ADCP, he produces a podcast that recently featured a discussion between ADCP members, and members of the new Consortium for Interior Design including IIDA’s very own Marci Merola which you can watch below. We caught up with Lu to hear more about ADCP and the importance of collaboration in advocacy work.

What does ADCP do?

Ethan Lu:
Our co-founders sought to establish a dynamic platform dedicated to catalyzing collaboration and knowledge sharing. ADCP creates opportunities for networking, learning, and professional development, as it provides a live streaming platform (LinkedIn Live Event and YouTube streaming) for members to discuss resources, share best practices, and stay updated on industry trends. Furthermore, ADCP amplifies the collective voice of its members, advocating for common interests, influencing policy decisions, and addressing industry challenges with a unified front.


Why is advocacy important?

My passion for advocacy lies in its potential to shape the future of the interior design profession, benefiting both my current students and those who will follow in their footsteps. As the co-chair of the IIDA NY College Ambassadors Committee, I, alongside my dedicated co-chair, Julia Glazer, lead our team in fostering connections with Interior Design programs across New York State, ensuring that students have the resources and support they need to thrive. Additionally, my role as a committee member within the IIDA NY Advocacy Committee allows me to collaborate closely with the Consortium for Interior Design, which comprises of advocacy leaderships from IIDA, ASID, and CIDQ. Together, we strategize and oversee forthcoming legislative initiatives in our state, working to advance and safeguard the profession of interior design. Through these roles, I am committed to driving positive change and advocacy efforts that will shape the profession for years to come.

Why is collaboration important in this work?

Reaching out to other organizations is crucial for effective advocacy for several reasons. It fosters a sense of solidarity and unity, reinforcing the message that the issue at hand is of significant concern to a broader community. Inter-organizational cooperation, for example, between AIA, IIDA, ASID, and CIDQ, can also help identify common ground and shared objectives, enabling more effective and coordinated advocacy strategies.

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