November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014
The DesignMatters newsletter is the bimonthly membership newsletter of IIDA showcasing the latest Interior Design and A&D industry news, membership events and benefits, and design competitions, education, and trends.

WP_SDC-logo_2014Save the Date: IIDA Student Design Competition Opens Nov. 12

The Student Design Competition celebrates original design and rewards individuals and/or teams whose projects demonstrate innovative, functional design solutions that have a positive environmental and human impact. This year, students are asked to investigate how the modern employee works and what elements are required to increase workplace well-being , increasing productivity and job satisfaction. Specifically, students are invited to think about how a well-designed office can foster workplace well-being, factoring in mobility, privacy, natural light, exercise opportunities, and outdoor access. The competition opens next week on Wednesday, Nov. 12, with the competition brief available for download here. Winners will be announced in the February 2015 issue of Quad and featured in DesignMatters and the IIDA website.


WP_GEA_logo_300X223IIDA Global Excellence Awards Competition Open

Submit your projects to the 5th annual IIDA Global Excellence Awards. This annual worldwide design competition was established to honor and celebrate outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international Interior Design/Interior Architecture projects in 13 categories. All winning projects will be featured on the IIDA website. The Best of Competition winner will be selected from the category winners and announced at a reception at Maison & Objet in Paris on Saturday, Jan. 24.



Congratulations to the Winners of the 2014 IIDA/Contract Magazine Booth Design Competition and the EDspaces Innovation Awards

Last week, IIDA crowned the winners of the 10th annual IIDA/Contract Magazine Booth Design Competition at NeoCon East in Baltimore, and the 2nd annual EDspaces Innovation Awards at the EDspaces tradeshow in Tampa. Top honors for the 2014 IIDA/Contract Magazine Booth Design Competition went to Global (pictured top left) for Large Booth (over 400 square feet) and Bentley 2014 for Small Booth (under 400 square feet). WP_Borgo1_300Competition winners were presented with certificates during NeoCon East at the Baltimore Convention Center on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Winners of the 2014 EDspaces Innovation Awards were announced Thursday, Oct. 30, with Best of Competition honors awarded to Borgo Contract Seating for their product, Privee seating (pictured bottom left).

The IIDA/Contract Magazine Booth Design Competition seeks to honor originality of design, visual impact, effective use of materials and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting, and graphics in booths at NeoCon East 2014. The EDspaces Innovation Awards recognizes manufacturers and designers for excellence in product design for the learning environment.


WP_D4D logoIIDA Partners with Designs for Dignity to Boost National Efforts to Help Local Nonprofits

IIDA is excited to announce a new national partnership with Designs for Dignity (D4D) a provider of pro bono design initiatives to nonprofit WP_Spirit Awards Bfastorganizations that serve marginalized and at-risk individuals. This partnership seeks to expand D4D’s national programs throughout the United States and give IIDA Members the opportunity to engage in hands-on local revitalization projects while gaining Continuing Education Credits.

D4D, established 15 years ago and headquartered in Chicago, is looking for project participation in Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, and Pittsburgh. Upcoming city projects include the Youth on Fire and Harvard Square Homeless Shelter in Boston, and the International Rescue Committee and Our House Shelter in Atlanta. IIDA Members, vendors, and manufacturers are encouraged to provide in-kind donations, pro-bono design work, and corporate support to D4D’s growing national efforts.

IIDA Executive President and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. IIDA, LEED AP, will announce the new partnership at D4D’s 3rd Annual Spirit Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the IIDA Headquarters Learning Center from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Click HERE to register for the Spirit Awards Breakfast. For more information about participating and donating to D4D projects in your area, please contact Jennifer Sobecki, D4D Executive Director, at For more information about the partnership and Breakfast, please contact Anastasia Gedman, Leaders Breakfast and Special Events Manager, at


WP_Scott Hierlinger-revisedIIDA President Elect Recaps “The Culture of Work” 

IIDA President Elect Scott Hierlinger, IIDA, LEED AP, ID+C (Principal and Design Director, NELSON), shared his insights from this year’s ORGATEC on the NELSON website. Hierlinger, and Members of the IIDA International Board of Directors, participated in the panel discussion “The Culture of Work: A Global Perspective,” which took place at ORGATEC in Cologne, Germany. Of the discussion, Hierlinger said it “illuminated the similarities that the United States market shares in regards to what clients want, the expression of brand, and our approach to those.”


IIDA-Foundation_SzdIIDA Foundation 2014 Designing for the Future Campaign

IIDA Foundation Trustees are pleased to announce the launch of the 2014 Designing for the Future Campaign, which opened Oct. 1, and will continue through Dec. 1. The funds raised from this year’s campaign will provide funding for the  NCIDQ Tuition Reimbursement Fund and support the Council for Interior Design Accreditation in developing accreditation standards for 2014 – 2015. To date, 117 IIDA Members have received financial assistance from the Foundation upon passing the exam.



CEU Compliance Reminder

Professional and Associate Members are reminded that they are required to complete 1.0 CEUs (10 contact hours), by the end of Dec. 31, 2015. IIDA will be conducting a mid-compliance period audit at the beginning of 2015 to inform eligible members of their CEU status. To be on track you should have accumulated at least 0.5 CEUs (5 hours) by Dec. 31, 2014. To check your CEU status, log in to your profile at IDCEC. If you have forgotten your IDCEC login information, contact To find CEUs, visit the Professional Development section of the IIDA website, the IDCEC Event Calendar, or contact your local IIDA Chapter. For more information about CEUs, please contact Ely Alaniz, Director of Continuing Education, at



Register NOW for “The Workplace in the Healthcare Profession”

There are two days left to register for the IIDA forum, “The Workplace in the Healthcare Profession.” Principal Director of Healthcare Interiors for Cannon Design Jocelyn Stroupe, IIDA, AAHID, EDAC, will moderate a panel of multidisciplinary design experts This program is sponsored by HermanMiller Healthcare. Click HERE for more information about the event, including details to register.


WPNeoConEast_Conference Program Audience_LNeoCon Invites You to Submit Your Program Ideas for 2015

NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors for more than 45 years, officially announced the call for presentations for NeoCon and NeoCon East 2015 live on its website. NeoCon and NeoCon East are seeking industry experts to share professional insight and knowledge with commercial and residential interior design, as well as architecture and facility management professionals. Program proposals for NeoCon have already passed. However, NeoCon East will be accepting proposals until April 1, 2015.



Apply Now for Scholarship Opportunities from Gensler

Two scholarship opportunities for 2015 from Gensler are open. The Gensler Diversity Scholarship celebrates diversity WP_2015_Diversity_Poster_Press Anncoucementthrough mentorship and empowerment of the best emerging design talent. Top African-American students who will be entering their final year of a U.S. not-for-profit NAAB-accredited architecture program in the fall of 2015 are encouraged to apply. The Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship was established as a WP_2015_Brinkmann_Poster_Press Annoucementmemorial to Don Brinkmann, an inspirational and gifted interior designer. Top students entering their final year of a U.S. not-for-profit CIDA-accredited interior design program in the fall of 2015 are encouraged to apply. Deadline for both scholarships is Dec. 8.


Purchase Your Copy of What Clients Want, Vol. 2

The compelling book series, What Clients Want, published by IIDA, features insight from clients about what design excellence means and how it is achieved. What Clients Want, Vol. 2 places a special focus on hotel design and spotlights sixteen unique global properties as the centerpiece of these essential conversations about the value of design in the hospitality marketplace. This book is crafted especially for the design community and its clients, courtesy of 3M Architectural Markets and the IIDA Foundation. Click HERE to place your order.


IIDA Carolinas Chapter Featured in Milliken

The IIDA Carolinas Chapter recently contributed to the Milliken website as guest bloggers for a series about sustainability and innovative design. View the post, “Perspectives on the Evolution of Sustainable Design” HERE.


Limited Availability: IIDA 20th Anniversary Signature Collection 

The holidays are approaching and what better gift to give than pieces from the IIDA 20th Anniversary Signature Collection. Designed by Rick Valicenti and Thirst, the Signature Collection pieces are a cohesive and elegant assortment of merchandise designed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of IIDA. These items, which include scarves, pocket squares, and a custom-designed tote work well with designers’ lifestyles.  The collection debuted at the Chapter Leaders Conference and NeoCon 2014 and is perfect for the fashionably fast-paced, hardworking, and ever-busy.

There is a limited quantity of these one-of-a-kind articles left, available now at reduced prices. These items will not be recreated or redistributed after the final sale. To peruse the merchandise and place an order, click HERE.

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