October 8, 2014

October 8, 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.

Enter the 2014 EDspaces Innovation Awards

The 2nd annual EDspaces Innovation Awards is now open. The competition was created to recognize manufacturers and designers for excellence in product design for the learning environment. Only exhibitors at EDspaces 2014 are eligible to submit product entries. Products must be designed for the learning environment and offered for sale or use after January 1, 2013. Deadline to enter is Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. All winning products, manufacturers, and designers will be featured on the IIDA website. Visit the competition page for more information.


IIDA/Contract Magazine Booth Design Awards Application Period Open

IIDA is also accepting submissions for the 10th annual IIDA/Contract Magazine Booth Design Awards, honoring 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. Winners will be featured in Contract magazine, and the IIDA and Merchandise Mart websites. Early deadline to submit is Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Visit the competition page for additional information.


IIDA is Proud to Announce the Best of Competition Winner for the 2014 Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards

IIDA presented the Best of Competition award for the 2014 Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards  to McBride Charles Ryan of Prahran, Australia, for their project, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School “The Infinity Centre,” in Keilor East, Australia. The Best of Competition winner was celebrated alongside category winners at an awards ceremony and reception on Oct. 1, at the Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel in Singapore. Images of the winning projects are available to view on the IIDA website and will be featured in the December issue of Contract magazine, the publishing partner for the competition. To view the full list of winners, click here.



IIDA Foundation Launches 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. To date, 117 IIDA Members have received financial assistance from the Foundation upon passing the exam. This year, the trustees have also added a second beneficiary, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, to support its development of accreditation standards for 2014-2015.


Don’t Miss IIDA at Orgatec in Cologne, Germany 

IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, will be in Cologne, Germany, to moderate an IIDA-presented panel on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Orgatec, the international trade fair for the workplace design industry. “The Culture of Work: A Global Perspective,” will be a lively and interactive discussion that covers the culture of work, and how designers analyze the critical factors that affect how the world works. Comprising the panel will be: International President of IIDA, Julio Braga, IIDA, LEED AP; Scott Hierlinger, IIDA, LEED AP; Marlene Liriano, IIDA, LEED AP, ID+C; and Felice Silverman, FIIDA. IIDA has a limited amount of FREE one-day admissions to the show. Interested Members should contact Aisha Williams at awilliams@iida.org for additional information and to request a special voucher code.


What Clients Want, Vol. 2, Now Available for Purchase

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.


WP_YouAreIIDA_300x223Get Involved in Member-Get-A-Member and Win

Participate in our Member-Get-A-Member campaign for a chance to win a $500 AMEX gift card. You will receive an entry for each referral that joins IIDA by March 1, 2015. Simply ask your referral to note your name and Member number at the time they submit their application. As a bonus, we will waive their $75 application fee. For more information contact Lisa Toth at ltoth@iida.org.



2014bgrightBuild Your Future at EDspaces in Tampa, Florida

EDspaces has quickly become the education industry’s most important international conference and expo for professionals who design, equip, and manage creative learning environments that improve student outcomes. Come to EDspaces and be among the first to see what is trending in product design when the EDspaces Innovation Awards are announced by IIDA. Register and save using promo code: IIDA. For more information, visit www.ed-spaces.com or call 800.395.5550.


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. Interested applicants must submit their program proposals by Oct. 15, 2014, for NeoCon, and April 1, 2015, for NeoCon East.



Earn CEUs at Configura’s CET Designer User Conference 

Configura, maker of CET Designer software, has been approved for CEUs at its CET Designer User Conference, Oct. 22 – 23 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Interior design industry leaders, educators, Configura team members, and CET Designer users will lead conference sessions. Primo Orpilla, Associate IIDA, will serve as keynote speaker with his presentation, “The Paradigm Shift.” In his wide-ranging review of the workplace typologies, Primo will address the varieties of space types and architectural motifs that contribute to a successful work environment.


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Illinois and Michigan Proclaim 2014 Stair Week 

IIDA, in collaboration with USGBC and AIA, brought design to the green health conversation with the proclamation of 2014 Stair Week in the states of Illinois and Michigan. Gov. Pat Quinn proclaimed Stair Week in Illinois from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, while Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed Stair Week in Michigan from Sept. 8 to 14. Stair Week encourages the use of stairs instead of elevators and advocates for a healthier community and sustainable and energy-efficient environment. The IIDA Michigan and Illinois Chapters focused on effective stair design for the initiative.



Apply Now for Scholarship Opportunities from Gensler

Two scholarship opportunities for 2015 from Gensler are now 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.


NELSON Participates in Green Apple Day of Service 

Interior design firm, NELSON, has chosen to participate in the Green Apple Day of Service, a day that focuses on giving parents, teachers, companies, and local organizations the chance to transform schools into healthy, safe learning environments through local service projects. The official day of service is Sept. 24 but NELSON teams throughout the U.S. have coordinated days of service until the end of October. For more information about Green Apple  Day of Service, including dates and locations, click HERE.


IIDA PA/NJ/DE Chapter Hosts 13th Annual Product Parade

Join the IIDA PA/NJ/DE Chapter, Oct. 15, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., in Philadelphia for its 13th annual Product Parade, a commercial interiors trade show and networking event that brings together design industry professionals, regional contract furnishing, and materials representatives for a night of showcasing and celebrating the products and technologies that define design excellence. IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, will attend this event, which will be open to the public for the first time.



IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Hosts Cosmo Couture 2014

The IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter hosted Cosmo Couture 2014, Sept. 18, at the Artisphere in Arlington, VA. The fundraising event fosters direct collaboration between local architecture and Interior Design firms and their manufacturing partners in the Washington, D.C. area, to create garments reflecting a given theme. The garments are then judged during a runway show with awards to follow. Proceeds from this year’s Cosmo Couture went to My Sister’s Place, D.C.’s oldest shelter for domestic violence survivors. Click HERE to view the fashions.


20th Anniversary Signature Collection Items for Sale

Official merchandise from the IIDA 20th Anniversary Signature Collection is still available for purchase. The collection, which debuted at the Chapter Leaders Conference and NeoCon 2014, are for the fashionably fast-paced, hardworking, and ever-busy.

Designed by Rick Valicenti and Thirst, the Signature Collection pieces are a cohesive and elegant assortment of merchandise designed to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of IIDA. These items which include scarves, pocket squares, and a custom-designed tote work well with designers’ lifestyles. Travel with the items, give them as gifts, or hold on to them as timeless pieces.

Act fast as there is a limited quantity of these one-of-a-kind articles, which will not be recreated or redistributed after the final sale. To peruse the merchandise and place an order, click HERE.

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