officeinsight: Professional Associations
7.6.15 | It is fascinating to witness the birth of a movement within an industry. Our last great one – sustainability in design projects – is still unfolding and will likely be less a movement than an intrinsic character of the built environment. Now emerging is the recurrent theme about the importance of authenticity and the many values emanating from the originality of design. Shortly before NeoCon, the Herman Miller NYC showroom hosted an IIDA NY Chapter and Be Original Americas panel discussing several perspectives on originality and authenticity in design.
7.6.15 | Once again members of BIFMA turned out in force for the annual membership meeting held at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza across Orleans Street from the Merchandise Mart. Speakers at the breakfast included BIFMA Executive Director Tom Reardon; interim President of the Board Dan Tuohy of Tuohy Furniture Corp.; Designer Pages President Chris Taylor; Chief Information Officer at ClearArc Capital Mitch Stapley; and VP of Leasing at Merchandise Mart Properties Byron Morton.
5.18.15 | Each year, the IIDA Leaders Breakfast in New York delivers talks about bravely challenging the unknown and the countless forms it can take in the context of design. 2015 keynote speaker Paola Antonelli, senior curator of Architecture & Design as well as Director of Research & Development for MoMA, focused her talk on many new frontiers the discipline of design is examining. Her curatorial perspective on the ways design impacts the daily lives of all of us came across as equal parts analyst and humanist, thinking and feeling.
3.30.15 | As spring begins to settle into 2015, our calendars are steadily filling up with work engagements and networking nights of all sorts. These events all serve as excellent warm-ups to NeoCon, the details of which are now beginning to appear in our inboxes. The American Society of Interior Designers – Illinois Chapter (ASID-IL) hosted its annual Design Summit last Thursday, March 26th at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The Design Summit, a bit like a bite-size version of the industry’s esteemed trade shows, featured one keynote speaker, four CEU seminar sessions (participants were each able to attend two), and a reception and networking party.
2.2.15 | This year, BIFMA (Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer Association) took us to Miami for its signature conference, the BIFMA 360 Leadership Conference. Conference attendees, most leaders at their respective companies, enjoyed a curated list of speakers around this year’s conference theme, “Make It,” while enjoying the Florida sunshine on the pristine grounds of the Trump National Doral Resort.
8.25.14 | Although it was not billed as the “Keynote” address of Metrocon14 in Dallas, the “Outlook and State of the Industry” presentation by ASID President & CEO Randy Fiser was an excellent high-level overview of the state of the industry in the context of the current economic climate. Officeinsight Editor-in-Chief Bob Beck shares the most significant information from the address.
8.11.14 | Attaining a compensation package commensurate to an individual’s worth within our industry is crucial, both to that individual and to the industry’s perceived worth as a whole. However, negotiating compensation is often difficult to maneuver, particularly for people who are just joining the workforce or others who have had a long tenure at one company. Officeinsight contributor Jeanette Rodriguez reviews the July 15 accredited IDCEC “What Is My Worth?” workshop, sponsored by a collaboration between Leadership Mentoring Networking Opportunities for the A+D Profession (LMNOP) and IIDA NY, at the Henricksen Showroom in New York City.
8.4.14 | More than ten years ago, the Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) Environmental Committee began to address the industry’s need for a new universal sustainability standard that could better serve the large array of stakeholders that are involved with commercial textiles. Now, joining like-minded certifications like LEED, BIFMA level and Cradle to Cradle, ACT has launched its Facts Certification Program shortly after NeoCon this year. All 41 ACT members that are textile manufacturers participated in creating this rigorous standard, which is exclusive to textiles.
7.7.14 | The occasion of NeoCon brings more members of BIFMA to the same place at the same time than any other event of the year, so the tradition of having the BIFMA Annual Membership Meeting at breakfast on the last day of NeoCon makes perfect sense. officeinsight recounts the meat of this year’s meeting, including a “State of the Association” address by BIFMA Executive Director Tom Reardon discussing its levelR sustainability standard, new initiatives regarding statistical reporting, and the results of its recent collaborative research with IIDA on the relationship between workplace design and worker productivity.
6.2.14 | The 1000 member LMNOP organization hosts two mixers yearly to facilitate networking opportunities and offers select workshops for IDEC CEU credit. Its most recent networking event was hosted by Teknion, NYC, and featured Suzanne Tick, Design Director of Teknion’s new division, Teknion Textiles, as the event’s speaker.