officeinsight: Professional Associations
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.
5.19.14 | Even if you have zero interest in entering the hospitality market in a major way, more and more ideas typically associated with “hospitality” are finding their way into workplace design. officeinsight traveled to Las Vegas to attend HD expo, the annual Hospitality Design event, held this year at Mandalay Bay. Along with the usual trade show fare on the convention floor, HD expo featured more than thirty seminars and conference sessions, as well as guided tours of two noteworthy projects currently underway in Las Vegas.
4.21.14 | 3form now hosts the annual Pratt Career Night in Manhattan. This year 50 Pratt students met with This year’s participating firms were Gensler, Mancini-Duffy, Perkins & Will, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Rockwell Group, Ted Moudis Associates, TPG and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. In much the way speed dating events are conducted, each of the students was given roughly five minutes to introduce themselves and present their work.
4.14.14 | We approach NeoCon with great anticipation, appreciation and a little trepidation. A preview of NeoCon 2014 shows that the product introductions – always a delight – are only the largest ornaments on a much more varied, colorful and edifying tapestry comprising the latest in product ideas and commercial design trends. The increasingly better and more appropriate Keynotes, excellent educational offerings, and some cheerful and lighthearted social, networking and competition events, as well as some worthy professional association offerings are giving us something to look forward to this year.