officeinsight: Professional Associations
3.12.12 | LMNOP is a professional development group that was created to address the specific needs of the A&D community. Born out of the economic downturn in 2009, the organization now has the mission of connecting, supporting and advising its membership in a proactive and productive environment. LMNOP’s workshops, mentoring and networking activities seek to keep design professionals current and working in our community, hoping to decelerate the loss of talented and experienced industry professionals to other industries, especially during recessionary periods. In addition, its programs are designed to develop the business acumen and creative talents of those just entering the profession.
3.4.12 | IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, Canada’s largest design expo and conference, is developing a personality and purpose that makes it distinctly different from any other design show in North America. It intends to explore and exploit what should exist, but is too often missing, in our built environment: the natural synergy between architecture and interior design. A press conference hosted by Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and Architecture Canada-Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) indicates that, in Canada, architects don’t just respect interior designers, they’re courting them.
2.13.12 | Steelcase and its shining jewel for industry and public relations in New York City, Jeannie Bochette, have followed the example of National Office Furniture and Bob Rigby of Office Furniture Partnership, bringing a badly needed element of civitas back into our daily lives through the recognition of those very few Americans who fight our wars. Last Thursday, Ms. Bochette and Steelcase NYC hosted Interior Designers For Legislation in New York to create Valentines For Our Troops.
2.6.12 | The BIFMA Leadership Conference in Houston on January 25th and 26th was the best yet. An example of the excellent presentations was that of Ken Schmidt, who was instrumental in bring Harley Davidson from the brink of bankruptcy back to its present successful position. His lessons are applicable to contract furniture manufacturers and A&D firms alike.
2.6.12 | The IIDA and BMW Group DesignworksUSA, recently announced the winners for the second annual Global Excellence Awards. Best of Competition went to Water Chamber in Suzhou designed by Shanghai Lv Yong Zhong Art & Design Co., Ltd. in Shanghai, China, which was selected from 92 international design firms from 32 countries around the globe.
1.30.12 | Attendance at this year’s BIFMA Leadership Conference was up about 30% over last year. Part of the jump in registration is probably due to the fact that the industry grew about 14% in 2011, so times are pretty good. But I think the growth in attendance is mainly due to the very high quality of the conference over the last few years.
1.30.12 | The ASID named Randy W. Fiser as its new executive vice president and chief executive officer. The EVP, CEO title is new for this position, and it portents, we were told, that Mr. Fiser will have an expanded role that encompasses a more aggressive public and professional interface and that acts as a progenitor of meaningful intra- and inter-industry connections.
12.19.11 | As the 2012 recipient of its highest honor, the Gold Medal, the American Institute of Architects has wisely named Steven Holl of New York. Like most winners of the AIA Gold Medal, Holl is in fact several years overdue, having received a variety of honors at home and abroad over the past decade. (Unlike last year's overdue Gold Medalist, Fumihiko Maki of Tokyo, Holl hasn't yet won the Pritzker Prize, and he's overdue for that too.)
12.12.11 | IIDA Leaders Breakfasts in Toronto took place for the first time at our newest five-star hotel, the impressive (wit, elegance and a hint of glitz without going over the top) 53-storey Ritz-Carlton. The honoree was Susan Wiggins (See officeinsight June 10, 2010), executive director, Interior Designers of Canada. Janice Price, President and CEO, Luminato, was keynote speaker.
11.21.11 | Denise A. Guerin, Ph.D., and Caren S. Martin, Ph.D., professors at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design, are at it again, trying to articulate in a meaningful way the value of interior design to the health, safety and welfare of humans. Their latest contribution is the research that is the basis of The Interior Design Profession’s Body of Knowledge and Its Relationship to People’s Health, Safety and Welfare, which is described by CIDA as “a seminal industry research report issued by six leading interior design organizations