3.9.09 | In the ordinary course of behavior, not many are interested in legislation, although we have recently seen and it has ever been the case that laws and regulations, or the lack thereof, can affect each of us quite significantly, e.g., U.S. banking regulation and the unexpected application of some provisions of the Florida interior design legislation to non-qualified designers, manufacturers, dealerships and related services.
officeinsight: Professional Associations
2.16.09 | This year the BIFMA Leadership Conference was in held in Las Vegas and what a difference a year makes! Last year everybody was goin' and blowin'; informally reporting high single digit growth with many enjoying teen-type percentage increases over the prior year.
1.19.09 | Everyone including the AIA knows times are tough. Its semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast Report predicted an 11% decline in design and construction activity this year and, in response, the organization has developed the Rebuild and Renew Plan, a recommendation to President-elect Obama's administration and Congress regarding the allocation of funds in the administration's economic recovery plan.
1.12.09 | This year's BIFMA Leadership Conference, January 29-30, will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. This is a great annual event and we hope that every manufacturer and dealership leader attending will bring along at least one interior design leader.
12.15.08 | Toward the end of each year, the America Institute of Architects announces its most prestigious one-winner-per-year awards. This year's crop, not surprisingly, reflects AIA's current stress on sustainability and conservation.
11.3.08 | The entire nation has always looked to Southern California for cutting-edge design, upcoming trends and out-of-the-box thinking. In turn, IIDA Southern California Chapter presented the now legendary Haute Couture Fashion Shows in the San Diego and Los Angeles City Centers.
10.27. 08 | IFMA's World Workplace Conference & Expo is an annual three-day educational and networking event showcasing the trends and new products affecting today's built environment. I attended this year's edition, which was branded the youniversal workplace event, complete with youniversal lapel pins for attendees! (Cute, right?)
10.27.08 | After last year's historic speech at the Catalyst Breakfast by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on the environment, Southern California designers continue to thrive on passionate people and smart ideas. This year IIDA's Southern California Chapter held the Catalyst Breakfast at the Century Plaza Hyatt Regency with Wagner James Au presenting, The Making of Second Life.
10.20.08 | Last week we received a heartening press release, one each from the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and the IIDA (International Interior Design Association), noting that the respective boards of directors of these organizations had met recently to discuss the future of the interior design profession and issues that face each organization and their members.
10.6.08 | Industry forums and roundtable discussions often disappoint. After long weekends of wordy exchanges, a bit of occasional pontification, and finally consensus building about an issue, ideas soon evaporate without action. However, the Kimball Office Work Group was all business when it met for three days to discuss Sustaining Interior Design Education. It not only succeeded in identifying the problem and challenges, it responded with the attached report: a strategy, complete listing of recommendations and an implementation plan for the next five years.