officeinsight: Professional Associations
7.2.12 | More than 600 attendees joined DIFFA/Chicago for its 24th annual Gala, Believe 2012 GardenGala. The verdure-laden fete was held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown - Magnificent Mile, and raised more than $600,000 in revenues to help fund and advance the fight against AIDS.
6.25.12 | In this era of strategic thinking about real estate, we need to ensure that we don't lose track of our productivity strategies. There are about 85 million knowledge workers in the economy, and that’s projected to grow to close to a 100 million. Doing a little math – assuming that the average knowledge worker costs his employer around $65 thousand ($50,000 compensation with a 30% benefit load – gives us an aggregate $5.5 trillion payroll a year.
6.25.12 | IIDA Southern California Chapter knows how to throw a major event and this years’ 24th Annual Calibre Awards did not disappoint. Over 900 gathered at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel to applauded teamwork, honor excellence in design, present student scholarships and give a special tribute to the late legendary environmentalist, Ray Anderson.
4.8.12 | Currently celebrating its tenth anniversary, OHNY (openhousenewyork) has spent most of that time inspiring and educating the public about New York City's architecture and design heritage, while enabling special access to wonders of design throughout the city. To celebrate the past decade of programs, OHNY is organizing a series of events that cover New York City’s special places, design personalities, and buildings throughout this year. “Our first openstudios took place last month in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn,” said Renee Schacht, Executive Director of OHNY.
3.19.12 | Designers design, that is find ways to achieve objectives, and ASID and IIDA have been collaborating – in a very meaningful way – to explore and develop common ground, particularly over the past year, rather than continuing to butt their head against the proverbial brick wall of a possible merger. That is, they are aggressively creating opportunities for the type of joint action that will promote the interior design profession and create the mutual trust necessary to create need break throughs.
3.19.12 | The latest IIDA-NY Pioneering Design event featured designer Todd Oldham giving a history lesson in Modern design based on on his recently published comprehensive monograph on Alexander Girard. This reminded many of us that Modernism wasn’t just concerned with contextualizing natural elements for the human scale and being emotionally reserved, it was also about having fun with color, form and shape in everyday life.
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.