officeinsight: Professional Associations
4.15.13 | It’s time to give another nod of respect and gratitude to the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) as it establishes The ASID Leadership Academy, thereby extending under its new executive leadership its now considerable list of solid contributions to the foundation of the interior design profession. The value of this ASID initiative is not just the fostering of better and more informed leadership in the design communities, but the possibility of producing more leaders whose training is in the human-oriented disciplines, rather than in the more competitive endeavors.
2.25.13 | For five years, the New York chapter of the IIDA has hosted an auction that encourages interior designers to channel their creativity after hours, as well as keep some material they use in their day job out of the landfill. The fifth annual Sustainable Quilt Auction was held on February 13th at the Open House Gallery in New York the silent auction proceeds going to Fiver Children’s Foundation. Not surprisingly, there was some extraordinary work on display.
7.23.12 | First Look at the New York Design Center is just as important for design professionals as NeoCon. It may not have all of the pomp and circumstance, but the setting of the NYDC is significantly more practical and manageable. The new introductions presented at First Look are a bellwether for how interiors are shaped in New York, the largest American market for contract products. And, of course, if the largest contract furniture manufacturers hog much of the limelight at NeoCon, the invaluable and important – and sometimes the most innovative – are front and center at First Look.
7.2.12 | After the unsatisfying economic outlook delivered by George Erickcek, and the Catch 22 dilemma of fire retardancy by Dr. Graham Peaslee, Mark Strauss, president of Interior Design Media and publisher of Interior Design magazine, delivered an upbeat view of the near-term future. Plus he had beautiful slides!
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.