officeinsight: Professional Associations
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.
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.