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Los Angeles Salon Event – Meet the Panelists

Join the LA City Center of IIDA for the Second Event in a series of engaging Salon discussions on the topic of Provenance.

Throughout history, design revolution correlates with the introduction of a new technology. Today, technology is shaping ideation and inspiration, not only end products. Our “Information Age” hazily sights its sources, (re) tweets / (re) grams / (re) pins, and depends upon the past successes of our forerunners. Has this made originality outdated? Do we even need to come up with original thought if we can imitate or revise (v3.0)? Will we recognize the source being imitated (v2.0)? What about v1.0?

Is provenance passé? Does it matter? Should we care?

We will be discussing originality, recombinant culture and design inspiration with the following guests:


Chris Adamick
Environmental Design
Chris Adamick Design

Chris designs environments, furniture, and products. He has worked with leading brands including Gap, Haworth, Bernhardt Design, and Allsteel. His work has been exhibited internationally onally and received the Architizer A+ Award, the Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, the Best of Year Award from Interior Design Magazine, and recognition from the Type Directors Club of New York (TDC) and the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD). In addition to holding design leadership roles with independent consultancies Pentagram and Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Chris has been an instructor at Art Center College of Design and has worked in-house with the iconic American clothing brand, Gap to lead the creation on of new store environments.


Matthew Bowers
Partner & Creative Director

Matthew hew graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Studio Art and French from College of Charleston. Throughout college, he nurtured his interest and freelance business in graphic design and web development. He moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to establish Manufactur while continuing to develop projects in entertainment and hospitality working with notable brands such as Capitol Records, Sony Music, 20th Century Fox Film and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Matthew also spends time working a on number of personal design, art, and technology projects as well as exploring the beautiful natural landscapes of California. Manufactur is a creative agency that offers web development, branding, design, marketing, and media services.


Karine Prot
Fashion Archivist
Independent Consultant

Karine has a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the College of William and Mary and a Master’s Degree in Costume Studies from New York University. She has curated gallery shows in Los Angeles and New York that investigate wedding traditions, Japanese fashion influence and film costuming. She assisted in the presentation of an exhibition on Giorgio Armani at the Guggenheim. She also was a research assistant to the Guest Curator Hamish Bowles for “Jacqueline Kennedy: the White house Years” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She most recently has been an Archives Manager for a Private Los Angeles collection of costume, media and ephemera items, including items loaned for special exhibitions at FIDM, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the PDC, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Swarovski Showroom.


Lorenzo Quinn
proDJ & Music Designer
Some Nice Musik

Lorenzo has played underground house clubs since the very beginning. He has opened for legendary House Music DJs like

David Morales, Robert Owens and Louie Vegas. He also was a part of the Catch One Disco DJ circuit, under the tutelage of DJ Billy Long. “The Catch”, since 1974, became known as the “Studio 54 of the West”, is the oldest African American owned club in America. A 2016 documentary about “The Catch” celebrates four decades of music, fashion, celebrity, and activism and was a safe space for both the LGBT and Black communities, serving as a refuge for many during the AIDS crisis. Lorenzo considers himself to be a “music designer”: when he spins for an event, he creates a musical environment or takes the listener on a musical voyage, his selections and mixes tell a story and create a palpable experience.

Join us and your fellow design community colleagues for this thought provoking evening.

Inland Empire City Center – Call for Volunteers


Are you looking to get involved in the design industry and make a difference? The Inland Empire City Center is looking for a few volunteers to work on upcoming 2017 events like design tours, CEU’s, membership mixers and NeoConnect. Join our team – it’s fun and rewarding! To volunteer, please contact Jennifer Conklin jennifer.conklin@iida-socal.org and Samantha Eklund samantha.eklund@iida-socal.org.

Congratulations to the 2017 Calibre Design Award Winners


The 29th Calibre Design Awards Winners were announced at the Gala Event on Friday, May 19th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Click here to see all the 2017 nominated projects including all the winners. All the photos from the event are now up on our flickr page!


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Supplyframe Design Lab

Boutique Firm

Nominated by
Cory Grosser + Associates

A Single Tree
CalAsia Construction, Inc
SG Engineers, Inc
Supply Frame

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Loyola Marymount University Life Sciences Building


Nominated by
CO Architects

IBE – Ideas for the Built Environment
Kaplan Gehring McCarroll
Thornton Tomasetti
Vantage Technology
Whitin Design Works

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Saban Media Center


Nominated by

ARC Engineering
Charles Salter
MATT Construction

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Roberts Pavilion

Health & Wellness

Nominated by
John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

Buro Happold
KGM Architectural Lighting
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

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Drago Petersen


Nominated by
Felderman Keatinge + Associates

ARC Engineering
Drago Brothers
Mata Construction
Oculus Light Studio


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Temple Beth Sholom

Public & Community Spaces

Nominated by
Berliner Architects

Del Amo Constrution
Fusio Studio
JR van Dijs, inc.
Newson Brown Acoustics
Temple Beth Sholom

Edmunds.com Headquarters

Work Extra-Large

Nominated by
M+M Creative Studio

Cherry & Mandel
Corporate Contractors, Inc.
John Labib + Associates
Lewis / Schoeplein architects
Syska Hennessy Group

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Beachbody Headquarters

Work Large

Nominated by

ARC Engineering
Environmental Contracting Corporation
Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting, Inc
Lengele Associates
Sheridan Group



Work Medium

Nominated by
H. Hendy Associates

Brandow & Johnson
Moen Woodworks

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The Pritzker Group

Work Small

Nominated by

Becker Innovation
Building Solutions Group
Environmental Contracting Corporation

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Turelk Downtown Los Angeles

Work Small

Nominated by

California Lighting Sales
Madrid Ceiling
Nabih Youssef

IIDA SoCal Board of Directors Meet in April

Standing (L-R): Courtney Kirian, Terry Laskey, Aram Arakelian, Cara MacArthur, Jason Shepley, Jessica Collins, Kelsey Myatt, Susan Coddington, Christine Peter. Seated (L-R): Ali Dahl, Nancy Kind, Hana Dorani, Carlos Posada, Tanya Villalpando, Stephanie Heiple

On Saturday, April 29th, the SoCal Board of Directors held their monthly meeting. We started the morning with a fascinating presentation on Advocacy and the state of Interior Design in California. Our VPs of Advocacy, Susan Coddington and Christine Peter led a lively discussion filled with information and proactive ideas. The Board continued the meeting with updates from all Sectors. We want to thank IOS for hosting us at their beautiful showroom in DTLA. Next Board meeting will be in July – IIDA Members welcome.

Therese Laskey
Chapter Admin, IIDA SoCal

Calibre Celebrates the Winners of the Student Awards Programs!

This year’s IIDA Southern California Student Awards Program included a Portfolio Competition and a Student Design Charette.

Student Design Charette
Thirty students from Interior Design Programs throughout Southern California were selected to compete in this prestigious design challenge. The students were grouped into teams of five and challenged to design a flexible retail concept including a specialty market, bistro restaurant and cooking classroom. The project was located in the heart of historical Downtown Los Angeles in the Broadway Trade Building.  Teams had 4.5 hours to collaborate and come up with creative design solutions using only hand drawing and rendering, after which, they presented to a distinguished panel of judges comprised of local Interior Design and Construction industry professionals.

The winning team will be awarded $10,000 at the Calibre Design Awards. This team went on to represent IIDA SoCal and compete in the Western Region Student Design Charette held in Phoenix, AZ.


First place team from left to right:
Edgardo Caceres, VP Student Affairs, IIDA SoCal
John Corpuz, Mt. San Antonio College
Aram Arakelian, Regional Student Affairs Director, IIDA SoCal
Odalis Guerrero-Hernandez, Woodbury
Eva Gao, Design Institute San Diego
Clarence Vong, CSU Northridge
Tanner Geertsen, Otis College of Art and Design
Jessica Collins, VP Student Affairs, IIDA SoCal

Student Portfolio Competition
Twenty student members participated in this interview-style event in two categories –  Social Relevance and Innovation. Additionally, the Stephanie Tarr Memorial Award was given to a student for outstanding community service and student leadership in IIDA. Each student earned a $5,000 scholarship prize. Winners include Rae Chye (Art Center College of Design) – Innovation Category, SuSun Kwak (Art Center College of Design) – Social Relevance Category, and Angela Hickman (California State University Long Beach) – Stephanie Tarr Award.


Congratulations to all the student winners!

Tickets are selling fast!
Tickets are $325/each and Tables of 10 are $3,250
Purchase tickets here.

The 29th Calibre Design Awards winners
will be announced at the Gala Event:

Friday, May 19, 2017
Beverly Hilton | 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

6pm Reception
7pm Dinner and Presentation

Click here to see the 2017 nominated projects and teams.

Contact office@iida-socal.org


2017 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette

Congratulations to Clarence Vong, from California State University Northridge, who helped his team win first place at the 2017 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette. A member of IIDA SoCal chapter, Clarence embodies a collaborative spirit and, together with his talented team, came up with a design concept of “Nopal Collective”, a creative solution for a workspace program.


The 2017 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette was held on April 8th at Gensler – Phoenix. Click here to see photos from the event. Thirty students from winning teams throughout Western IIDA Chapters gathered to compete in this prestigious design challenge. The students were randomly grouped into six teams and were challenged to create and present a flexible concept to celebrate diversity and provide collaboration space including a coffee shop. The project was located in the heart of historical Downtown Phoenix at the Luhrs City Center Building, built in 1924 and well know for its historic neoclassic & art deco style.

The teams had 5 hours to collaborate and come up with design solutions. They then presented their projects to a distinguished panel of judges that included:

David Meckley, IIDA, CID, LEED AP
Principal – Huntsman Architecture Group

Katie Hauser, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP
Account Executive – Interface

Senior Vice President – HOK

The winning team will now go on to compete, representing the IIDA Western Region, at NeoCon in Chicago in June 2017

We would like to thank our IIDA Southwest  Chapter and the Event Chair Cheyne Brown for hosting a fantastic event.

Event Sponsors:


2017 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette


Our VP’s of Students Affairs Jessica Collins & Edgardo Caceres, together with the 1st place winners of the our IIDA SoCal Student Charette will be traveling to Phoenix, AZ for the IIDA Western Region Student Design Charette from April 7th to 9th. Student team winners from each of 6 West Coast Chapters will  join to participate and compete. The students will be randomly re-assign to new teams and given 5 hours to come up with a design solution for a commercial project. Floor plans, renderings, models, sketches, details & material selection will be presented to a panel of prestigious judges.  The wining team will be advancing to the final at Neocon in Chicago.

We would like to thank our friends from the Southwest Chapter and the Phoenix office of Gensler for hosting and our generous sponsors. To learn more about the event & sponsors please check link below.


IIDA’s March Design Tour of Edmunds.com


A couple of weeks ago, the Los Angeles City Center of IIDA’s Southern California Chapter held the first design tour of 2017 at the multiple award winning EdQuarters for Edmunds.com. To see more photos of the tour, click here. This 143,000 sq. ft space, designed by Christopher Mitchell and M+M Creative Studio was impressive and well attended with more than seventy-five people making the trip to talk with design leaders, up and coming talent, and fellow IIDA members.


With an incredibly insightful introduction to the space, Christopher Mitchell, gave a behind the scenes, deep dive into the process involved in creating such a dynamic, flexible, and engaging environment for a multi-generational tech client.


Some design highlights of this SOLD OUT evening included:

-A 6,000-lb. installation of 1966 and 2016 Corvettes (to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary) set wheel-to-wheel and rotating above the reception area.

-A 32-foot custom stainless steel slide that connects the two floors.

-A 1948 Cadillac Fleetwood re-purposed into a beer and coffee bar.

-130 feet of sliding glass panels that transform the office into an indoor/outdoor workspace.

-A 150 sq. ft. outdoor projector screen to accommodate movie nights for employees and their families.

-Two 600+ gallon saltwater fish tanks that will be home to 160 fish.

-A frozen yogurt machine with toppings bar, in addition to other complimentary food and beverage options.

-A game room featuring classic video games, Foosball, and air hockey.

-Multiple, forward thinking flex spaces designed to support many different ways of working.

Jason Shepley, IIDA, LEED

See you at the Beverly Hilton!


We are proud to be able to host IIDA’s Calibre Design Awards 2017 at this prestigious venue. Be sure to buy your tickets early, as a full sell-out is expected!

Here are some fun facts about our star studded venue:

  • Opened in 1955 and was designed by architect Welton Beckett (his other projects include Capitol Records, The Music Center, and LA Memorial Sports Arena).
  • The first luxury hotel to have never-before seen technology such as high-speed elevators and air-conditioning thermostats in each room.
  • Hosted the first Grammy Awards in 1959.
  • Home to the Golden Globes, Daytime Emmy Awards and the Oscar nominees luncheon.

Watch out for the paparazzi! 

Come one, come all. Get your tickets!
Click for more information about ticket sales!

Sponsorships and tickets are still available!
There are several levels of sponsorship opportunities for the Calibre Design Awards. Click here to download the full sponsorship package. Among other benefits, event sponsors get an ad in the printed program – so sign up today!

Mark Your Calendars!
Gala Event is Friday, May 19, 2017
Beverly Hilton | 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Cocktail Hour 5-7pm
Calibre Design Awards 7-9:30pm

Stay tuned…
The 2017 Calibre Design Awards nominees to be released soon!

Contact office@iida-socal.org


Thank you to our current event sponsors!

Environmental Contracting Corporation
Howard Building Corporation

JDM Contractors
Clune Construction
Corporate Contractors
Sierra Pacific Contractors
Taslimi Construction

Creative Materials Corporation
Martin Bros.
Seeley Brothers

2017 IIDA SoCal Student Portfolio Competition


The IIDA Southern California 2017 Student Portfolio Competition was held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Steelcase showroom located high in the skyline of downtown Los Angeles. Taking part were 20 extremely talented and diverse students from 7 participating Southern California Schools.

Take a look at photos from the event here!

Students arrived as scheduled throughout the day, carrying intricate models, stunning display boards, and various other materials with which to present their best efforts. There were 3 categories of competition this year: 

Innovation in Interior Design – awarded for the presentation that shows the highest level of innovation through design solutions.

Social Relevance in Interior Design – awarded for the presentation that best addresses social or cultural issues through creative design.

The Stephanie Tarr Award – awarded to the student who best demonstrates their commitment to involvement in the Southern California design industry through their IIDA membership, event volunteering, service to the community, charity work, and other forms of mentoring or participation.

Faced with the complex task of judging these wildly different and innovative projects were:

Aram Arakelian – Founder Environmental Contracting Corp., Founder Scholarship Foundation, Affiliate, IIDA

Cassie Sanchez – Gensler – Past VP student Affairs, IIDA

Claire Thompson – The Thompson Collaborative LLC – Past President, IIDA

Laurence Cartledge – Rottet Studio – Former Judge

Scott Johnson – Wolcott – Past President, IIDA

Susanne – Molina – Design One – Fellow and Past President, IIDA

 After a long day filled with nervous preparation, enthusiastic presentations, tours of the Steelcase showroom, and networking, the judges deliberated to decide the most deserving honorees from among the many outstanding participants.


The Innovation category, with a $5000 scholarship, was awarded to Rae Chye from Art Center College of Design.


The Social Relevance category, with a $5000 scholarship, was awarded to SuSun Kwak from Art Center College of Design.


The prestigious Stephanie Tarr Award, with a $5000 scholarship, was awarded to Angela Hickman from California State University Long Beach.

The awards will be formally presented at the 29th Annual IIDA Calibre Design Awards on Friday, May 19th 2017.

Edgardo Caceres and Jessica Collins, IIDA SoCal’s VP’s of Students Affairs, thank the host, Judges, students, sponsors and volunteers for helping to make this a memorable event.

Event Sponsors:
Alur Walls – Mark Clark
Environmental Contracting Corp – Aram Arakelian
Shaw Contract –  Kimberly Johnson
Steelcase – Stephanie Martinez, IIDA