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IIDA’s March Design Tour of Edmunds.com

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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.

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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.

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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
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See you at the Beverly Hilton!

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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!

Questions?
Contact office@iida-socal.org

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#CalibreAwards

Thank you to our current event sponsors!

GOLD
Environmental Contracting Corporation
Howard Building Corporation

SILVER
JDM Contractors
Clune Construction
Corporate Contractors
Sierra Pacific Contractors
Taslimi Construction

PEARL
Creative Materials Corporation
Martin Bros.
Seeley Brothers
Swinerton
Turelk
Turner


2017 IIDA SoCal Student Portfolio Competition

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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.

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

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

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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


Tickets and Sponsorships are Available Now for the 2017 Calibre Design Awards!

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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

Thank you to our current event sponsors!

GOLD
Environmental Contracting Corporation
Howard Building Corporation

SILVER
JDM Contractors
Clune Construction
Corporate Contractors
Sierra Pacific Contractors
Taslimi Construction

PEARL
Creative Materials Corporation
Turelk
Turner

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#CalibreAwards


Inland Empire Membership Mixer & CEU Recap

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Thank you to all of those who attended our first event of the year! We appreciate the efforts of the our sponsors and HON for presenting such an informative CEU.

We had a great turn out with around 30 people showing up to learn about trends in healthcare and specifically the shift to outpatient.

Total Corporate Solutions in Riverside invited us to host the event in their brand new showroom. Before the CEU, we had a networking hour where designers, students, and manufacturer’s reps got to mingle and walk around the showroom.

At the end of the night we raffled off a Professional and Student Membership.

Samantha Eklund


Once Upon A Time in San Diego

The long awaited video for the IIDA San Diego Haute Couture Fashion Show – Once Upon a Time has been released!!

Once Upon a time there was a kingdom far, far away where interior designers magically turned everyday building materials into garments suited for royalty. Join us on a journey to that far-off kingdom of Storybooks and Fairy Tales to delight in a spectacular showcase of these exquisite outfits.

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Carrier Johnson – The BFG

We were wowed by design teams from Ware Malcomb, Solomon, ID Studios, Rutledge Haro, Smith Consulting, LPA, Delawie, ASID, Gensler, FS Design Group, ACRMA and FPBA, Hollander Design Group, Entente, Taylor and Miller, Carrier Johnson and Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells. And our student teams Art Institute, San Diego State University, Design Institute and Mesa College.

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SDSU The Lion – The Witch and the Wardrobe

Each model brought the stage to life with their out of this world outfits and incredible performances. We won’t soon forget the beautiful performance from Cinderella or watching all 7 dwarves reveal themselves in one outfit. We watched in awe as the BFG took over the stage with her larger than life presence. Rapunzel’s intricate locks and the detail on The Queen of Hearts mesmerized us. Where the Wild Things are commanded the stage and The Witch of Narnia turned the entire room into a winter wonderland. We found ourselves lost at Hogwarts, enchanted in The Arabian Nights and at peace with the Truffula Tree. Little Red’s Wolf and Hansel and Gretel’s Evil Witch gave us quite a scare. Violet Beuregard’s amazing transformation blew us all away. We fell down the Rabbit’s Hole with Alice, followed the Yellow Brick Road and delighted in the childlike Madeline. We were taken Under The Sea and joined Miss Spider in a Giant Peach. Finally our students took us on a journey the jungle, the forest and illuminated the way to Neverland.

To say the crowd was in awe would be quite the understatement.

The evening’s Winners-

Best Haute Couture
Hollander Design Group – Where the Wild Things Are

Best Theme Inspiration
Delawie – Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

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LPA – Rapunzel

Best Craftsmanship
LPA – Rapunzel

Best Showmanship
Ware Malcomb – Snow White and the 7 Dwarves

People’s Choice
Smith Consulting – Little Red Riding Hood

Courtney Kirian
THiNK Office Interiors


Announcing the 2017 Circle of Excellence Honoree

The IIDA SoCal Calibre Design Awards 2017 committee is excited to announce this year’s Circle of Excellence honoree:

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Joey N. Shimoda FAIA, FIIDA
Chief Creative Officer
Shimoda Design Group

As Principal of Shimoda Design Group, Mr. Shimoda founded a Studio based on a multi-disciplined platform that seeks to bring quality design, innovation and technical excellence in projects of every scale. Contract magazine named Mr. Shimoda Designer of the Year in 2013 and in the following year was elevated to the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Architects. In 2015, Mr. Shimoda was elevated to the College of Fellows for the International Interior Design Association. He joins less than 20 Designers in the United States that share the distinction of Fellow as both an architect and interior designer.

Joey will join a prestigious group of past Circle Of Excellence winners including Carl Magnussen (2010), Ed Friedrichs (2011), Ray Anderson, (2012), Lauren Rottet (2013), Pam Light (2014), and Barbara Dunn (2016) amongst others.

Sponsorships and Tickets are now available!

Click here for more information about the Calibre Design Awards, to sponsor the event or to purchase tickets.

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

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#CalibreAwards


LACC Haunt Couture 2016 – Party Photos

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LACC Haunt Couture took place on October 25th with over 700 guests in attendance and was a huge success. We couldn’t have done this without our Chapter Sponsors, Event Sponsors, volunteers and LA committee who worked so very hard to create such a fabulous show.

IIDA_2016LAHaunt_500pxThis years winners were:
1st place – HLW
2nd place – Smith Group
3rd place (tie) – HOK & GKK Works
Peoples Choice – GKK Works
Student Award – College of the Canyons

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Apothecary From Passion to Poison photos are ready for your viewing.

A BIG thank you to Mike McLane and Juan Coronado from Taylor Design for capturing images from our party so vividly….enjoy!

Shannon Rose McShea, IIDA, Assoc.
ONE Design Collective


10 Questions with Elise Ozawa

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1. What is your favorite iconic chair?
Eames lounge – One day I will own a walnut/camel version!

2. What is your favorite California destination?
Palm Springs – whether it’s a family, girls, or couple trip, this city never disappoints.

3. What is your favorite color?
Red everything.

4. What is your go-to outfit?
For work – Black short-sleeve, mid-sleeve or long-sleeve dress. For play – Lorna Jane active wear and Nike shoes.

5. Where would we find you on the weekend?
All over town, sadly never home.

6. Gold or silver?
Gold and white gold.

7. Beer or wine?
Beer in the summer, wine in the winter.

8. Beach or mountains?
Beach – Laguna Beach in particular.

9. Online or print magazines?
Print. Love to turn off electronics and read an actual magazine.

10. Open or private offices?
Open, since my office is mobile, I enjoy open spaces when I am not driving!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Fortunate to have found the dream job in my early 20’s – a textile rep! VP of Communications, SoCal IIDA Chapter, and strongly believe in always staying involved. Born and raised in SoCal, busy wife and mother of 2 girls, Ashlyn (5) and Kendall (4).


The 2016 IIDA Student Design Charette

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The 2016 IIDA Southern California Student Design Charette was held earlier this month at LPA, Inc. in Irvine, CA.

See the photos from the Charette here!

Thirty students from Interior Design Programs in schools throughout Southern California were selected to compete in this prestigious design challenge. Christine Oiwake, last year’s Charette winner gave a brief presentation and then the students were grouped into six teams 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 the historical Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood in the Broadway Trade Building.

The teams had 4.5 hours to collaborate and come up with creative design solutions, after which, they presented their project to a distinguished panel of judges that included:

Aram Arakelian, Founder – Environmental Contracting Corporation

Brett Shwery, Senior Vice President, Corporate Workplace, Design & Delivery Director – AECOM

Robyn Taylor, Director of Design – Westgroup Designs

Sandi Warneke, Design Principal & Studio Director – Gensler

After serious deliberation and discussion, private interviews were held with each team and the 1st and 2nd place winners were announced.

The winners are:

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First Place Team
Eva Gao, Design Institute San Diego
Clarence Vong, CSU Northridge
Tanner Geertsen, Otis
Odalis Guerrero-Hernandez, Woodbury
John Corpuz, Mt. San Antonio College

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Second Place Team
Francis Redublo, CSULB
Leah Impey, San Diego Mesa College
Lindsey Graves, Mt. San Antonio College
Tyera Black-Davis, Art Institute – SD
Maegan Iamjan, Otis

Edgardo Caceres and Jessica Collins, IIDA SoCal’s VP’s of Student Affairs, thank the host, sponsors, students and volunteers for helping to make this event a huge success!

Event Sponsors:
Environmental Contracting Corporation – Aram Arakelian
LPA Inc. – Natalie Zweig
Pivot Interiors – Trish Drummy
Steelcase – Stephanie Martinez