02.25.14

IIDA Inland Empire Unplugged

Last week marked an incredibly important day in IIDA’s Southern California history. Over 100 designers, architects and industry professionals met at the inaugural Inland Empire Chapter meeting and tour of HMC Architects. “If there ever was any question about why we should have an Inland Empire City Center-this crowd is the answer.” David Fridlund, Southern California Chapter President.

Marissa Loudon, a designer at Sisson Design Group in Ontario, explained to the group exactly how this new City Center was created. Like many of us, Marissa was a student member of IIDA and an Associate Member the first year after graduation. Knowing the impact that IIDA has on all of its members, she wanted to ensure her out of state intern had the opportunity to experience an event from the perspective of a design firm.

They attended an Orange County City Center Membership Mixer and it didn’t take her long to ask the obvious question to David Fridlund “why doesn’t IIDA have any events in the Inland Empire?” As the conversation continued David ultimately asked the question, “Why don’t YOU start an Inland Empire City Center?”

Since the question was asked Marissa has put the wheels in motion by developing a City Center and “creating all the buzz” to increase involvement. Marissa serves as Co-Director along with Kelly Hubbard of Interface. Linda Hahn of Studio R.O.C.A. Professional Development, is responsible for finding presenters that will provide CEUs to IIDA members and guests.

Click here to see photos from the event!

At the end of this, and EVERY meeting moving forward, IIDA Inland Empire will be raffling off one professional/associate membership and one student membership.

Save the date! The IE’s next event is scheduled for June with back to back CEU course on Biophillia from Kelly Hubbard of Interface and Lighting Resin Panels from 3Form’s Betty Friedrichs.

Emily Iwanicki
Andreu World

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