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IIDA SoCal Update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Due to the request made by Governor Newsom, the Southern California Chapter of IIDA has made the difficult decision to postpone the following IIDA sponsored social events:

• San Diego Design Tour

SD Fashion Show

OC Mixer

• Los Angeles Student Expo

IE DesignConnect

We will continue to send out announcements about future IIDA events in the coming weeks.  We value the health of our members and would like to mitigate any possibility of exposure to illness at any IIDA events.

Please note that as of now, no events are scheduled to be permanently canceled, therefore all issued tickets and sponsorships remain valid for the events at their future dates.

We appreciate all of you and your commitment to the organization.

Thank you very much for your understanding. Stay safe.

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Angela Ryan, CID, NCIDQ, IIDA, EDAC
President
IIDA Southern California

 


The IIDA LA City Center Student Expo Is Fast Approaching!

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We are only a couple of weeks away!  Do you have your ticket to one of the most anticipated events of the year?

IIDA LA City Center is excited to host this year’s Student Expo event at HOK in their Culver City office on March 12th.  This event serves as an opportunity for students to showcase their amazing work providing the local design community with a glimpse into the talent of the next generation.  In addition, we have the pleasure of a panel discussion from a talented group of distinguished industry professionals.

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This year, Students are representing seven local schools: Cal State Long Beach, Art Center, CSUN, Chaffey, Otis, Woodbury and UCLA Extension/Cal Poly Pomona.

The theme for this year’s discussion will focus on presentation techniques and how new technologies and medium are influencing our industry.  Guiding our discussion as Moderator for the event is Scott Johnson, Principal at Wolcott.  Providing insight from their unique perspectives will be:

Rachel Rosenberg, Associate, Sr. Project Interior Designer, HOK

David Swartz, Senior Partner, HLW

Sean Kim, Interiors Studio Leader, Vice President, Corgan

Brooke Edwards, Vice President, Cresa

Join us for what will be an exciting, inspiring and insightful evening. Details can be found on the Events page here.

Please purchase tickets here!


IIDA SoCal 2020 Best of Design – Student Competition

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The IIDA Southern California 2020 Best of Design – Student Competition was held on Saturday, February 22nd at Cunningham Group, in their San Diego office. Taking part were 11 extremely talented and diverse students from all around Southern California.

Students arrived, as scheduled, throughout the day, carrying intricate models, stunning display boards, and various other materials with which to present their projects. There were two categories of competition this year – Social Relevance and Innovation – and $16,000 in scholarship awards up for grabs.

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

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

Faced with the complex task of judging these wildly different and innovative projects were James Arakelian – Environmental Contracting Corp., Marleen Milligan – Cuningham Group, Annie Wilson – ID Studio Inc, Georgina Kelley – Think Office Interiors, and Ashley Simpson – Gensler

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Left to Right: Georgina Kelly, Ashley Simpson, James Arakelian, Annie Wilson, Miguel Perez, Marleen Milligan

After a long day filled with nervous preparations and enthusiastic presentations, the judges deliberated to decide the most deserving honorees from among the many outstanding participants.

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The Social Relevance category, with a $5,000 scholarship, was awarded to Mary Kristofich from Design Institute of San Diego

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The Innovation category, with a $5,000 scholarship, was awarded to Hanmin Ko from Art Center College of Design

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The honorable mention with a $500 scholarship, was awarded to Cheng Chi from Art Center College of Design.

Congratulations to our winners and to all who participated! The awards will be formally presented at the 32nd Annual IIDA Calibre Design Awards on Friday, May 15th, 2020.

See photos from the event here!

The IIDA Southern California Chapter thank the hosts, judges, and students for helping to make this a memorable event!

Event Hosts
Herman MillerCuningham Group in San Diego

Event Sponsors
Cuningham Group and Think Office Interiors

Photography
Chris Hatcher


IIDA Los Angeles 2020 Student Expo

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Please join us for this year’s LA City Center Student Design Expo held on Thursday, March 12th at HOK’s Culver City office.
The Student Design Expo is a unique opportunity for design students to showcase their work and network with tenured industry leaders. Students will have the platform to discuss their selected project in front our IIDA Board Member judges. This year, awards will be given for Best in Show and People’s Choice, the recipients each receiving a cash prize. Following the student presentations, a panel of recognized industry professionals will address the audience to discuss presentation techniques and how new technologies and medium are influencing our industry.

The esteemed group of panelists this year includes:
Rachel Rosenberg, Associate, Sr. Project Interior Designer, HOK
David Swartz, Senior Partner, HLW
Sean Kim, Interiors Studio Leader, Vice President, Corgan
Brooke Edwards, Vice President, Cresa
Scott Johnson, Principal, Wolcott (Moderator)

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This event is open to both members and non-members. For additional event information and to purchase tickets, check out the event page here. See you on the 12th!


Advocacy Monthly In a Nutshell

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As we continue our efforts to elevate interior design as a profession and seek legal licensure to accommodate our working needs, January was an important table-setting month for the rest of the year. IIDA has confirmed we will pursue legislation in 2020 and has submitted unbacked bill language which will be the vehicle for the IIDA study bill.

Calendar To Date

• Legislature reconvened from winter break – January 6
• Governor Newsom released January Budget Proposal – January 10
• CCIDC Board Meeting – January 18
• Southern CA Board Retreat – January 25
• CCIDC/AIA/CAB/IIDA Meeting – January 30
• Northern CA Retreat – January 31

Advocacy

2020 is the second year of a two-year legislative session. During January, legislators work with constituents and stakeholders to begin considering what their legislative package will look like for the year. After confirmation in mid-January that IIDA would pursue legislation, Christina engaged with the legislature to feel out who our allies would be. A draft fact sheet was started, that explains the problem our bill seeks to solve.

Building off of the grassroots work that was conducted in early 2019, Christina reached out to the office of Assemblymember David Chiu (D – San Francisco) to gauge his interest in carrying our bill. As of the end of January, he had not yet committed to be the author, but, he did submit unbacked intent language (meaning we have a vehicle for our bill). The bill introduction is February 21, so Christina will continue to work to secure an official author. The work ahead will include:

• Continuing the conversation with Senator Hertzberg (D – Los Angeles), who offered to be helpful
• Reaching out to Assemblymember Friedman (D – Glendale who has previously expressed interest in working with us
• Reaching out to Senator Jackson (D – Santa Barbara), who is a champion for gender equity issues and would be a good champion for our argument that the current regulatory structure has an undue burden on small, mostly women-owned businesses.

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Ongoing Items of Interest

Split Role Tax Measure: The Schools and Communities First campaign is currently collecting signatures to qualify their tax measure, which would change the way commercial property is assessed and taxed. Residential properties will not be impacted. Commercial properties will be taxed every three years, at a minimum, and would be assessed at market value for property tax purposes.

As of the end of January, they had reached the 25% signature point – it’s more than likely this measure will qualify and be on the November presidential ballot. If the measure passes, the design community could be impacted – both clients and practitioners. Proceeds from the tax increases would be distributed to K-14 schools (about 40%) and local government (about 60%).

CCIDC Sunset Review: CCIDC is working on garnering support for their proposed scope changes, which it seems they hope to incorporate into the Business and Professions Code in their 2021 Sunset Review. Their language proposal is currently being reviewed by stakeholders, including AIA.


Announcing the 2020 Circle of Excellence Honoree!

Claire S Thompson, IIDA, NCIDQ, CID
Claire S Thompson, IIDA, NCIDQ, CID

Claire is the Founder of The Thompson Collaborative, LLC. The firm’s work is focused on commercial and specialty-focused residential projects. Projects encompass interiors and product design, and also include architectural and landscape concepts. Her firm’s award-winning projects include 3 Calibre Award submissions with 2 award winning projects. Her career has included teaching post-secondary level design at several universities. She now serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Woodbury University, which has a nationally recognized college of Architecture and Interiors. Outside of design work she is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Organization of Women Executives.

Claire is Past President of the Southern California Chapter of IIDA. Her involvement has included the development of many new events over the years. She has been dedicated to developing the Calibre Awards and founded the Student Scholarship fund with Aram Arakelian which now has a sustaining fund in the six figures.

Claire’s career long passion has been challenging project teams to deliver the best while mentoring the designer to develop exceptional results.

Calibre Design Awards
Gala Event is Friday, May 15, 2020
Beverly Hilton Hotel | 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available!
Chick here to become a sponsor today!

Sponsorship Levels

GOLD
• Two tables in Preferred Seating Area
• Company logo onscreen at the event and announced on stage
• Credit as a Gold Sponsor and two-page ad in printed program (ad due March 6)
• Use of the 2020 Calibre Design Awards logo with your standard corporate identity throughout 2020
• Company logo on the IIDA SoCal website with a link to your company website

SILVER
• One table in Preferred Seating Area
• Company logo on screen and announced on stage
• Credit as a Silver Sponsor and full page ad in the printed program (ad due March 6)
• Use of the 2020 Calibre Design Awards logo with your standard corporate identity throughout 2020
• Company logo on the IIDA SoCal website with a link to your company website

BRONZE
• Half table (5 seats) in Preferred Seating Area
• Option to purchase remainder of the table (5 seats) for an additional $1,975 (must be purchased by Feb. 14, 2020)
• Company logo onscreen at the event and announced on stage
• Credit as a Bronze Sponsor and half page ad in the printed program
• Use of the 2020 Calibre Design Awards logo with your standard corporate identity throughout 2020
• Company logo on the iida-socal.org with a link to your company website

PEARL
• Four seats in General Seating
• Option to purchase remainder of table (six seats) for an additional $2,100 (must be purchased by Feb. 14, 2020)
• Credit as a Pearl Sponsor and half-page ad in printed program (ad due March 6)
• Use of the 2020 Calibre Design Awards logo with your standard corporate identity throughout 2020
• Company logo on IIDA SoCal website with link to your company website

Click here for more information.

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#CalibreAwards


Fears and Phobias Have Been Conquered at Haunt Couture

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The much anticipated annual IIDA SoCal Haunt Couture fashion extravaganza took place on October 24th, 2019 before an excited audience at the Avalon Hollywood nightclub.

Using this year’s theme as their inspiration, twelve teams conquered their Fears and Phobias.  Paired with manufacturing industry partners, the design teams created stunning couture attire from unconventional materials.

We welcomed four very special celebrity guest judges–Project Runway All-Stars Samantha Black, Sonjia Williams, Gunnar Deatherage and Melissa Fleis, who judged the teams on their creativity, interpretation of the theme and runway presentation.  The themes were divided into three categories for the judges consideration:

Biological
Environmental
Psychological

The audience also participated in live voting, choosing their favorite team for the People’s Choice award.

The thrilling runway show did not disappoint!

As winners of the Biological Award, Gensler faced their fear of Botanophobia, or the fear of plants, with a haunting display of flora.

Winners of the Environmental Award, HKS, presented an electrical performance of Astrapophobia, the fear of thunder and lightning.

The Psychological Award went to HLW for their whimsical interpretation of Technophobia, also known as the fear of technology.

People’s Choice was awarded to College of the Canyons for their confining approach to Claustrophobia, the fear of small spaces.

See here for more information on all teams/phobias/sponsors.

This event would not have been possible without our very generous sponsors!

Thank you to all of our event sponsors:

Material Bank
3 Form
Tarkett
Clarus Glass
Pental Surfaces
Pivot Interiors
Sloan
Allermuir
Architype
Ceramic Technics LTD
EF Contract Flooring
Atlas-Masland Contract
California Lighting Sales
Crossville
Detla Millworks
Egger Wood Products
SCI Lighting
Unisource
Abet Laminate
Claridge Products
Mata Construction Services, Inc.
Swinerton Builders

Thank you to all of our fabric sponsors:

Arc-Com
CS&A (EPIC Contract Group)
Camira Textiles (EPIC Contract Group)
Carnegie
Design Tex
KnollTextiles
Luum Textiles
Maharam
Momentum Textiles
Pallas Textiles
Reid Witlin Ltd
Wolf Gordon Textiles

Thank you to all of our team sponsors:

Buzzispace
Catalyst
Herman Miller
Kimball Office
Koroseal Interior Products
Mohawk
Pivot Interiors
SCI Lighting Solutions
Steelcase
Turf
Panolam
Sandler Seating

It’s never too early to become a sponsor; we are currently accepting chapter sponsors for 2020.  Information is available here.

Relive the pageantry–photos from this year’s Haunt are here! Click here to watch the video!


Brooke Walbuck, Assoc. IIDA

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IIDA SoCal’s VP of Membership, Brooke Walbuck had a very unconventional childhood. She grew up in beautiful Southeast Alaska taking survival courses and wilderness training programs.

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She can build a fire, navigate by the stars and tie a rope to cross a raging river.  Brooke “found her people” when she joined a search and rescue team, overcoming obstacle courses and military physical fitness tests along the way. At 12, she joined a Civil Air Patrol group – the youngest on the team! “I see myself as a bit of a rule breaker and pioneer thanks to my upbringing in Alaska. It’s come in very handy throughout my career… Thinking outside the proverbial box, both in the wilderness and in a design studio, has proven to be very beneficial and given me grit,” said Brooke.

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After moving to Oregon post high school, Brooke began working for a custom home builder and got her real estate license – again, one of the youngest at 19 years old. She moved to Southern California after meeting her future husband and dove into a career change attending design school at FIDM in Downtown Los Angeles in 2009.

She started her professional design career as a Senior Interior Designer with Mannigan Design and later transitioned to a business development role with Unisource Solutions, thus combining her experience in real estate with her newly acquired design knowledge. Her next offer landed her at MASHstudios, a custom furniture manufacturer and major industry disruptor – “the best manufacturer I could have ever hoped to work with.” according to Brooke.

In 2019, Brooke was offered her dream job with HKS Architects bringing her passion for architecture and design to work with her every day.

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After nine years living in DTLA’s historic core, she moved her young family (husband and 4 year old) to the family-friendly neighborhood of Los Feliz where her son attends a bilingual French school.

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Brooke has been volunteering with IIDA SoCal for many years – first as a committee member for Calibre and other events and then a year ago, she made the jump to the Executive Board where she oversees Membership initiatives for the Chapter.

Brooke has admitted to being enthralled with architecture and upon retirement from the design industry, dreams of returning to school for an architecture degree from SCI-Arc.

For more information about Membership, visit iida.org/membership.


Time is Up! Calibre Submissions Due on FRIDAY!

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP accepting the 2019 Calibre Design Award for Education
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP accepting the 2019 Calibre Design Award for Education

The Call for Entries Deadline is FRIDAY!! Submit now!

Time is ticking! This is the final week to submit 2019 projects! At the Calibre Design Awards, we celebrate design excellence, true teamwork, and exemplary projects located in Southern California. Please use this link to submit your project.

Calibre Design Awards submission period runs from NOW to January 24th at 5pm PST. Projects are to be located in Southern California and must have been completed between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Don’t forget to include Team Members who made significant contributions!

The award categories are…

Work Extra-Large – 75,000 + sq. ft.

Work Large – 35,000 – 74,999 sq. ft.

Work Medium – 10,000 – 34,999 sq. ft.

Work Small – under 10,000 sq. ft.

Public & Community Spaces – Government, institutional, transportation, worship and museum galleries

Education – Elementary/secondary educational facilities, colleges/universities

Health & Wellness – Hospitals, laboratories, long term care facilities, and MOBs, gyms, spas, fitness, mental health, and therapy

Hospitality – Hotel main spaces, point of sale retail, restaurants, country clubs

Looking to join in the fun?  The Calibre Design Awards will be celebrated this year on May 15, 2020!

Gala Event is Friday, May 15, 2020
Beverly Hilton Hotel | 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available. Click here for more information.

iida-socal.org/calibre-awards

#CalibreAwards


The Call for Entries Deadline is NEXT WEEK!! Submit now!

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Studio UNLTD Accepting the 2019 Calibre Design Award for Hospitality

End the decade with a bang! Last chance to submit 2019 projects! At the Calibre Design Awards, we celebrate design excellence, true teamwork, and exemplary projects located in Southern California.

Calibre Design Awards submission period runs from until January 24th at 5pm PST. 

Click here to submit your project(s), and here to download the Call for Entries to prepare the submissions.

Projects are to be located in Southern California and must have been completed between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Don’t forget to include Team Members who made significant contributions!

The award categories are…

Work Extra-Large – 75,000 + sq. ft.

Work Large – 35,000 – 74,999 sq. ft.

Work Medium – 10,000 – 34,999 sq. ft.

Work Small – under 10,000 sq. ft.

Public & Community Spaces – Government, institutional, transportation, worship and museum galleries

Education – Elementary/secondary educational facilities, colleges/universities

Health & Wellness – Hospitals, laboratories, long term care facilities, and MOBs, gyms, spas, fitness, mental health, and therapy

Hospitality – Hotel main spaces, point of sale retail, restaurants, country clubs

Looking to join in the fun?  The Calibre Design Awards will be celebrated this year on May 15, 2020!

Gala Event is Friday, May 15, 2020
Beverly Hilton Hotel | 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available. Click here for more information.

iida-socal.org/calibre-awards

#CalibreAwards