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Spotlight on Jennifer Sun

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The San Diego City Center Advocacy team recently had a wonderful conversation with our newest co-director, Jennifer Sun. While she is not new to holding a leadership position within IIDA nor to the community (she has been an integral part of the IIDA Fashion Show and a respected designer at FS Design Group for over four years), we thought it would be great to spend some time with Jennifer one-on-one to get to know more about her.

Q: What inspired you to begin a career in design?

A: Since I can remember I have always been creative and like to make things and spaces beautiful and functional.  It wasn’t till my early 30’s did I decide to go to school to make design and architecture my  career choice.

Q: What has been your greatest asset in studying for NCIDQ?

A: I have not started, but once I do, I am very excited to know that San Diego IIDA has a study group  and Christina Garvie (IIDA SOCAL Director of Professional Certifications).  Christina has been running  this group for a couple of years and has a lot of insight and knowledge of the certification process.  I  am planning on taking full advantage of this IIDA perk! 

Q: What has been your biggest challenge in studying for NCIDQ?

A: Qualifying for the test.  My education is non‐traditional for a commercial interior designer.  I have  two associate degrees: one in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising  and another in architecture from Mesa Community college.  I also have a bachelor’s degree in  economics from the University of California San Diego.  This background is considered non‐traditional, therefore NCIDQ requires an alternative review program that requires proof of 5 years of applicable  work experience, a $525 processing fee and an education and dossier review.  Short answer, lots of  additional paper work and money. Wish me luck! 

Q: What is your favorite project you have worked on? 

A: It’s difficult to choose a favorite because so many of the projects I have worked on have been  special or interesting. I have learned that even the most basic tenant improvement can present  unique challenges that must be addressed, resulting in valuable experience and knowledge.  But, if I  had to choose one, it would be Pacific Plaza at Torrey Hills.  The commercial complex was designed by  the architect Brian Paul in the late 90s.  My firm re‐imaged the lobbies, restrooms, elevators,  corridors, courtyard and gym.  I was able to work on the project from the schematic phase through  construction and completion.  It was a wonderful learning experience and the finished product was  very satisfying to all involved.

Q: What led you make the decision to take on a leadership role within IIDA? 

A: A little friendly peer pressure from some of my favorite people in the industry and the desire to  give back to the profession that has brought be so much joy.

Q: Where do you find your inspiration? 

A: In the organic forms and geometric lines that can be found in nature and science. 

Q: What is your absolute favorite thing about San Diego? 

A: The people and ocean.  I grew up in the San Fernando valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, and it was my  dream to be able to live near the water.  San Diego is quite diverse and overall a very warm  community.  There is a lot of love and compassion in this city and many people dedicated to making it  a wonderful place to live. 

Q: Who is your favorite designer or architect? 

A: My grandmother, Nancy Sun.  She is gone now but she was my inspiration to study  architecture.  She was a female architect in New York city from 1960s to the early 1990s and worked  for I. M. Pei.  You should see her hand drawn details and renderings.  Absolutely exquisite. 

Q: How would you describe your design style? 

A: I am not really sure if a have a particular “style”.  I do prefer to design with neutral colors, clean  lines and natural finishes and when appropriate adding pops of whimsy and color with furniture,  accessories and art.  

Q: What do you do to unwind after a long day? 

A: I am very into fitness, so I tend to unwind daily with a workout at the gym or a yoga class. The more  sweat the better! I also enjoy ending the day sewing and snuggling in bed with my cats with a good  book… Thanks for spending some time with us Jennifer. We are so excited to have you as co‐director of the San  Diego City Center of IIDA! 


View the LA Haunt Couture Horrorscope Video!

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Are you ready to recap the excitement from the industry’s biggest design competition? Check out our video {here} which captures the teams behind the scenes and their magical performances on stage including the winners from each category. More photos of the teams and their imaginative zodiac costumes can be found on our Flickr page {here}.

Thank you to all of our team participants, Event and Chapter Sponsors, and our guest judges for making HORRORSCOPE another successful LA Haunt Couture!

Mary Beth Caccitolo, IIDA, NCIDQ
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Give Your Interior Design a Boost – Hire a Lighting Designer.

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Gensler Newport Beach teamed up with Moritz Hammer, Principal at KGM Architectural Lighting to complement their interior design on the T2 Development project with a great lighting solution.

Light Build Design sat down with Moritz Hammer to talk about the process.

1. When it came to this particular project, what was the biggest challenge?

The design is an interesting blend of open office and hospitality. Besides the usual private and open offices, the programming included lounge areas, a food service area and executive suites. Our challenge was to create a lighting design that unified these different spaces while accentuating the various functions.

2. How was this challenge overcome/resolved?

Linear light patterns were used to visually connect spaces through wood slat ceiling as well as ACT tile. A light cove along the circular hallway guides foot traffic around the perimeter while maintaining a clean ceiling design. Accent lights and wall washers are used to highlight furniture and vertical surfaces to create contrast and layers of light.

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3. What advice would you give to your younger self, when you first started in the business?

The design and building industry offer many interesting job opportunities. If you find yourself doing something that does not satisfy or challenge you enough, look for other opportunities that might suit you better.

4. What are the top 5 things you look for when selecting a lighting application for projects?

Understanding the design is of utmost importance. The lighting should complement and enhance the design ideas. Once we have concepts in mind about what we would like to see, we select the appropriate tools (light fixtures) based on our needs. Those needs include many variables such as, do we want to see the light source such as a glowing lens or would we rather want to shield the light source as much as possible. What light levels do we want to achieve? How much flexibility do we need? What are our budgetary restrictions?

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5. How did Light Build Design assist with this project?

Light Build Design was an integral part in the success of the project. Many design features required careful and constant coordination with the manufacturers regarding shop drawings, connection details and most importantly and ever challenging construction schedule.

6. Pros/Cons of your industry?

Lighting Designers get to work with many different architects and designers with amazing talents on a variety of project types. This exposure to design talent and the variety of projects is incredibly rewarding.

On the flip side the amount of projects and deadlines that a Lighting Designer has to juggle every week can be overwhelming.

7. Favorite thing about your job/profession?

Coming up with an innovative idea and seeing it being realized. Lighting Design is so special since you can only imagine the end result. If you design something that has not been done before, you rely on your experience to predict the outcome as closely as possible. Seeing the successful execution and how the light brings out the best in the architecture and interior design is my absolute favorite moment.

To read more about the project, click here.


Design, Connecting San Diego

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IIDA’s DesignConnect (previously NeoConnect) is recognized as San Diego’s premier contract interiors exhibit event, showcasing the latest trends for commercial environments. Over the last few years, DesignConnect has evolved into so much more. Attendees now include not only vendors, manufacturers and interior designers, but an increasing number of architects, landscape architects, contractors, brokers and end users. There were close to 600 attendees at this show alone. The iconic location of the Broadway Pier, partnered with spectacular product releases, a live DJ, refreshments and delicious food creates an incredible backdrop to mix and mingle with San Diego’s finest.

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The experience of DesignConnect is planned months before your arrival at the pier. A committee of IIDA members come together to design, and plan based on past triumphs, lessons learned, feedback and the desire to push it to be better every year. A reoccurring theme of DesignConnect is the featuring of the Pantone color of the year with a graphic of the San Diego skyline in the hue as well as sprinkling the celebrated color throughout the event. Highlights of DesignConnect are found in the creative booths and displays, exciting new products, live voting for best of DesignConnect, photo op moments, and great company. This years’ DesignConnect winners included Eureka’s Mute lighting which took home Gold and Teknion’s Borough lounge seating which earned silver. This incredible event couldn’t happen without the IIDA Southern California chapter sponsors, event sponsors and the team of volunteers.

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The experience of DesignConnect is planned months before your arrival at the pier. A committee of IIDA members come together to design, and plan based on past triumphs, lessons learned, feedback and the desire to push it to be better every year. A reoccurring theme of DesignConnect is the featuring of the Pantone color of the year with a graphic of the San Diego skyline in the hue as well as sprinkling the celebrated color throughout the event. Highlights of DesignConnect are found in the creative booths and displays, exciting new products, live voting for best of DesignConnect, photo op moments, and great company. This years’ DesignConnect winners included Eureka’s Mute lighting which took home Gold and Teknion’s Borough lounge seating which earned silver. This incredible event couldn’t happen without the IIDA Southern California chapter sponsors, event sponsors and the team of volunteers.

Click here to see more photos of the event!

Click here for the video with this year’s highlights!

We hope to see you next year on September 24th and look forwarding to connecting San Diego through Design.


Peace, Love & Gaudi Fashion Show

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Last Thursday night’s IIDA Haute Couture fashion show debuted the Peace, Love & Gaudi collection inspired by Hippie fashion and iconic architect, Antonio Gaudi, in our new venue, PARQ nightclub. Our participating design teams knocked it out of the PARQ with their adaptations of this theme. We’d like to thank all of the following firms for their commitment to IIDA and the Fashion Show starting with this year’s winning teams:

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Best Haute Couture – OCIO sponsored by Arcadia

Best Haute Couture – OCIO sponsored by Arcadia

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Best Theme Inspiration – ID Studios sponsored by Think/Inscape/Mannington/Momentum

Best Theme Inspiration – ID Studios sponsored by Think/Inscape/Mannington/Momentum

Best Showmanship – HBG/RBN sponsored by Bernhardt/Tarkett

Best Craftsmanship – FPBA sponsored by Emser Tile

Best Student Team – Mesa College sponsored by MDC

People’s Choice – Mesa College sponsored by MDC

Ware Malcomb – sponsored by SitOnIt Seating/Maharam

LPA – sponsored by BKM/Steelcase/Coalesse/Designtex

SCA – sponsored by Knoll/System Source

Gensler – sponsored by Light Art/3 Form

SmithGroup sponsored by Behr

Delawie sponsored by Allsteel/Parron Hall

SDSU sponsored by Sherwin Williams

Design Institute sponsored by Commercial Décor Gallery

This event would not have been possible with out the generosity of our event sponsors. We’d like to extend a special thank you to the following:

Platinum Sponsors:
Allsteel/Parron Hall
Arcadia
Behr
Emser
Inscape/Think
Knoll/System Source
Shore

Gold Sponsors:
Burger
Patcraft
Porcelanosa
SCI

Silver Sponsors:
Concrete Collaborative
Haworth
Herman Miller
Lockrul
Pacific Building Group

Diamond Sponsors:
Bernhardt/Tarkett
BKM/Steelcase
Coalesse/Designtex
Light Art/3 Form
Momentum/Mannington
SitOnIt/Maharam

Sapphire Sponsors:
Commercial Décor Gallery
Kimball
MDC
Porcelanosa
SDLA
Sherwin Williams
The Lighting Element

More photos and video will be coming soon!


LA Haunt Couture – That’s a Wrap!

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Thank you to everyone that helped make this year’s Haunt Couture ‘HORRORSCOPE’ Event a huge success! We had an incredible group of talented design teams that participated and hope everyone enjoyed the performances as much as we did! Congratulations to the winners, categorized by Zodiac elements:

Fire: Gensler – Aries

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Earth: AECOM – Capricorn

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Air: HLW – Aquarius

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Water: SAA – Scorpio

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People’s Choice Award (drumroll please…) is College of the Canyons, Earth.

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Check out our Instagram highlight “HORRORSCOPE LA” for snippets of each performance. See all the photos of the event here!

Thank you to our event sponsors:
Tarkett
DSA
Eurowest Decorative Surfaces
Clarus
Tangram
Stone Source
Caesarstone
SitOnIt Seating
Ideon
SCI Lighting


Student Design Charette “The Block”

The 2018 IIDA Southern California Student Design Charette was on Saturday, November 3th and held at Tangram Interiors in Newport Beach.

After a delicious and energizing breakfast, generously provided by Crossville, the twenty-nine students who gathered from all around Southern California broke into six teams to design a concept for a creative co-working space. The project-setting being “The Block”, a redesigned “anti-mall” in the heart of the historical Financial District of DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles), the students had just 4.5 hours and limited resources to collaborate and create a space that included an arrival area, a lounge, a flexible conference room, and enclosed, modular offices spaces.

When time was called, each team had only five minutes to present their ideas to a panel of distinguished judges, pictured below.

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From left-to-right:
Robyn Taylor, Director of Design – Westgroup Designs
Mili Del Castillo – VP Student Affairs
Melanie Murata, Designer – Gensler Newport Beach
Edgardo Caceres, Design Director – Gensler DTLA

While the judges deliberated, Amanda Ortiz from last year’s Charette winning team, gave a brief, inspiring presentation detailing her further win at IIDA’s 2018 Western Regional Charette.

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Afterwards, the exhausted students happily feasted on a bountiful lunch provided by Humanscale, as the judges conducted interviews with each team to allow them to further explain their concepts and inspirations. To culminate this exhausting and exciting day, the 1st and 2nd place winners were finally announced!

Awards will be presented to the students at the IIDA Calibre Design Awards on May 17, 2019.

The winners are:

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First Place Team – $10,000 Award

From left-to-right:
Suchada Eickemeyer, Design Institute of San Diego
Micayla Brewer, Saddleback College
Xiaoling Su, Otis College of Art + Design
Tania Mercado, Mt. San Antonio College
Mili Del Castillo, VP Student Affairs

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Second Place Team– $4,000 Award

From left-to-right:
Karina Gonzales, California State University Long Beach
Isabella Pina, California State University Northridge
Soon-Young Kwon, Interior Designers Institute
Sean Diaz, Saddleback College
Maricela Gomez, Chaffey College
Mili Del Castillo, VP Student Affairs

Mili Del Castillo and Miguel Perez, IIDA SoCal’s VP’s of Student Affairs, thank the hosts, sponsors, volunteers, students and photographer for helping to make this event a huge success!

Click  here to see photos from the event!

Event Sponsors:
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) – Dan Lu & Mili Del Castillo
Crossville – Sasha Ikovic & Monica Farley
Humanscale – John Harrington
Tangram Interiors – Marisa Anderson, Karlee Budge & Bianca Lopez

Thank you to Linda Pollari & Wolf Herrera from OTIS College of Art and Design for providing the easels. Special thanks to Kenneth Balaski and Geoff Allen for all their generous help with the event.

Thanks also to Chris Hatcher Photography for documenting the event.


LA Haunt Couture is Tomorrow!

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LA’s Haunt Couture is TOMORROW night at the Avalon Hollywood Theatre! Have you purchased your tickets yet for one of the most spectacular events of the year? Online general admission and VIP tickets sales close Wednesday (today) at 5 pm! Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. You don’t want to miss out this year as each team will be transforming the zodiac signs into spectacular runway couture!

Los Angeles Haunt Couture
October 25th, 7:30 – 10pm
Avalon Hollywood | 1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Special thanks for the following Event Sponsors:
Tarkett
DSA
Eurowest Decorative Surfaces
Clarus
Tangram
Stone Source
Caesarstone
SitOnIt Seating
Ideon
SCI Lighting


Last Chance to Buy Tickets to LA Haunt Couture!

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Los Angeles Haunt Couture
October 25th, 7:30 – 10pm
Avalon Hollywood | 1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

With only two weeks left before the big event, General Admission and VIP tickets are going quickly! VIP tickets are limited, so get in touch with us to purchase yours soon. Click here for more info. You don’t want to miss this year’s HORRORSCOPE, where zodiac signs will be transformed into spellbinding runway couture!


Bentley, “Born & Raised” in L.A.

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Bentley, California’s largest carpet manufacturer, was “Born & Raised” in L.A. in 1979. At the time, L.A. was in the throes of change. The culture was evolving, bringing an edge to the City of Angels. Punk rock invaded the Sunset Strip, a movement that translated to the runway with the eccentric styles of Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. The world of commercial carpet was transforming as Bentley broke industry tradition and opened its L.A. doors, leading the push to bring fashion to the floor.

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To this day, Bentley’s SoCal roots inspires everything it does: from its designs to its tufting machinery to its branding and events. Bentley has explored the city center, the outskirts and all the places in-between, including the lost and forgotten. It is constantly reinventing itself, but always using L.A. as its muse – keeping its edgy yet sophisticated vibe that’s reflected in all its broadloom and modular carpet styles.

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Bentley has been bringing fashion to the floor for more than three decades (40 years in 2019!), while also leading the industry in sustainability. As a California-based company, it’s always adhered to strict manufacturing and environmental standards. In 1984, Bentley received its first sustainability award. Today, it manufactures in a LEED®-EBOM Gold-certified facility – the first in the industry – and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for its sustainability achievements.

To learn more about Bentley, visit bentleymills.com.