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Last Call All Teams! Only A Few Spots Left!


As an IIDA Student member, you, too, can walk the runway in your best couture creations. With up to five of your classmates, you’ll form a team and live the experience. Bring your creativity and fabrication prowess to the stage and show IIDA LA your design point of view.

Participating in Haunt Couture offers immense benefits. Not only will you have a head start in honing your creative collaboration skills, but you’ll also find amazing opportunities to mix and mingle with the top Architectural and Design firms in LA.

Don’t miss the chance to get a creative leg up on your professional journey!

The deadline for ALL Teams and Sponsors is Friday, July 26th.

Spots are going fast!

See the Team package here.

For questions about teams, please contact Simone Linn – slinn@light-ca.com

See the Sponsorship package here.

Purchase sponsorship here.

For questions about event sponsorship, please contact Karlee Budge – kbudge@tangraminteriors.com

The team entries are on a first come, first served basis with limited availability. A team is an official entrant only when both of their sponsors have paid in full. All teams must have paperwork and sponsorship in place by Friday, July 26th. The team must also submit a separate team entry form by the above deadline.

More information is available on the event page here.

Don’t be afraid to look – check out our photos and video from last year’s event!

2nd Annual DESIGNWALK coming to LA


Didn’t make it to NeoCon 2019? You are in luck! The Los Angeles City Center is hosting the 2nd Annual DESIGNWALK LA on August 22nd! Come out to see the latest and greatest product offerings from your favorite design partners. We are kicking off the festivities with our Launch Party at Gensler, followed by a self-guided tour through participating DTLA showrooms. Participating manufacturers will collaborate on a unique vignette inside each showroom that will be judged by event guests. The night will conclude with a Wrap Party where the vignette winners will be announced. You don’t want to miss this one!


We are still looking for event sponsors to partner with our host locations and showcase their latest product. Spots are filling up quickly so don’t wait! Click here to become a sponsor and contact Chloe Thornton at chloe.thornton@mdcwall.com with any questions.

Get your tickets here today!

2018-2019 IIDA Chapter Awards – Silver Winners


We’re pleased to announce that the IIDA SoCal chapter achieved Silver status in the 2018-2019 IIDA Chapter Awards!


Below is the note we received from the IIDA HQ in Chicago:

Our warmest congratulations on achieving Silver status in the 2018-2019 IIDA Chapter Awards! We are delighted that your chapters participated in the benchmarking assessment and hope that your participation helped you identify some of your strengths and opportunities to grow within your chapter. Your willingness to share your information, participate with other chapters (28 of 31 chapters entered this year!), and help all of us grow our shared resources and knowledge base, is yet another example of your excellent leadership– thank you.

The Southern California Chapter’s Key Benchmarking Factor was “Outreach to connect with all new members by email and Invite them to committees and meetings.”

% Total member growth in 2018: 7.5%
% Student growth in 2018: 14.2%
Retention rate as of Dec 31, 2018: 71.5%

Don’t be Haunted by Regret: A Few Sponsorship and Team Opportunities are Still Available-Don’t Miss Out!


The deadline for Haunt Couture Sponsors and Teams is Friday, July 26th.

Don’t miss your opportunity to support the most anticipated event of the year that fuses fashion, design and architecture presented by IIDA Los Angeles.

Call for Sponsors –

Be a part of the experience!  Sponsor a design team to help them fulfill their couture vision. You’ll also have the privilege of having your firm’s name and logo on the event’s media materials and showcased throughout the event.

See the Sponsorship package here.  Purchase sponsorship here.

For questions about event sponsorship, please contact Karlee Budge at kbudge@tangraminteriors.com

Call for Teams –

Be part of the pageantry!  Craft a stunning fashion collection for the runway.  Show off your fabrication and tailoring skills and demonstrate an attention to detail tantamount to haute couture. 

See the Team package here.

For questions about event sponsorship, please contact Simone Linn – slinn@light-ca.com

The team entries are on a first come, first served basis with limited availability.  A team is an official entrant only when both of their sponsors have paid in full. All teams must have paperwork and sponsorship in place by Friday, July 26th. The team must also submit a separate team entry form by the above deadline.

More information is available on the event page here.

Can’t wait for the Haunt? Check out our photos and video from last year’s event!

Haunt Couture! The Annual Extravaganza That Fuses Fashion and Design!


Haunt Couture! The annual extravaganza that fuses fashion and design!

On Thursday, October 24th at the Avalon Hollywood, IIDA LA will host a spectacular evening of cocktails, dancing, networking, and THE SHOW.

Leading Los Angeles design firms and student teams will compete with all the pageantry of a couture runway.

Do you want in?

IIDA Los Angeles has amazing opportunities.  Benefit from participating as a sponsor or team.  Be a part of the experience!  

How, you may ask?

Sponsorship!  As a sponsor, you will support a design team in their couture creativity.  You’ll also have the privilege of having your firm’s name and logo part of, and featured prominently, during the event.

Teams!  As a team, you will be tasked with producing a stunning, beautifully-crafted, prêt-à-porter fashion collection for the runway.   Show off your fabrication and tailoring skills and demonstrate an  attention to detail tantamount to haute couture. 

Don’t be haunted by regret.  The deadline for teams and sponsorship is Friday, July 26th.

Want in?

For more information on sponsorship, click HERE or contact Karlee Budge at  Kbudge@tangraminteriors.com.

For more information on teams, click HERE or contact Simone Linn at  slinn@light-ca.com.

In addition to the above, we offer opportunities to volunteer to experience the show behind the scenes.  For more information, contact Helena Zann at HZann@MDCWall.com.

More information is available on the event page here.

Design Quest Takes over San Diego!


The San Diego design community celebrated Summer Solstice in style with a Scavenger Hunt style Design Tour through some of downtown San Diego’s best recently completed projects. The inaugural Design Quest was a huge success! Teams were led on an app based hunt that led them to several locations around town where they were met by sponsors and asked to perform fun challenges such as getting a cookie from their forehead to the mouth without using their hands or using their best pick up line on them at a bar. In addition to the location challenges, the app would also shoot random industry trivia at teams for a chance to get extra points. The object of the game was to get to the most locations possible and get the most points in the allotted time for the game. The end result was a fun filled afternoon of belly laughs, silly costumes and a chance to check out some seriously good design. I for one haven’t laughed that much in a long time!

See all the photos here!


Our winning team was Ware Malcomb sponsored by THiNK Office Interiors, the “Bloomerangs”. Second Place was Architectural Concepts who sponsored themselves and Third place was the Ware Malcomb downtown team “Purrfect” sponsored by Arcadia/Encore. Our “Best at Not Winning” last place winners was the Gensler Team “Geepers Creepers” sponsored by Patcraft.


Design Quest was a great team building opportunity as each group had to work together to figure out the clues and complete the challenges. It was also a great way to tour a project with the added fun of playing connect 4 or building a tower using spaghetti or a number of other fun activities. Unlike many of our events, Design Quest required little pre-planning on the part of our design teams and still offered much of the fun and excitement that other events boast.

The app, The Go Game, was easy to use and added a really fun element to the hunt by storing pictures and videos.

The hunt was followed by an after party where the images and videos we took during the hunt were played and we were able to relive our favorite moments and laugh at everyone else’s.

As with every new event, it had it’s glitches, but the overwhelming feedback has been that the event was a huge success and tons of fun! We look forward to the next one!!

Calibre Awards 2019 Recap Video

The 31st Calibre Design Awards was a smashing success, returning to the Beverly Hilton this past May 17th. With a ballroom full of over 850 attendees, the Friday evening celebration was thoroughly enjoyed by our Southern California community. A video recap has been created to summarize this fantastic festivity, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elgpwcOvMaI&feature=youtu.be


For event professional photo gallery, please visit:

Eight nominated projects were awarded winning status by the 2019 judging panel. For full list of 2019 Calibre Design Award Winners, please visit:

Congratulations to all the winners!

We would like to also thank our wonderful judging panel for their time, engaging participation and contribution to the judging process:

  • Kelly Bauer, FIIDA – Partner, White Baux Studio
  • Felice Silverman, FIIDA, LEED ID+C, WELL AP – President/ Principal of Silverman Trykowski Associates
  • Guy Geier, FIIDA, FAIA, LEED – Managing Partner of FX Collaborative Architects


Viveca Bissonnette, FIIDA, CID, LEEP AP of Hollander Design Group was honored as the Circle of Excellence 2019 nominee for her passionate devotion to the interior design industry and IIDA organization. Serving as a previous Southern California President and IIDA Fellow, Viveca spoke on behalf of her journey and career transformation.

Thank you to all who attended, we hope you enjoyed the program this year! We are appreciative of the 2019 Calibre Design Awards sponsors:

Environmental Contracting Corporation

Clune Construction Company
Corporate Contractors
JDM Contractors
Swinerton Builders

AMA Consulting Engineers
ARC Engineering
Light Bover
Warner Constructors, Inc.


Congratulations to the 1st place student winners of the 2019 IIDA Southern California design charrette:

  • Micayla Brewer, Saddleback College
  • Suchada Eickemeyer, Design Institute of San Diego
  • Tania Mercado, Mt. San Antonio College
  • Trista Su, Otis College of Art and Design


Save the Date! LA Haunt Couture coming in October!

The LA Haunt Couture Committee is hard at work coming up with a fun and challenging theme for this year’s Haunt Couture! If you’re with a design firm or design school and you’re interested in participating with a Team this year, please contact Mary Beth Caccitolo at marybeth.caccitolo@buzzi.space.

We have an especially fun and provocative theme this year that we can’t wait to share with the teams in the upcoming weeks!

More info about sponsorship and tickets coming soon! Check the event page here for up to date information.

For a taste of Haunt, check out our photos and video from last year’s event!

IIDA Announces Susanne Molina as Member of the Year


CHICAGO, IL — IIDA is proud to announce the 2019 Member and Student of the Year. This year’s Member of the Year, sponsored by Contract magazine, is Susanne M. Molina, FIIDA, principal, ONE design collective in Los Angeles. The 2019 Student of the Year, sponsored by OFS, is Sydney Gunty, Student IIDA, a graduating senior at Purdue University.

The IIDA Member of the Year Award recognizes and honors an IIDA Member who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service through commitment, passion, professionalism, and dedication assisting IIDA as it advances the interior design profession and advocates for interior design excellence. The award includes a $7,500 cash prize sponsored by Contract.

“Through hands-on professional advocacy and the unique ability to form strong client relationships, Susanne has proven to be the true definition of an industry leader,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “In her role at ONE design collective and with the Association, Susanne has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to promoting design excellence and transforming our industry for the better. We’re proud to honor Susanne’s achievements by naming her the 2019 IIDA Member of the Year.”

With over 30 years of industry experience, Susanne Molina, FIIDA, focuses her practice in commercial interiors with an emphasis on workplace innovation. Molina is actively engaged in IIDA and involved in legislative efforts across California. She chairs the IIDA SoCal Advisory Committee and was an advisor to the Interior Design Coalition of California. Molina also served as Vice President of Advocacy for the IIDA Southern California Chapter and as Vice President on the International Board of IIDA. Molina has participated in the IIDA Student Mentorship program, and is called upon by local schools with interior design programs to speak, provide critiques, and participate in advisory roles.

The IIDA Student of the Year Award recognizes an IIDA Student Member who has significantly impacted their school’s interior design program through outstanding leadership, insight, and involvement. The award includes a $5,000 cash prize, sponsored by OFS.

“Sydney demonstrates the kind of ambition and tenacity that is synonymous with design excellence, and she is on track to become a design leader of tomorrow,” said Durst. “Her work ethic, eye for design, and passion for the industry have landed her prestigious design internships and earned her a LEED certification. We are very proud to recognize Sydney as the 2019 IIDA Student of the Year.”

Sydney Gunty, Student IIDA, is a 2019 graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design and minors in construction management and building information modeling. As a student, Gunty was the president of her university’s IIDA/ASID chapter among many other leadership roles. Having gained experience interning at major companies like Tesla, Holder Construction, and Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Gunty has wide-reaching familiarity with many facets of the industry and a clear picture of what she wants her future in interior design to look like. Gunty is a LEED Green Associate, received the 2017 IIDA Winners Circle Award, Indiana Chapter, participated in the 2018 Student Design Charette at NeoCon, and was a winner in the 2019 IIDA Indiana IDEA Awards.

The 2019 Member and Student of the Year Awards presentation will take place at the IIDA Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Venue SIX10 in Chicago. For more information about the Of the Year awards, visit the IIDA website.


For 25 years, IIDA, the commercial interior design association with global reach, has been a leader in defining, supporting, and enriching the interior design profession. We support design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms and their clients through our network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. We advocate for advancements in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of interior design as a profession that enhances business value and positively impacts the health and well-being of people’s lives every day. www.iida.org