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Inland Empire Design Connect Recap


Architect Paul Wheeler from Wheeler & Wheeler Architects (left) poses for a photo with UHS ROP Architecture students Brittney Samaniego, Ariadne Garcia, Mirko Fernandez and Pablo Cuevas at the Inland Empire Design Connect trade show held at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. The students were given the red carpet treatment as they dined on great food, while experiencing a great exhibit, showcasing the latest trends for commercial interior environments. ROP Architecture is part of the Engineering & Architecture pathway at Upland High School.

Inland Empire’s Taco Tuesday and CEU Event


IIDA Inland Empire members and non-members enjoyed Taco Tuesday on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. HMC Architects in Ontario graciously hosted the chapter with over 65 attendees enjoying tacos and margaritas prior to a member meeting and CEU.

The member meeting called for volunteers to our upcoming DesignConnect (formerly known as Neoconnect) coming up in October 2018, and a professional and student membership were raffled off.


The CEU, presented by Jarami Bond, Sustainability Manager at Interface, focused on the topic of Biophilic Design. Biophilic Design is “Great design that recognizes and embraces how humans are biological creatures with deeply rooted biological needs.” The CEU emphasized the impact that biophilic design has on economic, wellbeing and health benefits to the built environment.


Thank you to HMC Architects for hosting IIDA Inland Empire at their great facility, thanks to GI, Inc and Quality Office Furnishings for the Tacos and Interface, TriWest and Epic Contract for sponsoring the beverages and “Epic” Margaritas.

Amy Taylor
IIDA Inland Empire Communications Director

Inland Empire’s Membership Mixer


Inland Empire City Center is having a FREE TACO TUESDAY event. Come and network with friends and colleagues!

Starts on Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30 pm.

Hear about the benefits of IIDA Membership and enter for a chance to win a FREE Professional or Student IIDA Membership!

Click here for the event page to RSVP.

Inland Empire’s QVC Design Tour Recap


IIDA Inland Empire members toured QVC, designed by QVC Internal Design Team and RGA, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, with more than 40 guests in attendance. Prior to the tour, Elizabeth Gonzalez and Vita Lagoda from IOS, along with Patrice Brown, Senior Communications Partner at QVC, spoke about the design intent and answered questions. IOS partnered with RGA and QVC, to create a stunning 1.2 million square foot distribution center and office space. Furnishings included selections from Haworth, KI and Global.

Millions of people shop QVC every day for apparel, cosmetics, and home goods. QVC, short for quality, value and convenience, offers a highly engaging, highly differentiated shopping experience that attracts their customers with relevant products and authentic story telling. The new space in Ontario engages employees in a modern, light filled LEED Gold Certified building. A 250kV solar farm occupies space on the rooftop, and the building features 840 skylights. The state of the art distribution center features 3 miles of conveyor system and sorting systems that can ship 150 units per minute. The facility opened on August 29, 2016 and shipped its first order 2 days later.

The floor plan features several collaborative work areas, as well as casual gathering areas for employees. According to QVC, their new space embodies their company’s culture. The space is welcoming and innovative, housing 349 employees currently with plans to expand to 1100 employees within a few years.

Thank you to Patrice Brown at QVC for hosting IIDA Inland Empire for hosting us at this inspiring facility, and IOS and Haworth for providing drinks and snacks for the tour.

Inland Empire NeoConnect was a Huge Success


IIDA Inland Empire hosted its 3rd annual NeoConnect Tradeshow on October 3rd, 2017 at the California Education & Performing Arts Center in Ontario. The event was a huge success with 53 participating vendors showcasing products from over 70 manufacturers. We had attendees from 22 local Architect & Design firms, 6 furniture dealerships and 4 schools in addition to many facilities managers and end users.

See the video from the event!


The atmosphere was very upbeat and attendees were enjoying themselves by networking with local industry professionals and seeing all the new products introduced at NeoCon in Chicago earlier this year. Many designers expressed their appreciation of being able to see these new products in a local setting.


A student hour was held from 4:30-5:30 consisting of a student sample swap with materials donated by local manufacture reps and a panel discussion with 5 local design professionals. IIDA student members were also able to display their work for the many design professionals attending the event. The students work was judged by our panelists and Nikki Trozzi was awarded with $50 gift card for her work.


Additionally, a Student membership was raffled off and won by Josephine Wasef of Chaffey College. An iWatch sponsored by Knoll was raffled off to attending designers and was won by Doug Lau of Brian R Bloom Architects.

We would like to thank our committee for the time and effort they spent putting this great event together:
Amy Taylor – Interface
Stephen Friedman – TriWest
Suzi Herrmann – MDC Wall
Treniece Fry – Student Chaffey College
Abril Reyes – Quality Office Furnishings, Inc
Marissa Loudon – Designer

And also to our volunteers for the day of the event:
Treniece Fry – Student Chaffey College
Abril Reyes – Quality Office Furnishings
Mary Buck – Student Chaffey College

Thank you to our Panelists for donating their time for our Students:
Blanca Rivera – Designer
Dona Hutson – Matlock & Associates
Lauren Hollaway – Matlock & Associates
Mel McGowan  – PlainJoe Studios
Bridget McKenzie- PlainJoe Studios
Arcel R. Punsalang  – ArcelDesigns, Inc

Inland Empire City Center – Call for Volunteers


Are you looking to get involved in the design industry and make a difference? The Inland Empire City Center is looking for a few volunteers to work on upcoming 2017 events like design tours, CEU’s, membership mixers and NeoConnect. Join our team – it’s fun and rewarding! To volunteer, please contact Jennifer Conklin jennifer.conklin@iida-socal.org and Samantha Eklund samantha.eklund@iida-socal.org.

Inland Empire Membership Mixer & CEU Recap


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

Winners of the 2015 OC Haute Couture Fashion Show Announced!

The IIDA Orange County City Center held its 15th annual Haute Couture Fashion Show on April 9th, 2015 at the Samueli Theater part of The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. This year’s theme, “Around the World, A Global Tapestry” showcased colorful collaborations from designers who came together from Orange County and the Inland Empire to create wearable works of art, inspired by countries from around the world.

Each year, interior design and architecture firms, independent designers and students are challenged to create unique and fashionable clothing designs using materials and finishes typically utilized for interiors of commercial buildings. These teams who dedicate hours of personal time, are sponsored by local manufacturer/finish and distributor representatives, that donate all materials used for making the highly- creative couture outfits. After 3 weeks of designing, cutting, and sewing, the teams unveiled their hard work on April 9th by modeling their lavish creations on the runway to a crowd of hundreds. Judges critiqued the outfits based on creativity, construction, and use of materials.

View photos of the event here!

IIDA OCCC is pleased to congratulate the winners of this year’s event :


Elite World Traveler – First Place: Team IE with Italy


First Class Continental Traveler – Second Place : Team GKK with Spain


Premier National Traveler – Third Place: Team LPA with Russia


Study Abroad – Student Team Award Team AI-OC with Egypt

In addition, IIDA OCCC worked closely with Working Wardrobes and Olive Crest, two very deserving and well established charities, and dedicated a portion of the proceeds from the Haute Couture Fashion Show to each.

Click here to see photos of the Trunk Show, and here to see a video of the Trunk Show event.

Congratulations to all !

Amy Bartz

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