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Western Regional Student Design Charette – Meet the Judges


The IIDA 2019 Western Region Student Design Charette will be held in Denver, Colorado on April 6th, 2019 and will feature students from the Association’s Northern Pacific, Oregon, Northern California, Southern California and Southwest Chapters. Charette teams will present their design solutions to a panel of renowned jurors from the Western Region and beyond, who will then select a winning team to advance to the next level of Interior Design Charette competition at Neocon 2019. We are thrilled to announce this year’s Host Sponsors and are grateful for their participation and support! We will soon be announcing our prestigious judges and other event details. If you would like to participate as a sponsor please visit our Sponsoring Registration page here!

Pecha Kucha Kick Off Event will be hosted by IA Interior Architects on Friday, April 5th. Regional charrette will be hosted by Pear | Haworth on Saturday, April 6th.

WRSDC Pecha Kucha Kick-Off
Friday, April 5, 5 – 7PM
IA | Interior Architects
3rd Floor, 1750 15th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA

WRSDC Regional Student Charrette
Saturday, April 6, 8am – 5PM
Pear Workplace Solutions
Tower 1, Suite 100, 1515 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202, USA

Meet the judges for the IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette: Kendra Mixsell from @iaarchitects | Barry Richards from @rockwellgroup | Melissa Hanley @makeitblitz | John McKinney @genslerdc | We’re excited to welcome 30 students from all across the west  on April 6th. Thanks to our Host Sponsors:@benjaminmoore @iaarchitects @pearworkplacesolutions @haworthinc

2017 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette


Our VP’s of Students Affairs Jessica Collins & Edgardo Caceres, together with the 1st place winners of the our IIDA SoCal Student Charette will be traveling to Phoenix, AZ for the IIDA Western Region Student Design Charette from April 7th to 9th. Student team winners from each of 6 West Coast Chapters will  join to participate and compete. The students will be randomly re-assign to new teams and given 5 hours to come up with a design solution for a commercial project. Floor plans, renderings, models, sketches, details & material selection will be presented to a panel of prestigious judges.  The wining team will be advancing to the final at Neocon in Chicago.

We would like to thank our friends from the Southwest Chapter and the Phoenix office of Gensler for hosting and our generous sponsors. To learn more about the event & sponsors please check link below.


2016 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette Recap


The 2nd Annual  Western Regional Student Design Charette was held at IA Interior Architects in Seattle, WA over the weekend of April 16th, 2016. Teams of student members from across the Western Region who placed in the Chapter Finals, competed for the opportunity to advance to the next round of competition – the IIDA International Student Design Charette in Chicago during NeoCon 2016! The Western Region is excited to send winning team members Nicole (Chia Chi) Chang (AAU-Junior), Fabiola Martinez (ASU-Junior), Zoey Garland (University of Oregon-Senior), Julie Yuye Tian (Bellevue College-Senior),  Christine Oiwake  (CSULB) forward to the next round of competition.

The IIDA Western Region is very appreciative of the support of our sponsors for providing this unique opportunity to our Student Members.

Learn more about the Western Region Student Design Charette, the design problem and the winning team board in this blog post.

2016 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette – Sponsor Spotlight



“Herman Miller believes the design industry is stronger when we partner and share knowledge in our pursuit of the best possible future for interior design. We are proud to support the IIDA in its efforts to develop and inspire design students, preparing them for a successful career through participation in the West Region Student Design Charette.” Amy Storek, Vice President – North America A+D Sales.

Herman Miller is a 100-year-old-plus company that places great importance on design, the environment, community service, and the health and well-being of its customers and its employees. Innovative ways to improve the performance of its customers’ organizations have become its hallmark. Award-winning furniture and related services and technologies are available through dealers and retailers around the world. Whether your world is an office, a school, a home, or a hospital—and whether you are a customer, an employee, a shareholder, or a member of our community—Herman Miller works hard to create a better world around you.



“We are proud to continue IA’s support of IIDA through the WRSDC and other activities at the local chapter level. We continue to emphasize excellence in design and collaboration that leads to great solutions for our clients” – Jeffrey Miller, Managing Principal

Founded in 1984, IA Interior Architects is the first and largest global architectural firm focused on approaching design, planning, and innovation from the ‘inside-out’. IA’s approach to design explores how the aesthetics and organization of a space can reflect brand, improve efficiency and productivity, increase employee satisfaction, and support sustainability. We design environments that improve people’s lives by honing in on how people utilize space and what they need from it to be successful.  IA supports clients worldwide with 19 offices, over 500 employees, and a network of over 1000 through our Global Alliance.



Founded in 1915, Mannington Commercial is a fourth-generation, family owned company that offers a wide range of flooring solutions from a single point of contact – so its customers need never compromise between styling, performance, sustainability and customer service. The range of choices that work in carpet and hard surface categories is unparalleled, and its sustainability platform is built upon innovative measures to close the recycling loop, reduce waste streams, reuse waste materials and continue its leadership position in energy efficiency.



“I see the Western Region Student Design Charette as part of the student’s educational development in preparation for their future professional life experiences. They have the opportunity, in front of highly respected industry leaders, to practice following the client’s instructions; meeting the client’s needs and design criteria; working with others; think on their feet; and they get to practicing their presentation skills.” – Aram Arakelian, Founder of Environmental Contracting Corporation

As the founding Chapter of Student Design Charette competitions, Southern California’s Firms, Industry Partners and Design firms have been gracious supporters of student programs within their Chapter and in the Western Region.  This year, they collaborated to raise the funding needed to become a Host Sponsor of the Western Region Student Design Charette. The IIDA Western Region is grateful to have the support of the following sponsors in providing this opportunity for IIDA Student Members:

Environmental Contracting Corporation

Western Office

Beckson Design Associates
Studio V Architecture
Neiman Studios
Wolcott Architecture and Interiors

Door Tec
Rountree Glass
Town & Country
Seeley Bro
Muir Chase
Premier Acoustics

2016 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette Juror Spotlight

The IIDA 2016 Western Region Student Design Charette will be held in Seattle, WA on April 16th, 2016 and will feature students from the Association’s Northern Pacific, Oregon, Northern California, Southern California and Southwest Chapters. Charette teams will present their design solutions to a panel of renowned jurors from the Western Region and beyond, who will then select a winning team to advance to the next level of Interior Design Charette competition at Neocon 2016. We are thrilled to announce this year’s jury and are grateful for their participation and support!


Mindi Weichman, Assoc. IIDA
Design Studio Manager
Studio O+A

Member of the Northern California Chapter

Mindi Weichmann is a Design Studio Manager at Studio O+A, the San Francisco firm responsible for groundbreaking workplace designs at Uber, Yelp, Cisco, Aol and many other companies. Her career has included periods at RMW and Gensler and work on high-profile projects at Facebook, Ericsson and Cambridge Associates. Telling the story is an O+A designer’s first goal. As Studio Manager, Mindi guides her design team at every phase of a project—from high-level conceptual development to in-the- trenches problem solving. “My favorite part is the construction process,” she says. “Being on site working with the contractor and seeing things actually built.” She credits years of hard-hat experience with making her a more responsible designer. “I like seeing it in reality much more than seeing it in a rendering or on paper.”

Follow O+A on Twitter @o_plus_a


Joey Shimoda, FIIDA, FAIA
Chief Creative Officer
Shimoda Design Group

Member of the Southern California Chapter and IIDA 2013 Contract Magazine Designer of the Year

Joey Shimoda founded Shimoda Design Group on Valentine’s Day 2000. Along with his partner Susan Chang AIA, they created a studio founded on a multi-disciplined platform that seeks to bring quality design, innovation and technical excellence in projects of every scale. The work revolves around the creative work place and includes the interiors, exteriors and landscape solutions. Shimoda’s holistic and tailored approach to design enables their clients to augment their brand goals and inspire their team members through the built environment. Currently, the firm has ongoing projects in Brooklyn, Hollywood, Malibu and Los Angeles.

The Shimoda Design Group has also partnered with Host Sponsor Mannington Commercial in the creating of the company’s new Traction Avenue Collection.

Follow Shimoda Design Group on Twitter @SDGarc


Jane Hallinan, IIDA, LEED
Interior Designer
Perkins Eastman

Member and Current President of the IIDA Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware Chapter

Jane Hallinan, IIDA, LEED Green Associate is an interior designer at Perkins Eastman in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She now focuses on senior living environments, which compliments her nearly 5 years of previous professional experience in the renovation of existing and historic buildings for commercial, educational, and hospitality clientele. Hallinan was named the 2015 IIDA Member of the Year and is president of the IIDA PA/NJ/DE Chapter. A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, she is frequently a guest juror and panelist for interior design studios and events at several local universities and is a strong advocate for interior design legislation.

Follow Perkins Eastman on Twitter @PerkinsEastman