Wednesday, December 28, 2011

GSA MLK Building Atlanta Renovated

Submitted by David Ramsey, Lord Aeck Sargent Architects, Inc.

Written by:
Adam Moore| Managing Editor
Interiors & Sources

Photography by:

Jonathan Hillyer Photography, Inc.

Lord, Aeck & Sargent planned and designed the rehabilitation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building in downtown Atlanta. Constructed in 1933 as the main U.S. Post Office for Atlanta, the building houses the Southeastern headquarters for the U.S. General Services Administration. The building carries the cultural distinction of being the first named in honor of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The project, targeting LEED Silver- Level Certification, is a fusion of rehabilitation, restoration and sustainable design. Important character-defining features of the building, such as the historic postal lobby, stairway, windows and marble and granite facade and historic steel windows, were preserved, while the remainder of the building was rehabilitated to include Class A office space, modernized elevators and updated electrical and HVAC systems.  Sustainable design features include high efficiency mechanical and lighting systems, low flow plumbing fixtures, landscaping with native plants, incorporation of daylighting strategies and commuter friendly elements such as bicycle racks and changing facilities. Click on the article below to read more.......

Thursday, December 1, 2011

1st Recipient of IIDA Georgia NCIDQ Education Fund Goes to......

Congratulations Sarah Holliday, Associate IIDA, Recipient of the first IIDA GA 2011 NCIDQ Education Fund Lottery.

Sarah Holliday is an Interior Designer with VeenendaalCave, Inc., located in Atlanta, Georgia. The NCIDQ Education Fund was created for the purposes of fostering and supporting the education process of its IIDA GA emerging professionals.  To be eligible for the NCIDQ Education Fund awards the participants must meet the following requirements:
  • Must be current IIDA members
  • Must have taken either the 2011 January or 2011 July IIDA NCIDQ preparatory program
  • Must have taken either the 2011 Spring or Fall NCIDQ exam
  • Must have passed all parts of the NCIDQ exam
  • Must  not be a recipient of the IIDA Headquarters' 2011 Design for the Future fund
The 2011 FALL NCIDQ Education Fund recipient will be announced the first quarter of 2012, once the NCIDQ exam results are released at the beginning of next year.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Recent Grads ~ New Hires: Get to Know Stephen Mai

Stephen  Mai
In this turbulent business economy, most graduates cringe at the thought of finding employment right out of school.  IIDA Georgia is featuring some recent success for graduates and the beginning of their career in our Design industry.  Get to know a little more about Stephen Mai who graduated from SCAD-Atlanta with a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design in this informal interview.

Hometown: Centreville, VA

Current Firm/ Company: Perkins+Will - Atlanta 

Current Professional Position: Interior Designer

Why did you decide to pursue Design as your career path?
"I wanted to impact the built environment in a human level. Designing for people is a thrill and a big challenge. There are many spaces out there that are not the most attractive or make you go “why did they do that?” I wanted to reverse that and make people go “I feel at ease in this environment.”

What benefits/experiences did you obtain as a Student member of IIDA Georgia?
"Networking was the biggest benefit for me when I was a student member. I volunteered at the IIDA office in Atl and was able to meet designers around the area, past IIDA presidents and the current president which led me to an interview and current position at P+W. It made the profession feel less intimidating as a student as well, getting to interact with people in the field I was trying to pursue."

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
"I would like to think I would still be doing healthcare design and learning more innovative ways to improve healthcare environments."

What is your dream job?
"For now my dream job is what I have. I am enjoying what I do and enjoying coming to work every day. Most of the times I can’t believe people are paying me to do this job. It sounds like a clich√© but it’s true. But eventually I do see myself advancing and going to a position that allows me to direct and form the design intent."

What in the design field brings out your passion?
"The design field brings out a lot of my passions. I get to sketch every day, look at art and industrial design for mostly all projects I have been involved with."

Do you have a guilty pleasure or inspiration?
"Really fun thing to do sometimes is to go on Tumblr. Sometimes all you need for inspiration is to look at random images of art, photos of industrial design, architecture, fashion and just anything that makes you. Also listening to music while you work is a great way to zone out and just focused on your ideas." 

What 3 design elements can you NOT live without?
"Three design elements that I can’t live without are symmetry and balance, rhythm and color. These are the three elements that I always try to bring into any design. Without these in my eyes, a design is not as successful as it can be."

Recent Grads ~ New Hires: Get to Know Brian Hew

In this turbulent business economy, most graduates cringe at the thought of finding employment right out of school.  IIDA Georgia is featuring some recent success for graduates and the beginning of their career in our Design industry.  Get to know a little more about Brian Hew who graduated from The Art Institute of Atlanta with a B.F.A. in Interior Design in this informal interview. 
Hometown:  White Plains, NY

Current Firm/Company:  Design Environments Inc.

Current Professional Position: CAD Designer  

Why did you decide to pursue Design as your career path? "After years of being in and out of school unsure of what I wanted to do with my life.  My father said that I had a real knack for designing in 2007 following a renovation I did in my parent’s home so I changed my major to interior design and never looked back."

What benefits/experiences did you obtain as a Student member of IIDA Georgia?
"The number one benefits that I obtained as a Student member of IIDA Georgia was networking.  As a student volunteering for the IIDA Georgia Office was one of the best experiences that I gained knowledge of products, industry professionals, and branding."

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
"I see myself as a either a senior designer or project manager with my NCIDQ and LEED certification."

What is your dream job?
My dream job is to design presentations for Hospitality and retail industries along with 3-D simulations of spaces."  
What in the design field brings out your passion?
"The number one design field that brings out my passion is the hospitality industry for the many options associated with it."  

Do you have any specific personal interests as it relates to design?
"My specific personal interests as it relates to design is architecture."
Who is your favorite Designer?  Why?
"My favorite designers are Frank Loydd Wright, Steve Jobs, and Philip Johnson. Frank Loydd Wright for his forward thinking that was well beyond his time. Steve Jobs for his ideals on perfection and simplicity. Philip Johnson for his minimalism designs like the Glass House."   
Do you have a guilty pleasure or inspiration?
"Cities like New York and Chicago."

What 3 design elements can you NOT live without?
a.       Balance
b.      Symmetry
c.       Curvilinear

Thank you Brian!  We wish the best for you and know we will see you around the town.  Congratulations on your new position with Design Environments.  We are proud to be associated with you.  

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Healthcare Forum - Advancement in Evidenced-based Healthcare Design

Submitted by Ina Sherman, Stanley Beaman Sears, Senior Interior Designer

Source: Contract magazine, October 2011

The advancements made in evidence-based healthcare design have grown tremendously over the past several years. I recall back in the late 90's when the idea of documenting the process and outcome of healthcare design projects was just a "notion"! Today it's amazing to see how far this "notion" has come.

In this article, Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC talks about the evolution of evidence-based healthcare design and how the methodology is being embraced by our industry as well as the healthcare industry. Healthcare regulators and hospital Board of Directors are beginning to see how this methodology can improve their overall effectiveness in delivering healthcare services in a more compassionate, yet efficient way. I see the implementation of evidence-based design as being an integral part of the design process. It provides sound documented data that can be used as a spring board for discussion and all parties that have a vested interested in the project that can determine, early in the process, the common goals and objectives.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

2012 Membership Campaign Underway!!!

IIDA Georgia's Membership drive has begun!  Last week, we had 2 membership renewals and 3 new members join our chapter. 

We welcome renewal memberships of Jonnie Hanks and Andrea Soechting.  Thank you! 
A huge welcome to new members, Paula Calli (Industry), Lea Folds (Associate), and Sharifu Jackson (Student). 

Membership is important and has its privileges - members get first dibs on our Signature events and reduced rate entry for local presentations.  Contact Elizabeth Chambley for more information at

It's time to get in on the action...Renew or Join now!!!

IIDA Georgia's Own MARGO JONES is Recognized... 1 of DesignIntelligence's 25 Most Admired Educators of 2012
Each year, DesignIntelligence honors excellence in education and education administration by naming 25 exemplary professionals in these fields. The 2012 class of education role models was selected by DesignIntelligence staff with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, and students. Educators and administrators from the disciplines of architecture, industrial design, interior design, and landscape architecture are considered for inclusion...(read more).
Margo Jones
Professor and Interior Design Internship Coordinator, School of Building Arts
Savannah College of Art and Design
Jones joined SCAD in 2002, bringing with her 25 years’ experience of design work with special expertise in strategic planning, programming, and workplace analysis. She takes particular interest in mentoring and assists students and recent graduates in securing internships and full-time positions in design firms, architectural firms, and Fortune 100 companies. Jones is a fellow if the International Interior Design Association and a LEED accredited professional...(read more)
Article derived from Design Intelligence Article found at (; Photo by John Clemmer for John Clemmer Photography

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Congratulations to Marie Achterhof of Atlanta!

Congratulations to Marie Achterhof of Atlanta!
IIDA randomly selected a winner for a FREE 2013 Membership from the hundreds of Members who renewed between Sept.15-Oct. 15. Congratulations to the winner Marie Achterhof, Assoc. IIDA, who works for Miller Zell in Atlanta and is a Member of the IIDA Georgia Chapter!

Generational Healthcare Design Panel Discussion - IIDA Healthcare Forum

submitted by Michele Lyden, IIDA Ga President

Who are we designing Healthcare facilities for?  Are we considering the aging population?  Are we thinking differently about designing for different generations?  

This is a Not-to-Miss Panel discussion moderated by Jocelyn Stroupe and a very impressive list of Panelists. 

Conference (see below):  Healthcare Design 2011, Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN, Nov 14th

Informz for iMIS

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

“A Sustainable Way to Cleaner Interiors” - Sustainability Forum

forum:  IIDA Georgia Sustainability
submitted by:  Lily Calvert-Dean, LLED AP, National Office Systems - Savannah
additional links:   or

A Sustainable Way to Cleaner Interiors
One of the less glamorous aspects of an interior designer’s job is considering the maintenance of a facility once the installation is over. Cleaning products and practices have to be taken into consideration with selecting materials and finishes and the cleaning supplies themselves can be scary business.  Often commercial and healthcare facilities use heavy, toxic chemicals to clean and sanitize and the side efforts of some of these products on our health and environment are hardly known.  Recently, there has been a new cleaning system that is being used in commercial, and particularly hospitality, applications with great success and minimal environmental impact.  The Lotus Pro uses regular tap water and electricity to convert it into liquefied Ozone that you then simply spray, wipe, or mop on to the surface or area you are cleaning.  The website touts “A powerful cleaner, stain remover and deodorizer that sanitizes while it works, it kills up to 99.999% of bacteria, fifty percent faster than chlorine bleach. After its job is done it turns back into water and oxygen”.   The Lotus Pro has been proven to quickly kill viruses and bacteria including E.coli, salmonella, MRSA, C-Difficile, and hundreds of other common germs. It is approved for food service areas and for use on a spectrum of surfaces, including fabrics, and is EPA, FDA, and OSHA complaint. Disposal is easy; just pour the water back down the drain.

This new cleaning system is “green” in many different ways.  It is a 100% chemical free cleaning system has no toxins, carcinogens, or chemical residues.  There is no smell or fumes which mean there are no air quality concerns or lingering odors.  Furthermore, because the unit is semi-permanent, the only things you replace are the filter cartridges and the water.  This means you are cutting down on extremely wasteful transportation and packaging practices that are associated with conventional cleaning products. By cutting down on packaging you are also eliminating the need for disposal and avoiding significant amount of (mainly plastic) packaging that could otherwise be ending up in a landfill.  But truly what makes this product so unique is the fact that, in its most basic form, you are cleaning with water.  Once the water has been turned into liquefied ozone, it is still safe to touch, breathe, etc.  This means it is safe for people, animals, and the planet. There are no chemical additives or residues and it starts and end ends with water: and that is truly sustainable.
More information can be found at or at .  Cleaning with liquefied ozone is something that should be suggested to clients, end-users, and facility and maintenance personnel as a more sustainable option to conventional products that will help preserve the integrity of interior spaces and the health of the people that live and work in them.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Knowledge Forum - FAQs About CEUs

Emily M Johnson
FAQ's About CEU's

forum: - IIDA Georgia Knowledge Forum
submitted by:  Emily Johnson , Novatuer Design Solutions
additional links:  IIDA Colorado website (

Continuing Education is an important need for both registered and non-registered designers. Having a better understanding about  the value of continuing education has been the mainstay of IIDA since its inception. Educated practitioners make informed, safe, and creative decisions, which affect us all. Educational programs serve as a creative outlet to promote awareness regarding pertinent issues within the practice of interior design. Here are a few FAQ's to help you know how to maintain your CEU's.
What constitutes a CEU?
A CEU, a continuing education unit, is a measurement of contact hours and credit assigned to an approved course. CEUs are awarded based on full-hour increments only. Thus, contact hours are rounded to the lowest full-hour number. For example, if instruction time
is 6 ½ hours, the course will receive 6 contact hours, or 0.6 CEU. One contact hour of learning activity equates to 0.1 CEU. Example: One contact hour equals 0.1 CEU, 10 hours equal 1.0 CEU.
What is the Current Compliance Period?
The current compliance period for Professional and Associate Members is January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011.
How Many CEU's a year do I need to maintain my professional registration?
The state of Georgia requires 12 hours per biennium
What Continuing Education Options are Available?
CEU courses are available in many venues and formats to enable Members to fulfill their continuing education requirements. Learning options include:
    * Courses sponsored by local IIDA/ASID Chapters
    * IIDA independent study courses (available in hard copy or electronic format)
    * Courses approved through IDCEC (IDCEC Member Organizations include: ASID, IDC, IDEC, IIDA)
    * Structured Travel / Study tours led by qualified instructors (self-guided tours are not acceptable)
    * Educational tracks at industry-wide conferences and symposia
    * College courses (not toward a degree)
    * Educational courses at museums and other cultural institutions led by qualified instructors
       Self-study courses available on the Internet, trade publications and Perspective magazine.
       Many manufacturers/Sales Reps offer CEU Lunch N Learns or CEU opportunities at their showrooms

Can I transfer my credits to the next  year?
No, CEUs are not transferable between compliance periods. Any additional credits, above and beyond the required 1.0 CEU and/or accumulated before January 1, 2010, cannot be credited to the current compliance period.

How are CEU credits registered? CEU credits are registered through NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification), the official clearinghouse for all professional interior design organizations offering CEU courses. Attendees may register credits on site if the course is an IDCEC approved course, or register the credits through the IIDA Education Department via the Individual Approval Reporting Form (IARF) if the course is not pre-approved. Be aware that submission of the IARF does not guarantee approval and that the IARF is unique to IIDA as a member benefit to procure CEU credit for compliance. CEUs earned via the IARF may not qualify for state licensing requirements, since the course is not IDCEC approved. Therefore, IIDA recommends contacting your state licensing board regarding state submission policies and HSW qualifications.

Who do I call to request a transcript of my continuing education activity?
To request a transcript of registered courses, you may contact NCIDQ at 202.721.0220, or via e-mail at The address for NCIDQ is: 1602 L St., NW, Ste. 200, Washington, DC 20036.

b.o.b. Forum Design Awards ~ Save the Date

Get ready for February 22, 2012! Each Year the IIDA Georgia Chapter proudly hosts the b.o.b. Forum Design Awards. The b.o.b. (Best of the Best) Forum Design Awards is the highest honor that IIDA Georgia can bestow in recognition of design excellence and promotion of creativity which strives to continuously to push boundaries and exceed expectations. The competition is open to any IIDA member or student in the state of Georgia for projects completed during the specified time frame. Membership must be current or pending. Prior publication does not affect eligibility. The location for the event will be at Opera as in the past.  Please check back frequently for more information on the IIDA Georgia website regarding details for the upcoming b.o.b. Forum Design Awards Event.  It's going to be "totally rad."

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Trash-2-Treasure is Almost Here...Get Your Tickets Now!!!

For Map & Directions to Trolley Barn click here!    
Tickets still available...get yours today!
 For more event information click here!

President's "Stamp of Approval"

It’s my honor to serve as President of this dynamic organization and, in association with President-Elect, Cynthia Hovorka, to guide a truly remarkable and passionate team of design professionals and industry leaders.

. . . no longer the big fish in the small pond . . .

This past year IIDA HQ announced our promotion to a “Large Chapter”.  As the newly dubbed ‘little fish’ in this new ‘big pond’, we’re making strides for you - our Members, our Partners, our Sponsors, our A+D Community, our Friends.  In just the 1st of a number of exciting developments our new BLOG ‘Designed & Delivered’ will keep you informed and connected.

Here’s a sneak-peak of a few other things planned: Industry Exchange -- a new quarterly discussion forum.  January 2012 will unveil the re-Branding of IIDA Georgia and our brands (old and new); the chapter will also present an informative CEU (developed by IIDA Georgia) vis-√†-vis Professional Interior Design Registration (RID).  Look for the launch our new Website in April 2012. 

2012 also marks our 40th Anniversary*, which we’ll celebrate during our Annual Meeting in June; and lastly, the chapter will launch the inauguration of the IIDA Georgia Leader’s Breakfast (in collaboration with IIDA HQ and Herman Miller) in November of 2012.

As we collectively progress forward and work on your behalf to bring meaningful programming, education, resources, networking, philanthropic activities, advocacy, mentoring, professional development, leadership opportunities and so much more…we welcome our Members, Partners, Sponsors and Friends along with the entire A+D Community to embark on this exciting journey with us!

Michele Lyden, IIDA Georgia Chapter President, 2011-12

*IIDA Georgia has deep roots, beginning with Institute of Business Designers (IBD), IIDA was founded in 1994; the result of a merger between Institute of Business Designers (IBD); the International Society of Interior Designers (ISID); and the Council of Federal Interior Designers (CFID).

Welcome to Designed & Delivered!!!

IIDA Georgia is proud to present its members, partners, sponsors, volunteers and friends with a new platform for information sharing -- the Designed & Delivered  blog.  IIDA Georgia is always looking for ways to reinvent itself, and this blog represents the beginning of a term year filled with tremendous change championed by refreshing and bright ideas specifically geared towards how the chapter communicates its brand and news with its followers.  We hope you all will enjoy this new platform and appreciate your continued support.  Please take a moment to subscribe to the blog by entering your email below.  Thank you!