Friday, December 14, 2012

IDCWC Design Competition - Competition Opens








About the Interior Design Competition

This annual design competition was established to celebrate outstanding and innovative Interior Design and encourage new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishing of interior spaces.

About the Will Ching Design Competition 

This annual design competition was established to celebrate originality and excellence in commercial design from firms with five or fewer employees in the following areas of design: Corporate, Cultural/Education/Institutional, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality and Retail/Showroom.


Who Can Enter

Any design professional practicing legally in their jurisdiction may submit design project(s). These competitions are open to participants worldwide. The design projects must have been completed after January 1, 2011. For the Will Ching Design Competition, only firms of 5 or fewer employees may enter.


The cost to enter is $225 per entry for IIDA Members and $275 per entry for non-Members. Each project may only be submitted once per competition.

Contact Information

For questions or more information, contact IIDA Manager of Industry Relations and Special Events, Erin Cook or call 312-379-5177.

Monday, December 3, 2012

7 Key to Design & Innovation for Government

submitted by:  Lisa Pinyan, IIDA Coastal Empire chapter

Government Forum
7 Keys to Design & Innovation for Government Projects

Georgia Ports Authority
Annex 2- Port Police and Employee Health

Georgia Ports Authority Command Center
Annex 2- Port Police and Employee Health

When designing for Governmental Agencies, trends rarely have a place in the process.
Often the most critical problem can be solved by identifying who or what group will be the end user of the building or space to identify their needs and intended function of their space.

Although the design of these buildings may not win you awards, you have an opportunity to affect their workplace in a positive way and all of the occupants.  You would be affecting them just as you would with any other building design.

The average area in these government buildings must be designed and built with durability
using materials that will hold up to heavy use, in colors that are neutral, with in an overall design that will be timeless.  Often these spaces will not be renovated for the next 15-20 years, though function and occupants may change.  This often is a very tall order. But at the end of a successful
project, the reward is a building of happy occupants which makes it worth the challenge.

Fred Dust and Hilary Hoeber outlined the basic steps when they wrote in
Metropolis Magazine, July 9 2011

“The 7 Keys to Design and Innovation for Government"

1.  Start with Citizen's
2.  Forget the Average
3.  Visualize Change
4.  Simplify in the Face of Complexity
5.  Prototype before Piloting
6.  Envision a Future Together
7.  Share the Mission”

These 7 key factors are solid principles and still have a valid place in today's Governmental Design.

See the links below.  They more deeply describe the strategies and design principles related to the government forum:

For more information, Lisa can be contacted:

Lisa Pinyan, IIDA Ga (Coastal Empire)



Submitted by Coverings
Written by Coverings Show Director Karin Fendrich, National Trade Productions, the show management company for Coverings

Design Installation Showcase - Foreman Rogers, ASID & Allison Issacs, AIA of tvs design

Georgia designers can travel the world of tile and stone without leaving their home state when Coverings The Ultimate Tile + Stone Experience, comes to Atlanta for the first time in its 20+ year history, April 29 through May 2, 2013.   

IIDA Georgia is a co-sponsor of Coverings, the nation’s largest tile and stone trade show where more than 900 exhibitors from over 50 countries will introduce some of the most innovative products in the world.  Designers will also find inspiration and information on new ways of using these materials through Coverings seminars and special events.

“We are looking forward to the Coverings event here in Atlanta," said Cynthia Hovorka, President, IIDA Georgia, and interior designer at Hughes Litton Godwin. “It's a unique opportunity for the design community to get updated on the latest trends in tile and stone and talk to the top experts in the field.” 

Coverings is tapping into hometown industry experts with the creation of an honorary Attendee Advisory Council to help ensure its entrée in Atlanta is an unmatched success.  IIDA Georgia immediate past president Michelle Lyden is one of the local professionals sharing her expertise.  

One of the show’s must-see highlights is the Installation Design Showcase where four distinguished Atlanta-area designer firms will team up with NTCA (National Tile Contractors Association) Five-Star contractors to make beautiful and amazing tile and stone projects come to life right on the show floor.

Bringing their creativity to Coverings 2013 is IIDA and ASID member Foreman Rogers, Senior Associate, and AIA member Allison Isaacs, Associate, both of tvsdesign; along with Mark Williams, Principal, Mark Williams Design Associates; Michael Neiswander, AIA, ASID, principal, ASD and Margaret Nysewander, Associate, ASD, Inc.; and Craig Anderchak, Senior Project Director, and Mary Porter, Project Director, both of VeenendaalCave HealthCare (a division of VeenendaalCave, Inc.).   

This eye-catching “Mod Squad” bathroom from Coverings 2012 by designer Grant
Gribble, IIDA, ASID, President, Gribble Interior Group, Orlando, is a great example
of the type of fun and fabulous rooms in the show’s Installation Design Showcase.
Four Atlanta-area designer firms will bring their own visions to Coverings 2013.

This year will be a repeat performance for Rogers, who wowed visitors to Coverings 2012 with his “sophisticated and luxe” hotel guestroom.

Designers can expand their professional knowledge through Coverings robust seminar program aimed specifically at the A&D community.  Just a few of the fascinating topics lined up are designing with the latest tile, stone and glass materials; major new directions in style and color; and ways of re-centering visual thinking.

There is no fee to visit Coverings. And unlike many other shows, there is no charge to attend any of the educational sessions either, many of which offer free CEU credits.

To register for Coverings, go to

Friday, November 30, 2012

Hansgrohe - Reflectioni & Celebration

submitted by:  Alexandra Zwicky, Novita PR

As 2012 comes to a close, it’s a natural time for reflection and celebration as we look forward to a new year ahead. Hansgrohe ( and its designer brand Axor (, is doing just that and would like to share some highlights. We’ve had lots percolating at our Alpharetta, Ga. North American headquarters this year, including establishing programs catering to the local A&D community, adding new CEUs at our training and interactive product center, the Aquademie, and launching a product collection that has garnered worldwide recognition.

One of the services we introduced is a unique Sample Library for the Atlanta region. The program allows design professionals to borrow popular Hansgrohe or Axor faucets (mounted on acrylic/non-functioning) for up to one week. The product is sent, free of charge, via messenger/delivery service to any office or meeting site in Georgia and is picked up when finished.

We’ve also continued to leverage and improve the Aquademie, which offers the full Hansgrohe/Axor experience and is a dynamic resource for design professionals and those in the market for kitchen & bath products. It’s the perfect spot to meet our passionate, ever-growing, Hansgrohe team, learn about our exciting, top-of-the-line products, as well as participate in lively and practical CEUs. No trip to the Aquademie would be complete without a visit to our famous working Showerworld, where guests can actually experience more than thirty of Hansgrohe and Axor’s world-renowned shower products. Visits are by appointment only. Sign up here today!

At our manufacturing facility, just steps from the Aquademie, we combine German-engineering with American assembly to produce a variety of innovative offerings for the kitchen and bath. We’re passionate about water and pride ourselves on delivering top-of-the-line products. Take for example our award-winning Axor Bouroullec collection by Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec. Made up of faucets, washbasins, a bathtub, shower components, and accessories, Axor Bouroullec invites users to “feel free to compose” and think about how they interact with water to create customized bathroom configurations. Because the collection’s faucet spouts and handles are available as separate components, they can be placed in an infinite number of ways on the sinks’ drillable built-in shelves. Available as a built-in model-with one or two offset shelves or as a wall-mounted model, the sinks can accommodate single-handle faucets, as well as two and three-hole faucets suitable for mounting on the sink or wall. The drillable shelves play a leading role in this collection, offering a consistent design element and extra space for toiletries. One of the standouts of the line is the pre-configured Axor Bouroullec Shelf with Integrated Faucet, which cleverly does double duty, serving as a practical piece of furniture and water dispensing element. Since the aerator is concealed, the water seems to flow magically from the shelf into the sink below. Virtually try out your very own Axor Bouroullec composition with the " Axor Bouroullec Composer" here

Wishing you a happy rest of 2012 and a Happy New Year! Catch you in 2013!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Expiration Notice

IIDA Membership Renewal Reminder

Don't lose your Membership benefits!  Log onto the IIDA website adn renew today.  All non-renewed Memberships will expire on December 31, 2012. 

Your IIDA Membership gives you reduced rates fro IIDA events, competitions and CEUs, networking with your design peers and access to the IIDA Career Center.  Questions?  Contact us at

Friday, November 23, 2012

Healthcare: 2013 Call for Presentations

IIDA is seeking Members who are leaders in Healthcare Design. If you are
interested in presenting a seminar, writing an article on Healthcare Design, or in
sharing your perspective on directions in Healthcare Design, IIDA wants you to be

2013 opportunites are available for published articles, blogs, and CEU seminars
and webinars in conjunction with our ongoing partnership with HEALTHCARE Design
magazine. Demonstrate and share your experience. Topics range from Sustainability,
EBD, Acute Care, and Healing Gardens to name a few.

Please note, HCD 2013 call for presentations is separate from this IIDA call. 
For consideration, contact Michael Ancheta, Managing Director, Education Services
and Programs at IIDA,

Healthcare: Complimentary Seminars

submitted by:  Betsy Lidnell, IIDA, OED

Weren't able to attend the 2012 HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference? Didn't have time to attend all of the sessions that you wanted? The 3rd Annual HEALTHCARE DESIGN Virtual Symposium, features both new sessions and the most popular sessions from the HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference and provides attendees up to EIGHT (8) CEUs for FREE!

December 4, 2012

The Story of Waiting—How Artwork & Furnishings Impact Patient- and Family-Centered Care
9:00 AM ET , 8:00 AM CT, 7:00 AM MT, 6:00 AM PT
An ongoing pre- and post-occupancy study at Parkland Hospital is measuring the impact of artwork and furnishings within waiting areas, patient areas, and family zones on a variety of family and patient-centered outcomes on medical-surgical inpatient units. This session will share findings from the main pre-occupancy stage of the investigation, lessons learned and how findings were incorporated into design and operational decision making.

Area Calculations—Are You Planning with the Latest Information?
11:00 AM ET, 10:00 AM CT, 9:00 AM MT, 8:00 AM PT
Texas A&M University, with support from Herman Miller, the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation, and Alberta Infrastructure, has been conducting a research study of recently constructed North American hospitals to measure net gross ratios, building gross ratios, and the allocation breakdown within building gross components. This session presents the methodology and procedures used to measure the projects, and the important lessons learned in calculation methods. 

The Impact of Properly Used Shading Systems in Healthcare
1:00 PM ET, 12:00 PM CT, 11:00 AM MT, 10:00 AM PT
Presentation by:
William Maiman Marketing Manager MechoSystems
Susan Rieser Regional Sales Manager MechoSystems

Lessons Learned from Innovative High-Tech Healthcare Facilities
3:00 PM ET, 2:00 PM CT, 1:00 PM MT, 12:00 PM PT
What are the most important “lessons learned” from the newest, high-technology healthcare facilities?  This Hospital ICONS webinar will feature architectural case studies including: Cleveland Clinic’s newest hybrid suites for surgery and interventional imaging, a state-of-the-art Proton Therapy Center by ProCure, and Barrow Neurological Institute’s recent high-tech building addition.

December 5, 2012

Design Elements of the Patient Room - Elements That Enhance Healing and Improve Safety
9:00 AM ET, 8:00 AM CT, 7:00 AM MT, 6:00 AM PT
The model patient room project at the University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP) is a replica of the proposed standard medical-surgical inpatient room for the replacement hospital. The purpose of the Model room project is to : test spatial relationships in the design of the medical-surgical inpatient room; and engage staff and providers in research methods to test design hypotheses. This presentation is a culmination of two years of research and will focus on the design methodology and results of the study.

Unveiling of Benchmarking 2.0 Report for Healthcare Facilities
11:00 AM ET, 10:00 AM CT, 9:00 AM MT, 8:00 AM PT
JUST IN: Healthcare's tool to get you ahead of regulatory curve! CMS will soon require hospitals to verify their quality of care, operational performance, and fiscal efficiency. Are you ready? Witness the public unveiling of survey results from Operations and Maintenance Benchmarks for Healthcare Facilities 2.0 Report. For the first time, the healthcare industry will have a North American benchmark report with the inclusion of Canada through research conducted jointly by IFMA Health Care Institute, American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society to collect 2012 data from hundreds of hospitals. Participants will be the first to get 100+ benchmark findings for real estate, property management, engineering, utilities, maintenance, clinical engineering, environmental services, sustainability, linen, and much more.

From Planning to POE - Lessons Learned From 3 Emergency Departments
1:00 PM ET , 12:00 PM CT, 11:00 AM MT, 10:00 AM PT
Through a series of case studies, post occupancy evaluations, and testimonials, this presentation examines process changes that were adapted or introduced at 3 EDs constructed over the past 4 years.

Innovative Interventions - Hybrid Operating Room Design for Safety, Flexibility, and Improved Outcomes
3:00 PM ET, 2:00 PM CT, 1:00 PM MT, 12:00 PM PT
The Hybrid Operating Room - a space that represents the quintessential convergence of vascular access surgery and advanced interventional imaging - has become the most requests and sometimes least understood space for tomorrow's advanced medicine facility. This session describes key challenges in designing hybrid ORs from a dual perspective of designer and end user.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Knoll Atlanta Facebook - like us!

November Partnership - Knoll Atlanta is proud to offer its own Facebook page.  Sign up/Like us and you could win a Richard Schultz Petal Side table!  There will be more postings from Knoll Atlanta for you to keep up with what's happening @Knoll.  Don't miss out!

What does sustainability mean, and what does it mean to you?

Sustainability Forum - November
By Christina (Zucco) Schmitt, IIDA Georgia 

Project Name: Square Feet Studio Offices
Submission Contact Name: John Bencich

Square Feet Studio
(404) 688-4990 ext 22
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
LEED Certification Level of Project: CI-Gold


What does sustainability mean, and what does it mean to you?  I often find that there are many definitions and even more often there are personal preconceptions to those definitions.  Those preconceptions are often the clients’ fall back when they don’t really understand the tenants of sustainability; they just think it is hippie propaganda.

Wikipedia says, “The word sustainability is derived from the Latin sustinere (tenere, to hold; sus, up). Dictionaries provide more than ten meanings for sustain, the main ones being to “maintain", "support", or "endure”.[4][5] However, since the 1980s sustainability has been used more in the sense of human sustainability on planet Earth and this has resulted in the most widely quoted definition of sustainability as a part of the concept sustainable development, that of the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations on March 20, 1987: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”[6][7]“

How do you communicate to your clients about sustainability? How do you combat the commercialization of sustainability? 

What happens when your most convincing argument hits a wall? Here are a few responses that can help redirect conversations headed in the wrong direction.
   A client says that going green limits choices.
Tell them it isn’t so. “The notion that you have to sacrifice unique- ness to go green today is just not true,” says Sarah Susanka, AIA. “Take a look at how many more products and materials are available now. There aren’t fewer options; they’re just different.”
   A skeptic pokes holes in environmental research.
 Be prepared. Make copies of magazine articles or send clients to Web sites that support your claims—and steer clear of material that feels like propaganda, even if it’s based in fact. Be ready to produce evidence, whether it’s that toxic glues are bad for you or that mahogany is not a sustainable wood. “Give your clients good science, not junk science,” says Victoria Schomer, ASID, LEED AP.
   A client plays the budget card—and won’t budge. 
Allow that green choices can sometimes cost more than conventional ones, but that it’s important to look at the budget as a whole. There are opportunities within every project to balance more costly expenditures with economical decisions. Help them decide what matters most to them and provide options that cover different levels of sustainability, as well as different price points.
   A client likes the idea, but says he’s not ready to go green yet.
Tell him that by making changes now—even small ones—he is making a difference. Says Susanka: “Do everything you can. Tell them to choose that low-VOC paint; not to replace carpet, but to expose hardwood floors instead; select nontoxic finishes; buy green furniture ... ” It all adds up, and every small decision increases awareness so that clients will be in the right mindset when they make bigger decisions down the road.
   You’re dismissed as a tree-hugger.
 Smile and say there those who believe everyone should have green values—but the truth is not everyone does. Tell them you respect their decision—but leave them with something to ponder: “This business of making a sustainable environment is nothing new,” says Susanka.“The planet knows how to do it. All we need to do is get out of the way!
        Borrowed from Design so Clients Will Listen by Maria Lapinana
Here are a few resources help you move through the topic, allowing both you and your client to do small things or large things to meet their needs today without compromising the ability of their children, their grandchildren, their nieces and nephews or their neighborhood kids to need their own needs. Happy Designing!

Talking About Green Design So Clients Will Listen (Summer 2006); by Maria LaPiana

Calendar Entry: Atlanta Workplace 2/22/2013

On February 22, 2013, Designers, Facility Managers, and other professionals who work in the building industry will come together for Atlanta Workplace – a one-day educational and networking event being held at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta.  Atlanta Workplace costs just $99 to attend and is sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and its partners, the Atlanta Branch of the Georgia Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the International Interior Design Association of Georgia (IIDA). Together, the three organizations are providing a total of 9 educational sessions on building operations, sustainability and design.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Change > Opportunity”.  As we look at a vastly changed landscape for the workplace compared to what existed 10 or even 5 years ago, building professionals must navigate these changes deftly, turning them into opportunities for both personal and organizational improvement and strengthening.  Courses will be submitted for accreditation for CEUs, CFM maintenance points, and GBCI LEED AP credential maintenance points. Bill Cronin of Invest Atlanta and our lunchtime speaker, the event’s keynote speakers, will discuss the future of Atlanta as well as the future of the workplace. In addition, the exposition portion of AWP provides an opportunity for building professionals to connect with national and local vendors who can help them solve important on-the-job challenges.

At just $99, AWP is a one-of-a-kind event that truly offers an excellent return on investment to attendees. Register now to reserve your spot! Register here!

Calendar Entry: Public Interest Design 2013 Workshop

Bryan Bell and Design Corps will be offering a Public Interest Design Institute workshop at SCAD Atlanta 12-13 July 2013!  SCAD is very excited to be hosting this important workshop, and I hope we can count on IIDA GA to help Brian to get this approved for CEUs.
There is a growing sector in the field of architecture known as Public Interest Design documented in exhibits such as MoMA’s Small Scale, Big Change and publications like Design Like You Give Damn. The projects in this sector are unlike traditional practice in critical ways but are an area of great potential for the future of the profession.
The Public Interest Design Institute® will provide training to architecture and other design professionals in public interest design with in-depth study over two days on methods of how design can address the critical issues faced by communities. Training in public interest design is a way of enhancing an existing design practice and learning skills to become pro-actively engaged in community-based design.
The Harvard Case Method will be used to learn from examples. These case studies and best practices will be presented and discussed by leaders in the field. The curriculum will be formed around the Social Economic Environmental Design® (SEED) metric, a set of standards that outlines the process and principles of this growing approach to design. SEED goes beyond green design with a “triple bottom line” approach that includes the social and economic as well as the environmental. The SEED process takes a holistic, creative approach to design driven by community needs. This process provides a step-by-step aid for those who want to undertake public interest design.
Continuing education credits will be given as required of professionals by the American Institute of Architects as well as a certification in the SEED process.
Learning objectives will address:
  • Finding new clients
  • Learning about new fee sources and structures
  • Understanding public interest design and how is it re-shaping the design professions
  • Pro-actively finding a public interest design project
  • Using a step-by-step process of working with a community as a design partner
  • Leveraging other partners and assets to address project challenges
  • Maximizing a project’s positive impact on a community
  • Measuring social, economic, and environmental impact on communities
The Academic Leader of each session is Bryan Bell, the founder of Design Corps, founder of the Public Interest Design Institute, and a co-founder of SEED. Bell has supervised the Structures for Inclusion lecture series for ten years which presents best practices in community-based design. He has published two collections of essays on the topic, Bell has lectured and taught at numerous schools including the Rural Studio with Samuel Mockbee. He has received an AIA National Honor Award in Collaborative Practice. His work has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale and the Cooper Hewitt Museum Triennial. He was a Harvard Loeb Fellow in 2010-11 and a co-recipient of the 2011 AIA Latrobe Prize which is focused on public interest design. Other speakers will be national leaders of this emerging field.



submitted by:  M. Shane Totten, AIA,  IIDA,  LEED AP BD+C,  IDEC
SCAD Professor and Associate Chair, Interior Design

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

October Partnership - From Fashion to Interior Design, Color Gradation Influences All Design Disciplines

submitted by:  Elizabeth Chambley, Mohawk Group
From Fashion to Interior Design, Color Gradation Influences All Design DisciplinesBy-line: Susan Curtis, Senior Director of Color and Design, Mohawk Group

Mohawk's 2012 CZAR Collection by Cesar Galindo

As a commercial textile designer, I am often inspired by the motifs, colors and forms presented in fashion. So, you can imagine how excited I was to see the Mohawk Group’s State of Mind collection of carpet make its runway debut during Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week in NYC in September. While we as textile designers are often moved by the fashion world, I would venture to say that it is a rare event that a fashion designer is moved by a piece of carpet!
The overlapping of the fashion and contract design industries began earlier this year when fashion designer Cesar Galindo designed a series of dip-dyed dresses, ties and scarves that were inspired by Amused and Enthralled, two State of Mind styles that launched at NeoCon 2012 in Chicago. The exciting aspect is how contemporary both the fashion and contract industries are working, drawing on the richness of each other.
State of Mind provided the perfect backdrop for the Spring 2013 CZAR by Cesar Galindo fashion show. The carpet spanned the length of the runway and continued up the back wall in full, undulating effect. It was very rewarding to see our design featured in such fabulous company!
Design-driven industries respond to social trends and often use these as inspiration. We at Mohawk developed State of Mind in response to the DIY trend we see everywhere. This collection, perhaps more than any other on the market today, allows the customer to design their ultimate floor. We think of State of Mind as a personal journey: it is a fun exploration of shifting color and ómbre effect that can be manipulated and managed to meet individual preferences. By creating a collection of textures that allows for myriad opportunities for aesthetic variation, we are opening up the design box, inviting in many more voices.  I believe that by continuing this design dialog we will be able to deliver additional exciting, dramatic and relevant products.

October Partnership - J&J Invision Urban Canopy

Submitted By: J+J/Invision (IIDA, AIA, IFMA, EDAC)
Written By: Denise Bennett, J+J/Invision Product Designer
Bring the Calm of Nature Indoors
 “There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.”   Theodore Roosevelt
Now, more than ever, people are recognizing the importance of nature. Today’s urban dweller is no exception. Community gardens and green landscapes are sprouting up in almost every urban city where urbanites are fully embracing the call for green lush spaces to help soothe and calm them from the hustle and bustle of city life.
J+J/Invision’s newest carpet collection, Urban Canopy is a reflection of the need to have a little bit of Mother Nature’s serene atmosphere around us, even in the urban jungle.
This modular only collection is built upon three products – Up A Tree, Branch Out and Barking Mad.  Each is created using 100% J&J Industries Encore® solution dyed nylon and is backed using eKo® PVC-free modular backing.
Up A Tree is an organic but sophisticated pattern derived from a photograph taken of foliage found in Portland Oregon’s own urban landscape.
Branch Out is a slightly less active pattern, reminiscent of a tree’s deciduous nature. When autumn arrives, the leaves begin to fall but the serenity still remains.
Barking Mad, an allover texture, features a subtle grid design that is incorporated as a background in the other two coordinating products.  The result is a classic and timeless product that beautifully compliments the other two organic patterns in the collection but also can be used as a stand-alone product for a more subtle design statement.
Color Palette
The color palette for this new collection is a refined range of earth tones including grays, beiges, greens and blue. Its monochromatic coloring is reminiscent of the peacefulness that you would find in a calm forest.  The predominantly neutral color palette will also compliment a multitude of textiles and finishes.
The patterns can be intermingled and still maintain a calm yet intriguing backdrop for a variety of settings.

Urban Canopy, Branch Out pattern

Urban Canopy, Barking Mad pattern

Urban Canopy, Up a Tree pattern

To learn more about the Urban Canopy collection visit