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 entrĂ©e 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