IIDA Bulletin


Healthcare clients are enlisting interior designers to help create safe, comforting places for their patients. Here’s how you can help.


Technology is a constant presence for many of us, but how is that changing how we interact with and design the next generation of interiors?

As technology spreads trends and breaks down barriers at an ever-faster clip, maintaining an international approach to design has become more important than ever before.

Despite continuing challenges in the market, we should take a moment to reflect on our strengths as design thinkers, and honor the educators and innovators pushing us forward.

The federal workplace is changing rapidly to respond to new ways of working, mandates for space reduction, new technologies and sustainability mandates, resulting in opportunities for innovative interior designers.

This year's NeoCon show was the usual mix of craziness and excitement. New International President Jim Williamson discusses some of IIDA's most exciting advancements from the biggest week in the contract industry.

With NeoCon just around the corner and the association's first book on the way, new IIDA President James Williamson discusses what members can expect to see in the coming weeks and months.

As IIDA prepares for its next transition, Peter Conant looks back at some of the things the organization has accomplished over the past year and what’s in store for the future. 


As younger workers enter the workforce, and more of them expect to be mobile, the pressure is on for designers to create more flexible spaces with smaller budgets.

IIDA’s 15th annual Industry Roundtable explored the intersection of culture, the workplace and social media. Here’s a sampling of what the experts had to say.

Advances in technology and social media have allowed designers to collaborate and connect on a global level, opening doors for forward-thinking firms.

Steve Jobs and Ray Anderson empowered us to demand more from design, and opened a door for a new generation of innovators in the process.

As a new year approaches, it’s time to think about ways to better position yourself and your design firm for success.

Sustainability is about the journey, not the destination—professional associations like IIDA can help make it a more rewarding one.

As competition for clients increases, having a strong personal brand can make all the difference.

Social media tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter have real benefits for designers and firms that learn to harness them.

Education doesn’t end with a degree, but for those young designers looking to the job market for the first time, here are some tips to get started in the right direction.

The design industry has always evolved, but a recession and a new (unemployed) generation of workers have reshaped the landscape in less than a decade.

Charged with rebranding, renovating and redesigning the flagship Best Western President Hotel in New York City, Stonehill & Taylor Architects created a design narrative inspired by the American presidency, bipartisan politics and the energy of Times Square.

Travel has the ability to expose designers to the commonalities and differences in design cultures around the globe.
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