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Chapter Sponsor 2017



CONTRIBUTORS Valerie Clark, ASID has more than twenty years of experience in working closely with architects, engineers, general contractors, and her clients on residential and commercial projects. Previous clients include 3M, Northwest Airlines, University of Missouri, and Pulte Homes. Since opening Valerie Clark Interiors in 2010, she has brought exceptional, client-focused interior design service to selective owners of fine homes and offices throughout Mobile and the Eastern Shore Shirley Hammond, FASID, RID, has a B.S. & M.S. in ID from the University of Alabama with additional graduate coursework from Tulane University. An ASID Fellow, she is a past AL ASID president and past ASID national board member, having worked on numerous state and national committees. Additionally, she chaired the Alabama State Board of Registration for ID and coauthored the Alabama ID “practice act�. She is past international president for NCIDQ and a Louis Tregre Award Recipient.

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Beth Adams, ASID Carolyn Adams, ASID Alice Allen, ASID Jan Assimos, ASID Reb Baker, ASID Suzanne Barnes, ASID Mary Bennett, Allied ASID Ann Best, ASID Jane Bise, ASID Thomas Blais, Associate ASID Karla Blasingame, Allied ASID H. Don Bowden, FASID Nell Brackett, Allied ASID Beverly Bragg, Allied ASID Laurie Brooker, ASID Anne Brooks, ASID Amy Brown, ASID Kimberly Butler, Allied ASID Richard Cable, ASID Mark Carleton, ASID Andrea Carmichael, ASID Jenna Carter, Allied ASID Melissa Cartier, ASID Valerie Clark, ASID Cassie Clayton, Allied ASID Jessica Cobb, Allied ASID Sallye Coggin, ASID Tammy Connor, ASID January Corbin, ASID Erin Cossey, Allied ASID Amanda Cox, Allied ASID Katherine Crane, Allied ASID Alice Cutright, ASID Lynn Deyoung, ASID Dian Diamond, ASID Paulette Doggett, Allied ASID Melanie Duffey, Educator Partner ASID Lynne Dunn, ASID Summer Ennis, ASID Mary Whitney Evins, Allied ASID Beverly Farrington, ASID Janel Fowler, ASID Debbie Fraley, ASID Lila Frank, Allied ASID Lynn Frazier, Allied ASID Julie Gargis, Allied ASID Ashley Garrison, Allied ASID Charlotte Gaston, Allied ASID Ashley Gilbreath, ASID Hollie Goins, ASID Joanna Goodman, ASID Marietta Graham, ASID Sherri Gross, ASID Elizabeth Hall, Allied ASID Carla Hall, ASID Susan Halstead, Allied ASID Shirley Hammond, FASID Cathy Hannah, Allied ASID Cheryl Harrison, ASID Patricia Hiden, ASID Connie Holcombe, ASID Wayne Holder, ASID Chelsea Holmes, Allied ASID Megan Houston, Allied ASID Charlotte Iseldyke, ASID Annmarie Jackson, FASID Sarah Jelks, ASID Annie Johnson, ASID Mary Margaret Johnson, ASID Stacey Jordan, ASID Jennifer Kennedy, ASID Jessica Kent, Allied ASID Beverly Kissinger, Allied ASID Gina Kitchens, Allied ASID Kathleen Lalor, Allied ASID Frederick Langworthy, ASID

Robin Lewis, Allied ASID Dana Littleton, Allied ASID Bradley Logan, ASID Elizabeth (Libba) Lyon, ASID Christopher Magidson, Allied ASID Bess Marks, Associate ASID Jillian Marks, ASID Crawford Mcwilliams, Allied ASID Laura Merrill, Associate ASID Helen Middleton, ASID Chris Milazzo, ASID Alicia Mitchell, Allied ASID Phyllis Moore, FASID Sharon Murphree-Demos, ASID Janie Nabors, ASID Beth Norris, ASID Patricia O'Keefe, Allied ASID Erika Oldham, Allied ASID Marla Outlaw, Allied ASID Shari Park-Gates, ASID Shari Park-Gates, ASID Elizabeth Pickens, Allied ASID Emily Pinneo, Allied ASID Melanie Pounds, Allied ASID Danae Qualls, Allied ASID Emory Ratliff, ASID Jill Rawls, Allied ASID T. Reimer, ASID Mary Rooney, ASID Katherine Rudd, Associate ASID Sharon Saavedra, Allied ASID Laurl Self, Allied ASID Aylin Sertel, Allied ASID Holly Shirley, ASID Kristen Shumake, Allied ASID Glee Sides, Allied ASID Deborah Simril, Allied ASID Melissa Sims, ASID Lydia Smith, Allied ASID Marisa Smith, ASID Shannon Smith, ASID Ming South, Allied ASID Natalie Spradlin, Allied ASID Betsy Stark, Allied ASID Carolyn Stewart, ASID Sallie Stokes, Allied ASID Stacey Summerville, Allied ASID Stacey Summerville, Allied ASID Jeanne Taylor, Allied ASID Julie Terrell, Allied ASID Carolyn Thomas, ASID Tony Thompson, Allied ASID Gena Toedte, Allied ASID Ricky Treadway, Allied ASID Perry Umphrey, ASID Janette Waddelow, ASID April Wade, Allied ASID Stephenia Walker, ASID Angela Walker Blankenship, Associate ASID Sunni Wall, ASID Barbara Warnes, ASID Susan Webb, ASID Mary Jane Whitehead, Allied ASID Phyllis Whitlock, ASID Angela Whitt, Allied ASID Myra Wilhite, ASID Andrea Wilson, Allied ASID Nancy Young, Allied ASID Larisa Zarzhitskaya, Allied ASID



Annual M Meeting 2 The 2017 Annual Member Meeting was hosted by the design community in Mobile at the beginning of Mardi Gras season. Held at the historic Admiral Hotel, members were treated to the best sights and sounds that Mobile has to offer. Oh, and the food; there were enough king cakes and moon pies to sink a ship. Here are some of the notable topics discussed during the meeting:  A special presentation was made by a representative from Auburn University to ASID Alabama in appreciation of a new scholarship set up in the name of Daisy Bond  To fill the vacancy at the Membership Director position, Megan Houston was voted in unanimously by the board  Much discussion was had about investing more into students via scholarships or funding students attending ASID events with respect to the donation made by Daisy Bond and subsequent investments.  ASID Alabama has brought in a Social Media Director, Holly Shirley, to maximize the chapter’s presence on social media.  A CEU was presented by our At-Large Director, Tim Morales Later that evening, a reception was hosted at the beautiful, historic Atchison Home showroom and sponsored by Business Interiors. Wrapping up the festive day outside the showroom was a Mardi Gras parade attended with a surprise guest, local NBC affiliate morning news anchor Darwin Singleton. Darwin, guest of Perry Umphrey acted with Perry as docents for the evening. Parade goers were regaled with stories from the history of the parade groups, meaning of all the goodies thrown, and of course the more interesting stories that don’t make the evening news. All in all, it was a musical and colorful weekend full of beads, boas, and laughs. Huntsville look out. The bar has been set high for 2018!

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Preservation Priorities By: Valerie Clark, ASID


riday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, Historic Mobile Preservation Society offers an opportunity to explore Mobile’s Church Street East Historic District. At the 48th annual Historic Homes Tour, volunteers will welcome ticket holders into four historic churches, along with their parsonages or rectories, and many private residences. Participating in a historic walking tour, either by touring or volunteering, is an enjoyable way to support the preservation of historically significant places, gain greater appreciation of the architecture and interior design of those places, and hear the stories that are set in those places. To order tickets, volunteer, or get more information, visit The Historic Homes Tour is a primary fundraiser of Historic Mobile Preservation Society (HMPS). David Newell, president of the board of directors, described the Society’s advocacy work in Mobile County. It has listed ten “Preservation Priorities,” significant buildings that may be lost without the work of HMPS. Buildings on this list include Carlen House on the Murphy High School campus, the Creole Schoolhouse on Mon Louis Island, and Kennedy House on Government Street in Church Street East Historic District. HMPS funds also maintain and operate Historic Oakleigh House and Museum, Cox-Deasy Cottage, and the Minnie Mitchell Archives. These are valuable resources to everyone interested in Mobile’s history and historic buildings.

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o you have a page on Houzz? Did you know they have a really cool feature; video profiles! Our chapter President, Mary Rooney, ASID, RID, recently made the trip to Houzz headquarters in California to film hers, and she tells us it was an amazing experience.



ongratulations to the Student Chapter at Auburn University for being selected as a finalist in the ASID national Student Chapter of the Year award. The winner will be announced at SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit hosted at The University of Oklahoma on March 31st. Hey Auburn...we’re thrilled and very proud of you.



ary Rooney, ASID Alabama President, and Beverly Kissinger, Financial Director, recently attended the Scholarship Dinner honoring donors and scholarship recipients in the College of Human Environmental Sciences, the University of Alabama. Mary was able to meet the Daisy Bond Scholarship recipient Sarah Onks who is a junior majoring in Interior Design and already well known by Beverly. It was a lovely event with a short program that recognized what funders were present that evening as well as one of the scholarship recipients speaking about how important it was to her to have that monetary support. ASID ALABAMA │ WINTER 2016 │ PAGE 11


Armed with two degrees, I headed for a large city and market to “practice” my profession. To my surprise, there was very little opportunity in the mid70’s. Thus, my first hard lesson was the realization that I was not trained to find employment and, in my field, it was going to be difficult. My interior design education never included opportunities for internships or shadowing. There were no interior design firms. After several dead-end interviews with architectural firms, I decided to “practice” with a small residential retail furniture company that had a good reputation and an “interior design department.” Although my salary was small, the experience I gained was abundant. I was learning to create interiors, learning to market to clients, learning the nuts and bolts of running a small business, expanding my resume, gaining confidence and making some life-long friends. To financially survive, however, I knew I needed to keep searching for better wages and more challenging work, which were still unavailable in my field. I realized that an interior design education provides many marketable skills that can be applied to many job descriptions. At that time and place, the higher paying jobs were in the “oil patch ” (oil and gas

Award winning design by Shirley Hammond, FASID, RID

hope to share with you some observations and lessons learned from my forty-six years in the interior design profession. Having completed a bachelor’s degree in interior design in 1971, I was excited to get my first employment in the profession as an interior design educator at a small private college with the stipulation that I pursue a master’s degree. As an educator, I taught nine different courses over a three-year period. Little did I know at the time, that the interior design profession teaches daily! Every experience, every project, every client offers new opportunities for learning and growing.

exploration companies and their related industries). So, I took my drafting skills and applied for a drafting job. I was in luck. I joined a large company with a large drafting “pool”--one of two women in a previously all-male department. In addition, we women were the youngest employees in the department. I loved the work, perfected my skills, was recognized for my efficiency and accuracy and increased my salary. Within a year, I was offered a supervisory drafting job with a smaller gas exploration company with a tripled salary offer. Of course, I was thrilled to be recognized and accepted. However, as I departed the previous company, I discovered that the younger men who had been hired after my employment date were being paid twice my old salary. Thus, I filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)--a federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination. While I dislike controversy and conflict; I could not ignore the illegal practice of gender inequality and unequal pay for equal (if not better) work. The result was that the company was fined, and I received my back pay. I knew that I could never go back to that

company for employment, but I know that I left it a better place for their future employees. I tried not to look in the rear-view mirror. My new job was just as I hoped it would be one filled with appreciative supervisors, an improved salary and authority over a department. I was enjoying the work and the people, however, I was still not “practicing” interior design. I wanted to return “my field.” So, in 1979, I jumped back over the fence and returned to my smaller hometown to start my own business. I was ready to direct my own future, and be solely responsible for my successes or failures. I did not know yet what the smaller market would provide, so I opened my office doors and waited for the answer. I advertised on a small budget, and promoted my business through community connections, exposure through speeches to varieties of organizations, and word-of-mouth. Through the 1980’s, my practice began to slowly grow and my market specialty emerged through my volunteerism in historic preservation and renovation. My specialty, space planning and renovation, further focused on the natural requirement of kitchen and bath upgrades in historic renovations and general remodeling. Voila, my market niche was established. As I approached the 1990’s and moved into the next century, I realized the importance of looking critically at my business model. I examined profit margins in various business segments. As my business grew, I dropped less profitable segments and increased my focus in segments of higher profitability. I grew staff, then shrank staff. I learned more about new technologies and added them as they were available and affordable. Through the years, to keep up with the profession, I stayed close to NCIDQ, ASID, local, state and national legislation/licensing efforts, and Code Official associations. These organizations have kept me in touch with people, market trends, continuing education, and technology. Membership and volunteerism within and without these organizations have been particularly important to me, as a sole proprietor. Teaming, and the learning that comes with it, became available. Through the decades, I have welcomed over twenty-five summer interns and many more “shadows,” taught and learned with them and enjoyed seeing their transitions (and mine) in training, attitude and expectations through the decades. Thus, as I begin 2017 and reflect back over the ASID ALABAMA │ WINTER 2016 │ PAGE 14

past forty-six years, I offer the following summaries of working in Alabama and Louisiana: In the 1970’s, there was no employment opportunity in interior design as a “learned” profession. Employers were eager to hire “learned” individuals with the skill sets but not pay salaries to compensate for the expense of an interior design education. NCIDQ was formed in 1975, offering standardized and nationally accepted credentials. However, credentials hung on walls and made little difference in the work environment. The pride of NCIDQ passage was a personal accomplishment but lacked the ability to make a difference in employment opportunities. There was no licensing for interior designers in any jurisdiction. Additionally, technology was limited-- no computers, no cell phones, and no faxes. My professional motto became “hang in there, baby, and keep peddling!” In the 1980’s, residential work was open to interior design firms but commercial interior design involving design and space planning was controlled by architectural firms. Only commercial “product supply” segments were accessible to the interior design profession. Alabama’s Interior Design Title Act of 1982 (the first in the nation) began to change the recognition of our “learned profession.” However, it would be years before it affected the practical improvement of our profession. The 1990’s brought refined technology and, with it, wider markets through the internet. Cell phones, laptops, and CAD allowed interior designers to leave the office, design on site, and communicate from any location. With the advent of the web and the increase in communication and marketing, information and understanding of the credentials of our “learned profession” began to reach our clients, our team players, our employers, and government entities. Our geographic market was expanding. We were in demand! Clients, however, were able to shop the world market without us and began to have access to products never before possible. Our “profession” was becoming more about “skill sets” and less about “product procurement.” New employment markets emerged, salaries continued to increase, title act legislation spread across the nation, and practice acts were being passed. By the millennium, employers were increasing salaries for the “learned” because the public was more aware of credentials (NCIDQ, ASID, RID) and demanding credentialed professionals on projects. Code officials were accepting us on jobsites as

“design professionals” and governmental entities were requiring the NCIDQ credential on government projects. So, sifting through the lessons learned, my conclusions are to get the best education available. Continue your education through quality CEU’s. An interior design education is specific in nature but broad in application. ID’s can do an incredibly wide scope of work. Find your niche in the market. Differentiate yourself from others by particular skill-sets and expertise. Market your specialties and strengths in all the technology available. Keep your personal communication skills honed. Envision yourself in new markets and opportunities. The tools of interior design have changed but creativity, good design and ethics remain constant. Creativity, itself, leads to the ability to reinvent yourself, create your career, do what you love, invent a new job, and create the demand for it. As it is said, if you love your work, it will be play and you will never work again.

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Oops: Design Excellence Awards 2016 In our Fall 2016 issue a page was erroneously omitted when it was published. Unfortunately, the page held some of the winners in our Design Excellence Awards. We apologize to the amazingly talented designers.

Single Space - Residential GOLD AWARD Beverly Farrington, ASID, RID Accents of the South Huntsville

Temporary Space GOLD AWARD Lila Pryor-Frank, Allied ASID Huntsville

Single Space - Residential BRONZE AWARD H. Don Bowden, FASID, RID Bowden Architecture Mobile

Temporary Space BRONZE AWARD Perry Umphrey Umphrey Interiors Birmingham

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n October 2016, Auburn University hosted the Association of University Interior Designers’ (AUID) annual conference. AUID is a design association composed of designers who work for universities across the nation on a wide range of university projects. This was the first time in 10 years the conference was hosted in the Southeast. The week’s events included a private tour of Auburn’s football stadium, a look into Auburn’s design program, and an awards banquet in the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Throughout the week, the student committee strived to push the attendees to become more comfortable integrating technology and design. In order to do so, QR codes that linked key furniture pieces to their online databases were placed at each location the attendees visited. These codes played a great role in proving that technology such as the Internet help drive design. Another major goal for the conference was to build a social media presence for AUID. In efforts to demonstrate the importance of an online presence, a presentation on the power of social media was given on the opening night of the conference. There was a social media competition between the AUID attendees throughout the week where they documented their visit to auburn using the hashtag #auidfusion16. More information and images from the conference can be found by searching for the hashtag on Instagram.

During the vendor showcase, over 60 furniture dealers and representatives set up booths for the attendees to visit. Overall, the Association of University Interior Designers conference was a great opportunity for students and Auburn University’s Interior Design program.

Who was Daisy Bond, and what was her “gift”? A native of Texas, Daisy Houston Bond pursued her design education at several institutions. She received a Bachelor of Applied Arts from the Feather & Feather School of Design in Houston, Texas, and later studied at the University of Arkansas, University of Denver, and in Paris through an overseas program sponsored by the Parsons School of Design. Ms. Bond, an active member in ASID’s predecessor organization AID, moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1960, where she renewed her close association with design education. Later, moving to Tuscaloosa, she began working closely with design students at the University of Alabama, to increase their exposure to professional practice. ASID ALABAMA │ WINTER 2016 │ PAGE 18


Daisy Legacy

We were thrilled and honored to welcome Kristy Myers, Director of Development for the School of Human Sciences at Auburn University, to our Annual Member Meeting on February 10th in Mobile. Kristy was there to witness the Board vote for, and sign, a new scholarship to honor Mrs. Daisy Bond; a contract which she has been working on diligently in conjunction with Mary Rooney, ASID, RID, Chapter President and Bryant Williams, Chapter Administrator. The new scholarship will be awarded to a student in the interior design program, with a high GPA, and who exemplifies excellence as a well-rounded individual and leader. We’d like to invite our members to contribute to the future of the profession by donating to one of the Daisy Bond Student Scholarships. Your donation is tax deductible, and would help a deserving student achieve his or her dream. Support your Alma Mater...or...your favorite school. To donate, send a check to the following:

Auburn University

University of Alabama

CHS Development Office* Services c/o Kristy Myers 232 Spidle Hall Auburn, AL 36849




PO Box 870101 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

* Make check payable to Auburn University Foundation

We thought you might like to know some of the other ways Daisy’s gift is being used to support our student members.

There are currently 2 scholarships in Daisy’s name, one at Auburn University and one at the University of Alabama. PLUS, the are discussions to establish a scholarship to be given by the ASID Alabama chapter.


Annual competitions that recognize outstanding student design work, with trophies and monetary awards totaling over $5,000.00.

Financial support for each student chapter to send select members to SCALE, the national ASID Student Conference. Being held this year in Oklahoma.


A committee is being formed to develop new and innovative ways we can use Daisy’s gift to support, promote, and assist our student members.

Daisy Houston Bond called interior design student members of ASID “my children”, and was a charter member in the Benefactor’s Council of the ASID Educational Foundation. She offered encouragement and financial assistance to enable ASID Alabama to attain the highest level of scholarships and student awards. In 1999 Daisy Bond was nominated for, and received, the national ASID award of Honorary Fellowship. She was presented the award at a special luncheon in Tuscaloosa in 2000 by Juli Caitlin, ASID National President-elect. Upon her passing, she gifted our chapter with stock and investments, requesting that ASID continue her efforts to support the interior design students and profession in our state. Daisy’s wit, wisdom, and inspiration is greatly missed, but her legacy lives on.

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The Hall of Fame was established in 1985 by Interior Design to recognize the individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth and prominence of the design industry.

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From left to right: Lauren Soper, Lizelle Foose, Aubrey Buhl, Lindsay Rohrer, Jeremy Clark, and Caitlin McCallum. Photography by Keith Claytor/TimeFrozen."

Twelve seniors from Auburn University’s Interior Design program were selected to attend the 32rd Annual Interior Design Hall of Fame. Since 1985, Interior Design Magazine has hosted this event to honor and acknowledge individuals who have strikingly impacted the growth and prominence of the design industry. The event itself was held on November 30th in New York City’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. In that design is something that never sleeps, it was appropriate to honor the world’s greatest current designers in the city that never sleeps. The students stepped off of Park Avenue into the Waldorf Astoria, and entered a world of black-ties, ballgowns, fur coats and red lipstick. Maneuvering through the lobby, they basked in the classic and ornate design of the Waldorf. They soon found themselves conversing with distinguished designers such as Isay Weinfeld, Dag Folger, and Brad Zizmore. Others in attendance of the V.I.P reception included previous inductees, benefactors, editors, and members of the press. The main event was held in the three-story ballroom, the last time it would be hosted in this location since the hotel will be undergoing major renovations. The ceremony began with Cindy Allen, the editor of Interior Design Magazine, welcoming the hundreds of attendants, then introducing the 2016 inductees - Anda Andrei of Anda Andrei Design, Brad Zizmor and Dag Folger of A+I, Isay Weinfeld, and Cheryl Durst; an inspirational documentary of each inductee was shown prior to their acceptance. The students say they were humbled and grateful to have such an incredible design education, as well as professors who help them experience such events.


Anna Acuff, Auburn University Sabrina Angelo, Auburn University Taylor Arnett, University of Southern Mississippi Anna Atkins, University of Alabama Mary Bond Bailey, University of Alabama Alexandra Bakane, University of Alabama Caitlyn Baltas, Auburn University Brittany Berry, Art Institute of Pittsburgh Ashton Bobo, Auburn University Samantha Boyle, University of Alabama Emily Brown, Auburn University Meredith Brown, Auburn University Aubrey Buhl, Auburn University Christian Caldwell, Auburn University Jeremy Clark, Auburn University Sarah Cooper, University of North Alabama Parker Cutler, Auburn University Maleah Dorroh, University of Alabama Dazhi Dou, University of Alabama Kristin Duff, Auburn University Katie Duffey, University of Alabama Abby Duncan, University of Alabama Amy Dunlap, Auburn University Katherine Dunn, University of Alabama Shannon Edwards, University of Alabama Regan Elliott, Auburn University Bethany Elmore, University of Alabama Allison Elrod, Auburn University Mollie Farrimond, Auburn University Elizabeth Lee Fatzinger, Auburn University Brianna Foley, Auburn University Lizelle Foose, Auburn University Emily Forrester, Auburn University Caroline Franco, Auburn University Rachel Fritz, Auburn University Sara Gann, Mississippi State University Jordien Gasper, University of Alabama Audrey Gregory, Auburn University Kacie Griggs, Auburn University Virginia Grisham, University of Alabama Briana Guin, Auburn University Claire Gustafson, University of Alabama Meredith Hardin, Auburn University Cassidy Harrison, Auburn University Grace Harrison, Auburn University Joanna Hartzog, Auburn University Mary Heapy, Auburn University Audrey Hill, Auburn University Amelia Hoover, Auburn University Myranda Hovey, University of Alabama Mary Eugenia Hunt, Auburn University Gabrielle Ingros, Auburn University Carrie Beth Kerr, University of Alabama Margaret Killen, University of North Alabama Kitty King, Auburn University Anna Ladner, University of Alabama Anna Laneve, University of Alabama Lucia Linehan, Auburn University Ella Long, University of Alabama Katherine Mallett, Auburn University Brianna Manculich, Auburn University Danielle Maros, University of

Alabama Caroline Mathews, Auburn University Amber Mckinley, University of Alabama Katie Mcleod, Auburn University Katherine Mcnamara, Auburn University Savannah Melvin, University of Alabama Emily Mika, University of Alabama Allison Miller, Auburn University Sarah Mitchell, Auburn University Katherine Morris, Auburn University Lucy Neal, Auburn University Mary Marguerite Nickel, University of Alabama Allie O'Brien, University of Alabama Kylee Odom, Auburn University Amy Ogles, University of Alabama Cailin Olver, Auburn University Sarah Onks, University of Alabama Taylor Owens, Auburn University Erika Parker, Auburn University Dalton Parkman, Auburn University Lauren Parsons, Auburn University Maddie Perry, Auburn University Alex Phillips, Auburn University Margaret Price, University of Alabama Lydia Purcell, Auburn University Elizabeth Reed, Auburn University Molly Ridgeway, Auburn University Carly Roberts, University of Alabama Amber Robinson, Auburn University Kayla Russian, Auburn University Suzanne Sabia, University of Alabama Rachel Samaras, Auburn University Emily Schoen, University of Alabama Jackson Shell, Auburn University Sarah Shields, University of Alabama Ashleigh Shumake, University of North Alabama Rebecca Simon, University of North Alabama Abigail Slade, Auburn University Camille Smith, University of Alabama Rachael Snow, Auburn University Katherine Sotherland, University of Alabama Christy Spearman, University of North Alabama Catherine Tate, Auburn University Rachael Temple, Auburn University Rachel Temples, Auburn University Marissa Terracciano, University of Alabama Lauren Thomas, Auburn University Caroline Turner, Auburn University Anna Utley, Auburn University Elise Valliere, University of Alabama Diane Van Loan, Virginia College at Birmingham Bailey Vaughn, Auburn University Anna Claire Vawter, Auburn University Jesse Vohler, Auburn University Katelyn Walden, Auburn University Hannah Warriner, Auburn University Laura Watson, University of Alabama Morgan Witmer, University of Alabama Taylor Wolf, Auburn University Margaret Word, University of Alabama Terri Yates, Auburn University Laura Young, Auburn University Mekala Zadrozinski, Auburn University


By: Connie Holcombe, ASID, RID

I’m writing this tip to myself because I just know the rest of you are ultra-organized and can keep up with every minute you spend on a drawing between phone calls and answering “emergency” emails. So, when I’m all over the place and might get 15 solid minutes to work on a plan before the next catastrophe, keeping up with all these micro-sessions can be a little sketchy. Fortunately, AutoCAD planned for people like me and programmed into the software a time tracker. For all you organized people that are just curious, type “time” into the command prompt, and a box will open listing the following info down to the thousandth of a second.     

Current time (in case you don’t have a clock, or watch, or smart phone, or computer) When the drawing was created How much time has passed since you started the project (warning: this number might make you cringe) Total editing time (this tracks time drawing file spends open so leaving it open on your desk all day will seriously skew your numbers) Elapsed time (session timer that can be turned off/on and reset)

The only thing you need to remember is that AutoCAD is recording any time the drawing file is open. Even if you are just staring blankly at the screen or have run out for rescue coffee and left the drawing open. So in order for this time tracker to help, you just simply close the drawing when you are not working on it. But none of you will need this so…

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