Page 1

chapter insight inside: 2012-2013 Chapter Board connect event calendar Upcoming events

Summer 2012

Board of Directors President Megan Ebert, IIDA, RID - Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc. President Elect Paul LaBrant, IIDA, LEED AP - Parkhill Smith & Cooper Past President John DuBard, IIDA, AAHID, LEED AP - FKP Architects Vice President of Professional Development Carrie Condry, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C - Gene Burton & Associates Vice President of Membership Ashley White, IIDA, LEED AP, RID - Mdn Architects

In This Issue 2

Letter from the President


Event Calendar


2012-2013 Chapter Board


Membership Update


NCIDQ Study Courses


Past Events | Student Conference


Elite Partner Spotlight | JCS


Upcoming Events

11 Elite Partner Spotlight | OM Workspace 12 Industry Update 13 IIDA Award Winners 14 City Center Updates 17 Industry News 18 Members News

chapter insight team

Vice President of Communications Keesha Erdmann, IIDA - Group 4 Vice President of Associates Jill Hair, IIDA, RID - Group 4 Vice President of GRA, Oklahoma Molly Adams, IIDA - Crafton Tull & Associates Vice President of GRA, Texas Inda Hahn, IIDA, LEED AP Vice President of Campus Centers Karina Garza, IIDA, RID - Insite Architects Director of Education Kristi Gaines, Ph.D., IIDA, ASID, IDEC - Texas Tech University Director of Industry William (Kip) Altstaetter, Industry IIDA - The Kip Company Director Austin City Center Vivian Featherston, IIDA - GSC Architects Director Dallas Fort Worth City Center Reese White, IIDA, LEED AP - idGROUP

VP of Communications | Keesha Erdmann, IIDA President | Megan Ebert, IIDA, RID Chapter Administrator | Megan Carneiro

Director Houston City Center Shannah Thompson O’Neill, IIDA

On the cover:

Director San Antonio City Center Tara Mitchell, IIDA, LEED AP, RID - Insite Architects

Healthcare Design Excellence Award Winner Perkins + Will Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center

Director Oklahoma City City Center Amanda Lee, IIDA - Workplace Resource

Director Tulsa City Center Shannon Mitchener, IIDA, LEED AP - Matrix

president We have heard the saying “you never stop learning” and not until you’ve entered the work world do you really start to understand this statement. You’re no longer confined to the traditional education system counting down the minutes until the bell rings, but instead constantly gaining knowledge in other ways. These learning experiences come in many forms from many sources, and all of them help guide our professional development path. While serving the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Members, I’ve benefitted from a range of opportunities including continuing education, volunteer work, and networking, and I’ve been fortunate enough to see other Members grow and develop in their careers. In the 2011-2012 term, the Chapter hosted over 90 CEUs and educational programs in the City Centers and at METROCON. This Member benefit illustrates our Region’s commitment to personal professional development and the advancement of the Interior Design industry. In addition, the Chapter-wide NCIDQ Study Course was launched, which gives all our Members access to quality study material, course facilitators to guide them through the examination and registration process, and a network of peers striving for professional career advancement. Throughout the year, IIDA programs provide opportunities for Members to meet and network with others in the design community. Often the connections become mentors and mentees, colleagues, and friends. During the last several years, numerous Members have credited the connections they made through IIDA as helping them get a new job or land their first job. Of the friendships I’ve seen develop over the years, it’s the ones where people have worked together on committees, in design competitions, and saving products from the landfill that continue well after the experience. As a Member-Volunteer, the opportunities for growth are endless from honing collaboration and communication skills to planning and budgeting for an event. As my role on the Chapter Board transitions to Immediate Past President, I encourage all of you to find professional development opportunities in your community. Whether you help promote an educational program, invite a young designer to attend a Membership Drive, or decide this is the year you will give back and volunteer for a committee, thank you for letting IIDA be part of your experience.


TBD 19 27 25

July Austin City Center CEU Houston City Center Barrier Free CEU METROCON12 Online Pre-Registration Closes San Antonio City Center

August 9-10 METROCON12 | Dallas Market Hall 10 IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Annual Awards Gala | Westin Galleria Dallas 16 Austin City Center CEU 25 West Texas City Center Birthday Celebration | Kickoff Lunch September TBD West Texas City Center CEU 20 OKC City Center Industry Roundtable 20 OKC City Center Membership Drive 21 Houston City Center Art & Artifacts 26 Dallas Fort Worth City Center CEU | What Impact Does Furniture Have on the Various LEED Rating Systems? 28 Austin City Center Revolution Runway

11 11 11 18 18 19 20 27

October West Texas City Center CEU West Texas City Center Industry Roundtable West Texas City Center Membership Drive West Texas City Center Design EXPO at Texas Tech University IIDA Leaders Breakfast | Omni Hotel Dallas | Honoring Deborah Fuller, RID, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C and ID+C, USGBC LEED速 Austin City Center Membership Drive Austin City Center Industry Roundtable Austin City Center CEU Houston City Center Membership Event Houston City Center Industry Round Table OKC City Center CEU | The Cranbrook & American Modernism Presented by Knoll Austin City Center ZeroLandfill Austin City Center ZeroLandfill

8 15 15 16

November Austin City Center CEU OKC Project Tour | Devon Tower Houston City Center CEU Dallas Fort Worth City Center Lavish

13 13

December Austin City Center Holiday Charity Event Houston City Center Holiday Party


July 2012 S M T 1 2 3 8 9 10 15 16 17 22 23 24 29 30 31

W 4 11 18 25

Th F 5 6 12 13 19 20 26 27

S 7 14 21 28

August 2012 S M T W 1 5 6 7 8 12 13 14 15 19 20 21 22 26 27 28 29

Th F 2 3 9 10 16 17 23 24 30 31

S 4 11 18 25

September 2012 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 October 2012 S M T W Th F 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17 18 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 28 29 30 31

S 6 13 20 27

November 2012 S M T W Th F 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 20 21 22 23 25 26 27 28 29 30

S 3 10 17 24

December 2012 S M T W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Summer 2012 3

IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter 2012-2013 Chapter Board


The IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter 2012-2013 Board was inducted on July 12th at our Chapter Retreat. The Chapter Board is looking forward to working together and serving our membership in the coming year.

President Paul LaBrant, IIDA, LEED AP Parkhill Smith & Cooper West Texas

Past President Megan Ebert, IIDA Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc. Houston

VP of Communications Shannon Mitchener, IIDA, LEED AP Matrix AE Tulsa

VP of GRA Oklahoma Laura Tribble Ransom, IIDA Tribble Design, Inc. Oklahoma City

Director Austin City Center Joy Turman, IIDA Steelcase Austin

Director San Antonio City Center Ashley Voss, IIDA Villa Park San Antonio

VP of Membership Ashley White, IIDA, LEED AP Mdn Architects San Antonio

VP of Campus Centers Karina Garza, IIDA Insite Architects San Antonio

Director Dallas Fort Worth City Center Randy Malone, IIDA Interprise Dallas Fort Worth

President-Elect Vivian Featherston, IIDA GSC Architects Austin

VP of Professional Development Carrie Condry, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC Gene Burton & Associates Dallas Fort Worth

VP of Associates Jill Hair, IIDA Group 4 Dallas Fort Worth

VP of GRA Texas Inda Hahn, IIDA, LEED AP

Director of Education Melinda Lyon, IIDA Oklahoma State University Tulsa

Director Houston City Center Kristy Emmrich, IIDA Gensler Houston

Director Tulsa City Center Director West Texas City Center Samantha Zitter, IIDA, LEED AP Lacy Mangum, IIDA, LVN SAIC Parkhill Smith & Cooper Tulsa West Texas Summer 2012 4

San Antonio

Director of Industry ingrid Bender, Industry IIDA Standard Textile Company Houston

Director Oklahoma City City Center Amanda Lee, IIDA Workplace Resource Oklahoma City

Chapter Administrator Megan Carneiro


Membership Update Ashley White, IIDA, LEED AP, RID Mdn Architects VP of Membership

IIDA is the “Future of Design,” and we recognize that no one represents this better than our Student Members. The Association recognizes the influence that new designers have on the profession and targets Student Members with the information and events that will begin a successful career. With this in mind, IIDA is helping to serve the student population better by streamlining the transition from Student to Associate Member with a recent announcement. Current student membership will now run on the calendar year. Starting in 2013, all student memberships will follow the calendar year like the Professional Members.

The International Interior Design Association advances the profession of Interior Design through the progressive cultivation of innovative leadership and by constantly advocating for exceptional design. We work with you, and for you, to shape your future in design. Whether you are a student, a project manager, an entrepreneur, or a retired designer, IIDA has a membership level and privileges for you! Learn more by visiting or by contacting your City Center Membership Chair.

What that means to 2012 Student Members: all 2012 current Student Members will get an extension of their membership this year to run through December 2012. That’s 3 months of membership FREE! This is a great benefit for current student members! Be sure to take advantage and get involved with Texas Oklahoma Chapter.

Summer 2012 5

IIDA TX OK Chapter Membership By Member Type 12 215 236 1 23 494 317 1298

Affiliate Associate Industry Honorary Educator Professional Student Total

1% 17% 18% 0% 2% 38% 24% 100%

IIDA TX OK Launches A Chapter-Wide NCIDQ Study Course! Jill Hair, IIDA, LEED AP Group 4 VP of Associates

2. Online/Only Access: Participants will receive online access to study materials that include reading material, homework, practice tests and a full practice practicum (all with answers and solutions). Onsite class access or a hard copy of materials is NOT included.

It’s been no secret…our great Texas Oklahoma Chapter has excelled through our City Centers in offering our Associate Members the very best when it comes to preparing for the NCIDQ exam. At the grass roots effort, City Centers like Dallas Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio have independently produced successful study courses that, year after year, continually produced equally successful results for its participants. So, this time last year, I was approached with the question ‘Why can’t we combine all our City Center’s efforts and offer this material to all our Members across the Chapter?’. Sounded easy enough, right?! While we’ve seen our fair share of bumps in the road throughout this process, I’m so excited to announce that the course launched on July 16th across our Chapter, with registration beginning on June 28th. Our goal to offer the same information with the same format during the same time schedule is coming to life! Below are the class options that are launching for the Fall 2012 exam: 1. Onsite Class/Online Access: Onsite class access to include 10 weekly classes with verbal instruction from course facilitators. All 3 Sections will be covered that includes reading material, homework, practice tests and a full practice practicum. Participants will receive a hard copy of all course materials as well as online access to the materials for further studying. *This access is currently only offered in DFW, Houston & San Antonio City Centers.

3. Onsite Class/Section 3 Access: Onsite class access to include 4 weekly classes with verbal instruction from course facilitators that only concern Section 3 (last 4 classes of 10 week schedule). Participants will receive hard copy of practice practicum. *This access is currently only offered in DFW, Houston & San Antonio City Centers. Throughout this process, I have had the opportunity to witness what amazing volunteers we have and how committed they have been to making sure their City Center’s course was truly a success. I got to speak with Members that were course participants and the answer was always along the lines of ‘I felt completely prepared when I went to sit for the NCIDQ’ and ‘My course facilitators were very knowledgeable and their direction and teachings were invaluable to my success’. We are truly a part of the greatest Chapter! I would personally like to thank the NCIDQ Study Course Task Force participants that helped make this goal a reality – Ann Briganti (Houston), Rebecca Hupp (San Antonio), Rena Hardeman (DFW), Jennie Harden (DFW), Keesha Erdmann (Chapter) and Megan Ebert (Chapter). You all are the reason for our successes!!! Please visit our website for more information and up-to-date class descriptions, careers/study-courses-ncidq.

Summer 2012 6

past events

Student Conference 2012 On February 23-24th the IIDA Student Conference 2012 brought together students, professional, educators, and manufacturers’ representatives for two days of academic and professional enrichment. Students from 13 universities and Interior Design programs across Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana participated in tours throughout the Houston area. A select group of 36 students from 10 Interior Design programs were randomly paired to compete in a Design Charette that asked the teams to explore design solutions for the historic Allen’s Landing on Buffalo Bayou in Houston. Nine charette teams were given 4 hours to complete a design concept and illustrate it on a presentation board. Thursday afternoon began with tours of various Architecture & Design firms, furniture dealer showrooms, and projects that ranged from highend client offices to non-profit organizations. The day ended with the Industry Tabletop Expo which highlighted companies, universities, and organizations which gave the students an opportunity to network with Industry Professionals and to learn about the company/products Students line up for represented. afternoon tours

The 12th Annual Student Conference concluded with the Keynote Speaker Luncheon which featured Laura McDonald Stewart, founder of PLiNTH & CHiNTZ, the online Interior Design Magazine. Laura a Registered Interior Designer, presented “Connection Speed”, which explored ideas for quickly establishing your presence in the interior design industry. Networking and Volunteering were key points that she stressed could help to land job opportunities, as well as create friendships that will last through entire professional careers. The conference concluded with an awards cermony for scholarship and charette winners. The five 2012 Texas Oklahoma Chapter Scholarship winners were acknowledged and announced. Finally the three charette teams were recognized for their accomplishment, and the first place team was rewarded for their exceptional design concept. Hsin (Annie) Jsiao from Stephen F. Austin, Megan Funni from Texas State University, Judith Wishert from University of Texas at San Antonio, and Rashel Smith from University of North Texas were on the winning team. Thank you to all that particpated and volunteered for making Student Conference 2012 a huge success. We have bigger and better things planned for 2013, and we hope to see you there!

The second day of the conference started with a Panel Breakfast Discussion with distinguished and varied professional Interior Designers and Industry Members. Topics of the conversation typically involve the transition into the business world and current economic conditions for job placement. Students had the opportunity to learn from professionals during 101 Topic presentations and Portfolio Review sessions. The 101 Topics focused on three areas of career development. Fifty students participated in the portfolio review and were able to receive constructive criticism and advice fine tuning their representative work prior to entering the job market.

Student Charette Winners with Houston City Center Director Shannah O’Neill, IIDA and Director Elect Kristy Emmrich, IIDA

Summer 2012 7


A passionate supporter of IIDA, JCS is a commercial furniture dealership with a fun side. With modest origins in the early nineties, owners Blake Blazek and Mike Carr were two cranks of a three person machine. Along with Blake’s wife Lisa, the trio busily ran a moving and relocation services company with only the aid of a mini-van. While the three remain vital members of the JCS team today, they have grown the company to a vibrant and well-oiled machine of more than 50 employees and an allinclusive range of furniture services. As a Teknion Preferred Dealer and a Kimball dealer, JCS is consistently in the top 5 dealers in Houston for volume and sales of furniture. Working with reputable design firms and a wide range of clients, JCS provides customized furniture and services packages under the belief that the best design solutions flow from the collaboration of innovative ideas and exceptional materials While JCS places great importance on working hard to take care of their clients, they never turn down the chance to make a splash at a fun party or networking event. For many years, JCS has been a notable contributor to The IIDA Houston City Center and takes pride in having a hand in IIDA’s contributions to both the industry and the community. Not only did JCS fulfill the esteemed role of being the sole “Private Charter” underwriter for Product Runway 2012 volunteering resources and manpower, their own Laura Thompson co-chaired this year’s production. Part of the JCS mentality is that networking and letting loose do not have to be mutually exclusive and they even host their own famed Halloween party every year for the design community to get together for a high-energy, no-pressure night of dancing and libations, costumes not optional. The future of JCS is bright, with 2012 having thus far brought a handful of new employees with established roots in the industry and some exciting opportunities with clients new and old. Blake, Mike, Lisa and the rest of the team look forward to a productive and fruitful year in business. And to throwing the best Halloween party yet, of course.

JCS employees and IIDA committee volunteers prepare Product Runway 2012 VIP gift boxes.

Product Runway 2012 Volunteer Meeting at JCS showroom. JCS opens its showroom to IIDA for committee meetings and monthly events.

Summer 2012 8

Jessica Barrios presents the Best in Show Award at Product Runway 2012

The Texas Oklahoma Chapter will be honoring Deborah Fuller, RID, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C and ID+C, USGBC LEED® Faculty, a Registered Interior Designer with 30 years in the industry, Deborah Fuller has the type of broad-based experience that generates a unique, holistic approach to her work and demonstrates an involved, hands-on attitude in all phases of the design and construction process.

chapter events

Join Us on October 3, 2012 at the new Omni Dallas Hotel for IIDA Leaders Breakfast 2013. The Keynote Speaker will be cofounder of Method Products, Eric Ryan. When Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan founded Method, they used packaging stylish enough to showcase on the countertop and pleasant aromas such as green tea and cucumber to transform household products into must-have lifestyle accessories. And when they coined the phrase ‘People Against Dirty,’ they weren’t just talking about the stuff you track in on your shoes, they also meant the toxic chemicals that make up many household detergents. Currently, Method products are sold in over 25,000 retail locations in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Prior to founding Method, Eric spent over seven years in advertising, trend-spotting and brand positioning for high-end consumer brands including Gap, Old Navy and Saturn. By fusing his knowledge of fashion and design, Eric created a modern and stylish line of environmentally conscious surface products that are quickly finding their way to becoming permanent fixtures in homes around the world. Eric was ranked #1 speaker by 2009’s Masters of Marketing scores. Their first book, Squeaky Green, is an informative and completely entertaining room-by-room guide to giving dirty the boot. Packed with helpful tips and surprising facts, Squeaky Green is rehab for chemically dependant homes. Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Rhode Island. He currently resides in San Francisco with his wife Ingrid and two children, Anya and Mattius.

Deborah Fuller has collaborated on many awardwinning LEED projects and has written, prepared and presented on multiple green building topics. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with the LEED certification process and has successfully facilitated and consulted on over 45 LEED projects across multiple rating systems. Deborah’s work as a green building consultant and materials expert demonstrates an unwavering commitment to improve the quality of occupants’ working and living environments. This passion, guided by her integrity, creativity and mentoring, characterizes Deborah’s approach to green building and assists design team integrate sustainable principals and strategies. She coordinates sustainability efforts across several disciplines and multiple HOK offices, teaches LEED training workshops and speaks frequently on sustainable construction, business practices and LEED implementation. Deborah has been a project designer for a wide variety of interiors projects and large complex furniture and furnishings packages. In addition, she is a past Board of Director for the North Texas USGBC Chapter, past IIDA Dallas Fort Worth City Center Sustainable Director and on the Advisory Board for Collin College Sustainable Curriculum program and participated on the LEED CI 2.0 Exam Prep team. Deborah is part of the HOK Sustainable Leadership Team, Sustainable Curriculum Team and Sustainable Materials Content Expert. Dallas is fortunate to be one of nine cities across the US and Canada participating in the series, which benefits the IIDA Foundation. The IIDA Foundation is a not-for-profit (501c3), philanthropic organization whose primary mission is to advance Interior Design through education, research, and knowledge to benefit IIDA and the Interior Design profession. Within the Texas Oklahoma Chapter, the Education Fund supports activities directly related to the advancement of students pursuing degrees in Interior Design in the states of Texas and Oklahoma. Since its establishment in 2006, the Texas Oklahoma Education Fund has awarded over $75,000 in scholarship monies to 26 aspiring Interior Designers.

Summer 2012 9

METROCON12 Expo & Conference: Breaking Records in Its 10th Year Serving the A&D Industry METROCON is having a spectacular year, and you are going to want to be a part of it. The official close of booth sales was June 22, but METROCON sold out its 388 available booths on June 6, beating it by a record 16 days. If the organizers hadn’t added 19 booths to the floor this year, booths would have sold out on May 16. Not only have the trade show’s exhibitor sales been breaking records, but the two-day event also received 20% more continuing education presentation submissions than it did in 2011. Now in its 10th year, METROCON Expo & Conference has established a solid reputation as an exceptionally affordable and vital business- and career-building venue for the Architecture & Design industry. Interior designers, architects, facility managers, students, and other vital design industry members convene to learn more about, establish contacts within and see what’s new in the corporate, residential, hospitality, multifamily, retail, healthcare, and institutional design fields. The convention serves as a model for industry collaboration as it is organized through landmark volunteer partnership between IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter and the Texas Chapter of ASID. Due to the extreme dedication of a handful of volunteers who make up the METROCON Committee, as well as the generosity of a variety of show sponsors – including 2012 Media Sponsor, Design Guide – prices for both Exhibitors and Attendees are exceedingly low relative to similar events around the USA. METROCON12 will take place at Dallas Market Hall [2200 Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX] on Thursday, August 9 & Friday, August 10, 2012. With 250+ exhibitors in 350+ booths and 50+ CEU's, the event is a valuable networking hub for the regional design community and beyond. So join your peers at METROCON12! Visit the METROCON Expo & Conference website to find out more details, including a real-time exhibitor list, two-day schedule, discount travel information, social networking links, and more:


Join us on Friday, August 10, 2012 at the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Annual Awards Gala. We will present the Design Excellence Awards as well as present the Chapter Volunteers of the Year, City Center Volunteers of the Year, City Center Underwriters of the Year, Chapter Partner of the Year Award, and the highly coveted Pinnacle Award. The Pinnacle Award is the highest honor IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter can bestow upon a design firm. The award is granted only to firms that have consistently contributed to the highest aspiration of the profession, community and IIDA while remaining committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in Interior Design. The IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Annual Awards Gala will return to the Westin Galleria in Dallas for a night to honor our fellow Members and Partners and to have some fun as well! Once again, we will have fashions from around the Chapter’s fashion shows showcased at the beginning of the evening. Register online at

iida chapter awards


Summer 2012 10


OMWorkspace prides itself on being the only true national furniture dealer in the office furniture industry. OM is a comprehensive resource that our community can turn to for ALL aspects of workspace planning and design. As a part of our industry partnership, we have committed to IIDA sponsorship on a national level. All OM field personnel are not only members as an organization, but as full card carrying members. We understand the importance of design and the organizations that support the design industry are critical to our success. With this commitment comes an active role in our local representation. Within the TexasOklahoma Chapter we have two team members that have served or are currently serving on the Council for Houston City Center. Crystal Lowe served as Communication Chair in 2008 & 2009, as well as Industry Chair in 2009/10. Jeremy Dicks served as Underwriter Chair in 2011/12 and is currently serving as Industry Chair for 2012/13. Evelyn Band, Beth Moher, & Jeremy Dicks served on the volunteer committee for Product Runway 2012. OM Workspace Houston has invested as underwriter for two years with Product Runway and Arts & Artifacts, as well as sponsored a photo booth for the 2011 event. We have been a title sponsor for MetroCon in 2009/10, as well as had the pleasure of being awarded the Texas Oklahoma Chapter Sponsor of the year for 2010. OM Workspace Houston continues to invest not only in the IIDA organization, but in its growth locally. We have added some extremely experienced and passionate members to an already dynamic group of professionals, of which includes our new Houston team leader Keith Hall. We have the distinct pleasure of announcing some new and exciting evolution of ours in the Houston market. OM Workspace will be occupying our new space at 3 Post Oak Central, Ste. 100 in the Galleria. David Euscher, Marissa Yu, Monica Hurley, and Kari Brown of Page Southerland Page make up the design team for our new space. Stay tuned for details about our Open House Event in the fall. The launching of our own facebook page will be ready to make its debut in the next few months as well! The level of commitment that we extend to the design community is unparalleled nationally, and part of our culture. We feel strongly that it is our responsibility to support the IIDA community, thus OM Workspace continues to contribute at an Elite level of membership.

Summer 2012 11


Dear Industry Partners, Wow, what a great group of industry professionals that I have had the honor to work and play with for the last couple years. Please accept my most heartfelt appreciation for all the support you have given the IIDA TX OK Chapter. Your muscle as well as your financial support makes our industry and association one of the strongest in the world. The IIDA TX OK Chapter is truly the best – and you personally and professionally made it possible! As the summer’s heat sets in, my terms as Industry Director end. As I pass the torch, please reach out and give your support for my sucessor Ingrid Bender. Ingrid’s enthusiasm and passion trumps anything I can offer. She is ready to support you as an ear and mouthpiece for all IIDA TX OK industry partners. If you have any feedback, compliments and/or suggestions, go ahead and connect with Ingrid at 713-584-3775 or ibender@standardtextile. com. She eagerly wants to hear from you. Ingrid and Vivian Featherston your Chapter PresidentElect will be contacting you for your valued and continued support for 2013. We hope you will open your arms to their correspondence and fresh ideas. Attached are some other great ways you can stay involved and connected. We also hope everyone will consider an industry membership in 2013! You can always contact me with your ideas and feedback. Thank you and with respect, Kip Altstaetter, Industry IIDA CS Gulf Coast, a division of The KipCo 713-302-9060 |

BE an IIDA Member – Membership rewards are detailed on the website: Membership includes free entry to most events. BE an IIDA TX OK Chapter Partner – Partnership provides many benefits, for details www.iida-tx-ok. org including free entry to most events. BE an IIDA Event Underwriter – You and your organization can help underwrite by contributing funds and/or in-kind donations to make each event a success. BE an Advocate – Support Governmental & Regulatory Affairs to further the standing of Interior Design Coalitions in both Texas www.supporttaid. org and Oklahoma BE a Mentor - Your organization can mentor a student or speak to a student class. Our future is in front of us! BE Philanthropic - Use your get-up-and-go and volunteer to work with your City Center’s charity of choice. Our charities need your contributions and collaborative oomph to achieve their goals. BE an Educator - Each City Center is always looking for unique CEU opportunities to provide their members. If your company offers a CEU opportunity, offer those ideas to your City Center Council. BE Green - Support your City Center’s sustainability efforts by recycling, conserving water, carpooling, and/or planting a tree. BE the Brawn - Roll up your sleeves and be an IIDA Volunteer. Please contact one of our council members for volunteer opportunities. From helping at the events to graphic design, you too can get involved. BE the Buzz - Create a buzz about each program or event. Forward your event e-blasts to friends, clients and co-workers. Talk up your events. BE an IIDA FAN – Social Media is a great way to keep up with the latest IIDA events, photos and forums.

Summer 2012 12


2012 IIDA Chapter Awards The IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter is the proud recipient of three Chapter Awards. The Chapter won Excellence in GRA Activities and Excellence in Membership Marketing and an Honorable Mention in Excellence in Programs - City Centers Category. The IIDA Chapter Awards recognize outstanding achievement in specialty categories and are designed to encourage IIDA Chapters to develop and maintain excellence in their work to enhance the profession at the local level. The specialty categories include Community Service, Membership Marketing, Cross Media Interactions, GRA Activities, Forum & Educational Activities, Chapter Website, Excellence in Programs (Chapter/City Center/Campus Center), Graphics (Special Events/ Overall Branding), and Chapter of the Year (Large/Small). Congratulations to the Chapter Board, City Center Volunteers, and Members who worked throughout the year to strengthen the regional community and share the IIDA vision!

Paul LaBrant, IIDA, 2011-2012 IIDA TX OK Chapter President Elect accepting the IIDA Excellence in Membership Chapter Award at the IIDA Annual Meetin in Chicago

NeoCon Students Congratulations to Texas Tech University student John Botello and his team for winning the IIDA Student Design Charette at NeoCon in Chicago. John was just one of 12 students throughout the the country that was chosen to particpate! A distinguished jury of designers, architects and industry leaders judged the submission. Thank you John for representing the Texas Tech University Campus Center and the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter!

John Botello’s winning design charette

Gerardo Razo a student in the University of Texas at San Antonio interior design color and light class submitted a table top design for a FurnitureLab NeoCon 2012 Table Design Contest. This year’s theme was “Re-Imagining the Breakroom.” Gerardo was one of 5 contestants and is now the winner. Congratulations Gerardo! You can see Gerardo’s entry at Thank you Gerardo for representing the UTSA Campus Center and the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter! Gerardo Razo accepting his award for “Re-Imagining the Breakroom” Summer 2012 13

city centers

Vivian Featherston, IIDA, RID City Center Director GSC Architects

Austin City Center has been rockin' and rollin' all through spring and into summer. By the numbers, here is what the group has been up to.

Since January 2012 the City Center has had eight continuing education units, two project tours, one silent auction fundraiser, one student show, and two Zero Landfill weekends. The silent auction fundraiser was able to raise $2,000 for Austin Dog Rescue and TAID. Zero Landfill was able to divert 28,000 lbs in two Saturdays, and to date Austin City Center has donated over $2,000 to TAID. The City Center’s membership is up from the past few years. 167 Members call Austin home: 38% are students, 31% are Professionals, 11% are Industry Members, 14% are Associates, 3% are Dealer representatives, 2% are Educators, and 2% are Affiliate Members. Way to go Austin City Center and Campus Centers! A huge shout out is needed for our wonderful event underwriters. THANK YOU! Events would not be possible without your support.

RTKL model walks the runway and strikes a pose as “The Ugly Duckling” at the Dallas Fort Worth 2nd annual fashion show, CRE8 2012.”

BethAnn Kessel, Industry IIDA City Center Communications Chair Business Interiors The Dallas Forth Worth City Center’s largest fundraiser and annual fashion show in April was a huge success with over 550 in attendance and a fabulous show of some of the talent in the City Center! On June 12th the City Center hosted a SNEAK PEAK tour of Baylor Medical Center at McKinney, designed by RTKL. Attendees were able to tour various spaces of the recently completed, 95 bed medical center beginning in the large public lobby, through the patient floors, ICU, maternity unit, surgery, labs, dining, chapel and more. Members also invested their time in supporting Dwell with Dignity, whose mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design; one household at a time. And back by popular demand, IIDA DFW City Center hosted a Performance at the Wyly Theater on July 11th. We are all looking forward to another successful METROCON12 in August followed by the IIDA TX OK Chapter Annual Awards Gala.

Many attended Zero Landfill's upcycle day at Workplace Resource's warehouse. Members of the community rushed the upcycle boxes in search for items to reuse. Summer 2012 14

Shannah O’Neill, IIDA, RID City Center Director PR 2012 IIDA Houston City Center’s 4th Annual Product Runway Philanthropic Runway Show benefits the Houston Furniture Bank, a non-profit organization that provides a more comfortable and livable environment, making empty houses into homes for Houston's needy families. This year, over 1100 or Houston's A&D community helped raise almost $15,000 to further the endeavors of The Furniture Bank. 2012 TRAVELING TRENDS, An International Look at Fashion, showcased 22 design teams from Houston interior design and architecture firms; which were challenged to design and construct a couture garment using interior design materials provided by their randomly paired Industry Partners. The teams worked with their partners to choose materials to celebrate their design and toiled tirelessly to construct the garment for the team model to present on the runway of the event, May 11.

2012 Best of Show - Team Gensler

Shae Wick (Maharam), Amanda Lee (Workplace Resource), Carissa Newcomb (Tandus), Marci Cather (MDC Wallcoverings), Kyla Newcomb (Loves Corporation)

Amanda Lee, IIDA City Center Director Workplace Resource The Oklahoma City City Center is off to an amazing year! The City Center kicked off the year with a CEU, shortly followed by Student Day, in conjunction with ASID. This was a great opportunity for students who could not travel to The IIDA Student Conference held in Houston. In March, the City Center held the first breakfast event, Kick Off To Spring-Fling. The event had a great turnout and positive feedback, and are planning to hold one breakfast event annually. Next came a trip to the capitol for Capitol Days, with OIDC. The group was even lucky enough to have a few Chapter Board Members here showing their support. In April the city Center held its Casino Night event! It was a great success! Forty youth polo shirts $1,000 were collected to donate to Youth Services of Oklahoma County, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids graduate high school and becoming successful adults. Next the City Center enjoyed a project tour at OU College of Architecture & Design, and the ever popular annual Bowl-A-Rama in June. Happy summer everyone!

Summer 2012 15

city centers

Tara Mitchell, IIDA, RID, LEED AP City Center Director Insite Architects The IIDA San Antonio City Center has had a very busy 2012 so far! Following the Good Design Event in February that benefited Say Si as well as TAID, the City Center featured several CEU's and held the annual major gala event, Imagine That, in May. The fashion show theme of Imagine That this year was recreated with a Canine twist. The design competition featured fashions entirely modeled by dogs! Contestants were required to design a “couture� outfit for their four-legged model, and then strut their stuff on the runway to benefit a fantastic cause. The event also included an additional mini competition with small art pieces designed by local students and artists. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefited the Converse Animal Shelter. Stay tuned for more exciting events to come in San Antonio this summer, including an Eames Movie night (in conjunction with the AFSA) and a LEED Project Tour!

Christina Fuertes of Texas Wilson and her dog, Caramel, are "working it" on the Canine Couture runway. Cara is modeling her Fiesta parade-float-themed ensemble.

We thank our Elite Underwriter, ISC Surfaces, for providing the beer flights. From left to right: Christy Gillespie, Sarah Vespasian, ISC, Angie Kerschen, ISC, Haley Hamel, TRI-KES.

Shannon Mitchener, IIDA, LEED AP City Center Director MATRIX Tulsa's first annual Spring Fling and Beer Flights provided a new flavor to the City Center bringing the design community together for a fun social networking event. This event, however, served more than just beer flights! Proceeds from the event went toward OIDC and Tulsa's local Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. The event was held at McNellie's Sidebar in downtown Tulsa, a perfect spot for good food and beer sampling! Each person was provided with three flights of beer, a variety of food was served buffet style to enjoy with the brews and many auction items were raffled off throughout the evening. ISC Surfaces was the Elite Underwriter of the evening and every attendee received a beer stein with the ISC and IIDA Texas Oklahoma Association logos on it. We thank all those in attendance and look forward to what this event can transform into during the upcoming years. Look for the upcoming events calendar for Tulsa City Center, including the annual Membership Drive later this summer.

Summer 2012 16

industry news

Lacy Mangum, IIDA, LVN City Center Director-Elect Parkhill Smith & Cooper The West Texas City Center’s most recent event, the Annual Auction, RED ALL OVER, was a huge success! With over 40 in attendance wearing red dresses to red ties, it was by far the City Center’s greatest event of the year. Attendees even enjoyed the evening’s specialty red drink, cape cods! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to TAID to support legislative efforts in the upcoming years. Thanks to all the underwriters for making this possible! Upcoming events include “City Center Week” in October!

Royer & Schutts Commercial Interiors is pleased to announce Cathryn Dail, as our new A & D Liaison. Cathryn joined our company 7 years ago as an Interior Designer. She will be responsible for developing new opportunities with the A&D community, including educational CEU credit programs. Horizon Italian Tile is now open in Houston! Our new showroom is located at 2702 W. Alabama, just west of Kirby. Bryan Dye, Ed Gonzales and Amy Trevino invite you to see the most extensive collection of Italian Porcelain Tile, Glass and Stone in the city! Showroom Hours: M-F 9-5 ph 713.523.4500 Hawa Americas Inc. is pleased to annouce the addition of Shelley Nunley. Shelley is a former business owner with over twenty years experience in commercial build-outs and technical installations across North America. She is joining the team as the Architectural Representative. McCoy Workplace Solutions and Rockford Business Interiors, have both received the 2012 Steelcase Platinum Partner Award. Steelcase awards this honor to dealers who demonstrate outstanding service, community involvement, continuing education and a commitment to going green. Less than 15 percent of Steelcase’s dealers receive the award. The KipCo and CS Gulf Coast have opened their new resource library at 7155 Old Katy Road, Suite S104, Houston Texas 77024. We invite all designers, architects, facility managers, industry partners and friends to stop by for a cold drink and conversation. Check us out! TRI-KES is proud to lead as the first to qualify for wallcovering sustainability standard NSF/ANSI 342. This standard is the first of its kind in the world and gives the A&D community a way to easily identify third-party certified, sustainable and environmentally preferable wallcoverings. The Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS) held its 16th annual Gala honoring the 2011 accomplishments of Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) and supporting corporations. Kathy White, CEO of Business Interiors was awarded WBE Volunteer of the Year.

Whitney Mansell, Lacy Mangum and Stephanie Laughlin interrupt the fun just for a few minutes for a great photo op!

Wilson Office Interiors is on the MOVE…..just across the parking lot to Suite 105 (next door to the fabulous new Allsteel showroom) at 1444 Oak Lawn Avenue in Dallas. Come visit us when you’re in the neighborhood!

Summer 2012 17

members news

Abel Design Group welcomes the newest additions to our team - Darayus Kolah and Christopher Hale! Darayus joins us as an Associate Principal with more than 22 years experience in the business. Chris has 7 years of experience in Architecture and Interiors and will serve as a Senior Designer. Interprise Designs is pleased to announce the following promotions: Kaye McCallum - President; Paul Osborn & Melissa Chrietzberg - Principal; Kris Lee - Technical Director; Holley Higgins Project Manager; Jenny Barclay - Assistant Project Manager; Randy White & Kimberley Bollinger Project Coordinator; and our New Hire: English Minter - Designer Harris Design, a Dallas based Interior Architectural Design firm, has hired Glen Jones, RID, IIDA as Director of New Business, and Michal Boothe, RID as Project Designer. Harris Design recently relocated into new offices in The Centrum. Perkins+Will’s design of the Dallas Peston Royal Replacement Branch Library won the “On The Boards” category in the ALA IIDA National Design Competition. Honoring excellence in library interior design, the project will be featured in Contract Magazine and American Libraries Magazine, among others. Gardner Vass, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined the Dallas office of Perkins+Will, relocating from the Charlotte, North Carolina location. An Associate and Senior Interiors Project Designer with 18 years experience, Gardner will lead the Dallas Corporate + Commercial interiors practice for Perkins+Will. Rees Associates, Inc. (REES) is pleased to announce the election of Allan Parr, AIA, LEED AP to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Parr assumes the role from REES’ founder and current Chairman, Dr. Frank W. Rees, Jr., AIA, LEED AP. Curtis Group Architects recently completed the 15,500 SF North Dallas Medical Center, which includes the Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Center for Spine Care, and Radiology Associates’ Prestonwood Imaging Center. Curtis Group Architects (CGA) recently completed the 90,000 SF Waccamaw Medical Office Building, home to more than a dozen specialty physician practices, which complements the 167-bed Waccamaw Community Hospital, designed by CGA. Studio 11 Design is pleased to announce the addition of Tracy Melton to the design team.

Sylvie Bucci, RID has joined FKP Interiors as Vice President and Senior Interior Designer. Bucci has more than 16 years of in-depth design experience in various practice areas including healthcare. The lauckgroup is pleased to announce two new promotions: Kate Crumrine(Austin) & Germame Hailu (Dallas) have been promoted to Associate of the firm. Projects: Scott Douglas McConnico, Sunpower, HarrisFinley- Bogle, Newmark Grubb & Ellis, 777 Main Lobby, Ft. Worth GSC Architects is excited to announce that Vivian Featherston has accepted the position of PresidentElect for the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter. We are very proud of the commitment she has shown to IIDA through the years and want to congratulate and give her our full support over the next 3 years. Studio B Design Group is excited to welcome Kaitlyn Johnson to our staff! Kaitlyn is a recent graduate from the Art Institute of Dallas. She brings 5 years of previous internship experience, fantastic organizational skills, and an eternally upbeat attitude. We can’t wait to all she will accomplish. Studio 11 Design has recently completed the Fairmont Heritage Place renovation in Santa Fe, NM and has been awarded the first branded hotel in Haiti -the Best Western Premier. Perkins+Will Houston office was recently awarded the IFMA Global Headquarters Relocation project. Juliè Gauthier, IIDA, LEED AP will lead the design team as the Project Designer to provide IFMA - the world’s largest international association for professional facility managers - with a new workplace. The Perkins+Will Dallas office recently announced 2012 promotions for the following IIDA members: Amber Pickett, Interior Designer II; Courtney Johnston, Senior Associate; Gardner Vass, Associate:John Smith, Senior Associate John DuBard, IIDA, AAHID, LEED AP has joined FKP Interiors as Vice President and Lead Interior Designer. DuBard, brings more than 20 years of experience in client-driven, user-focused planning and interior design services to the FKP team. He will be based in the firm’s Dallas office. Curtis Group Architects is pleased to announce the addition of interior design coordinator Katlin Beecherl to its Dallas team. hospitality, and workplace. She will be based in the firm’s Houston office.

Summer 2012 18

1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy Ste 100 Dallas TX 75201


SOCIAL MEDIA Crossville Inc.,



Allsteel, Bentley Prince Street, Furniture Marketing Group, G.L. Seaman & Company, Herman Miller Inc., Hossley Lighting Associates, J. Tyler, KI, McCoy Workplace Solutions/McCoy Floor Coverings/Rockford Business Interiors, The Mohawk Group/Daltile, Patcraft, Shaw Contract Group, Tandus Flooring, Teknion, Vector Concepts


3form, Business Interiors, Colt Industries, Connectrac, Cronan & Associates, Horizon Italian Tile, Inc. Humanscale, InterfaceFLOR, J&J/ Invision, Mannington Commercial, MDI Resources, Milliken, Office Pavilion, Paoli, Inc., Professional Furniture Consultants, Southwest Solutions Group, TRIKES

SILVER 3M Architectural Markets, Armstrong,

Bauhaus, BKM Total Office of Texas, Business Interiors by STAPLES, Columbia Forest Products, Concept Surfaces, Danika + Company LLC, Debner + Company, Forbo Flooring Systems, The Gunlocke Company, Hart Associates, HAWA Americas Inc, Haworth, J Fyffe Company, Kenmark, Kimball Office, Knoll, KSM Associates, National Office Furniture, nora systems Inc, The OFIS, P.S. Gerry, Inc., Philadelphia and Queen Commercial by Shaw, Reid-Cooper Associates, Royer & Schutts Commercial Interiors, The Spencer Company, Skyline Art Services, USG Interiors Inc, Vanguard Environments, Wilson Office Interiors, Workplace Resource Group

IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Insight  

Summer 2012 IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Newsletter

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you