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chapter insight inside: Annual Awards Gala METROCON13

Winter 2014

Board of Directors President Vivian Featherston, IIDA | GSC Architects President Elect Keesha Erdmann, IIDA | Cronan & Associates Past President Paul LaBrant, IIDA, LEED AP | GSC Architects Vice President of Professional Development Kelly Ryan, IDA, LEED AP ID+C | Intertech Flooring Vice President of Membership Erin Rinehardt, IIDA | Leo A. Daly Vice President of Communications Shannon Mitchener, IIDA, LEED AP | Matrix

In This Issue 2

Letter from the President


Event Calendar


2014 Chapter Partnership


Membership Update


Student Conference Preview


Leaders Breakfast Recap



11 Annual Awards Gala and DEA Recap 13 Legislative Update 14 City Center Updates 18 Industry News 18 Members News

Vice President of Associates Kristy Emmrich, IIDA, RID, LEED AP | Gensler Vice President of GRA, Oklahoma Laura Tribble Ransom, IIDA | Tribble Design, Inc. Vice President of GRA, Texas Becky Blackhall, IIDA, LEED AP | Sixthriver Architects Vice President of Campus Centers Stephanie McPeak, IIDA | Texas Christian University Director of Industry Allison Vaughan, Industry IIDA | Humanscale Director Austin City Center Ashley Barnett Griffith, IIDA, RID, LEED AP, EDAC | Haworth Director Dallas Fort Worth City Center Angela Crum, IIDA | RTKL Associates, Inc. Director Houston City Center Joanna Prazak, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C | Contract Resource Group

chapter insight team

VP of Communications | Shannon Mitchener, IIDA President | Vivian Featherston, IIDA President Elect | Keesha Erdman, IIDA Past President | Paul LaBrant, IIDA Megan Romboletti | Chapter Administrator

On the cover:

Corporate Design Excellence Award Winner Gensler Devon Energy Center Headquarters

Director Oklahoma City City Center Laura Sesock, Industry IIDA | Office Interiors Director San Antonio City Center Jennifer Abilez, IIDA | Steak ‘n Shake Director Tulsa City Center Samantha Zitter, IIDA, LEED AP (ID+C) | W Designs Director West Texas City Center Stephanie Laughlin, IIDA, RID | TTU Housing Services Facility

president Greetings TX OK! My involvement with IIDA has spanned over a period of six years, and in that time I have had the ability to witness and be a part of the growth and development of the Texas Oklahoma Chapter. The changes haven’t happened automatically nor have they occurred overnight. It has been through an ever evolving process developed by its members and hardworking volunteers. Your creativity, compassion, and involvement are unmatched which is why I'm honored to serve as your Chapter President. At the annual awards gala in August the Chapter was able to recognize excellently designed projects, highlight the volunteerism of its members, and recognize the outstanding efforts of its city centers. We were able to honor eight Design Excellence Award winners and seven honorable recipients. I should mention that one Design Excellence and one Honorable Mention award recipients were each student members, amazing! The Partner of Year award is the greatest way the Chapter can show its appreciation to a Chapter Partner that has gone above and beyond in its efforts for the Chapter and its City Centers. The Chapter also had the honor and privilege of presenting Haworth the Partner of the year award. The strength of the chapter is not its numbers; it is the heart and dedication of its volunteers. This year Daphne Yaunidis, Cari Johnson, Amanda Lee, Jessy Fuller, Stephanie Fallon, Jill Ibison Vessels, Karina Garza, and Inda Hahn all earned the rank of Chapter Volunteer of the Year. I hope that you all were able to view the full recap in the first ever Gala Publication. If not, please take a moment to check it out on the IIDA Texas Oklahoma webpage. The past few months have been both exciting and interesting with regards to legislative activity in the state of Texas. The actions of the registered professionals have proven to be strong and unified and we were able to show ourselves in full force to the Sunset Committee during the public hearings. We were able to keep the professional and regulation of Registered Interior Designers intact, however legislative results and writings leave lingering questions from many of the members and registered professionals. Please check out the GRA section of the publication as it sheds light on these subjects. Our Chapter is great because of the traits and skills of its members. You all are trend setters, leaders, creators, visionaries, and truly irreplaceable. Thank you for making the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter and its City Centers strong! The Chapter Board and I look forward to working with you for the rest of this year and into 2014. Sincerely,

Vivian Featherston


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January Tulsa ADA CEU Dallas Fort Worth CEU “Advancing Sustainability Through Product Performance and Transparency” - Fort Worth West Texas CEU Dallas Fort Worth CEU “Healthy Indoor Air Quality by Design” - Carrollton Houston TAID Chili Cook Off Dallas Fort Worth CEU “Indoor Air Quality and Healing Environments” Dallas Oklahoma City CEU

February San Antonio GRA Event Oklahoma City Project Tour Tulsa OIDC Carnival Family Fun Event Dallas Forth Worth IIDA Forum Speaker Tour “Brand Endurance, Brand Equity, Brand Excellence” West Texas CEU 11 20-21 IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Student Conference 14 | Houston 5 6 7 10

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March Austin TAID Capitol Day Oklahoma City Austin San Antonio Volunteer Day West Texas CEU Houston Project Tour | Dress for Success Dallas Fort Worth Project Tour | Kimbell Art Museum Renzo Piano Addition

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April San Antonio CEU Day Dallas Fort Worth Lavish 2014 Gemstones Houston Product Runway Oklahoma City Casino Party

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May Dallas Fort Worth ZeroLandfill Houston Credits and Cocktails CEU San Antoino Imagine That For more information go to our Chapter Online Events Calendar:

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IIDA + INDUSTRY PARTNERS = The Perfect Pair! It is not too late to “pear” up as an IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Partner! Contact for more information. Thank you to all of our Partners that took advantage of the Early Bird Discount and a huge shout out to our 2 Elite Partners, JCS and CRG!!

WHY are YOU and IIDA the PERFECT PAIR? Well it’s simple…. -Exclusive advertising to the Texas Oklahoma design community -Endless networking opportunities -Discounts! Discounts! Discounts! -Special recognition at ALL IIDA events -FREE admission into City Center Monthly Meetings as a badge holder * -Ability to post company’s employment opportunities on the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter website -Company logo displayed on the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter website with a link to your representatives’ emails -Connecting YOU to your clients! *City Center Monthly Meetings may include special events such as concerts, plays, tours, etc. that may require additional purchase not included in your Monthly Meeting free admission package.

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Making your IIDA Membership Work for You • Study Abroad Program Scholarship** – One (1) Grant available per year, totaling $3,000 for graduate and undergraduate students in their 3rd or 4th years at CIDA accredited universities

Erin Rinehardt, IIDA VP of Membership Leo A. Daly It’s that time of year again…time to renew your IIDA Membership. As we all know, we wouldn’t have an organization without our members. We want to thank each and every one of you for making IIDA who we are today, an organization of more than 13,000 design professionals in 33 Chapters globally! Be sure to log on to the IIDA website and renew so you don’t miss out on the great events coming soon to your City Center. In the last couple of months each City Center in the Texas Oklahoma Chapter has hosted their annual “Sweet Deal” Membership Drive. Each City Center invited both members and non-members to enjoy food and drinks while they networked and learned about the benefits of IIDA.

New Member Award** – Each City Center awards one new Professional Membership and one new Associate Membership. Fourteen (14) new Memberships in all!

Renewing Membership Lottery** – Each City Center nominates one outstanding associate or professional member to be eligible for one (1) randomly selected free membership

IDCEC approved CEU programs & Project Tours

Access to the IIDA Job Bank – Access to job listings both locally and nationally through the IIDA Chapter website

• Design Matters newsletter – A bimonthly electronic newsletter to keep you in the loop We all know that networking is one of the greatest about IIDA happenings around the country benefits of being a part of this organization, but here is a reminder of some of the other Membership benefits: • IIDA Mentoring Week – Student members are paired with local design and industry • NCIDQ Tuition Reimbursement* - Eligibility professionals to gain interior design experience for a twice annual award for a complete reimbursement for Associate Members who • IIDA Student Conference – Two days of academic successfully complete the NCIDQ exam and professional enrichment for students of universities and interior design programs across • NCIDQ Award** – Eligibility for a twice annual Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas award for one of seven (7) awards given annually And that’s just the beginning….. •

Sustainable Education Fund*- Eligibility for a twice annual award for reimbursement of LEED exam fees for those who have successfully passed the accreditation exam

Credentialing Award** – Eligibility for an annual award for reimbursements of one of the following exams: LEED, EDAC, AAHID, RAS and CSI.

Tuition Reimbursement Scholarship** – Three (3) Grants available per year, each totaling $3,000 for graduate and undergraduate students in their 3rd or 4th years at CIDA accredited universities

For more information on how to get the most out of your Membership, contact your local City Center Membership Chair or Erin Rinehardt at Each year that we increase our Membership is another successful year! Our Texas Oklahoma Chapter currently has close to 1500 members and, with your continued participation and support; we can get bigger and better. *HQ Level Award **TX OK Chapter Level Award

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Membership Breakdown By City Center CITY CENTER Austin Dallas Fort Worth Houston Oklahoma City San Antonio Tulsa West Texas

By Member Type PERCENTAGE OF MEMBERSHIP 11% 36% 24% 7% 9% 6% 7%


NCIDQ Award Congratulations to the Fall 2013 NCIDQ Award recipients. The NCIDQ Award is for Members within the Chapter who have successfully passed all three sections and are employed with a company that does not provide full reimbursement provisions to their employees. Up to seven awards are given annually to cover the full cost of the NCIDQ Examination ($835 maximum) as well as exam preparation materials, classes, and travel. The reimbursements are given twice a year in coordination with the Spring and Fall NCIDQ Exam results. The Award is open to all IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Associate and Professional Members who have taken and passed the exam successfully and work for an employer that does not provide full reimbursement for passing the NCIDQ Exam. You are eligible for up to three years after exam completion to submit for the award.

Rebecca Elliott, IIDA, RID, TAID Austin City Center Rockford Business Interiors

Rebecca Hupp RID, LEED AP ID+C San Antonio City Center Garza Bomberger & Associates

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Joanna Prazak, RID, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C Houston City Center CRG Office

upcoming events

Opportunities to participate on the SC14 committee are available now. It’s the efforts of our dedicated and talented Coordinators (team leader for specific conference events) and Volunteers (assigned to specific conference events or simply available for service during the conference) that make this annual conference a success. Contact the Student Conference Chairs today for more information and to sign up. Underwriting has begun for 14th annual Student Conference, and several opportunities have already been claimed. Visit to download the underwriting package and to access the online registration form. Registration for conference attendance will opened on Monday December 2nd. The first 50 students will be invited to participate in a special “early bird” event hosted by our Conference Headliner immediately after the Keynote Luncheon on February 21st. Visit for detailed registration information and to access the registration form. Discounted registration is available for IIDA members. If not a member yet, please visit to apply and send confirmation to Stephanie McPeak, VP of Campus Centers, at once you register for the conference. Design Charrette invitations will be sent to all Texas Oklahoma Chapter Campus Centers by the end of January. Only Campus Centers listed as “active” on 01/01/2014 will receive invitations. All campuses need to submit applications to update their information every fall. Visit to complete this form.


ohn Czarnecki, Assoc. AIA, Hon. IIDA, is the editor in chief of Contract [], a magazine for architects and interior design professionals focused on commercial interiors and architecture. In this role, he oversees the monthly magazine in print and online and its associated awards programs, including the Interiors Awards and the Best of NeoCon Awards. Prior to joining Contract in May 2011, he was senior acquisitions editor of architecture and design books at the publisher John Wiley & Sons for eight years. From 2000 to 2003, John was an associate editor for Architectural Record. He holds Masters degrees in both architecture and urban planning from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Appointed by 2014 AIA National President Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, John is the Chair of the AIA Convention Advisory Committee for the 2014 AIA National Convention to be held in Chicago. The Keynote Luncheon will take place at Student Conferece on Friday, February 21st. This event is open to all. To register please visit our website: 2014 Student Conference Chairs: Stephanie Fallon: Jennifer Trenta: Winter 2014 7

Past Events

IIDA Leaders Breakfast Dallas 2013 On October 3, 2013 the Texas Oklahoma Chapter hosted the IIDA Leaders Breakfast in Dallas at the Ritz Carlton Hotel where business leaders, interior designers and the industry came together to hear an inspirational message from the internationally recognized speaker, Todd Henry – author of The Accidental Creative . The event also recognized the outstanding achievements of our Honoree: Donna Vining, IIDA, and Executive Director of TAID (Texas Association for Interior Design) for her role in the continued development and protection of the Interior Design Profession in Texas and many other states. We are excited to announce that the Dallas Leaders Breakfast was sold out and raised approximately $20,000 for the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Education Fund – which annually awards (3) Tuition Reimbursement Scholarships and (1) Study Abroad Grant to IIDA Students within our Chapter. Thank you to our phenomenal committee and Co-chairs Honoree Donna Vining receives for another successful Leaders Breakfast: Cari Johnson, IIDA with Shaw and Jill Ibison, the splint from Dwaine Saalman of IIDA with Corgan Associates. Herman Miller

The Texas Oklahoma Chapter is pleased to announce the return of the highly coveted IIDA Leaders Breakfast Series to Houston in September 2014. Proceeds will benefit the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Education Fund and the numerous scholarships and tuition benefits available to Interior Design students in the Region. To learn how you can support the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Fund and the Future of Design, visit

From Left to Right Honoree Donna Vining, Past President Paul LaBrant, Committee Chair Cari Johnson; Speaker, Todd Henry; Committee Co-Chair, Jill Ibison Vessels; President Vivian Featherston Winter 2014 8

past events

METROCON13 Expo & Conference

The Regional Architecture & Design Event Makes Significant Strides In Its 11th Year Dana Smith, Affiliate IIDA METROCON13 Presiding Chair Carpenter-Smith Southwest The volunteer committee of organizers for

METROCON13 Expo & Conference is pleased to announce that the regional two-day trade show, which took place August 15 & 16, 2013, in Dallas, Texas, attracted over 2,500 interior designers, architects, facility managers, interior design students, and other vital design industry members from 27 states. The budget-conscious event concentrates on featuring the latest in products, services and innovations for the Architecture & Design community, and it made some substantial strides in its 11th year. On the technological side, METROCON debuted a show app for use on iTunes platforms, which allowed users to access event, CEU, and food & beverage schedules, as well as an Exhibitor directory, trade show floor plan, and shuttle routes for area hotels. Additionally, for the first time the organizers were able to offer Exhibitors the option to sign up for lead retrieval services using a smart device app, rendering equipment rental unnecessary and providing Exhibitors with Attendee information within one business day after the show.

Due to the dedication of the volunteer planning Committee made up of equal members from the Texas Oklahoma Chapter of IIDA and the Texas Chapter of ASID, as well as the generosity of 44 show sponsors – including Landmark Sponsor Business Interiors by Staples and Media Sponsor Design Guide Texas – prices for both exhibitors and attendees are extremely low relative to similar events around the USA. Lastly, the METROCON13 Committee would like to congratulate the following exhibitors who were the recipients of this year’s Pegasus Awards: • Best Overall Exhibit – Clarus Glassboards • Most Informative Exhibit – Paloma Creations • Best Promotional Campaign – Vicostone • Best New Product – Soelberg Industries Visit to find links to view photos from this year’s event (Press page) and to sign up to receive exhibitor and attendee notifications (Home page) in order to stay informed about METROCON14, which will take place in Dallas on August 14 & 15, 2014. For developments throughout the year, follow us at & twitter. com/METROCONexpo.

Interested in presenting, sponsoring, exhibiting or attending METROCON14? Then add the following key

For the first time METROCON added a mobile display unit area, supplementing the 400 10’x10’ expo booths and making it possible for Exhibitors to show under 274 vendor names. Booths sold out nine days ahead of the official close, and if 12 booths plus the mobile display unit area had not been added for 2013, booths would have sold out 21 days ahead of the official close. By the time the show took place, there were 17 vendors on a list waiting for 18 booths. Overall, the support for the show – which serves the corporate, healthcare, hospitality, institutional, multifamily, residential, and retail sectors – was inspiring. In less than 90 days, 98% of event sponsorships sold, and in less than two months, 112 CEU presentations were submitted, allowing the organizers to offer 5,400 seats in 54 CEUs and providing Attendees the option to earn up to nine CEUs over two days while still providing eight hours on the trade show floor.

Eleven of the 17 Committee members who planned the 2013 expo and conference. Photo courtesy of Crest Publications.

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dates to your calendar, and be sure to make METROCON your primary venue for new products, continuing education and industry connections! Jan 2, 2014

CEU Presentation Submissions Open | online

Jan 22, 2014

Sponsorship Soirée | Dallas – location TBD

Feb 28, 2014

CEU Presentation Submissions Deadline | online

Apr 1, 2014

Exhibitor Booth Sales Open | online

Jun 2, 2014

Attendee Pre-Registration Open | online

Aug 14-15, 2014

METROCON14 Expo & Conference | Dallas Market Hall

The IIDA Texas Oklahoma booth. Photo courtesy of JBC&CO Photography.

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past events

The IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Annual Awards Gala The Annual Awards Gala was held on Friday, August 16, 2013 at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas. Awards were given in seven categories: Corporate, Healthcare, Hospitality, Institutional/Educational, Retail, Government and Sustainability. Also presented were the Chapter Volunteers of the Year, City Center Volunteers of the Year, City Center Underwriters of the Year, Chapter Sponsor of the Year Award and the highly coveted Pinnacle Award. The Pinnacle Award is the highest honor IIDA 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 the IIDA while remaining committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in Interior Design.

Large Firm Award Recipient Parkhill Smith & Cooper | Lubbock

2013 City Center of the Year City Center of the Year | Houston City Center Honorable Mention | Oklahoma City City Center 2013 Chapter Partner of the Year Award Haworth

2013 Pinnacle Award Recipients Small Firm Award Recipient The Bommarito Group | Austin

2013 City Center Underwriters of the Year Award Humanscale | Austin Daltile | Dallas Fort Worth Contract Resource Group | Houston Crossville | San Antonio Yates Flooring Center | West Texas Office Interiors, LLC | Oklahoma City L&M Furniture | Tulsa 2013 Chapter Volunteers of the Year Award Cari Johnson, IIDA, LEED AP | Shaw Contract Group Jill Ibison Vessels, IIDA | Corgan Inc. Amanda Lee, IIDA | Herregan Distributors Jessy Fuller, Assoc. IIDA | J. Tyler Associates Stephanie Fallon, IIDA | FKP Architects Inda Hahn, IIDA, LEED AP | Ecodoor Karina Garza, IIDA | Insite Architects Daphne Yaunides, IIDA | Gensler

Medium Firm Award Recipient Inventure Design Group | Houston

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2012 City Center Volunteers of the Year Award Austin City Center Jenny Conditt, Industry IIDA | Herman Miller Dallas Fort Worth City Center Michel Hurst, IIDA Houston City Center Jennifer Trenta, IIDA | Contract Resource Group Oklahoma City City Center Jennifer Jones, San Antonio City Center Bill Lasseter, IIDA Tulsa City Center Ashley Torres, IIDA | L&M Office Furniture West Texas City Center Keesha Erdmann, IIDA | Cronan & Associates

2013 Design Excellence Award Winners

Corporate Devon Energy Center Headquarters Gensler | Oklahoma City

Government UT Austin - President’s Reception Room The Bommarito Group | Austin


Hospitality The James Royal Palm Rottet Studio | Miami Beach


Residential Mountain Villa Residence Glass & Dangel | Austin

Retail Neiman Marcus - Bal Harbour Gensler | Bal Harbour

Sustainability Gloria Marshall Elementary School SHW Group | Spring

University Pointe at Portland State University

Sixthriver Architects | Portland

2013 Design Excellence Honorable Mentions

Travis County North Central Health Center Community Care

The Bommarito Group | Austin

Student Commercial

Miles of Hope for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Patients

Rawa Sulaiman | Art Institute of Houston

Corporate Peddle Office Alter Studio Architects | Austin

Hospitality Vast Restaurant Gensler | Oklahoma City

Institutional/Educational Housman Elementary School Bay-IBI Group Architects | Houston

Residential Barranca Residence Alter Studio Architects | Austin

Residential Lake View Residence Alter Studio Architects | Austin

Student Commercial THE HOTEL Acqueel Suleimanji | Houston Communicty College

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Texas GRA Update Becky Blackhall, IIDA VP of GRA - Texas SixthRiver Architects Over the past year Registered Interior Designers have been through quite a bit in the Government and Regulatory Affairs world. We fought our way through a TBAE Sunset review together with some ups and some downs. However, the amount of action from Texas RIDs and our supporters seemed to surprise the Sunset Review Committee during the public hearings. I believe your efforts to CALL YOUR REPS, SHOW UP, and BE HEARD, as well as contribute financially to those who represent our cause, is what ultimately guided them to keep the profession of Interior Design regulated. So HUGE and continued gratitude goes to all who assisted TAID, IIDA, and all of our RIDs that campaigned over the year. Yet the legislative results have left many with questions about the resulting issues of fingerprinting, grandfathering, and upcoming legislation: FINGERPRINTING Beginning in January of 2014 all incoming and renewing TBAE registrants (not just RIDs) will be required to undergo a one-time fingerprint-based national criminal history check. There is a one-time administration fee of $42 that is paid to the vendor directly. I completed my session in October and I found it to be pretty simple. I followed the instructions provided by TBAE online, selected the center closest to me, booked an available time, and filled out my form to print and bring with me. Though it was an easy process I would recommend starting it 4-6 weeks prior to your renewal deadline (last day of your birth month) so that you have a cushion for available timeslots at the center and each organization has a few weeks to process the request. TBAE’s website has a step-by-step guide for in-state and out-of-state registrants and a link to a FAST Pass form to bring with me. TBAE has also provided a good FAQ section including answers to questions like “What if I’ve already been fingerprinted for a concealed handgun license”?, for example, and other great inquiries here: FAQs: STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS to getting Fingerprinted before your next licensure renewal: There have been some negative reaction to this requirement over the past few months. I think the TBAE Chairman Alfred Vidaurri, Jr. might have summed it up best: “Although none of us really care for the cost, inconvenience or intrusion of fingerprinting, it has become standard in recent years for most occupational or professional licensing. These days, and in some cases for the past several years, fingerprints are required of

doctors, pharmacists, professional engineers, teachers, nurses, and many others in the positions of ‘trusted professional advisors’.” We are custodians of the resources our client’s resources put towards our professional work so we should be holding ourselves to similar standards of other professionals. As a reminder registrants currently undergo a state-wide criminal background check but TBAE would not be aware if an applicant had offenses in other states. The new national check will reveal offenses such as bribing state officials, for example, even if they didn’t occur in Texas. As TBAE Executive Director Cathy Hendricks stated “the new national criminal history check system will uncover some of whose actions jeopardize the standards and reputation of the design professions, not to mention the health, safety, and welfare of the public.” GRANDFATHERED RIDs In the last session a bill was presented that requires RIDs with ‘grandfathered’ status 3 years to complete and pass the NCIDQ exam to maintain their registration. TAID lobbied against it for no examination requirements since most of those designers now have over 25 years of experience and 100 continuing education hours. But in the end, TAID successfully lobbied to extend the time frame to 4 years. The deadline to pass the exam to maintain credentials is now September 1, 2017. If this affects you – you should know that you do NOT have to go back to school before taking the exam. If you’re in good standing with TBAE simply email or call them at 512-305-9000 and they will set you up on TBAE’s end. There is no charge for this process – just provide your name, a valid email address, your date of birth, and state that you would like to be listed as eligible to sit for the NCIDQ exam. Then go through NCIDQ ( to set up sitting for the exam. Don’t forget that you must pass ALL THREE sections of the exam before the deadline. Also remember that IIDA now offers NCIDQ study courses! Contact the TX OK Chapter VP of Associates or your local city centers Associates counterparts for more details and dates for upcoming courses. To read the bill in its entirety click through to House Bill 1717 here: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION / RESOURCES / WAYS TO GET INVOLVED TAID WEBSITE: RENEW YOUR TAID MEMBERSHIP TODAY! (You do not have to be an RID to join – anyone is welcome to membership! DONATE TO THE PAC: DESIGNPAC supports legislators and statewide officeholders who have supported or shown an attitude of support to the profession of interior design. TBAE WEBSITE: STAY INFORMED by reading the latest TBAE and TAID’s newsletters. Both have GREAT additional information on all of these subjects. Find them here: TBAE’s latest newsletters: July LicensingNews_July2013.pdf November: LicensingNewsNovember2013.pdf TAID’s latest newsletter:

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city centers

Ashley Barnett Griffith, IIDA City Center Director Haworth Our first ever Revolution Redesign event at Shoal Crossing Event Center was an evening Austin can be proud of! Giving back to families in need in the Austin area; design teams from several firms teamed up to compete in a white box challenge to create a unique room setting for families in need. Benefiting Social Design Alliance, this event was one of our most creative yet. A competition true to what we do, teams were challenged with reupholstering and refurbishing a piece of furniture, designing a rug, table & creating accessories to round out the space. The teams rooms WOWED the judges and guests who fell in love with the room settings were able to purchase certain pieces at the end of the evening with all proceeds going to the families in need. The evening was truly as special one and we look forward to seeing how next year unfolds. A very special thank you to all of our sponsors who made this happen: WORKPLACE RESOURCE, FMG/ HAWORTH, Steelcase/Rockford, Standard Textile, Modern Comfort, Plush, Office Source, Interceramic, LEGACY LIGHTING INC, INTERFACE, Southwest Solutions Group, Inc, MDC Wallcovering, 3form, Mayer Fabrics, Standard Textile, Austin Business Furniture w/ HBF/Allsteel Textile Partnership , Arc Com Fabrics, Inc, Sue Gorman Associates LP, Pallas Textiles, Patcraft, Tandus, Shaw Contract Group, Mohawk Group

IIDA and CoreNet Young Professionals joined together at the “Roaring 20’s” themed cocktail social at Steelcase, in Dallas, TX. A live band, signature cocktail and costumes made the networking event a night to remember.

Angela Crum, IIDA City Center Director RTKL Associates Dallas-Fort Worth has been very active this Fall and things are only going to get bigger and better in the Spring! Through programs like our “Roaring 20’s” cocktail social and annual “Sweet Deal” membership drive, NCIDQ prep course and Open Plan Environment CEU, we have provided great opportunities to our members. More recently, we completed our third annual ZeroLandfill DFW upcycling event. For two consecutive weeks, we collected and upcycled over 1,500 pounds of unwanted material from the design community to the public. With the continuous support we have had from Corporate Floors and the design industry, we have been able to divert close to 75,000 lbs from the landfill over the last three years. We plan to have another ZeroLandfill collection in the Spring. We also joined forces with HDR for a project tour of their recently completed patient tower and expansion at the Baylor Regional Medical Center in Grapevine, TX. The evening was filled with great information and conversation and would not have been such a success without our underwriters, Armstrong and Dupont Corian. As the calendar year comes to a close, we begin planning for 2014! Follow our city center on facebook for upcoming events in the New Year.

The Lauck Group- (Left to Right) Raul Baeza, McKeena Greer, Manuel Navarro & Rebekka Glass at Revolution Redesign Winter 2014 14

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Joanna Prazak, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C City Center Director CRG: Contract Resource Group IIDA Houston City Center’s annual fundraiser, Art & Artifacts, was held on Friday, October 18th at The Marque in City Centre. The event, coordinated by underwriting Chair Margot Prestel raised thousands of dollars to help IIDA support its mission. Themed “Putting on the Ritz”, the design competition involved members capturing the 1920’s in modern times through photography. Upon arriving at the venue, guests were greeted by a posh red carpet and stunning backdrop. Once inside guests could choose from an endless spread of swag to accessorize their twenties inspired attire and were free to roam though the venue’s opulently decorated rooms. Featuring multiple rooms seemingly right out of a Fitzgerald novel, guest sipped on champagne garnished by classic rock candy while waiting to have a movie flipbook made as a token of their “ritzy” evening. Some socialized while lounging in posh booths and opulent chaises. Others explored The Marque admiring the amazing photography that captured an era now gone yet still in evidence if you look closely. Still others were able to bid on a wide selection of donated products, gift certificates etc... When it was finally time to go home, they were sent away with chocolate cigars as a token of an evening that simply put, was “The Bees Knees”.

Some of the members of the Arts & Artifacts Committee and the Houston City Center are all dolled up for a swanky night at Art & Artifacts

Jesse Garcia with Herman Miller, presenting at November’s CEU: Trend Watch

Laura Secock, Industry IIDA City Center Director Office Interiors The Oklahoma City City Center Council has welcomed back 4 veteran members and 7 new faces for the 2013-2014 term. Along with fresh faces, comes fresh ideas. OKC kicked off the year by celebrating their Industry members at the Industry Roundtable which was followed by a meet and greet between members and non-members prior to the Membership Drive. The City Center has hosted several successful CEU’s thanks to the generosity of our special event underwriters, Johnson Harris & Associates and Herman Miller | Workplace Resource. For 2014, OKC plans to offer more CEU’s geared towards health, safety and welfare to support OIDC and the GRA movement in OK. Planning is underway for our main event in 2014, Casino Party, which will take place in April – you won’t want to miss this! The support of our Elite Underwriters: Design Resources, Office Interiors, LLC, Smith Lighting Sales and Spaces Inc. help make our events possible and we would like to thank you. We look forward to seeing you in 2014! The Oklahoma City City Center has partnered with Youth Services of OK County for the 2013-2014 term. Youth Services provides a monthly update on the needs of the SKIL pantry which supplies meals to teens that are homeless and/or on their own. Council members have been collecting food items and bringing them to monthly council meetings and they are then delivered to Youth Services.

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Jennifer Abilez, IIDA Steak N’ Shake City Center Director Our first CEU was in August at 1919 Bar talking about Healthy Work Environments sponsored by Humanscale and Surface Tech. We had 16 attendees! Our next event was our Membership Drive, ‘Cupcake and Cocktails!’ We had the event at Aloft and had 54 attendees. Our underwriters for the event sponsored 6 student memberships for 2014! Our forum tour was hosted at RVK architects in October. The next CEU in November was sponsored by Haworth and was hosted by Wittigs Office Interiors. November was a very busy month because we also had our Industry Round Table at Paloma Blanca, appropriately named ‘A Perfect Pair’. We had a great turn out and heard lots of great feedback from our industry members. Our largest event this year was San Antonio WinterFest on December 5th. We had this holiday festival at the Palladium Theater. Santa made an appearance with a photo booth, we had a silent and live auction, along with food and kid-friendly activities! We also had our second annual Christmas Tree Competition in which we auctioned off the trees. Next year is another busy year with our Programs Tour kicking off in January at the new NUSTAR facility in San Antonio. Also, events to look forward to are TX OK Chapter Student Conference, San Antonio City Center volunteer day in March, and our special event Imagine That 2014!

American Olean Manufacturing Plant Tour: (left to right) Heather Callender, Dawn Lubowsky, Samantha Zitter, Megan Peterson, Brenda Smith, Shannon Darnell, Shannon Mitchener, Emily Murphy, Brett Logan, Chandler Smith

Samantha Zitter, IIDA, LEED AP (ID+C) City Center Director W Design The Tulsa City Center has been busy these past few months! We completed another successful Membership Drive at The Kitchen Ideas Showroom, where we were taught how to cook up some tasty appetizers by local chef Grant Vespasian. But this event wouldn’t have been successful if it weren’t for the support from Jim Sedlacek with Interface. Thank you Interface for underwriting this event every year! Along with the Membership Drive, we have hosted three CEU’s thus far as well as an American Olean manufacturing plant tour and CEU. Our CEU’s have covered everything from the new Dynamic Coefficient of Friction standards for tile to Private Office Research in the Legal Industry. Big thanks to Scott Rice, Steelcase, Crossville Tile, American Olean, and Sherwin Williams for their commitment to help our local designers continue to grow! Coming up on December 5th, IIDA is partnering with Humanscale to present a CEU day! This new event will include a breakfast, lunch, and happy hour CEU where you can achieve 3 credits on Ergonomics all in one day. Finally, IIDA is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Oklahoma Interior Design Coalition. All the proceeds from this event will go towards their continued efforts to address the legislative issues confronting the Interior Design profession in Oklahoma. If you wish to help with the planning efforts or contribute funds to host the event, please contact Samantha Zitter at for further information. We hope to see you at the event in February!

Our Council Members hard at work checking in new members at our ‘Cupcake and Cocktails’ Membership Drive in September. Lindsey Milligan, Meghan Barth, Nicki Heiner Winter 2014 16

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Stephanie Laughlin, IIDA City Center Director Texas Tech University

We are proud to announce the newest members to the Sixthriver Architects team: Amber Branham (RID, LEED AP), Thomas Boes (RA, LEED AP B+C), Amber Murphy (Receptionist), Drew Hood (Architectural Intern), Ally Maxey (Purchasing Coordinator), and Nathan Wilcox (Director of Architectural Design). On October 25-27, UT Austin celebrated 101 Years of Interior Design. Events included a textiles symposium with renowned designers such as Ruth Adler Schnee, a fashion exhibit by George Carr, commemorating his late brother Zack (ID ’69), and an historic design timeline exhibition ended Nov. 20.

West Texas City Center’s had an exciting Fall we had the Industry Round table and Membership drive on October 2nd. Where we had approximately 40 attendees and gained 23 new members! During the Industry Round Table we delivered Yates Flooring they City Center Underwriter of the Year Award.

Megan Ebert, RID, IIDA, NCIDQ has been named an Associate at Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc. in Houston, Texas. She joined the Interiors Department of KHA in 2010 and her projects range from corporate offices to retail spaces. Megan served as President of the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter in 2011-2012.

The IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Legacy Partners gather for their annual photo at the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Annual Awards Gala.

Joey Yates, Andrea Wade, Keesha Erdmann, and Paul LaBrant at the West Texas City Center Membership Drive Past City Center Director for Houston, Kristy Emmrich receives the City Center of the Year Award from President Vivian Featherston Winter 2014 17

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members news

Angel Fairless received an Award of Excellence in Design from the Collage of Fine Arts and Design. She also received 2013 Silver Metal Award from a Brass Ring Competition for Residential Design under 1,200sf and a 2013 Merit Award for a Commercial Project over 4500sf.

Hawa Americas Inc., a designer and manufacturer of Swiss Sliding Hardware Systems is pleased to announce new team members Chariessa Payne, Sales & Marketing and David Lutz, Sales Representative. You are invited to stop by the Hawa Showroom in Dallas to meet Chariessa and David.

Hayslip Design Associates won Best in Show and multiple First Place awards at ASID Design Ovation and Legacy of Design Awards. The projects, by Sherry Hayslip IIDA, ASID and her team, included an ornate bathroom with adjoining dressing area, modern highrise residence, and French-style pied-a-terre.

J.Tyler has recently expanded and hired the following talented individuals: Marcy Brammer - Design, Katelyn Brosius – Materials Manager, Dana Bulmer – Design/PM, Kim Dutkosky, IIDA, LEED AP - Design/PM, Cara German, Assoc. IIDA – PM, Carlos Gonzales - Director of Services

Ziegler Cooper Architects Dress for Success Houston will be honored as an Honorable Mention recipient at the Awards Gala on Jan. 28, 2014 at a gala awards dinner at the Rice Crystal Ballroom.

We are pleased to introduce Emily Cohn as the newest member of the Knoll Dallas Office team. As a sales rep in Dallas, she will be responsible for developing new relationships, supporting Knoll dealer partners and providing strategic workplace consultation.

Ryan Martin is J+J Invision’s new representative for Houston TechCenter Design, Inc. of Austin, TX welcomes Heidi TX. Shawn Holladay is J+J Invision’s new representative for Haigood, Registered Interior Designer to the team. Heidi D/FW TX. will be responsible for new business development, design, Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company, a Dallas-based project management and client relations in Central Texas. luxury wood flooring contractor, has opened a new KSQ has hired George Pritchard as Interior Design Manager. showroom in Dallas. The new showroom is located at 425 Regal Row, Dallas, Texas 75247 and is open to the trade, by GSR Andrade’s Balch Springs Middle School has been appointment only. recognized for both Process of Planning and Sustainability by the TASA/TASB in their 2013 Exhibit of School Architecture. In April The Ginger Grant Group added Eric Clendenin In addition to core components, the building includes visual as President, In August they welcomed Marlynn Burgess as GSA specialist. October they settled into our new arts/performing arts facilities and a 450-seat auditorium. showroom, adding James Lambdin showroom manager Haworth is pleased to annouce that Ashley Barnett Griffith and Sonya Odell Higher Ed. has joined our local team as Business Development Manager. Ashley joins us with over 13 years of design and industry MDI is happy to bring Linna Yoon on board as our new experience. We are excited to welcome her to the Austin Project Manager. Come by Suite 170 in the Design Center to preview the Camira fabric line and meet our newest team Haworth/FMG team. member! Stephanie Fallon, IIDA of FKP Interiors was selected to volunteer for the 2013 Healthcare Design Conference in The FMG Austin team is excited to welcome Jennifer Orlando. Her application acceptance waives registration McGowan and René Benedict. Jennifer has 10 years of and offers FREE attendance to the nations premier event design and furniture specification experience; René joins us devoted to design responsibility in healthcare environments. with 9 years of experience and will join our Healthcare team. Welcome aboard! Perkins+Will welcomes 4 new members to the interior design studio in our Dallas office: David Chamberlain, KC Rep Source is pleased to introduce Allyson Hutchinson, as Cynthia Johnson, Nicki Estes & Catherine Dalton. We’re also our new Independent Manufacturer Representative in South proud to announce the completion of our Commerce House TX. She will be assisting A&D and Furniture Dealerships with project in Dallas and Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland. custom specifications in Metro Houston.

Amy Griffin presented her thesis, Optimal Healing + Working Environments: Designing Supportive Spaces for Professional Caregivers, at the AAHID Presentation,11/17, HCD 2013. She is the recipient of the 2013 AAHID Fellowship Award and mentored by Sarajane Eisen, PhD, VP of Skyline Art Services.

Wilsonart promotes Teresa Humphrey from Specification Sales (DFW) to National Accounts Manager (Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana). Lisa Portillo is promoted and joins newly hired Missy Walker to serve as Specification Sales Representatives in the DFW market.

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CRG: Contract Resource Group, Crossville, Inc., DuPont Surfaces Group, Furniture Marketing Group, G.L. Seaman & Company, Herman Miller, Hossley Lighting Associates, J. Tyler, The Mohawk Group/Daltile, McCoy Workplace Solutions/McCoy Floor Covering/Rockford Business Interiors, Patcraft, Professional Furniture Consultants, Shaw Contract Group, Tandus Flooring, Teknion, Wilson Office Interiors, Workplace Resource LLC


3form, 3M Architectural Markets, Cronan & Associates, Horizon Italian Tile, Interface, J&J/Invision, KI, LG Hausys, Milliken, Paoli, Inc., Philadelphia & Queen Commercial by Shaw, Southwest Solutions Group, TRI-KES

SILVER Armstrong, Art + Artisans Consulting, Bauhuas bkm Total Office of Texas, Business Interiors, Business Interiors by Staples, Columbia Forest Products, Concept Surfaces, Corporate Source, Ltd., Debner + Company, Forbo Flooring Systems, The Gunlocke Company, hart[associates], HAWA Americas, Haworth, Intensa Medical, J Fyffe Company, Kenmark, Inc., Kimball Office, Knoll, Inc., KSM Associates, LESCO Architectural Lighting, National Office Furniture, Office Pavilion, The OFIS, OFS Brands, P.S. Gerry, Inc., Reid Cooper Associates, The Spencer Company, Skyline Art Services, Texas Wilson Office Furniture, Vanguard Environments, Inc., Vector Concepts, WRG

IIDA TX OK Chapter Insight Winter 2014  
IIDA TX OK Chapter Insight Winter 2014