The 2016 Student Mentoring sign-ups are open until January 25th. Students must be IIDA members to participate. Mentors are not required to be IIDA member.
Jan 20th – Apr 13th
NCIDQ Study Group will meet every Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the large conference room at: Interior Investments / 9 Sunnen Drive, Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63143
APR – Advocacy Dat at the Capitol
AUG – Design Crawl
SEP – CEU, Designing with Solid Surface, Sponsored by Berco
OCT 21st – UNRAVEL RAW – Location TBD
NOV – Membership Drive
DEC – TBD
We have a new location and a start date for the Fall NCIDQ study group!
Study group for the IDFX, IDPX and the Practicum portions of the NCIDQ Exam will begin Wednesday August 5 and be held each week on Wed from 5:30pm -7:00pm through October exam week at:
9 Sunnen Dr. Suite 100
St Louis, MO 63143
(next door to Gray Design)
Regular attendance in the study group is appreciated for the benefit of all.
Be sure to obtain and bring the 6th Edition of the Interior Design Reference Manual by David Kent Ballast (the older 5th Edition is also acceptable). If studying for the IDFX and/or IDPX, you may start reading chapters before our study group begins if you have the time.
For the Practicum, you may bring any study materials you feel worthwhile, but we will discuss options at the first session on Aug 5.
Thank You to Interior Investments who has generously donated their space to accommodate both types of studying!
Any questions, please email:
Ann Young Associate IIDA; LEED® GA
IIDA Gateway Chapter, VP of Advocacy
Architectural Specification Consultant
HOK is looking for a Workplace Resource Manager – please follow link for more info:
Thank you to all who came out and participated in our First Annual IIDA Advocacy Fundraising event last Tuesday evening. The event was a great success and the money raised will help fund the Advocacy Day trip to the Capital on Tuesday, April 28th. There is space still available if you want to join us.
Highlights from Tuesday night were the amazing people that braved the crowd and stepped on stage to show us their talent. A huge THANK YOU to Sarah Schultz, Mike Silverman, Clara Garner, David Smith and Marty Fox.
A special shout out to the underwriters for the evening. Without them the event would not have been as successful.
*Sunderland – Food *DL Couch – Drinks *Trends n Tile – Wine Pull
I would also be remiss if I did not thank the following for their hard work, dedication and energy to pull this event together.
Ann Young, Mike Hodges, Katie Huber, Karen Johnson
Program & Event Committee:
David Havens, Kim Hennessy
Cyndi Curnutte, Kathy Silverman
Again…as always…if anyone is interested in becoming more active within the IIDA Gateway Chapter please feel free to connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for 5 more people to attend Advocacy Day at the Capitol, April 28th! Please contact Ann Young if interested, 314–239–6811
All expenses are covered!
- 11:30am All attendees from KC, STL, Columbia, etc. arrive in Jefferson City via Amtrak trains or carpool
- 11:40am-1:15 Lunch at Madison’s Cafe w/Lobbyist Kyna Iman & MCID Pres. Cyndi Curnutte
Topics: legislator talking points & prep / discuss current legislation affecting our industry / Q&A
- 1:15pm-3:30pm Split into small groups to meet with legislators / attend legislative hearing
- 3:45pm-5:30pm Set up and host “Codes & Coffee/Tea” reception for Legislators in 3rd floor rotunda of Capitol. Display Interior Designer firm project work from MO –drawings/ design boards/ photos
- 6:30-7:00pm Amtrak trains Depart Jefferson City
The National Wood Flooring Association invites you to “Play it Forward” during its 2015 Wood Flooring Expo. NWFA will celebrate 30 years as an association while looking to the future in business, community service, and continued industry growth. Learn at least three reasons why architects and designers benefit from education (LUs/CEUs) and connecting with the heart of the wood flooring industry. NWFA’s Wood Flooring Expo has been named a Top 50 fastest-growing show by Trade Show Executive three years in a row. See what it’s all about here.
These are Links to a Great article on Interior Design Legislation…Exactly WHY we are involved with our MO Coalition for Interior Design, our MO Interior Design Council, and WHY we just helped MCID plan our recent Interior Design Advocacy Day on April 15th at the MO Capitol!!
Creating Simple Yet Useful Bubble Diagrams in Revit
Not everyone starts a Revit Project from CAD plans or building masses. Sometimes we need to start from a basic bubble diagram. This is a quick way to make that happen in Revit.
From a new project file, select the Architecture tab. Pan right on the ribbon until you see the Room Separator command. After selecting the command, use the draw tools on the Contextual tab to draw circles, squares or elliptical bubbles on your plan view. The size of the bubbles is not necessarily important. Only the size relationships matter.
Once you have established your bubble size, shape and relationships, place rooms from the Room command in each bubble and in any areas of the bubbles that may overlap. Assign a Department to each space. This Department is a parameter in the Instance Parameters property palette of each of the placed rooms.
Once this is complete, assigning a color scheme is as simple as going to the Annotation tab and selecting the Color Fill Legend command and placing the legend on the view. Colors can be adjusted based on your preferences by selecting the legend then selecting the Edit Scheme command on the Ribbon above.
These bubble diagrams can be later used for mass models or plan layouts.
Legislative / Advocacy Moment – Vol 1, Tip 1
What do Licensed Interior Designers Do?
1) Licensed Interior Designers are trained to create a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but is functional and safe.
In emergency situations, the decisions made by interior designers are critical in protecting life safety. Interior Designers are specially trained in interior materials, including flammability and toxicity, and are qualified to select interior finishes that comply with applicable fire codes. Proper paths for egress, alarm systems, and exit lighting are all addressed by interior designers.
Legislative / Advocacy Moment – Vol 1, Tip 2
What do Licensed Interior Designers Do?
Licensed Interior Designers are trained to create a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but is functional and safe:
2) When designing for the workplace, interior designers are trained to provide for ergonomic work spaces and a built environment that can lead to increased productivity. Interior designers are also responsible for designing interior spaces that confirm to ADA requirements, providing barrier-free designs for the disabled and other persons with special needs.
Legislative / Advocacy Moment – Vol 1, Tip 3
What’s the difference between interior design and decoration?
“Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a structure. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. Interior designers may provide interior decorating services, but decorators are not qualified to provide interior design services.
One primary difference between the two professions is that interior designers are responsible for the elements that affect the public’s health, safety and welfare. For example, an interior designer can evaluate wall finishes based on durability, acoustic properties, clean-ability, flame retardancy, allergens, toxicity and off-gassing properties. An interior decorator can evaluate finishes based only on color, style and texture.” –NCIDQ
What is required to become an Interior Designer with a NCIDQ certificate? Education, experience through employment, and passing the NCIDQ exam. The expense of the NCIDQ exam alone is $1,125. This does not include the cost of schooling, study guides, preparation programs, and practice tests. Once finished with their education and a couple years of experience, an interior designer must first apply to take the exam, once approved they need to provide letters of recommendations, transcripts, and proof of employment. The exam is administered over two full days. Many designers will study for well over a year giving up evenings and weekends for reading and taking sample tests. Those who seek such qualification understand the importance and take pride in their dedication and knowledge. For additional information about Interior Design and the NCIDQ exam please visit: http://www.ncidq.org/
Legislative / Advocacy Moment –Vol 1, Tip 4
What do Licensed Interior Designers Do? Licensed Interior Designers are trained to create a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but is functional and safe:
3) When designing spaces in hospitals or other medical locations, a qualified designer understands the relevant safety codes and practices necessary to design a safe, effective space. A qualified interior designer will know which type of products and finishes are flame retardant, antibacterial and anti-microbial; which products will withstand harsh cleansers and strict sanitary protocols; and which colors and types of lighting will aid recovery and enhance healing, or help a surgeon focus while operating.
Legislative / Advocacy Moment Extra—
We wanted to share this link about Kyna. She is our lobbyist for the Missouri Coalition of Interior Design (MCID) as well as other associations. IIDA Gateway helps to support Kyna’s & MCID’s efforts. Kyna continually advocates for our profession and keeps us posted continuously on legislation in our state that effects Interior Design. Thanks Kyna!
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Kyna Iman, a Missouri lobbyist, has an unusual name, pronounced Ki-na I-mahn. In fact, she once told former state Sen. Chuck Gross that the two could never have gotten married, because her name would have been “Kyna Gross.” Iman’s particular brand of lobbying has been a […]
Legislative / Advocacy Moment –Vol 1, Tip 5
The interior design profession is impacted by the public perception of our services. It influences salaries, access to educational resources and a designers’ legal standing as professionals on both State and National levels. The words we use to talk about our profession provide an opportunity to shape public perception for the better. Our friends at ASID developed the following word diagram to help designers’ better articulate our services:
a-develop, generate, plan, implement
j-work on, organize
k-knowledge, training, education
h-come up with
k-taste, knack, flair
l-take care of, handle