Deepening Design through Diversity

By Marth Duque, Student IDA

Congratulations to Martha Duque, IDI Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design Student 2019 IA Interior Architects Diversity In Design Scholarship Recipient

With the expansive reach of technology, creativity inspiration sources have become endless. Traveling to exotic destinations, bustling urban environments, nature’s wonders, and cultural heritage sites, is readily available at your fingertips though your computer screen. But incorporating diversity in design is about a lot more than just sourcing visual inspiration from around the world. It is about understanding how people in different cultures communicate, how they interact, what they value, where their comfort zones are, and how they experience the world. Taking the best of these worlds to create a unique and desirable experience for clients is how we truly enrich and elevate design.

Diversity has become a big plus when it comes to the hiring and selection of employees at the top design firms. The mix of experiences brought to the table by candidates with a global background in a variety of industries, segments and levels is so unique, that it can’t be easily replicated by competitors. It also creates a culture that continually evolves and morphs with new recruits, producing a dynamic work environment that never becomes stale or stagnant. Working in cross-functional and cross-cultural teams not only to brings together best-practice leaders, but it enhances the diversity of the design solutions. These power teams are pushing the boundaries of creativity and bringing a whole new dimension to their designs though the cross- pollination of ideas.

The search for inspiration across seemingly unrelated vertical markets is also a big contributor to design diversity. With the trend towards experience-based interiors, experts are engaging in new creative thinking techniques to promote innovation. The healthcare industry is pulling from the hospitality industry for inspiration, corporate and retail segments are taking elements from the entertainment and leisure industries. Spaces are no longer unidimensional, they go beyond just being functional and aesthetically pleasing to become fun and engaging hubs for social interaction and collaboration, enticing people to stay longer and come back for more.

Technology is also re-shaping the future of design. Some may argue that technology has granted access to so much information that it has made it harder to create truly original designs. But when access to these resources is used to stimulate creativity rather than to copy, the possibilities are infinite. Technology may be considered disruptive in the development of social connections, distancing us from those closest to

us, but it has also brought those furthest away from us much closer, facilitating the exchange of ideas and strengthening bonds with colleagues and business partners across the globe. As more design tools become available to the design community, not only can we easily capture, store, and disseminate knowledge, but we can use that knowledge and combine it with artificial intelligence to generate innovative new spaces.

Those at the leading edge of architectural and interior design are taking advantage of technology advances, artificial intelligence, employee diversity, and segment cross-pollination to get ahead of the pack, rewrite the norms and reshape the future of design.

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IDI student, Soon-Young Kim and her team, won first place at the recent
IIDA Student Design Charette.

IIDA Student members from around the country compete in this live, onsite annual design competition.

Students have less than six hours to determine a design solution, develop a presentation, and pitch their concept to a panel of esteemed judges.

2019 Design Awards Winners’ Gallery

JOHN HENRY DESIGNS

PLATINUM AWARD- BEST BEDROOM

The Master Bedroom was fine before, but lacked personality and texture. By updating the ceiling, adding soffit lighting and dressing up the walls with Horse Hair Wallpaper, the room finally had a stage to sing. Not a very large room, use of space and scale was very important.

DEIRDRE EAGLES INTERIOR DESIGN

GOLD AWARD- BEST KITCHEN

(0-25 Years of Experience) This Huntington Beach bungalow gets a new lease on life with a complete kitchen remodel taking it from dark and dated to coastal chic. Opening up the wall between the kitchen and family room allows us to expand the kitchen and makes space for a dining table nearby. White cabinetry with curved glass fronts, a glass tile accent in the back splash and polished nickel fixtures add impact. A navy blue island and patterned window treatments give a pop of color, while wood floors throughout the space provide warmth.

IDI STUDENT

GOLD AWARD- FINAL PROJECT

(Associate Degree) It was very important for me to utilize all the windows within the space to maximize the natural light. Open plan living was desired and focus was placed on universal design.

HGTV’s 2019 Designer of the Year Awards Winners

By Lauren Fansier

Editors’ Pick – Color + Pattern: Lighthearted Living Room Rona Graf- Grace Blu Designs

If you could step into a rainbow, it might look something like this cheer ful living room. A blue leather sectional anchors the seating area, layered with bright pillows. Next door, a lime green table is the heart of the candy-colored breakfast nook.123

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Congratulations Kelsea!

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Studio Series winner, Anissa Mendil of Mendil + Meyer Design Studio, present the NEWH, Inc. SEURA Studio Series scholarship to Kelsea Stickelmaier, Interior Design major at Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach, CA.

IDI Students on Winning Teams at IIDA SoCal Student Design Charette

Congratulations to
Kacie Thomas & Natalie Kim

The IIDA Student Design Charette is the embodiment of the brainstorming and teamwork. Three IDI Students participated: Chidimma Abuka, Natalie Kim,& Kacie Thomas. With Kacie Thomas and team winning the first place prize and Natalie Kim and team in second place. Judges select a first and second place team. The first place team is awarded $10,000 which is presented on state at the Calibre Design Awards. Second place wins $4,000.

The first place winning team will represent IIDA SoCal at the Western Regional Student Design Charette in Spring, 2018. The Western Regional Charette winning team will compete at the International Student Charette in Chicago, June 2018.

Good luck to Kacie Thomas (pictured right) for the Western Regional Charette in Spring, 2018!

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Natalie Kim

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Natalie Kim pictured with concept board. Natalie’s team came in 2nd and gets to share the $4,000 prize.

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Kacie’s team concept board, was awarded first place. The team gets to share the $10,000 prize and compete in the Western Regionals!