IIDA Spectrum
Jun. 5, 2014

Re-designing law for an uncertain future
Doug Zucker, head of the law firm division at Gensler, says he spends a lot of time considering how design will (and should) support the way law firms and legal industry professionals will work in the future. "Given that the industry is undergoing profound changes with new business pressures pushing in from all sides, it is challenging to plan for a future that is largely unwritten," Zucker writes.More

6 steps to integrate research into healthcare design
Healthcare Design
The goal of research isn't academic; it's rooted in real-world priorities to create a better environment, enhance the human experience, enable a better quality of life and — most important — provide value to all stakeholders by showing a tangible return on investment. To do so, many design firms are instilling a culture of research and a commitment to metrics that matter.More

How to design office spaces to attract and retain great talent
The Business Journals
It's no secret: Beautiful office spaces work wonders when courting new clients or impressing investors. But innovative work spaces play another vital role in corporate ecosystems: attracting talent.More

Green Building Initiative to introduce new sustainability rating system
Interiors & Sources
The Green Building Initiative will introduce a new rating tool for interior designers and architects at the annual NeoCon commercial interior design trade show in Chicago: Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors. More

Inaugural IIDA Annual Meeting Live Stream
For the first time in its history, IIDA will offer a global Live Stream feed of its Annual Meeting for Members who are unable to attend NeoCon 2014 in person. From your computer, laptop or mobile device, gain access to the IIDA Annual Meeting 2014 anywhere. RSVP to amlive@iida.org to join in this inaugural opportunity! If you can make it to the Annual Meeting in person, RSVP to iidahq@iida.org.More

COOL 2014: The hottest ticket in town
Join your colleagues this Sunday, June 8, at COOL 2014. IIDA's annual Neocon black-tie gala celebration is a special evening to honor the winners of two of the most prestigious competitions in the Interior Design profession: the 41st Annual Interior Design Competition and the 22nd Annual Will Ching Design Competition. To purchase your tickets or for more information about COOL, please contact Aisha Williams.More

IIDA Awards: What it takes to stand out
Interior Design
Celebrating new ideas and techniques, the International Interior Design Association's annual Interior Design Competition invites entries in the categories of corporate office; cultural, educational, or institutional; government or municipal; health care; hospitality; retail or showroom; and residential. There's also an overall winner, drawn from all seven categories. And it appears that the IIDA and Interior Design see eye to eye, as the magazine had already published four of the winners/More

ICFF welcomes 31,000 visitors to New York
Exhibition World
The organizer of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair has said its 26th edition "delivered full-throttle on all fronts" with an increase in both exhibitor and visitor numbers. More

BIFMA 2014 level events
The 2014 level roadshow offers a chance to learn the latest developments about how the most widely used sustainability standard for the furniture industry can help you with your projects. Plus, a CEU credit is available — as are free drinks and an awesome T-shirt! Join in any of these BIFMA 2014 level roadshow events:

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Want to reach the top dogs? Executives love email newsletters
Upstart Business Journal
For reaching business decision-makers, it's hard to beat the email newsletter. An audience survey of 940 business executives by Quartz found that 56 percent identified email newsletters as the primary way they get industry news.More

Systems matter (to your credibility and your bottom line)
Business of Design
Ellen Walker says a simple — and foreseeable — misunderstanding about wallpaper taught her an unforgettable lesson on the importance of standard protocols. In this case study, learn how to avoid a hit to your bottom line and your professional credibility by establishing check-and-balance systems at the start of every job.More