IIDA Spectrum
Jul. 30, 2015

New York's LaGuardia Airport to be demolished and rebuilt using 3 different designs
Three separate proposals by SHoP Architects, Dattner Architects and Present Architecture have been combined to create the new design for New York's La Guardia Airport — completely replacing the existing terminals. Recently, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and United States Vice President Joe Biden announced that the airport in the Queens borough, which consists of disconnected aging terminals, would undergo a complete overhaul.More

Are your design and furnishing choices making people sick?
As architects and designers, you might think your role is all about functionality and aesthetics, but in fact our professional choices can have a significant impact on people's health. This includes both the layout and configurations of spaces, and the furnishings within those spaces. The connection between architecture, design, and health is generating new spheres of research. So, how can architecture and interior design make workplaces healthier?More

As job market heats up, versatile designers are in demand
By Lloyd Princeton
There has not been a better time in the past four or five years to be looking for an interior design job. Within the past six months, job listings have jumped from the dozens to the hundreds. Business is on the rise in A&D firms. Many that had to let employees go during the lean years are staffing up again. Architects are taking on more new projects, and that is opening up opportunities for interior designers.More

Retail design to deter shoplifters
Talk of retail design generally revolves around ways to draw customers into stores to generate sales. Good design, however, can go beyond that, preventing retail loss (shrinkage) attributed to the behavior of the not-so-welcome store guest — the shoplifter.More

Leaders Breakfast San Francisco
The San Francisco Leaders Breakfast celebrates design's importance in the global market place and encourages new ideas. Featuring keynote speaker Cheryl Strayed, columnist and author of New York Times bestseller Wild and honoring two city-selected honorees, Alrene Blum, Ph.D. and Judy Levin, MSW, who have made significant contributions to the design industry.More

Apply for exam reimbursement through the IIDA Foundation
Applications are now being accepted for the NCIDQ Tuition Reimbursement Fund and the Sustainable Design Education Fund. The deadline for submitting your request for consideration is 5 p.m. CDT, Friday, Aug. 14.More

IIDA Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards now open
The third annual IIDA Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards honors innovation and design excellence in Interior Design/Architecture throughout the Asia Pacific region. Submit, and your project could be featured in an issue of Contract magazine. More

BOKA Powell completes interior design for Omnitracs' new headquarters
Relocated from San Diego to downtown Dallas, Omnitraces' new corporate headquarters " ...tells a powerful story of the company's journey and celebrates its new location in downtown Dallas," commented Staci Tave, project manager and interior designer from BOKA Powell. Housing more than 500 employees, the sophisticated, modern workplace features coffee bars, huddle spaces, and lounges.More

Deep dive: Swimming and rehab pools around the world
Interior Design
For much of the northern hemisphere, pools signify summertime. But for many firms, including several of the health care giants, they represent design opportunities in the health care and wellness sectors. More

Designing an office for different generations
Metropolis Magazine
Today, it isn't unlikely to have three different generations toiling together in the same workplace. With varying work styles and mindsets, baby boomers along with Generations X and Y are working side by side. To overcome these differences, managers are increasingly turning to design to accommodate their needs while also harnessing the potential for cross-generational interaction. More

Confidence and your design fees
Design Biz Blueprint
Tell me if this sounds familiar? One minute you're totally confident with the design of the century you're creating for your client, thinking to yourself, "this one is going to make the national magazines and get my name in lights"... then the next minute you're fearful, terrified, and uncertain if your design business will ever make it because of one little nasty phone call from a grumpy client. Don't worry; this has happened to every designer!More

4 tips to increase the value of your time
Design Success University
If you don't value your time, how can you expect clients to do so? The following tips may not only help you get more value out of your time, but will hopefully translate that value to your client.More