IIDA NY and desigNYC present IMPACT NY

IIDA NY, a charter Chapter of the International Interior Design Association, in collaboration with desigNYC, is hosting IMPACT NY. This event was established to enhance visibility and highlight the importance of pro bono design work in and around New  York City, but also, to strengthen the local design community's collective commitment to giving back while also celebrating individual contributions. We are calling on the creative community in the New York City and Upstate New  York areas to submit conceptual designs that will make a difference in the community. This design challenge aims to highlight the importance of pro bono work while honoring those who truly demonstrate their IMPACT.


IIDA NY and desigNYC are asking interior designers, architects, students, and other industry professionals to submit thoughtful design concepts for a West Harlem-based continuing care treatment office. This outpatient facility for group counseling services needs an overall spatial identity, one that fosters community, encourages participation by clients, and supports the client's healing process. The winning design concept will begin to be executed in 2013 with the support of IIDA NY and desigNYC.

This one-floor outpatient facility is approximately 1200 sf and is managed by one of the largest non-profit multi-service agencies of its kind in New York City today. The facility is on the second floor in a pre-war building. The organization is currently looking for a solution that will improve client engagement while also supporting the staff and their workstyles.

With nearly 1700 clients per day in 28 distinct programs, this non-profit multi-service agency has seen tremendous growth over the last 40 years of service. Its programs include residential substance abuse treatment; outpatient and transitional treatment; homeless and domestic violence shelters; alternatives to incarceration; permanent supportive housing programs; and a wide range of special initiatives and collaborations.

The interior space includes the following areas:

  • Reception area: This space should accommodate one staff member and an area for clients and visitors to sign in.
  • Waiting Area/Client Lounge: The area should include lounge seating, snack/coffee service, a TV, and magazine racks. Access to computers between sessions would be desired. This area should seat as many that can fit comfortably.
  • Group sessions area: Two group session areas are desired, each needs to accommodate 15 people, along with A/V equipment, furniture that has storage, is flexible, and stackable
  • Storage/file room: Approximately 1800 180 linear feet of lockable storage for binders is required. Additional space for supply storage should also be included. In this room a workspace is needed for one person to sit or stand at a dissertation writers uk computer. A small refrigerator and an area for a printer/scanner is required.
  • Staff kitchenette: Staff would like a microwave, refrigerator, cabinets, counter (no elements that require plumbing). This space could be incorporated into one of the group session areas or within a storage/file room.


Download the Floor Plan (PDF)

Download the Floor Plan (CAD)


The following information should be included in your entry:
  • A statement expressing the designer or design team’s philosophy on the value of high impact, pro bono design in New York (200 word maximum)
  • A statement describing the submitted design concept (200 words maximum)
  • A PDF no larger than 24-inches-by-36-inches and 300 dpi, with a maximum of four pages. These pages must include a conceptual floor plan (may be loose in nature), additional supporting materials such as drawings or inspiration images, and design intent. The file size of the PDF must not exceed 10MB.


All entries must be uploaded/submitted no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.

All entries must be uploaded/submitted no later than 5:00pm on Friday, May 24, 2013.


  • IIDA Members and Students: $25 per entry
  • Non-members: $50 per entry


Submissions will be judged for suitability to the project challenge, approach to pro bono design, thoughtful design concept, and feasibility of the concept for implementation. Winner will be determined by a jury of design professionals and clients.


Sally Bernstein Sally Bernstein, Assistant Vice President, Capital Planning & Development for Palladia.
JoanBlumenfeld Joan Blumenfeld FAIA, LEED AP, Global Interior Design Director at Perkins+Will and a Member of the IIDA NY Chapter.
Maddy Burke Madeline Burke-Vigeland AIA, Principal at Gensler and one of the founding members of desigNYC
Susan S. Szenasy Susan S. Szenasy, Editor in Chief of architecture and design magazine METROPOLIS
Susan S. Szenasy Victoria Milne, Director of Creative Services at NYC’s Department of Design and Construction


One winning concept will be selected by the jury and notified prior to the IMPACT NY event. The winning architect, designer, or student’s concept will be showcased at the event in New York City on Wednesday, June 26th. The winning concept will also be implemented in collaboration with an IIDA NY and desigNYC project team. The winner will also receive a one-year membership to IIDA and have the opportunity to sit on the IMPACT NY jury for 2014.

Exceptionally strong runners up (as decided by the jury) may also have the opportunity to be featured at the summer event and in related media.

For questions about submission requirements please email us at impact.iidany@gmail.com

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