Co-Chairs: Meghan Hennigan &Kait Kennedy
Our Mission: We provide access to programming, resources, and tools of engagement for organizations to create and be accountable for their own pathway to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
Our Vision: A design industry that is just and equitable. Our values: We aspire to be just and fair, carrying out our work with these core values in our hearts, minds, and actions by: – embracing constant learning; – practicing cultural humility; -fostering community and belonging.
Co-Chairs: Shawnasia Black & Elsie St. Léger
Engage with local communities through design-based service programs or educational initiatives for increased community development and ownership.
Co-Chairs: Jennifer Graham & Sherri Simko
Co-Chair: Jennifer Graham & Kait Kennedy
The advocacy committee develops messaging, fundraises, and educates for legislation to advance and promote interior design as a profession. The committee meets as part of a greater task force with fellow professional associations and their headquarters representatives to implement the goals of this grassroots mobilization and will work with a lobbyist to help implement a strategy. The committee will foster broader awareness, education, and support of future legislation by all sectors of the interior design community in order to build a strong advocacy base. They will empower interior designers to speak articulately on behalf of the larger community. The group will Identify and cultivate a network of allies and fundraise to support advocacy efforts. Their overall goal is to develop legislation to modernize the scope of practice and allow permitting privileges for interior, non-structural construction for those who would like the responsibility.
Co-Chair: Corina Folts
The Albany City Center was founded 7 years ago to bring the voice of the Interior Design Industry to the NY Capital District. The Albany City Center strives to create a strong niche for the most talented and visionary Interior Design professionals, to elevate the profession to the level it warrants, and to lead the way for the next generation of Interior Design innovators. IIDA stands at the intersection of passion and strategy where designers create extraordinary interiors and experiences. We support the local design community through professional development and continuing education opportunities.
Director: Ashley Sheehan
The Syracuse City Center was founded in 2019 to bring together the city’s design community, industry partners, and students. The Syracuse City Center strives to create meaningful events to bring our community together and awareness to our profession while giving back to the community that we love. Roles & Responsibilities: Provide 3-5 events per year to bring together the design community.
Provide at least one Advocacy specific program per year.
Provide consistent communications to the Syracuse design community through a monthly newsletter to inform members of upcoming events, advocacy initiatives, and local member highlights, and NY and national events and initiatives.
Provide mentorship and educational services to aspiring designers at local college design institutions.
Promote IIDA NY membership and manage questions and inquiries from current and prospective members via email: [email protected]
Co-Directors: Natalie Redmore & Allison Towles
The IIDA NY Buffalo City Center aims to enhance and advocate for the Interior Design profession through knowledge, value, and community awareness. The City Center engages and supports Buffalo’s professional and student design community through diverse events and opportunities. Advocating to advance the Interior Design industry by offering professional development, mentoring, and access to resources that promote quality of life, public health, and safety.
Co-Directors: Marisa Scroger & Candice Urban-Green
The IIDA NY Rochester City Center is a growing community of talented designers and industry partners passionate about bringing Rochester’s diverse design community together through continuing education, professional development, and networking opportunities.
The City Center works to advocate for the importance of the interior design profession and encourage relationship-building amongst the greater design community and the broader Rochester community.
We aim to foster these important connections through various types of programmed events and rich design-oriented learning opportunities. Some of these include joint events with other design professions, joint events with local Rochester businesses or organizations, and mentoring/educational programs with local high school and college students.
Co-Directors: Amanda Loomis & Kara Brown
Co-Chairs: Vanessa Perry & Carolyn R
Co-Chair: Vanessa Perry & Courtney White
Co-Chair: Rachel Roblee & Nic Neiper
Co-Chairs: Christa Adymy & Jennifer Eno
Co-Chair: John Sadlon & Anne Drysdale
Co-Chairs: Barbara Giaquinto & Dana Castillo
Co-Chair: Brian Bates & Steven South
The Healthcare Forum seeks to provide members a venue with which to discuss the latest trends and design concepts, as well as disseminate knowledge through education, resources, and communication.
We want to support design professionals in the challenging and rewarding field of healthcare design and act as a source for exploring methods of design and innovation, which create positive, effective healing environments.
Roles & Responsibilities:
Healthcare Forum is set to have one yearly event that is reflective of concerns and issues affecting healthcare design. Research existing conditions and needs in healthcare to best determine what issues are best to highlight. The committee will host brainstorming sessions with industry leaders in an effort to identify topical issues relating to the healthcare ecosystem, and to determine the best strategies for addressing them. Healthcare Forum will have roughly 12-15 meetings per year clustered around the event schedule.
Co-Chair: Jason Lockspeiser & Liliana Alvarado
Co-Chair: Dylan Kruse & Gabrielle Jackson O’Connor
Co-Chairs: Joan Tsen & Susan Weinberg
Member Welcome + App
The MWC mission is to help, guide and encourage new members to get involved and take full advantage of all that IIDA and the IIDA NY Chapter has to offer.
We create the NMQ, a digital quarterly newsletter for new members featuring events, benefits, and some fun facts.
We run and maintain the IIDA NY App.
We send the welcome letter/e-mail to all new members.
We host several informal social/networking events & happy hours throughout the year.
We have your IIDA NY swag! e.g. enamel pins.
We arrange a MWC table at most signature events to provide information, make introductions, distribute swag and say, “hello!”
Co-Chair: Caroline White & Matt Bishop
Foster connections with our current and future volunteers. Volunteer Coordination’s mission is to support the Interior design community by facilitating connections and growing the IIDA community.
– Hold the IIDA Volunteer Fair in (Mid-Summer) with all committees in attendance to provide face-to-face interaction between co-chairs and potential volunteers.
– Coordinate with existing IIDA committees for potential volunteer opportunities.
– Place IIDA members on committees that interest them either through direct contact, email or the member’s app.
– Participate at in-person events by manning the sign-in table, speaking to potential volunteers about joining IIDA, and becoming part of a committee.
Co-Chair: Sandy Magluilo & Melissa Gaitan
LMNOP (Leadership, Mentoring & Networking Opportunities) is a non-profit organization that provides personal, professional development to members of the design community. Founded in 2009, LMNOP is dedicated to offering workshops, mentorship and networking activities for the architecture and design community at large. LMNOP has transitioned into the International Interior Design Association’s New York Chapter (IIDA NY) while retaining their core identity and mission of providing resources to the A&D community.
Co-Chair: Habiba Koroma
Co-Chair: Rick Stewart & Jeremy Jonet
WELL Study Group
Co-Chair: Haeyoung Shin
Business Leadership Training
BLT (Business Leadership Training) is a unique opportunity offered to our Design Advocate Firms. The program is designed to further develop mid-level designers in strategic business planning. The CEU-accredited curriculum is specifically developed for the IIDA NYC BLT students in conjunction with Pace University: Lubin School of Business. The program includes (6) Courses consisting of (2) classes each. Each course focuses on different aspects of leadership and business knowledge from marketing, presentation skills, networking, team enhancement and management, and, business planning, negotiations, contracts, finances, and business psychology. This is an opportunity for IIDA NY to invest in the future leaders of our industry.
Co-Chairs: Angela Laterza & Maria Vila
LEED Study Group
Co-Chair: Brooke Altidor
Co-Chair: Ginger Gilden
Hazel Siegel Student Design Competition
The IIDA Hazel Siegel Scholarship serves to honor the legacy of Hazel Siegel, an acclaimed textile designer and chapter member who held numerous leadership positions and received numerous honors over 40-years of dedicated service to the chapter.
The IIDA Hazel Siegel Scholarship honors students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to the New York IIDA chapter.
The Scholarship Committee aims to nurture the talent of student members, providing them with the financial support needed to participate in specific scholarly activities such as trade events, competitions, courses, and volunteer initiatives.
Co-Chairs: Jillian Allerton & Michelle Schutt
We are a collective of passionate Interior Design students who are driven to share our knowledge and support our design student peers with their career development by providing resources and networking opportunities with industry professionals. Our goal is to serve as a link between academia and professional practice through collaborative efforts among interior design educators, practitioners and industry members with our co-chairs as professionals in the industry to guide us and help us connect to the larger network.
Co-Chairs: Ellen Straub & Paridhi Chawla
Members: Ashley Abuanza, Giuliana Grosso, Jaqueline Brownstein, Joseph Olivieri, Ashima Yaadav
The College Ambassadors Committee was established to maintain relationships with Interior Design Programs/ Schools and Interior Design Student Clubs in NY. One of its main goals is to host fun educational events at the Design Schools and assist in recruiting IIDA student members. The Committee also manages and distributes Student Development promotional materials and swag. College Ambassadors who are assigned to different Programs/ Schools collaborate with IIDA student groups and leverage committee connections to increase engagement.
Co-Chairs: Ethan Lu & Julia Glazer
Co-Chairs: Rachel Robinson & Lisbeth Jimenez