June 2019

Photo: MASI 2018 Gold Recipient, Special Project Category, aodbt architecture + interior design

President's Message

One of the questions our Council gets asked most frequently is “What’s happening with the AAA?” Since 2015, IDA has held a variety of discussions with the AAA about ways to improve interior design regulation in Alberta. This is concurrent with the AAA’s review of the Architect’s Act, which is scheduled to be renewed in the Alberta Legislature sometime before October 2021.

On May 22, the AAA met with the IDA Legislative Committee in Calgary, to preview proposed changes to the Act which may impact interior designers. (It’s important to note that the AAA will make recommendations, but the Department of Labour will make final decisions on how the Act will be presented in the Legislature.)

At this meeting, AAA invited IDA to submit information on existing Alberta Registered Interior Designers (who are not already LIDs), for potential recognition as LIDs. This is a somewhat iterative process so we don’t have a timeline for a response, but it is a very positive development towards recognizing our members’ good work and unifying Alberta interior design professionals. We will keep you posted.

I would also like to mention that – although not in my official capacity as IDA President – I sit on the AAA Interior Design Advisory Committee (IDAC), which is working towards improved clarity and consistency in the licensing process and better representation within the AAA. I hope to be able to share more information about this with you soon.

As you can see, this is an exciting time for Interior Designers in Alberta, working towards a profession that is more unified, more professional and more compliant with the Architect’s Act. Over the past couple of years, I have had the good fortune to meet with our counterparts across Canada, and I’m happy to report that there are similar efforts being made in nearly every province. Although each jurisdiction is somewhat different, by supporting each other we can build a stronger profession throughout the country. 

In closing, I would like to thank our outgoing council members whose terms ended at our AGM: Troy Dashney, Kathy Johnston Umbach, Suzanne Allard, Katelyn Smith, and Kelly VanderHooft. We are still looking for volunteers, particularly in relation to special events; if you are able to contribute, please contact the IDA office. As an almost entirely volunteer-run organization, we can only be stronger if more of our members step up to create the organization you want to see.


Kerri Peyton
IDA President


Upcoming IDA Events

Urban Encounters is a table top trade show held in two locations (Edmonton and Calgary). The main focus is two-fold. Firstly, it is held to showcase the latest products and services for commercial and residential suppliers to the Alberta Interior Design community. Secondly, it is an opportunity to bring the design and supply community together in an informal, social atmosphere to help in the establishment of mutually beneficial client-vendor relationships.

Save the Date!


Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Edmonton EXPO Centre

Edmonton, AB


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

BMO Centre Stampede Park

Calgary, AB

NCIDQ Update

Friendly reminder that applications for the NCIDQ Exams for October 2019 are due on July 15th. Registration will be open from July 1st to September 31st.


Shaw Contract Introduces a New Sales Rep!

It is with incredible enthusiasm and excitement that Shaw Contract announces James Renouf as their newest Account Manager for Northern Alberta!  James has a Business Management education from NAIT and a creative spirit. We look forward to introducing him to our wonderful industry in the upcoming months!


Other Events of Interest

There are two methods of becoming a certified Passive House Designer or Consultant: through submission of a certified Passive House project, or by passing the standardized international exam. Examination dates are fixed by the Passive House Institute (PHI) and offered by Passive House Canada in cooperation with PHI. Certified Designers and Consultants will be listed on our website, as well as the international database. For information on certification via project design and documentation please see PHI’s Project Qualification page.

November 6 - 7, 2019

BMO Centre

Calgary, AB

BUILDEX is the voice of the building industry today, and the vision of its future. This exciting event – the largest in Alberta – brings together talent from across industry to interact, learn and discover the newest innovations of a market in constant transformation.

BUILDEX Alberta is an event that will enable Architecture & Design, Construction, and Property Management professionals to immerse themselves in dialogue and build community, providing a meaningful platform for industry advancement.


Current Openings

Opportunities advertised below are subject to change, please visit our job board to view current listings and for more information.

Senior Interior Designer - S2 Architecture - Edmonton, AB

Senior Interior Designer - S2 Architecture - Vancouver, BC

Senior Interior Designer - Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. - Calgary, AB

Intermediate Interior Designer - Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. - Calgary, AB


Contact the IDA office to learn more about volunteer opportunities for members.

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Interior Designers of Alberta

202, 5405 99 Street NW

Edmonton, AB T6E 3N8

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