Photo: MASI 2018 Silver Recipient, Office over 80/sq. ft. Category, Stantec Architecture Ltd., Stantec Regina Office Fit-up
As IDA Council members we are often asked, “Where do my IDA membership dollars go?” Obviously, this is a critical question – we can’t succeed unless we provide excellent value to our current and future members. We are always working hard to better communicate our initiatives and create new ones. One of these is scholarships for Alberta post-secondary interior design students.
Over the past month, we have finalized the details for the new IDA scholarship at Mount Royal University. We are excited to announce that we are now awarding an annual $1,500 prize to an MRU ID student in the second, third, or fourth year of their program. The previous amount was $500 per year, so this is a significant increase, intended to make a real difference for the recipient.
More importantly, we have updated the criteria to determine who receives the prize, to place an emphasis on students who have shown leadership during their time in school, and who have a vision for the future. Applicants will be asked to write one paragraph that responds to the question, “How might you contribute to the growth and success of the interior design profession, now or in the future”. Of course, we are excited to hear the great ideas that will surely be submitted. However, we also want to plant the seed in these students that they have a role to play in the success of our industry.
(Note that council is also currently updating the amount and criteria for the IDA scholarships to NAIT Interior Design Technology students, and we’ll likely take a similar approach for that program.)
My favourite Gandhi quote is “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. Many of the challenges that plague our industry – lack of understanding of our professional role and capabilities, downward pressure on fees, unrealistic expectations due to media representations of interior design projects – can only be solved by working together to speak more loudly with a common voice. Your membership dollars give us the power to do that.
I believe that one of the most important roles that IDA can play is to welcome new members to our industry, to give them the knowledge that there is support available to them – but, just as importantly, to reinforce their responsibility in giving back to the community as their careers grow. I hope you’ll agree that these are worthwhile outlets for a portion of your membership dollars.
That being said, we’re always happy to receive any feedback or suggestions from members on our programs! You can reach me directly at
Urban Encounters is Alberta's premier Interior Design trade show hosted in both Edmonton and Calgary each year.
Urban Encounters showcases the latest products and services for commercial and residential suppliers to the Interior Design community in Alberta.
This trade show connects the design and supply communities together in an informal, social atmosphere that inspires mutually beneficial client-vendor relationships.
12:00 PM, August 15, 2019
Will be announced at the PIDIM 65th Anniversary Gala on October 17, 2019
The MASI (Manitoba Alberta Saskatchewan Interior) Design Awards recognizes talented professionals in the interior design industry from across Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. This event strives to become a shared platform for talented professionals in the industry to showcase their ﬁnest work and have the opportunity to gain recognition for their achievements.
"You've read all the posts on
Instagram, now it's time to experience Talking with Designers: LIVE!
The IDA, in partnership with
Shaw Contract, are excited to host an inspiring and insightful evening with members of the design and architecture communities!
The panel will consist of 4 amazing individuals from Edmonton AND Calgary! Stay tuned to find out who!
Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. This event is open to all, with discounted rates available to IDA Members. Want to get involved? Sponsorship opportunities forthcoming and volunteers are always welcome! Please
contact the IDA if you are interested in lending a hand."
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.
(Above) Kinetic Living, designed by IDA Member Candace Wolfe.
The IDA would like to celebrate all of the amazing work our fantastic community of designers create, on our social media platforms! We are looking to do more member features to showcase the many beautiful interior spaces across our province.
How do you get featured?
Must be a member of the IDA: Student, Intern, Associate, or Registered. Yes! We would love to feature student work!
@idalberta on Instagram
Use the hashtag #idalbertainteriors
We will feature a new space every Wednesday, with a shout out to your firm and/or project team. You can use the hashtag as many times as you'd like, in fact, we encourage you to use the hashtag as much as possible!
We have recently re-launched our
LinkedIn page! Be sure to give it a follow to stay in the loop! We have also launched 2 new affiliate pages, both accessible through our main
The Yorkville Cohort
We know there are a number of current, prospective, and alumni students throughout Alberta, and we would love to connect you! If you know of any individuals who do not currently belong to the IDA, but are interested in enrolling in the Yorkville program, please pass on this page as well!
An overview of SPARK can be found on the IDA Website, under News & Events; but, if you would like to keep updated on all things SPARK related, give this page a follow. Something exciting this way comes!
Need we say anything more? We have a dedicated team of individuals who will help bring the awesomeness of SPARK, to Calgary!
August 21, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Human beings are meant to experience, connect and live purposefully. Join us for Shaw Contract’s most recent colour forecast and explore how we use design to connect with our communities, the earth and ourselves—all through the lens of colour.
The International Associations Meeting is back! It will gather different associations from the design industry and the most well-known actors in the world of home decor and lifestyle.
MAISON&OBJET during September edition, it is a great opportunity for you.
"IDC's Design Symposium is back for another year, this September 12-13 2019, in Vancouver. This year's conference is themed around "Exploring Human Connections". Discounted hotel rates are available at the Conference Venue, the Hyatt Regency in Downtwon Vancouver.
Join us to network with fellow members from across Canada and hear a report on IDC’s activities over the past year. This is your chance to connect with our CEO, Tony Brenders, the 2019-20 Board of Management and learn what we have in store for the coming year.
The Annual Meeting will be taking place during IDC's Design Symposium in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Please note there is no cost associated with attending the Annual Meeting.
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Vignettes 2019 is officially underway. We’ve got a new downtown venue, and our teams are working away on their designs.
Our 2019 festival theme is MUSE. Come explore the source behind each team’s creativity.
To complete the Celebration of Design in Manitoba, the 10th Annual Manitoba Design Exposition will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at the Victora Inn Hotel & Convention Centre. The PIDIM, in partnership with the University of Manitoba Department of Interior Design and Partners Program, will also be hosting the 2019 Dale Henwood Memorial Lecture. Finally, the Provincial Interior Design Regulator (PIDR) associations will be hosting their President meeting in Winnipeg on Friday, October 18, 2019.
In celebration of 65 Years of Interior Design in Manitoba The Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba (The PIDIM) will be hosting a Black Tie Anniversary Gala at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR) on Thursday, October 17, 2019. As part of the Gala, The PIDIM is also hosting the Manitoba Alberta Saskatchewan Interior (MASI) Design Awards for the first time as we celebrate and recognize the talented professionals in the interior design industry from across the Prairies.
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.
Opportunities advertised below are subject to change, please visit our job board to view current listings and for more information.
Intermediate Interior Designer - Block Interior Design Inc. - Calgary, AB
Interior Designer - 1 Year Contract - B+H Architects - Calgary, AB
Creative Design Lead, Interiors - Kasian Interior Design and Planning Ltd. - Calgary, AB
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reach out to the IDA.
Contact the IDA office to learn more about volunteer opportunities for members.
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