Professional Development


CIDQ Announces the 2016 Louis S. Tregre Award Recipient David Stone, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP is the Recipient of the 2016 Louis S. Tregre Award

ALEXANDRIA, VA: CIDQ is thrilled to present the 2016 Louis S. Tregre Award to David Stone! The Louis S. Tregre Award recognizes outstanding volunteer service to CIDQ. David was selected due to notable contributions to the Massachusetts and Arizona Design Coalitions and his continuous and successful contributions to CIDQ’s committees, especially those related to the exam.

Throughout his career, David has continuously served as a resolute advocate for the profession. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1980 as part of the first graduating class from the College of Architecture’s new Bachelor of Science in Design, majoring in Interior Architecture; this education and experience laid the foundation for his interior design career and desire to further the profession. He strongly believes in legislative recognition of Interior Design as a distinct, independent profession and works tirelessly to help inform colleagues, clients, and the public on the scope of the interior design profession. His efforts align with the significant volunteer contributions of Louis S. Tregre who helped incorporate NCIDQ (now CIDQ).

Laurie McRae, current CIDQ Board Past-President, has seen David’s volunteer dedication first hand and nominated David for this year’s award. “David never steps down from a challenge or worthy cause and is extremely giving of his personal time and energy. He is careful, thoughtful, and deliberate in his approach to volunteerism and problem solving. He is a great mentor to young designers and leads them into and through the profession with wisdom, kindness, and always a great sense of humor!”

David was surprised and privileged to be this year’s recipient. “What an honor to be in the company of so many people that I not only personally know, but highly respect. I hope to be able to live up to their examples while also setting one for future nominees and recipients. This is truly the highlight and crowning achievement of my career. Thank you to the committee and entire CIDQ family.”

About CIDQ: The Council for Interior Design Qualification, or CIDQ, is the global leader in establishing standards of competence for interior design/interior architecture professionals. An independent, nonprofit organization of state and provincial credentialing bodies, CIDQ has issued professional certificates to competent interior design professionals since 1974. Interior designers who meet the eligibility requirements for education and experience and pass the rigorous NCIDQ Exam are assigned a unique NCIDQ Certification number that attests to their qualifications for employers, state regulators, and the general public.

Boston City Fire Code – Upholstered Flammability Regulations

As you know, BIFMA has been working with other stakeholders to recommend that Boston amend its fire code, which mandates the use of TB-133 (open flame test method) for sprinkled and un-sprinkled occupancies.  The city of Boston has been the largest market for TB-133 seating products.

Per a previous memo, we shared that on March 23 the Boston City Council voted unanimously to amend their city fire code to align with the majority of the country which permits the use of TB-117-2013 (smolder test method) for sprinkled occupancies.  We have now been informed that on April 8, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signed the ordinance amendment that will become effective in 90 days (July 7).

Members of the BIFMA Flammability Subcommittee offer the following information to assist you and your Boston customers in understanding the latest flammability requirements for upholstered furniture.  As noted above, Boston revised its Fire Prevention Code which now aligns with the State of Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code 527 CMR 1.00, Section 12.6.3.  The change allows for the use of upholstered furniture that complies with California Technical Bulletin 117-2013 (TB 117-2013) in all regulated occupancies (Use Groups) that have approved sprinkler protection.

There are still some regulated Use Groups that require compliance with Cal TB133 if the building is not protected by approved sprinklers.  This is consistent with Massachusetts and many other jurisdictions’ regulations.

The following occupancies, without approved sprinkler protection, would require upholstered furniture to meet Cal TB133:

•     ASSEMBLIES – any occupancy used for the gathering of 50 or more persons for deliberation, worship, entertainment, eating, drinking, amusement, awaiting transportation or similar uses.

  • EDUCATIONAL – any occupancy used for purposes up through the 12th grade.

•     DETENTION AND CORRECTIONALThis list is not all inclusive.  It can be complex and confusing determining all the requirements of the regulations.  We always recommend that you check with your local Authority Having Jurisdiction (Boston FD) to determine the exact requirements for your occupancy/use group.

While the code has now changed, it is still up to the discretion of the local code officials to enforce as they see fit and that designers should always check with the official having jurisdiction for questions or clarifications.


The International Interior Design Association and the American Library Association are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Library Interior Design Awards. These biennial awards recognize achievement in library interior design aesthetics, creativity, and function.

“The entries that we received for this biennial competition clearly speak to the evolving needs of 21st-century library patrons,” IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, said. “They illustrate that library spaces can inspire while still offering the technology, services, and programming that patrons have come to rely on. With our partners at ALA, we are pleased to honor and celebrate this year’s winners.”

Projects were judged by a panel of distinguished professionals, including Christy S. Cain, IIDA, RID, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, idea|span; Stasia Czech Suleiman, IIDA, NCIDQ, Vice President/Senior Project Interior Designer, HOK; Jessica N. Kayongo, J.D., M.A., Sociology Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame; and Mindy Sorg, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Interior Designer, OPN Architects.

“The submissions to this competition were extremely strong,” said Suleiman on behalf of the jury. “The projects represented a range of design execution—from understated elegance to bold color and whimsical elements—it was clear that the winning firms thoroughly understood their clients and how to cater to the needs and preferences of the populations who would be using the libraries.”

The winners of the 2016 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards are:
Public Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.
Firm: MSR Design, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Project: Madison Central Library, Madison, WI, USA

Public Libraries, 30,000 sq. ft. and smaller
Firm: HCMA Architecture + Design / Dub Architects Ltd., Vancouver, Canada
Project: Mill Woods Library, Seniors’ Centre and Multicultural Facility, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago, USA
Project: Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch, Chicago, USA

Academic Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.
Firm: Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, USA
Project: Jen Library, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, USA

Special Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.
Firm: Shepley Bulfinch, Boston, MA, USA
Project: The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, Durham,

Special Libraries, 30,000 sq. ft. and smaller
Firm: BenGuo Design, Shenzhen, China
Project: Southern Study in Shenzhen Library, Shenzhen, China

Outstanding Historic Renovation Project
Firm: Schwartz/Silver Architects, Boston, MA, USA
Project: Charles E. Shain Library Renovation at Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA

Single Space Design

The Best of Competition winner will be announced Sunday, June 26, during the ALA Annual
Conference in Orlando, Florida, where all of the competition winners will be celebrated. Images
of the winning projects are featured on the IIDA website and will be published in Contract and
American Libraries magazines.

Kimball Office Opens New Boston Showroom Designed By Embarc Studio
JASPER, IN [APRIL 29, 2016] – Kimball Office, a leading designer and manufacturer of high
quality products and solutions for the contract furniture industry, today announced the opening of its newest showroom, which is centrally located in the heart of Boston’s financial district. Designed by the Boston firm Embarc Studio, the showroom draws inspiration from the energy of Post Office Square and the vitality of Congress Street, one of the city’s most active thoroughfares. The showroom officially opened on Thursday, April 28th and is the company’s ninth showroom in the U.S.

“Our Boston showroom is built on the creative pace we established with our award-winning Chicago showroom,” said Wendy Murray, director of marketing for Kimball Office. “Our furniture solutions are designed to drive an experience, and we are thrilled to offer the Boston design community an inspiring place where we can highlight our collections, meet with industry thought leaders and engage in creative activities.” The Kimball showroom is a dynamic, flexible space that showcases high quality contract furniture against the backdrop of the picturesque Post Office Square. Using this iconic community location as inspiration, Embarc Studio focused on using abstracted natural elements, an open floor plan and engaging materials. The showroom, adaptable for workplace trends of today and tomorrow, is linked together by a number of interior areas – work, library/think tank, café, living room, studios – all of which are anchored with a central pavilion. The pavilion, a central location where Kimball representatives can conduct informal meetings, entertainment, and educational or creative activities, is enveloped in a bold-orange color and includes the town hall and conference areas. Interior walls are interrupted by glass panels with some that lift the walls from the floor giving the pavilion a sense of lightness and others that are placed vertically to allow views through the pavilion to the perimeter windows and beyond.

“From the moment we stepped onto this third floor space and discovered the perimeter window walls, we were inspired by the view and bustle of the square,” said Dartagnan Brown of Embarc Studio. “That instant discovery would guide us through the design process, and inspire our team to pull energy directly from the park through the building’s floor-to-ceiling windows and right into the space.” The 5672 square-foot showroom is located at 70 Federal Street in Boston and open to industry trade by appointment only between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday.




Free to Members: Continuing Education: Staying Sharp and maintaining your credentials

IIDA membership requires that each Professional and Associate member complete 10 hours of accredited CEU courses within each 2-year compliance period. IIDA New England is committed to presenting 6 programs a year, each with at least 1 hour of credit, and some with 2 hours of credit, to help members achieve this requirement.  These programs cover a wide range of topics that are relevant public safety, good practices and good design skills.

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Putting Evidence-Based Design Into Practice workshop

Held June 24th in Boston – CLICK HERE to learn more

Professional Opportunities
Junior Interior Designer – posted 3/2017

Duffy Design Group, an award winning interior design firm in Boston is seeking a Junior Interior Designer/Project Manager for commercial development and residential projects. Ideal candidate will have experience in a similar role.
Applications are sought from Designers with at least 2-4 years of experience who MUST have worked on commercial and/or hospitality projects. Multi-unit housing development or hotel design experience would be strongly advantageous.
General Responsibility:
o Advanced knowledge of all interior design phases of commercial projects of varying sizes and complexities from conception through construction, Initial programming through construction to final installation.
o Provide conceptual design skills to assist in responding to the needs of our clients and ultimately provide exciting and empowering challenges to our integrated design teams.
o Have a working knowledge of techniques, products, and materials used in both commercial and residential environments.
o You will be expected to prepare interior finish, plumbing, appliance, lighting and hardware specifications and schedules.
o Preparation of full construction document set, including all plans, elevations, details, schedules and specifications relevant to the project scope.
o Preparation of FF&E presentation package.
o Create proposals, purchase orders, and invoices for clients in Studio Webware (SW). Format budget per client specification and update accordingly in SW or Excel.
o Communicate and document information between clients, consultants, contractors, vendors, etc. to insure that the projects adhere to the design intent.
o Highly motivated, strong team building, organizational, communication skills are essential.
o Enjoys working in a collaborative environment and providing mentorship to other designers within the firm
o 2+ years of experience in preparing comprehensive interior design packages including architectural detailing and knowledge of construction documentation.
o AutoCAD experience is essential.
o Individual must possess excellent presentation skills and have the ability to manage multiple projects.
o Conceptual sketching ability desired.
o Awareness and experience in workplace strategies and solutions a plus.
o Adobe Photoshop, Sketch-up program, Microsoft Office Suite knowledge.