IIDA Illinois Chapter CEU: Designing for High Impact Learning Spaces


Education is being disrupted by shifting student demographics, research focused on the science of learning, and the impact of new technologies. Schools are looking at their roles through a new lens. Leaders are rethinking the environments of the past, which were intended for controlling students, restricting learning to a predetermined curriculum, delivered by those in authority. They now have a vision of education that is freeing, unfolding, and discovering who we are and our purpose as we live and work together.

New teaching approaches demand new kinds of learning spaces to prepare today’s students for the future. As content becomes more dynamic, flexible and accessible to a large number of students, schools and universities are looking at how that content is currently delivered and what types of changes need to be made in learning spaces.

We invite you to join us for a highly interactive and fun evening as we share insight into these evolving learning spaces. Our CEU was developed in partnership with Nancy Sturm, the Principal Consultant at the Sextant Group. Nancy is a nationally-recognized thought leader in creating transformative learning environments. Nancy is located in Washington, D.C. and is a former Science Teacher of the Year, as well as past Executive Director of NASA’s Challenger Learning Center.

Virtual Reality equipment provided.

.1 CEU Credit – 1 Hour

Tickets are free to members

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Scholarship Opportunities!

Scholarships have started opening up everywhere for the 2018-2019 school year and it is never to early to start applying!

Firstly, the College of DuPage has lots of wonderful in-house scholarship opportunities, that many students don’t know about, and not all of them need you to fill out a FAFSA form to qualify. To get a general overview of of the college’s scholarship opportunities, click here.

The college also uses an easy-to-use system for matching students to the scholarships. It works a lot like the Common Application for colleges. You can find that system here, and you log in with your myaccess/blackboard/email log in.

Another great source of scholarships is from the professional organizations for the Interior Design Community. IIDA, ASID, and NEWH all have their own scholarships that they give to Interior Design students on a regular basis. All of these and the NKBA have student competitions that give money and scholarships to the winners.

Good luck to all that apply!

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Submissions for IIDA RED Awards Now Open!

2018 IIDA RED Logo Square

The Illinois Chapter of the International Interior Design Association is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 6th Annual Recognizing Exemplary Design Awards. Help us to celebrate Interior Design in Illinois by submitting a project that has been completed in the past 2 years. Entrants can submit to one or more category, ranging from commercial to residential, students to hospitality and more. Winners will be announced at the RED Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Venue SIX10, as well as featured on the IIDA Illinois Chapter website and social media and in Contract Magazine. Winning projects will also have the opportunity to be toured by members of the IIDA Illinois Chapter in the following year, which is exposure that you can’t get anywhere else. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your Exemplary Design Recognized!

Best of all, student entries are FREE!

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IIDA Photobash 2018!


Are you in need of a new professional headshot for the new year? Then we’ve got the perfect event for you. Please join us for the 2018 IIDA Illinois Chapter Member Appreciation event, Photobash. Festivities will include professional headshots taken behind custom graphic backdrops, DJ Charles Protege, Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, networking, and a live raffle. This event is sure to be a great time.


Ace Hotel

311 N. Morgan Street, Chicago, IL


Thursday, February 1, 2018

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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IIDA Illinois Chapter Graphic Design Competition

How would you like to start the year off with $1000? the IIDA Illinois chapter is holding their first inaugural logo design competition! This is a great way to brush up on your graphic design and Photoshop over the break.

The chapter needs a cohesive branding for their events, and would like chapter members to design them. They would like you design individual logos for the following events:

  • Stitch, a fashion competition
  • CEU events
  • Designer Drinks
  • Designed to Find Scavenger Hunt
  • You. Me. We.
  • Bizarre Bazaare

The first prize winner earns $1000, their logos used in 2018 publications and social media recognition, and the second and people’s choice winner earns a ticket to Photobash and social media recognition.

Click here for more information and the submission guidelines.

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Specifying Textiles For Success CEU

CEU by SP - Overview
Expand your knowledge to better select textiles that meet demanding and often conflicting performance criteria, while also creating beautiful interiors. This CEU will include examples of common field failures, explain why they occurred and offer guidance for avoiding them. Small bites and beverages will be served.

CEU 1.0 IDCEC Credit
Sina Pearson graduated from the Univ. of Washington with a double major in fine arts/textiles, and Swedish language and literature, then earned her MFA in textiles from Cranbrook. After working for SOM /Chicago as a color/materials specialist, she won a grant from the Swedish government to study at the Royal Academy of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm.

Returning to New York, she directed the textile divisions of a series of A-list firms, Jens Risom, Ward Bennet/Brickel Ass. and Unika Vaev. In 1985 she co-founded ACT, The Association for Contract Textiles; it remains the guide post for industry standards and promoting awareness of textiles. In 1990 she founded her own company, Sina Pearson Textiles, which designs, manufactures and distributes exclusive upholstery textiles for contract, healthcare, institutional, hospitality and residential use.
Momentum Group
222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza
Suite 11-106
Chicago, IL 60654

Date & Time
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

FREE Members

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Job Opportunity at Bernhardt

The Illinois Chapter of IIDA would like students to know that a job opportunity has opened up at Bernhardt Textiles. They are looking forward for an Independent Contract Sales Representative and are specifically looking for a student or recent graduate. Directly from their email, here are the requirements:

In this role, you would be responsible for selling high-end contract fabric, wallcovering and furnishings, as well as product & sampling assortments to accounts within the Midwest Region here in Chicago. Please see more information below regarding the job description & qualifications necessary to apply:



  • Meet or exceed sales goals as set by the Director of Contract.
  •  Determine and sell appropriate product to accounts within the territory.
  • Reinforce brand positioning in the marketplace.
  • Provide key service points for accounts.
  • Analyze the territory to identify growth opportunity including high potential customers and accounts.
  • Provide feedback from the territory such as competitive information trends, including regular scheduled meetings with key specifiers.
  • Use your best efforts to promote and market the products actively in order to maximize sales potential.
  • Attend Sales Meetings.
  • Maintain all company property such as books, records, etc.
  • Sales generation within the assigned territory.
  • Manage individual client book.
  • Develop new business opportunities through trade affiliations; industry functions; trade publications, etc.
  • Provide the Director of Contract with a monthly report with territory specific business analysis information.
  • Follow up on all stages of the sale from the quote to order generation, through shipping and invoicing of all orders.
  • Provide world-class customer service to clients.


  • BA or BS degree in a related field is helpful but not required.
  • Superior communication and presentation skills are a must.
  • Team player
  • Problem solver
  • Good listener
  • Ability to multi-task and shift gears when needed.
  • Self-starter

If you are interested in the position, email Nancy Krames at nancy.bernhardttmw@gmail.com.

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Formica Student Competition

Entries are currently open for the Formica Student Competition and will be open until November 10th. There’s still time to enter!form-header

From the Formica website:

Design and architecture students are invited to show their creativity and innovation for the chance to win a cash prize and national recognition as part of the FORM Student Innovation Competition by Formica Corporation.

The FORM Student Innovation Competition is a modern take on the original “FORM: Contemporary Architects at Play” challenge, held in 2008. Ten world-renowned architects, including Zaha Hadid, Michael Graves, Bernard Tschumi and Massimo Vignelli, constructed new works of art from Formica® Brand products. The fabricated designs were then exhibited in Cincinnati, where Formica Corporation is headquartered, at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center.

Now, students are invited to take on the same challenge some of the architectural greats took on ten years ago by creating and submitting a color rendering of something to “sit upon, lay upon, lean upon or play upon.” This competition is designed to honor the architectural icons who participated in 2008 and pay homage to their legacies by inspiring the next generation of design professionals.

The grand-prize winner will be awarded $1,500 in cash, and their design will be fabricated and showcased at an unveiling event at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center.
The second place winner will be awarded $1,000, and the third place winner will receive $500.

Finalist submissions will be reviewed by a panel of esteemed judges who are renowned in the industry, together with Formica Corporation’s Group Vice President of Design, Renee Hytry Derrington. This gives students a tremendous opportunity to have their work reviewed by individuals from some of the top architectural firms in the industry.

You can find out more information, including how to enter by clicking on the header image or by clicking here. And if you enter, let us know! We would love to celebrate your achievements!

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Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity

Habitat Flier

To volunteer, go HERE. You will need to create an account and sign up as instructed above.


IIDA Social Hour at Blackberry Market

Check out a fun little cafe & store in downtown Glen Ellyn and get to know your fellow students. Everyone is welcome!!!Blackberry MarketBlackberry Market Map