Monthly Archives: October 2012

Upcoming event: Meet your Mentor!

This Friday is the next event for IIDA at ASU. Come to meet your mentor/mentee and decorate pumpkins! There will be a contest with prizes for the best pumpkin decoration. There will also be a drawing for the next designer to be showcased on our Designer Spotlight, so don’t miss out! Try to contact your mentor or mentee before hand to make sure that they will be aware of your absence if you are not going. If your mentor or mentee is unable to make it the event come anyways to connect with the other members of IIDA. Hope to see everyone there!


Photo Recap: Botanical Gardens

Today some juniors and seniors received an awesome tour of the botanical gardens in Arizona. Meet our tour guide, Paul. He had so much information to share with us about cacti and the Arizona desert.

We learned that Palos Verde trees have a root system that span three times past the tip of their farthest branch.

We also saw some plants that we have never seen before, like this interesting little bud.

We were all wanting to pet this furry little cactus call the Old Man of the Andes.

There were also great pieces of artwork throughout the gardens like these very cool cocoon sculptures.

Here is everyone in the group who came to learn and explore!

Overall it was a great day! After our tour of learning about the desert we discussed how it relates to design through biomimicry. As designers we all need to treasure and preserve the natural environment to the best of our ability.

Design Inspiration: New Park Hyatt Hotel in India

Happy Friday, ASU! We are loving the new design of first Hyatt Hotel in India, designed by firm HBA.

“During the initial design stages, HBA designers spent time getting acquainted with the environment visiting local museums, viewing historical architecture and studying local culture and fashion. The result translates into Indian colors, patterns and fabrics that can be seen throughout the hotel. Indian motifs are found in the carpets which feature traditional henna patterns but are massively over sized in scale to look contemporary and not traditional. Silk accents and vibrant colors influenced by Indian saris also permeate throughout the hotel’s design.”

To read the whole article and see more stunning photos of the project, click here. Have a great weekend!


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Photo Recap: Mentor Mixer

Thank you all who attended the Mentor Mixer! There was plenty of networking and design talk happening.


Loving the new posters!


And also our matching t-shirts.


Erica, the executive of mentorship for our chapter, went over the details of the mentoring program.


Lets talk design 🙂

Again, thank you all who came to sign up for the mentorship program. We hope that everyone enjoyed themselves, and the pizza!


Upcoming Event: Desert Botanical Garden

Join us at the Desert Botanical Gardens this coming Saturday! Make sure you RSVP as soon as possible since space is limited.