Design Inspiration: Nightvision

Nightvision is the result of director Luke Shepard’s travels across Europe, capturing a variety of some of the most stunning structures across the continent to date. The video was made through thousands of photos strung together in post production with the goal to inspire appreciation for these architectural masterpieces.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Upcoming Event: Revit Workshop Series

Upcoming Event: Revit Workshop Series

IIDA is hosting a two-part Revit Worskshop series!

Day 1: Saturday, October 19th, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM in CDS 330

Day 2: Saturday, October 26th, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM in CDS 330

The Revit Workshop will be led by Asa Plum, an architect at Dick & Fritsche Design Group (DFDG). We will be covering everything from the user interface to drafting walls and windows, to building an entire model in Revit! The first day will focus primarily on getting familiar with the program and building a model in it, and then the second day will cover technicalities and rendering programs.

Space is limited! We only have 30 spots available. Tickets are $5 for members & $10 for non members per day, and can be purchased from Azarel Marrufo with PayPal. Due to the increasing demand of this event, ticket sales will only be open to IIDA members starting Friday, October 4th, until the end of the day Tuesday, October 7th. After that, we will open up ticket sales to non members and members of AIAS ASU.

To pay with PayPal, please go to> send money to>> $5 member / $10 non-member. You only need to pay for the first Saturday event. We will collect money on the 19th for the second event so please bring cash.

With your payment, please leave a personal message on PayPal and include your IIDA Membership ID or the email address you used to sign up for membership. We have a list of paid members and we will be checking. Also, in your personal message, please let us know if you have a laptop with Revit installed on it. Due to the high volume of requests we have received, it would be helpful if you brought your own laptop. To download Revit, please go to

If you do not have a PayPal account, you will have to make one. It’s free and completely safe, and your account information is inaccessible. We will only be able to see your email address and your personal message.

To RSVP to the Facebook event, click here. If you have any questions, please send us a Facebook message or email! See you there!

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Photo Recap: Tempe Firm Crawl

On Wednesday, September 25th, the IIDA Southwest Chapter hosted a Tempe Firm Crawl at Hayden Ferry Lakeside. The firms we visited were Ayers Saint Gross, Davis, Knoll, Spinneybeck and Filzfelt. Check out the photos below!


Thank you to everyone who attended the event, and a huge thank you to the IIDA Southwest Chapter for organizing it! If you would like to see more photos, check out our Facebook page.

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Upcoming Event: Pub Crawl Series

Upcoming Event: Pub Crawl Series

In case you haven’t heard, IIDA is teaming up with AIAS, ASLA, GDSA, and APX to host a series of Pub Crawls on the last Friday every month to raise money for this year’s Beaux Arts Ball.

The first Pub Crawl will be tomorrow, September 27th. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non org members. Tickets can be purchased from Sophie Kwok or in the lobby of CDN. To RSVP on the Facebook page, click here. See you there!

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Photo Recap: Mentor Match

Last week, we held our Mentor Match on September 18th. At the event, mentees (freshmen & sophomores) met their mentors (juniors & seniors). The pairs were assigned to each other based on the results of the mentoring survey we sent out after the Mentor Mixer event on September 11th. Throughout the year, mentees can meet with their mentors for guidance regarding any software issues, portfolio reviews, the milestone, or any other questions they may have about ASU’s Interior Design program.

Check out the photos below!




We will have more mentoring events coming soon. Stay tuned!

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Design Inspiration: Barcelona Kaleido-Lapse

See the beautiful design of Barcelona in a whole new way – time lapse sequences with a kaleidoscopic effect.

Have a great weekend!

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Last Call for Mentorship!

This is a reminder that our mentoring survey closes at midnight TONIGHT! Please fill it out if you would like to be involved in our Mentoring Program this year.

Once we confirm your mentor or mentee, please attend our Mentor Match event next Wednesday, September 18th, at 6:30 PM in CDN 291!

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Design Inspiration: Skype’s North American Headquarters

This week’s inspiration post might be especially insightful for seniors who are studying workplace design in their INT464 studio class this semester. The office of Skype’s North American Headquarters is located in Palo Alto, California, and it is comprised of 54,000 square feet, which serves approximately 250 employees. According to Design Blitz, the campus demonstrates Skype’s “spirit of innovation in a highly functional yet creative workplace designed to encourage interaction and spontaneity, as well as meet specific acoustic requirements in support of their extensive use of AV.”

In addition, the project also received LEED Silver Certification, making the space innovative both inside and out with its energy efficiency and high tech atmosphere. Check out photos below:


All photos are courtesy of Design Blitz. For more information on the project, click here.

Have a great weekend!

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Upcoming Event: Mentor Match

Upcoming Event: Mentor Match

Now that you went to the Mentor Mixer and have an idea of who you would like to be paired up with, it’s time to meet your match!

Please complete this survey by Saturday (9/14) at midnight to pick your mentor or mentee. If you would like to be paired with someone specific, skip our optional questions and enter their name at the end of the survey. If you don’t have someone in mind, our questions will help us find your perfect design match.

Once we confirm your match, our next mixer will showcase the big reveal. Please come to our Mentor Match next Wednesday (9/18) at 6:30 PM in CDN 291. To RSVP to the Facebook Event, click here. See you there!

Photo Recap: Mentor Mixer

Thank you to everyone who attended our Mentor Mixer this Wednesday night! The event was a huge success and it kicked off our annual Mentoring Program. Mentees (freshmen and sophomores) met with mentors (juniors and seniors) in a speed-dating fashion. Our Mentorship directors helped them break the ice by giving them questions to ask each other such as “Who is your favorite architect?” and “Why did you choose to go to school at ASU?”.  Check out the photos below:


Now that you attended the Mentor Mixer, please fill out this survey by Saturday (9/14) at midnight. If you have a specific person in mind, please write down his or her name. If you don’t know who you would like to be paired with, don’t worry! Just fill out the optional questions and we will pair you with your perfect design match. Once we confirm your match, please come meet your mentor or mentee at our Mentor Match event next Wednesday, September 18th, at 6:30 PM in CDN 291!

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Upcoming Event: Be Loose Graphic Workshop

Upcoming Event: Be Loose Graphic Workshop

Hosted by: AIAS | ASLA | APX | IIDA
Date:September 21st & 22nd 2013
Time: 9am to 5:30pm
Where: The Design School, room CDN 60

The BeLoose Graphic Workshop is an intensive 2-day workshop that will cover drawing attitude and graphic tricks in various rendering media. Participants will also learn how to create sketches in one- and two-point perspectives.

Purchase your pre-sale tickets now at a discounted rate.

$40 student org members (AIAS, ASLA, APX, IIDA)
$50 students (non-org members)
$125 professionals

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased today and tomorrow in studio from Lauren Copeland (sophomores), Nina Knoph (juniors), and Sophie Kwok (seniors).

To RSVP to the Facebook event page, click here. Have a great week!

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Photo Recap: Fall Welcome & Freshmen Membership Brunch

In the evening of August 28th, we hosted The Design School’s annual Fall Welcome event along with a few other organizations such as AIAS, GDSA, and IDSA. The event was a great way for people to get to know more about the organizations within The Design School before choosing to become involved.  It was also a chance for students to mingle with people from other design disciplines and possibly meet someone they may end up working  with in future projects.







On August 30th, a few IIDA officers visited a freshmen lecture in the morning and then invited the students over to Senior Studio for breakfast. The officers served them bagels and coffee while giving them a chance to learn more about IIDA and becoming a member.


Don’t forget, our first Mentor Mixer is THIS Wednesday, September 11th, at 6:30 PM in Senior Studio (CDN 291). See you there! 🙂

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Design Inspiration: Kinetic Rain

In July of 2012, the sculpture “Kinetic Rain” was unveiled at Terminal 1 of the Singapore Changi Airport. Designed by ART+COM, the piece consists of 608 droplets, which are installed above two central escalators. The droplets are made up of lightweight aluminum and are covered in copper. Attached to each droplet is a very thin steel rope that is connected to a computer-controlled motor, allowing it to move up and down to take part in a 15-minute choreography sequence. The visual experience of the choreography varies depending on the perspective of the visitor’s point of view.

To learn more about the piece, click here. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Upcoming Event: Tempe Firm Crawl

Upcoming Event: Tempe Firm Crawl

The IIDA Southwest Chapter is hosting a Tempe Firm Crawl and all Student Members are invited!

If you are not a student member yet but you would like to attend, please sign up for membership at

We will be visiting Ayers Saint Gross, Davis, as well as Knoll, Spinneybeck, and Filzfelt. We will be meeting at Romancing The Bean at 80 E. Rio Salado Pkwy at 8:45.

In order to attend, you must RSVP to the Facebook event page by Monday, September 9th, so we can give an official headcount to IIDA. See you there!

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Upcoming Event: Mentor Mixer

Upcoming Event: Mentor Mixer

Our first Mentor Mixer of the year is upon us! We will be hosting one on Wednesday, September 11th, at 6:30 PM in CDN 291.

IIDA’s Mentorship Program is a rewarding experience, especially for freshmen and sophomores to meet upper division students and receive guidance about the program, the industry, software issues, or any other questions they may have.

Mentees (Freshmen/Sophomores) will be paired up with
Mentors (Juniors/Seniors). We will have free food/drinks
at the mixer and help you find your ideal match!

Juniors & Seniors, please bring some INT work
(first year or current portfolio) to share.

Please RSVP on the Facebook event page. See you there!

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Welcome Back & 2012-13 Year Photo Recap

Welcome back to school! We are very excited for the events we are planning this year and can’t wait to let you know about them. We currently have a few workshops, mentor mixers, and a firm crawl in the works. To get an idea what our events are like, here are some of the highlights of our last year in IIDA:

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We held several mentor mixers and portfolio reviews throughout the year. We held mentor mixers for the upperclassmen to meet with the lower division students, and then paired freshmen and sophomores with juniors and seniors to establish mentor/mentee relationships. These relationships were especially meaningful for lower division students to seek advice regarding classes, the milestone application, or any software help. We also held portfolio workshops that were geared toward freshmen applying for the milestone and juniors looking for summer internships, but they were welcome to all design students as well.

A Firm Crawl:ImageImageImageImage

The IIDA Southwest Chapter organized a Firm Crawl last January and all IIDA student members were welcome to attend. The firms we visited were three of the major firms in Phoenix: Gensler, Smithgroup JJR, and Orcutt Winslow. The firm crawl was especially insightful to juniors and seniors seeking summer internships and work opportunities. We had a fun time riding the light rail together across Phoenix and visiting firms one day. We are currently working with IIDA to plan another Firm Crawl this fall. Stay tuned!

Connect 4:


This spring, we volunteered to assist the IIDA Southwest Chapter with Connect 4, a service event that remodeled the Phoenix Veterans Center and designed apartments for those in need. In the morning, we were given boxes of materials and furnishings which we used to create two beautiful bedrooms by the end of the day.

End of the Year Celebration:

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In May, we held an End of the Year Celebration event to honor the faculty members who were not returning this year, such as Donna Atwood, Elaine Jones, and Susan Norman. We also gave out “People’s Choice Awards” to Dr. Beverly Brandt, who was voted as “Favorite INT Professor” and Jose Bernardi, who was chosen as the “Best Studio Instructor.” We also gave Erica Weimann an award, who was voted as “Favorite Senior” by her classmates. The gorgeous glass awards we gave out were made by our very own Merritt Menefee-Johnson of MMM Design Studio, who also teaches the sophomore materials class and junior construction document class at ASU.

Here was just a glimpse into the kind of events we held last year to give you an idea of what we do at IIDA ASU. For more details, please come to the Fall Welcome Event tonight on The Design School Bridge at 6:30! If you have any ideas of what kind of events you would like to have this year, please let us know. See you tonight!

Upcoming Event: Fall Welcome

Upcoming Event: Fall Welcome

The Design School’s annual Fall Welcome will be tomorrow evening at 6:30 on the The Bridge! This is a great opportunity to get to learn more about IIDA as well as other organizations in The Design School. See you there!

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2013 IIDA Student Choice Awards

Please nominate your Best Studio Professor, Favorite Interior Professor, and a Senior of the Year for our IIDA Student Choice Awards! The winners will be revealed Friday at our End of the Year Celebration.

To vote, click here.

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Upcoming Event: End of the Year Celebration

Upcoming Event: End of the Year Celebration

Please join us for our end of the year celebration on May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. on The Bridge! We want to celebrate the graduation of the senior class and thank the INT faculty for their contributions to our success this year.

All students and faculty the ASU Interior Design program is invited! To RSVP to the event on Facebook, click here. Please feel free to share this event with everyone who is part of the program on your Facebook friends list.

See you then!

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Design Inspiration: Royal Children’s Hospital

The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia redefines healthcare design by incorporating the natural landscape into the space as well as appreciating the healthy psychological effects that art has on children.

Bates-Smart-Billard-Leece-Royal-Childrens-Hospital-1 Colorful, sun-shading petals make up the facade.

A giant fish tank serves as a wayfinding marker and a visually pleasing source of nature.

Designed distractions help patients enjoy their hospital stay.

For more information and images on the project, check out an article about it by the Australian Design Review.

Happy Friday! Don’t forget, Beaux Arts Ball is tomorrow night at Bad Mother Cluckers at 8 p.m. See you there!

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