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June 10, 2007, Chicago, IL – The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) inducted John Mack, FIIDA, AIA, Senior Partner and Design Director, HLW International (New York, NY) as the Association’s President for the 2007-2008 term, which begins July 1, 2007. He was inducted during IIDA’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 10 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Mack succeeds Pam Light, FIIDA, Senior Vice President, HOK, Culver City, CA. Mitchell Sawasy, FIIDA, AIA was elected President-Elect. These officers, as well as other International Board Members (listed below), were elected by the IIDA membership. Biographies and photos of IIDA’s leaders are available at and upon request from

John Mack is a Senior Partner and Director of Interior Architecture at HLW, an internationally recognized Architecture, Interior Design, Engineering and Planning firm headquartered in New York City. As director, John leads a group of more than 100 architects and designers across studios in New York and several offices worldwide. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and has served as President of the IIDA New York Chapter. He is currently active on both the IIDA Leader’s Breakfast Series and the IIDA Finance Team.

2007-2008 IIDA International Board of Directors

  • John Mack, FIIDA, AIA, President, Senior Partner and Design Director, HLW International (New York, NY)
  • Mitchell Sawasy, FIIDA, AIA, President Elect, Executive Vice President and Studio / Design Principal, Rothenberg Sawasy Architects, Inc., (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Brian Thornton, IIDA, AIA, Vice President of Communications, Director of Design, MGM Mirage Design Group (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Vicki VanStavern, IIDA, IIDA, Vice President of Chapters, Founder and President, VanStavern Design Group (Edmond, OK)
  • Alex Bonet, IIDA, Vice President of Members, Principal, Insight Design (Miami, FL)
  • Laura Tribble, IIDA, ASID, Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Principal, Project Manager, Tribble Design Associates (Edmond, OK)
  • David Hanson, IIDA, IDC, RID, Vice President of Professional Development, Owner/ Designer, DH Designs (Vancouver, BC, CANADA)
  • Anna Hernandez, Industry IIDA, Vice President of Industry Relations, President and CEO, Luna Textiles (San Francisco, CA)
  • Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. IIDA, LEED AP, IIDA Executive Vice President/ CEO, IIDA Headquarters (Chicago, IL)

2007-2008 Forum Advisory Council

David Hanson, IIDA, IDC, RID, VP of Professional Development (Vancouver, BC, CANADA)
Corporate Forum—Jim Walker, IIDA, AIA, LEED AP; Gensler (Houston, TX)
Education and Research Forum-- Giselle Newman Young, IIDA, Environments in Life (Spring Hill, TN)
Facility Planning and Design Forum-- Elise Shapiro, IIDA, Booz Allen & Hamilton (McLean, VA)
Government Forum—Deborah Loveridge, IIDA, US Navy (San Diego, CA)
Healthcare Forum – Linda Gabel, IIDA, AAHID, NBBJ- Studio 10 (Columbus, OH)
Hospitality Forum— Belinda Bennett, IIDA, The Bennett Design Group (Missouri City, TX)
Residential Forum— Louise Farrar Wegener, IIDA, Z-3 Design Studio Inc. (Tigard, OR)
Retail Forum—Barbara Grubb, IIDA, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Starbucks Coffee Company (Seattle, WA)
Sustainability— Holley Henderson, IIDA, LEED AP, H2Ecodesign, LLC (Atlanta, GA)

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The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) works to enhance quality of life through excellence in interior design and to advance interior design through knowledge, value and community.

IIDA is a professional networking and educational association of 12,000 Members in nine specialty Forums and in 30 Chapters around the world. Additional information is available on IIDA’s website