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Contact: Michelle Zenz, Manager, Communications, 312.467.1950, mzenz@iida.org.

IIDA LAUNCHES NEW SPECIALTY FORUMS

October 17, 2008, Chicago, IL – The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is pleased to announce the addition of the IIDA Institutional Forum and the IIDA Knowledge Forum. These two new Forums replace the IIDA Education and Research Forum to best serve the broad spectrum of IIDA Members’ areas of practice. The Association’s ten Specialty Forums provide members of the design community the opportunity to gain detailed insights into specific markets and areas of concentration. The Institutional and Knowledge Forums join eight other IIDA Specialty Forums: Corporate, Facility Planning and Management, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Residential, Retail and Sustainability.

The IIDA Institutional Forum is being led by Forum Advisor Stacy Reed, IIDA, Project Manager FF&E, The University of Texas Austin System Austin Region. The Forum provides a venue for discussion and sharing of information leading to the enhancement of the quality of interior spaces and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. Project types include: schools, colleges or universities, museums, libraries, recreational areas, family service centers and religious facilities. A key project of the Institutional Forum will be the biannual Library Interiors Awards in partnership with the American Library Association.

Phil Bulone, IIDA, Chair, Interior Design Department at the International Academy of Design and Technology – Tampa, will serve as the IIDA Knowledge Forum Advisor. The Forum serves as a link between academia and practice through collaborative efforts among interior design educators, researchers, practitioners and industry members. Educators and researchers are encouraged to consider the Knowledge Forum their home. The IIDA Knowledge Center will be a primary partner in the Knowledge Forum's work.

Visit www.iida.org to learn more about IIDA’s Specialty Forums, or contact IIDA Headquarters at 312.467.1950.

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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 13,000 Members in ten specialty Forums in 30 Chapters around the world. Additional information is available on IIDA’s website www.iida.org.