Recap: ARIDO at IDS 2024

  • Published on: Feb 01, 2024

Once again, we partnered with Interior Designers of Canada at the Interior Design Show (IDS) where we spent amazing, informative and education packed four days on the ARIDO + IDC Stage designed by Bryan Stone, Registered Member of ARIDO and his team at Stone and Associates Design, with valuable input from the ARIDO IDS Taskforce members!

Thursday kicked off with informative panels and discussions including:

  • How Laneway & Garden Suites Help Combat Our Housing Shortage with Trevor Kruse and Craig Race 
  • Design to Make a Difference – Empowering the Future Through Design Today with Carrie Burd, Trevor Kruse and Danny Roppa. presented a revitalization collaboration between the Jean Augustine Centre, JAC, and Interior Designers of Canada.
  • Jane HandersonKevin StolarickLisa Fulford-Roy, ARIDO and Udo Schliemann participated in a panel about promoting the strategic value of design and the contribution of designers.
  • The day ended with a discussion between Joanna TiffinTheresa Schoustal and Trevor Kruse on the importance of relationship between designer and suppliers inside the design community.

On Friday, the first discussion focused on the VODA awards and successful participation in the program with past winner and judge Theresa Casey and Trevor Kruse.

Brenda Danso, Micheal Lambie and Quianna Woolner presented Jennair’s Disrupting Design program and discussed the imperative of championing emerging diverse talent and why diverse representation and opportunities matter.

Friday closed with, ARIDO members Zinnia Bookwala, ARIDO, Alessandro Caselli, Intern ARIDO and Hannah Fleming, Intern, ARIDO who discussed the journey towards becoming a Registered Interior Designer in Ontario through ARIDO’s Intern Competency Review System (ICRS).

During the public days at IDS, ARIDO led several public education talks On the ARIDO+IDC Stage starting with a presentation on Interior Design Contracts led by Sharon Portelli, ARIDO Executive Director and Registrar followed by a panel called Interior Design Projects Gone Wrong with Registered Interior Designer Maia Roffey of Black Sheep Interior Design, and Registered Interior Designer Michelle Mawby of Lucid Interiors.

Panels on Sunday continued to educate the public on the importance of hiring a Registered Interior Designer with Michelle Mawby outlining the different permit requirements for residential properties. The session was moderated by Sharon Portelli, ARIDO Executive Director and Registrar.

On both public days, Interior Design Degree Students from Sheridan College and Humber College educated the public on the first requirement to become Registered Interior Designer, the Education Requirement. This assisted in showing BID students at the front end of the qualifications process highlighting an Accredited Degree Program as the beginning of the career path during the BID Activation.

The public also had the opportunity to watch the BID students have their portfolios reviewed by Registered Interior Designers, Tatiana Soldatova, Beverly Horii, Michelle Mawby and Jeremy Cheff who provided valuable advice and feedback. This demonstrated to the public that while Education is the first “E” in becoming qualified, that additional in the field training and supervision by a qualified practitioner is required as next steps on the career path.

Thank you to all the panelists, students and ARIDO members and staff, and everyone who attended, you all made these four days at the ARIDO+IDC Stage at The Interior Design Show Toronto 2024 a huge success!

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