Call for Panellists- The Power of Colour: Being Black in Design

This spring, ARIDO will host the first of a series of exploratory town hall conversations led by our diverse members to share their experiences working in the interior design field.

Our first conversation is to explore and understand the Black experience in Design, and access to career opportunities in the field. We invite our members from the Black communities to participate and share their experiences and insights as panellists.

Hosted by Chandran Fernando of Matrix360, this virtual conversation is a first step in identifying and acknowledging systemic barriers that exist, to identify tangible solutions, and begin a sustainable journey to address and eradicate these barriers.

Members at all levels of their careers are invited to put their name forward.

Please submit your name to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee via the link below.

ARIDO’s Statement on Black History Month

ARIDO has recognized that throughout our tenure, we have failed to embrace the contributions of Black communities and the importance of the month of February-as Black History Month in Canada. We are committed to progressive change and doing better.

We have begun the work in identifying key areas of improvement that we can make as an organization to represent, engage and partner with Black communities and the many diverse communities we serve. Our first step is to acknowledge that the celebration of Black History should not be limited to 28 days, but must be celebrated 365 days a year.

We will hold a town hall conversation- The Power of Colour: Being Black in Design later this Spring. We are reaching out to the membership with an open call inviting those members who have an interest in participating in this panel, to do so.

As we ramp up our dive into areas of change, we encourage our members to join the conversation and the journey.

ARIDO Diversity and Inclusion Committee Formed

The ARIDO Diversity and Inclusion Committee has been formed with the following mandate:
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will support ARIDO to further its continued commitment to foster and uphold diversity and inclusion in the interior design profession. ARIDO values each of its members, their qualifications, and their right to practice Interior Design in Ontario. This Committee will review all upcoming priorities and initiatives, as well as identify activities that do not currently exist, in order to determine where we can enhance and raise the association’s commitment to accessibility, equity, diversity, and inclusion for all.
The Committee will focus on four distinct areas:
  • the profession of interior design currently practicing in Ontario
  • potential or emerging designers and increasing their inclusion into the profession
  • supporting ARIDO staff within their workplace and their interactions with others
  • public education around the value of interior design services and their accessibility to clients of all needs.
The Committee’s work has begun and they will provide updates to the membership as their work progresses, along with opportunities for the membership to provide feedback.
If you have a concern or suggestion to raise with the committee, or something you want them to address, please contact one of the committee Chairs.
Golnar Raissi, co-Chair | goli.raissi@gmail.com
Mahesh Babooram, co-Chair | mbabooram@officesource.ca
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is:
Top row: Golnar Raissi, co-Chair; Mahesh Babooram, co-Chair; Lucia De Biasio, Kathryn Lawrence, Amy Pothier. Bottom row: Maia Roffey, Luipa Tamanna, Sine-Tibeb Workneh, Sharon Portelli, ARIDO staff; Irma Kemp, ARIDO staff.