November 18, 2020

Interior Design and IIDA to Host Inaugural DesignUnity Event in December

Join Interior Design and IIDA on December 4, 2020 for DesignUnity, virtual programming dedicated to fostering open dialogue about the role of design in addressing social justice issues and the lack of diversity and representation within the field of interior design, architecture, and the design industry at large.

“In a profession that is predicated on maximizing and expanding the human experience, it is imperative that as an industry we fully recognize that equity, justice, humanity and dignity are fundamental and indispensable to the practice of design. I’m looking forward to partnering with Cindy Allen and the Interior Design community to help facilitate these important conversations and drive change through the DesignUnity initiative.” – Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, Executive Vice President + CEO, IIDA

“Cheryl and I have been eager to develop an Interior Design and IIDA partnership bringing meaningful content and programming to the A+D community. We believe launching the DesignUnity series is the responsible first step in creating real and lasting change for a more inclusive, diverse, and optimistic future.” – Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief, Interior Design

The inaugural DesignUnity virtual event will include a panel discussion with industry leaders on diversity, advocacy, equity, and human resources, and DesignTV by SANDOW syndicated programming. The series and conversation will continue in 2021.


Cheryl S. Durst, Cindy Allen, and design leaders will discuss the current challenges to creating, building, and sustaining diversity within the design community while also addressing the role design plays in creating and reflecting equity.


George Bandy Jr., Consultant

Gabrielle Bullock, IIDA, FAIA, NOMA, Perkins and Will, Los Angeles

Karen Compton, A3k Consulting

Gisue Hariri, Hariri and Hariri Architecture

Dina Griffin, IIDA, FAIA, NOMA, Interactive Design Architects

Mike Johnson, IIDA, AIA, Perkins and Will, Washington D.C. 

Krystal Lucero, IIDA, Edwards+Mulhausen

Carlos Martinez, FIIDA, AIA, Gensler

Mavis Wiggins, Assoc. IIDA, TPG Architecture


Cindy Allen and Cheryl S. Durst engage in an intimate conversation on the state of the industry and how social inequity has impacted the design community.

In conjunction with DesignUnity, IIDA will also launch the Talent Collective, an active network of diverse designers across various industry segments, promoting equity and inclusion and facilitating opportunity and professional progress and development. The Talent Collective will showcase the work and careers of people of color in the design industry and be a platform for building connections and celebrating their achievements. Interior Design is the proud media sponsor of this initiative and will support the Talent Collective by driving awareness to its audience of design professionals.

Tune in at 1PM ET/12PM CT on December 4 on DesignTV by SANDOW here

Connect with IIDA on Facebook here.

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