CTA interior designer Randi Thomas is nearly six months into her two-year term serving as Director of Boise City Center for the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Northern Pacific Chapter. Before that, she served as director-elect for a year, and communications/ graphics coordinator.
As the one-quarter mark of her tenure arrives and 2015 draws to a close, she is in planning for the events and budgets that will make up the one full calendar year (2016) in which she’ll oversee the local chapter. Though social functions dot the calendar alongside annual membership drives, CEU fulfillment, and ZeroLandfill collection activities, Thomas is quick to note the IIDA is much more than a kind of social club for interior designers. “We are excited to bring maximum professional value to all of our members,” she said.
She’s enthusiastic about the coming year as it marks the introduction of a new study group that has already been gaining popularity and generating interest among potential new IIDA members. For the first time locally, the structured study group will help younger designers prepare for examinations proctored by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, a nationally-recognized competency certification agency.
Thomas says she looks forward to continuing — and building upon — past successes in the upcoming 12 months especially. “My goals for this year include growing the Boise City Center, thus bolstering the programs we can provide to local designers, providing a connection to the outside design world, and getting designers inspired,” she said. IIDA’s Northern Pacific Chapter won Large Chapter of the Year in 2014 — a big deal, Thomas admitted, because it takes into account the best of everything for all of IIDA, nationally and internationally. That same year, she received a Recognition Award from the chapter, citing her outstanding volunteerism.
“This is a truly great organization full of talented, hard-working, and dedicated members. I can’t wait to see where 2016 takes us.” Thomas concluded. If you’d like more info on how you can get involved with IIDA, its Northern Pacific Chapter, or the Boise City Center division, contact Randi Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208.577.5651.
About IIDA’s NPC:
The IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter seeks to uphold the highest standards for the professional practice of Interior Design in the states of Washington, Idaho, and Alaska, as well as British Columbia and Alberta. With a primary focus on Education, Advocacy, and Outreach, the chapter supports designers at all stages of their careers through scholarships, personal enrichment opportunities, and connections to both the local and global design community.
Main image: The IIDA NPC Board of Directors, including Randi Thomas (front row, third from right), gathered at an event hosted by the IIDA Inland Northwest City Center in July 2015.