March 2017
Presidents Message

I generally don’t mind winter as long as the days are sunny and the temperatures aren’t extreme.  However, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I do get tired of the snow.  As I head out to shovel my driveway for the 1000th time this week (will it ever stop???), and I wonder why my teenagers aren’t willingly volunteering to help me, it makes me stop to think about the old phrase my Grandma used to say when I complained about helping with the dishes “many hands make light work”.   

To that end I would like to acknowledge all the lovely people I’ve had the pleasure of working side by side with over the past several months.  In particular our IDA Council who keep the association ticking along and with whom I look forward to working with each month, the Edmonton Hard Hat Committee who consistently work hard to pull together a great event (save the date to attend this year, more info below) and our newly formed Marketing Committee just getting underway.   Countless hours have been spent and will continue to be spent by these individuals, despite everyone’s busy careers and lives and for that I'm truly grateful.  Many hands make light work!  I would also be truly grateful if someone would drop by and help my shovel my driveway :)   

Oh well…I look forward to seeing a great turn out at our AGM in April, please make a point of attending if possible, it’s always nice to network and our sponsors always put on a great lunch, sometimes there’s even dessert!  Stay tuned for new opportunities to get involved in the association.  There are some great upcoming events and CEU’s, including the Hard Hat Party and Buildex Edmonton, so take a look at the rest of the newsletter and as always feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.


Yours in design,

Cory Riley

IDA President

Legislative Update

The IDA continues to work with the AAA toward our common goal of ensuring successful regulation of the design professions for the benefit of both the profession and the public.  We are working collaboratively to create an MOU which will provide a constructive framework and forum for the AAA and the IDA to continue to collaborate on many areas of shared interest, and ensure the integration of AAA and IDA is mutually beneficial to both organizations.   

The guiding principles of this proposed integration are to provide clarity to the public regarding the design professions and provide a strong association that is a single, clear and identifiable regulatory body for the professions of both Architecture and Interior Design in Alberta.

  • Clarity of information to the public regarding scope of each design profession through improved communication. 
  • Enhanced public safety through regulating a broader segment of the design professions.  
  • A stronger voice for the design professions by advocating with authorities having jurisdiction.
  • Sustainability of the design professions in Alberta to ensure a sufficient number of qualified design professionals are available to meet needs of the future 

Key aspects of the proposed integration would include:

  • Proposed association name change to include Interior Design
  • Integration of existing Registered IDA and Licensed AAA membership categories
  • Proposed protection of the title Interior Designer in the Architect’s Act
  • Proposed changes to the Architect’s Act to reflect the guiding principles

We will continue to provide updates to membership on the progress of this integration and look forward to speaking with everyone in person at the AGM in April.
Edmonton Seminars & Events
MARCH 21 & 22, 2017
Edmonton Expo Centre, Northlands 
BUILDEX Edmonton
Keynote speaker: Gregg Brown, Author, Speaker and Change Management Expert

Developing Leadership Resilience: 5 Steps to Increase Your Effectiveness During Change. This keynote not only applies to leaders but anyone in the face of change and will be highly relevant giving a toughening economy and shifting industry concentrations and trends.  

Click for information on the keynote.

Also over 35 seminars, many IDCEC accredited.

Visit to learn more.
IDA members can receive a reduced rate of $25 on the keynote by using the following promo code:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Global Furniture Showroom 
17716 - 107 Ave
Edmonton, AB

4:30 PM Registration
5:00 - 6:00 PM CEU Presentation 1
6:00 - 6:30 PM Cocktails  & Canapes
6:30 - 7:30 PM CEU Presentation 2
7:30 - 8:30 PM Cocktails and Canapes

Please RSVP to your Global host Kari Lambert by March 27 to reserve your spot!
Double Header CEU Evening!
You are invited to an Exclusive Springtime Double-Header CEU Evening!

Presented by Lucy Hart, MSc, CCPE, Certified Ergonomist

Come for one or come for both!

Integrating Ergonomics for Peeps Sake: Building Standards Up Their Game on Health & Well-Being

Learn why integrating ergonomics with design/build and operations is a focal point for enhancing health & well-being. Discover how LEED and WELL building standards lend themselves to integrating ergonomics with building practices.

Sit-Stand Workstations: WTF (Why The Fuss)

Explore the hype and science around sit-stand workstations in the marketplace. Learn about a process for integrating "active" aka ergonomically sound solutions and what current research says about ergonomics training for users of sit-stand workshops.

*Springtime cocktails and canapes will be served!
Hard Hat Party
Hombres and muchachas!

Save the date for the red hot annual IDA Hard Hat Party

Ticket includes food, beverages, & music by The Dirty Coveralls
  Date: May 6, 2017
Location: Centre Point Place
4th Floor, 10205 101 St
Edmonton, AB
Calgary Seminars & Events
Sponsorship opportunities available! Click below to download sponsorship form and to learn more.
'Primarily, It's a Party'
Preparations are underway for the Interior Design Alumni Chapter’s 2017 fundraising and industry event. Primarily, It’s a Party returns March 16 and, as always, proceeds from the night will support students of MRU’s Interior Design program.

Primarily, It’s a Party provides a unique opportunity for our students to observe, engage and connect with the design industry. We see their confidence and professionalism grow at Primarily each year as they evolve from novice first‐year students to practicing professionals, and we want you to be part of their story.

More events coming soon!
Get Involved!
CIDQ Ambassadors Program 
What is an Ambassador for the NCIDQ exam?
  • An Ambassador is a practitioner, educator, or advocate who is committed to promoting the value of the NCIDQ exam and certification 
  • They are stellar examples and motivational role models of the industry’s highly skilled professionals
  • Their advice is sought by new and seasoned designers alike
  • Their influence and insights help shape the profession
What is the purpose of the Ambassadors Program?
  • Promote the value of the NCIDQ Exam and Certification
  • Mentor potential exam takers and guide them through the process
  • Engage a variety of audiences, especially students in their final year of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree seeking interior design program, as well as recent graduates
  • Educate students, colleagues, employers, employees, clients, and the public at large on the importance of NCIDQ Certification
The program has been on hold so that CIDQ could rework and streamline it. It has now been relaunched. For those who had already volunteered for this program, you would have already received the info from CIDQ on your next steps. 
Volunteers will be accepted into the program twice each year - January and July. You can provide your contact details now to be part of this important work.
Sign-up or Sign-in Today!
50 points are waiting!
PROpel: What's Your Impact
PROpel is an interactive program and conference series exclusively for emerging professionals! This program gives you the opportunity to engage in discussions and connect with influential representatives in the interior design community.

PROpel yourself and your career,  meet industry thought leaders, and more! 

Along the way, you’ll EARN points so you can WIN!

You could be one of IDC’s top Intern/Provisional or interior design student members who get to spend a few amazing days at our annual conference.
IDA Annual General Meeting
Date:  April 18,2017
Time:  11:30 AM

Lunch included
Door prizes!

Calgary Location: DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Edmonton Location: CDI Spaces

Please RSVP to Be sure to include which city you will be attending.

NCIDQ Exam Update

Time to start thinking about applying for the Fall exam!

Applications will be reviewed between May 15th and July 15th.  Apply here

The Fall exam will have the new computerized Practicum exam, PRAC 2.0. Here are some FAQ’s about it:  

  1. How long will it be?

    PRAC 2.0 will be a half day exam like the IDFX and IDPX Exam.

  2. What will be tested?

    The PRAC 2.0 Exam Blueprint has been applied evenly to all 3 case studies. While the specific tasks or knowledge areas might vary from scenario to scenario, the overall content outlines will remain consist

  3. When will it be offered?

    We are excited to announce that PRAC 2.0 exam will be offered for the entire month of October 1 – 31.

  4. Where will it be offered?

    PRAC 2.0 will be offered at the same testing centers as IDFX and IDPX which are available throughout the US and Canada

  5. Do I have to know AutoCAD or Revit in order to take this exam?

    No. The PRAC 2.0 platform is a testing platform, not a design platform and therefore no prior design software experience is needed to take this exam.

  6. What preparation resources will be available?

    In addition to the PRAC 2.0 Blueprint, practice exams that mirror the testing environment will be available shortly for candidates to familiarize themselves with the new testing platform.

  7. How many questions are on the exam?

    The exact number of questions has not been determined yet but
    CIDQ is estimating between 100 – 175 questions

  8. Can I still take the Paper and Pencil Exam?

    The final Paper and Pencil Practicum Exam will be administered on April 1, 2017. After that, only the computerized exam will be available.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the IDA office.

Phone: 202-721-0220
IDA office
 Phone: 780-413-0013
We are happy to help!
"Welcome to Our New Members!"
The IDA would to welcome the following new members into the association:

Emma Moss - Provisional
Christine Plett - Provisional

New Member FAQ
What is the Propel series offered by the Interior Designer of Canada?

It is an interactive program and conference series to benefit emerging professionals. Participants earn points and a chance to win an all expense paid trip to Toronto to attend the 2 day conference May 6-8. It's open to final year students of CIDA accredited programs, and provisional IDA/IDC members.

Senior Interior Designer - CKDESIGN Associates Inc. (Edmonton, AB)

Intermediate Interior Designer - CKDESIGN Associates Inc. (Edmonton, AB)

Junior Interior Designer - CKDESIGN Associates Inc. (Edmonton, AB)

Intermediate-Senior Interior Designer - Kreel Creative Design Consultants (Vancouver, BC)

Senior Interior Designer - Riddell Kurczaba (Calgary, AB)

Intermediate Interior Designer - Riddell Kurczaba (Calgary, AB)

Want to advertise your job posting on the IDA website? Click  here  for more information.
Contact the IDA office here to learn more about volunteer opportunities for members.
Become 'LinkedIn' with the IDA
Connect with the IDA on LinkedIn to receive great information about upcoming events, interesting articles and information on the interior design industry.  

Click  here  to join the Interior Designers of Alberta LinkedIn Private Group.
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