CIDQ Announces the 2016 Louis S. Tregre Award Recipient David Stone, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP is the Recipient of the 2016 Louis S. Tregre Award

ALEXANDRIA, VA: CIDQ is thrilled to present the 2016 Louis S. Tregre Award to David Stone! The Louis S. Tregre Award recognizes outstanding volunteer service to CIDQ. David was selected due to notable contributions to the Massachusetts and Arizona Design Coalitions and his continuous and successful contributions to CIDQ’s committees, especially those related to the exam.

Throughout his career, David has continuously served as a resolute advocate for the profession. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1980 as part of the first graduating class from the College of Architecture’s new Bachelor of Science in Design, majoring in Interior Architecture; this education and experience laid the foundation for his interior design career and desire to further the profession. He strongly believes in legislative recognition of Interior Design as a distinct, independent profession and works tirelessly to help inform colleagues, clients, and the public on the scope of the interior design profession. His efforts align with the significant volunteer contributions of Louis S. Tregre who helped incorporate NCIDQ (now CIDQ).

Laurie McRae, current CIDQ Board Past-President, has seen David’s volunteer dedication first hand and nominated David for this year’s award. “David never steps down from a challenge or worthy cause and is extremely giving of his personal time and energy. He is careful, thoughtful, and deliberate in his approach to volunteerism and problem solving. He is a great mentor to young designers and leads them into and through the profession with wisdom, kindness, and always a great sense of humor!”

David was surprised and privileged to be this year’s recipient. “What an honor to be in the company of so many people that I not only personally know, but highly respect. I hope to be able to live up to their examples while also setting one for future nominees and recipients. This is truly the highlight and crowning achievement of my career. Thank you to the committee and entire CIDQ family.”

About CIDQ: The Council for Interior Design Qualification, or CIDQ, is the global leader in establishing standards of competence for interior design/interior architecture professionals. An independent, nonprofit organization of state and provincial credentialing bodies, CIDQ has issued professional certificates to competent interior design professionals since 1974. Interior designers who meet the eligibility requirements for education and experience and pass the rigorous NCIDQ Exam are assigned a unique NCIDQ Certification number that attests to their qualifications for employers, state regulators, and the general public.

Boston City Fire Code – Upholstered Flammability Regulations

As you know, BIFMA has been working with other stakeholders to recommend that Boston amend its fire code, which mandates the use of TB-133 (open flame test method) for sprinkled and un-sprinkled occupancies.  The city of Boston has been the largest market for TB-133 seating products.

Per a previous memo, we shared that on March 23 the Boston City Council voted unanimously to amend their city fire code to align with the majority of the country which permits the use of TB-117-2013 (smolder test method) for sprinkled occupancies.  We have now been informed that on April 8, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signed the ordinance amendment that will become effective in 90 days (July 7).

Members of the BIFMA Flammability Subcommittee offer the following information to assist you and your Boston customers in understanding the latest flammability requirements for upholstered furniture.  As noted above, Boston revised its Fire Prevention Code which now aligns with the State of Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code 527 CMR 1.00, Section 12.6.3.  The change allows for the use of upholstered furniture that complies with California Technical Bulletin 117-2013 (TB 117-2013) in all regulated occupancies (Use Groups) that have approved sprinkler protection.

There are still some regulated Use Groups that require compliance with Cal TB133 if the building is not protected by approved sprinklers.  This is consistent with Massachusetts and many other jurisdictions’ regulations.

The following occupancies, without approved sprinkler protection, would require upholstered furniture to meet Cal TB133:

•     ASSEMBLIES – any occupancy used for the gathering of 50 or more persons for deliberation, worship, entertainment, eating, drinking, amusement, awaiting transportation or similar uses.

  • EDUCATIONAL – any occupancy used for purposes up through the 12th grade.

•     DETENTION AND CORRECTIONALThis list is not all inclusive.  It can be complex and confusing determining all the requirements of the regulations.  We always recommend that you check with your local Authority Having Jurisdiction (Boston FD) to determine the exact requirements for your occupancy/use group.

While the code has now changed, it is still up to the discretion of the local code officials to enforce as they see fit and that designers should always check with the official having jurisdiction for questions or clarifications.


The International Interior Design Association and the American Library Association are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Library Interior Design Awards. These biennial awards recognize achievement in library interior design aesthetics, creativity, and function.

“The entries that we received for this biennial competition clearly speak to the evolving needs of 21st-century library patrons,” IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, said. “They illustrate that library spaces can inspire while still offering the technology, services, and programming that patrons have come to rely on. With our partners at ALA, we are pleased to honor and celebrate this year’s winners.”

Projects were judged by a panel of distinguished professionals, including Christy S. Cain, IIDA, RID, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, idea|span; Stasia Czech Suleiman, IIDA, NCIDQ, Vice President/Senior Project Interior Designer, HOK; Jessica N. Kayongo, J.D., M.A., Sociology Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame; and Mindy Sorg, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Interior Designer, OPN Architects.

“The submissions to this competition were extremely strong,” said Suleiman on behalf of the jury. “The projects represented a range of design execution—from understated elegance to bold color and whimsical elements—it was clear that the winning firms thoroughly understood their clients and how to cater to the needs and preferences of the populations who would be using the libraries.”

The winners of the 2016 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards are:
Public Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.
Firm: MSR Design, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Project: Madison Central Library, Madison, WI, USA

Public Libraries, 30,000 sq. ft. and smaller
Firm: HCMA Architecture + Design / Dub Architects Ltd., Vancouver, Canada
Project: Mill Woods Library, Seniors’ Centre and Multicultural Facility, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago, USA
Project: Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch, Chicago, USA

Academic Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.
Firm: Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, USA
Project: Jen Library, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, USA

Special Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.
Firm: Shepley Bulfinch, Boston, MA, USA
Project: The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, Durham,

Special Libraries, 30,000 sq. ft. and smaller
Firm: BenGuo Design, Shenzhen, China
Project: Southern Study in Shenzhen Library, Shenzhen, China

Outstanding Historic Renovation Project
Firm: Schwartz/Silver Architects, Boston, MA, USA
Project: Charles E. Shain Library Renovation at Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA

Single Space Design

The Best of Competition winner will be announced Sunday, June 26, during the ALA Annual
Conference in Orlando, Florida, where all of the competition winners will be celebrated. Images
of the winning projects are featured on the IIDA website and will be published in Contract and
American Libraries magazines.



Professional Job Opportunities

Entry Level Interior Designer – POSTED 10/25/2017

Connor Architecture is an award-winning architectural firm based in Lexington, Massachusetts with a focus primarily on higher education and corporate projects involving academic, campus life, and hospitality design. The work involves both new construction, renovation, and an emphasis on creative interiors.

We are seeking a motivated Entry Level Interior Designer to join our team. The right candidate will possess 1-4 years of professional experience in commercial, institutional, and hospitality design. He or she must exhibit individual initiative, energy, and enthusiasm for their work, a questioning mind, and a passion for design. They must have the ability to effectively manage time and project schedules within a

collaborative environment. Constant communication is key to every projects success, so every member of the design team must competently articulate design ideas and understand concepts they are presented with.

This is a full-time position that will include the following responsibilities:

  • Creating presentation renderings for RFP proposals
  • Selecting interior details, materials and colors
  • Furniture and lighting selection and design
  • Space planning and detailing
  • Developing projects from schematic design through construction documents and administration
  • Client and contractor interaction, correspondence, and office administration
  • Specification preparation and organization
  • Participating in multiple projects simultaneously

Minimum educational levels shall be a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. Candidates must also possess a demonstrated working knowledge of the following:

  • Hand sketching / drawing
  • Photoshop
  • Indesign
  • Microsoft Office
  • Revit is a plus!

If interested please submit resume, cover letter, references and a compact representative sample of past work no larger than 5 MB.

Connor Architecture

1656 Massachusetts Avenue

Lexington, MA 02420

Commercial Specification Specialist – POSTED 10/17/2017

NRF Distributors the largest Flooring Distributor in the Northeast is presently seeking someone for a position as a Commercial Specification Specialist.  This person will be calling on the Architect and Design Community in the greater Boston/Providence area.  They would have to be skilled in presentation delivery and relationship building.  Some of NRF’s Products include: Tarkett/Johnsonite, American Olean, Marrazzi, Wycanders, Harris, Earthwerks, Lauzon and Schulter to name a few.  NRF offers the following benefits:  Medical, Dental, Vision, Hearing and Prescription Plans.  Wellness, Short and Long Term Disability, 401Kw/Company Match, Company Paid Life Insurance, Sick, Vacation, Holiday and Product Discounts.  Additionally Benefits include Critical Illness, Accident Insurance, Flex Spending Accounts and now offering Pet Insurance.  It is a great company to work for.   If you are interested, please send your resume to and indicate you are interested in the Specification Specialist Position.    If you have any questions, you can ask for Ray at 203-641-3221.

Interior Designer – POSTED 9/07/2017

Vision 3 Architects in Providence, RI, is seeking an Interior Designer.  Our practice consists of market-focused teams, working collaboratively to provide services to corporate office, healthcare, hospitality, and education clients throughout the Northeast. We are committed to a design process that is client-centered, and emphasizes innovation and sustainability.

Bachelor’s degree required. NCIDQ certification is a plus. Proficiency in Revit, and rendering with Revit or Sketch Up preferred. Successful candidates will be ambitious self-starters.  Responsibilities will include programming, space planning, rendering, construction documentation, client interaction, and client presentations. Salary commensurate with experience. Please email resume and portfolio to David Prengaman, AIA, NCARB (