Updated 10:48am 4/3/2020:
Over the course of the last few weeks, our members and industry peers have been forced to make some very difficult decisions in response to COVID-19’s rapid spread. These are extraordinary times, and as your colleagues, we are experiencing the same concerns for our loved ones, firms, colleagues and clients as you are. While it is essential that we all remember that this situation will eventually pass, it is also more important than ever that we remain calm in our response and that we lean on each other for support in the coming days, weeks, and months.

Closures, cutbacks, and cancellations have become necessary to slow the spread of this fast-moving, insidious virus. While we’re all at different stages of this crisis, we encourage you to utilize the local and national resources made available to you. At the bottom of this message are links to various resources made available to you.

Your well-being and best interests are at the forefront of IIDA’s evolving mission. We know that you are an incredible group of caring, brilliant minds and that you are an invaluable resource to this community and to one another. We encourage you to reach out to your industry colleagues and friends. It is through each other that we will come out of this on the other side as a stronger community.

While we may be quieter than usual rest assured, we are working hard to begin providing you with alternative, virtual offerings. Our incredibly dedicated team of volunteers continues to discuss ways that we can bring us all together during this time through philanthropy events, professional development events and others. Earlier this week, we held our first ever complimentary Virtual Yoga event where more than 40 industry friends gathered in the comfort of their own home to connect, get moving and take some calming breaths. Through the generous contributions of these attendees, we were able to raise close to $600 for United Way's COVID-19 Relief Fund. #IIDANECARES

We have amazing leaders within IIDA NE that are here for you. This moment reminds us that we’re all connected like never before. We’re called upon to be our best selves, with patience, empathy, understanding and compassion. On behalf of all of us at IIDA NE take care of yourselves and one another. 

Center for Disease Control
IIDA Headquarters
State of Connecticut
State of Maine
State of Massachusetts
State of New Hampshire
State of Rhode Island
State of Vermont
World Health Organization

Updated 9:38am 3/16/2020:

IIDA New England continues to monitor the rapidly changing situation related to the spread of COVID-19. We understand that concerns for health, safety, and the impact on meeting attendance, among other issues, are affecting our members. Our main priority is the health and safety of our design community. At all of our IIDA NE events, we are committed to working with our venues to ensure that all appropriate sanitary, health and safety measures are met and encourage attendees to follow guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

Out of an abundance of caution, IIDA New England has also made the decision to POSTPONE all events through the end of April.

As the situation continues to develop and evolve, IIDA New England will continue to review our process concerning this matter and update and provide necessary information to our members and event registrants. Please check our website and social media for updates. Please do not hesitate to contact IIDA NE at [email protected] with any specific questions you may have.

Updated 2:30pm 3/11/2020

Due to the extreme and severe circumstances caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the ongoing threat posed to all, IIDA New England has immediately postponed our Design Awards event scheduled for tomorrow evening. Because this virus is a hazard to the public health of our design, client and immediate community, it was decided in the best interest of all, that the protection of our members and our community was of the highest priority. While this action is unfortunate, it was done with intention, thoughtfulness and with a thorough commitment to the wellbeing of all involved with this event.

It is our intention to reschedule this event for later this year; however, as you can imagine, much work goes into this decision and how it impacts you. We ask that you stay tuned and we will be contacting you again with more information and how this might apply to the money you have spent on tickets and sponsorships.

Please be on the lookout for more updates and we cannot thank you enough for your continued support of IIDA New England and the interior design industry.

Meaghan Kennedy, NCIDQ, IIDA
IIDA New England Chapter President