2016-2017 Forums: Recap and Upcoming

Happy New Year from your IIDA Oregon Chapter Forums team!

As we have reached the midway point of the IIDA year, we are pleased to look back at the Continuing Education that we have offered to IIDA Members as one of the many values of Membership. We are also very excited about the growth in event attendance, sponsorship, and CEU offerings over the past 2 years. Read about the exciting Forums topics planned through the end of the 2016-2017 IIDA Board year below, as well as Sponsorship opportunities.* We look forward to the engaging presentations, lively discussions and learning together over the next few months!

Growth by the Numbers:
2015 – 2016:

  • Offered 9 CEU credits
  • 4 fully sponsored Forums (Thank you Sponsors!)
  • Average Attendance ~45 people

2016 – 2017:

  • Offering 9+ CEU credits
  • Targeting for 6 fully sponsored Forums (Thank you 2016 Sponsors, see how you can become a 2017 Forum Sponsor below)
  • Targeting average attendance to be ~60 people.

2016-2017 Forums Topics YTD:

August 2016 –
Making Green Buildings Greener
Sponsored by Patcraft

An engaging conversation on Making Green Buildings Greener led by Timothy Conway, VP Global Accounts Sustainability Account Development at Shaw Industries. Timothy addressed your role as a specifier, and as an influencer by exploring the way your product choices help drive the development of new sustainable product design, innovation and environmentally responsible manufacturing practices.


September 2016 –
Mindful Materials and Specifications
Venue Sponsored by BORA

The PDX Materials Transparency Collaborative gave a lively panel discussion taking a look at the mindful MATERIALS platform. The presentation gave an overview of mindful Materials, and took a deeper dive into how the Architecture and Design community can implement it into the specification process. The presentation concluded with what is on the horizon for mindful MATERIALS.

Panelists included:
Jeff Frost, SERA Architects, Admin. Team for mindful MATERIALS
Mike Manzi RA, Bora Architects, Specifications Writer
Beth Gish, Mohawk Group, Oregon Manufacturer’s Representative


November 2016 –
Digital Nomadicism
Sponsored by Hartman Ltd.

An engaging exploration of Digital Nomadicism; how to design for relevancy of place amidst a culture of rapid change and technology innovation. Chris Crowley, LEED AP of Six Inch presented the findings of “Re-Imagine the 9 to 5”; a study focused on the unique intersection of where we find ourselves in a multi- generational workforce, an emerging economy reliant on sharing and participation, and the benefits of face-to-face interaction balanced with heavy reliance on technology.

Announcing upcoming Forums topics for 2017:

March 2017 – Homes Not Housing
Including update from IDC Oregon, Sponsorship Opportunities available*

The IIDA Oregon Chapter invites you to join Alicia DeLashmutt and Joe Wykowski for an engaging presentation of “Homes Not Housing”. Home is the foundation for us all. In this session we will share how design, local community resources and partnerships, can be used to create supportive communities and places called home for all. Alicia and Joe will also share exciting progress on a local, cohousing inspired, intentionally diverse and inclusive neighborhood project in Portland called Our Home – Cathedral Park.

Alicia DeLashmutt has a professional background in commercial and residential interior and landscape design.  She is the founder of Our Home, Inclusive Community Collaborative and is the Founding Neighbor of Our Home – Cathedral Park, a cohousing inspired, intentionally diverse community in Portland, Oregon that includes people that want to age in a home of their choice, people who experience disability and people below median income as well as the general population. She is a frequent presenter on disability issues including the importance of community. She is the proud mother of a fabulous teenage girl whose interests include basketball, Fritos and opera.  Her daughter experiences Mowat-Wilson, a rare genetic syndrome whose effects are widespread and significant.  Alicia is a strong advocate and family mentor who believes that the inclusion of ALL, regardless of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or gender identity is necessary for a vibrant and healthy society.

Joe Wykowski is the Executive Director of Community Vision, a Portland Oregon-based organization that provides an array of person-centered supports to individuals with disabilities to assist them to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice. In addition to his work at Community Vision, Joe is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and is a past executive board member of TASH, past president of the Oregon Home ownership Collaborative and has served in many other organizations. He consults with various housing coalitions across the country concerning the creation of individual housing opportunities and personal supports with persons with disabilities.

May 2017 – Sustainability in Hospitality Design
In Partnership with NEWH, Sponsorship Opportunities available*
Description T.B.A.

June 2017 – “Is It Local?” Showcasing Oregon-built Products and Materials
The IIDA Oregon Chapter is proud to be part of a rich maker and builder design culture in the State of Oregon. This event will invite individuals and businesses to present their process, product, local materials sourcing, and design culture in a Pecha Kucha format. Interested in presenting? Contact VP Forums Kimberly Yannariello at kyannariello@gmail.com


*Interested in sponsoring a Forum? Contact VP Forums Kimberly Yannariello at kyannariello@gmail.com