NEWH Student Mentor Event


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The Hospitality Industry Network STUDENT MENTORING EVENT
2 Harrison St #400 San Francisco, CA 94105


Calling for 30 Student Volunteers

IIDA Event – Leaders Breakfast

Location: 757 Market – Four Seasons Hotel

Date: September 8 2017

Time: 6am-10am

Coffee and most likely seats with breakfast when the event starts.

Tasks : Greeters / Ushers

Email Cheryl Gordon directly please by August 31st.


Leaders Breakfast San Francisco 2017



When: Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, 7:30 – 10 a.m.
Where: Four Seasons San Francisco, 757 Market St., San Francisco, California, 94103
Speaker: Jessica O. Matthews, founder and CEO of Uncharted Play
Honoree: Mary Davidge, IIDA, USGBC, LEED fellow, director of campus design, Google Inc.

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Jessica O. Matthews, Keynote Speaker

Jessica O. Matthews is the founder and CEO of Uncharted Play, an energy company that designs renewable energy technology systems for infrastructure and smart applications. Founded by Jessica when she was 22, Uncharted Play’s flagship product is the SOCCKET ball, an energy generating soccer ball that provides off-grid power for the developing world. She invented the SOCCKET when she was 19 years old.

Jessica’s career centers around the intersection of disruptive technology, human behavior, and the psychology of self-actualization. A dual citizen of Nigeria and the United States., she has a degree in psychology and economics from Harvard University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Her list of accolades includes Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes 30 under 30 list, Inc. Magazine 30 under 30, and Harvard University Scientist of the Year.

In 2012, President Barack Obama invited Jessica to the White House to represent small companies for the signing of the America Invents Act. In 2016, she was selected to ring the NASDAQ opening ceremony bell, representing all Forbes 30 Under 30 alumna. She currently serves as an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for Nigeria.

2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge

Sherwin Williams

The 2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge will open for entries February 1 to March 15.

$2,500 to first place in each category (residential + commercial). It gives $8,000 in total prize money to talented students.

$1,000 awarded to the design school the first place winners attend.

Students may enter as individuals or as a team — there is no entry fee. We even provide a suggested curriculum for educators.

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Changes in IAD with a word from our AAU President

“I am happy to announce that Archana Myer has been promoted to the role of executive director and will continue to provide leadership to the IAD team. Archana has spent the past few years as the Department Director and focused on dynamically revamping curriculum. Her efforts to maintain the highest level of professional accreditation were proven effective as the department had unprecedented success in their CIDA visit this spring. We appreciate Archana’s hard work and look forward to her continued success.<

Kathleen “Katie” Valkuchak has transitioned out of the Associate Director position and will be the new Department Director. Katie has been a core part of the IAD team for the past seven years and has had exceptional success in strengthening IAD studio culture. Her commitment to the students and partnerships with faculty have contributed substantially to the success of the department.

Please join me in congratulating both Archana and Katie to their new roles within the School of Interior Architecture & Design.  We look forward to the continuation of dynamic leadership.


Thank you,

Elisa Stephens, President”

SF Honor Awards Tour

SF Honor Awards Tour #2: 826 Valencia

Date: July 12
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center
180 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco City Center

Alumni Spotlight with Mas Design


Recently featured in the California Homes Magazine 2017 and about the IAD MFA students who are making their mark!

“Dawn Carlson and Carol Perry met in 2008 while studying Interior Architecture and Design at the Academy of Art University (AAU) in San Francisco. They quickly realized they shared the same intense passion for everything design.

Dawn brings her flair for style, sophistication, and bold personal expression as well as her overall vision for the firm, which she founded in 2012. Carol joined the family in 2013 and brings to the firm not only her impeccable design eye and a steadfast refusal of anything short of perfection, but also 11 years of corporate identity and branding expertise. Combined, their skills allow MAS Design to succeed not only on residential projects, but also commercial ones, adding immense value to the deliverables that they provide the client.

The principal designers’ styles are complimentary, but different. Both believe in thoughtfully curated, elegant, but highly liveable spaces. (Spaces that are a reflection of their clients, most importantly). With MAS Design, a client will have the benefit of Carol’s sophisticated taste as well as a uniqueness and “edge” that Dawn’s perspective brings. There is rarely a need for compromise between the two designers – they believe in each other’s aesthetic and recognize how one enhances the other. Together, they create their spaces to be both chic and forward – a delicate yet critical balance. This balance is MAS’ signature aesthetic.

MAS is known for their aesthetic, but want you to know the process is as important! MAS’ approachable work style and fun-loving culture create an inspired experience for all involved. They create a dynamic with their clients that eases the stressors in what can be a daunting (and sometimes unsettling) process. Their attention to detail and tireless work ethic ensure projects are executed by a team who cares passionately about the project’s success. Their collaboration enhances each other’s vision, and together, they create designs that surpass mere aesthetics, and that instead are an inspired expression of who their clients are.

Read more about what working with MAS Design is like on Yelp and Houzz!”


Career Opportunity with Studio Coupar

Studio Coupar is currently looking for 3  interior designer graduates to join their team!

Click here for more information on the job description, qualifications they are seeking and how to apply.

IIDA Pioneers in Design Student Volunteers

Who: IIDA Pioneers in Design

What: (No age requirement) 8-10 Volunteers needed Check in, Table Greeters, Ushers and CEU table manager.

When: Tuesday July 18th 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: SFJAZZ 201 Franklin St
San Francisco

How: Contact Elizabeth Email:

DESITA AWARD 2017 Contest


We wish to inform you of this new amazing challenging opportunity.
Great prizes for the top 3 winners: 3.000€, 2.000€ and 1.000€.



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Five Hot Design Trends for 2017

Rugs as art

Area rugs will be the go-to trend for homeowners looking to make a rapid impact. A mix of size, color, style and texture creates endless possibilities. Not just square, not just functional,  rugs become art with rooms being built around them as opposed to on top of them.
Statement Materials

Unique applications of materials will continue in 2017. Leather floors, wood paneling on ceilings and unique wall art will keep spaces fresh. Designers will play with strategically placed tiles mixing into other patterns to create an unconventional focal point.

Maker Movement

This year’s Maker class embodies the essence of North American craftsmanship: quality and style while using local raw and upcycled materials to design unique pieces. The Maker movement speaks to consumer trends towards personalization, one-offs and supporting local and independent design.

Classics Revisited

Old will meet new in 2017, as we witness traditional furniture structures re-imagined with a modern edge. New materials, colors, and textures will revamp even the most dated of styles for a playful  approach.
Innovative Lighting 

Experts are shining a spotlight on lighting as the true showstopper for commercial and residential spaces. It’s not just fresh interpretations of shapes, but also the incorporation of interesting technology from LED and beyond that make this trend new and innovative.

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