April 29, 2020

desigNYC & IIDA NY present the IMPACT NY

IIDA and desigNYC Present IMPACT NY 2013
A New Design Competition Calls for Concepts for a Treatment Center in West Harlem

New York, May 1, 2020 – The International Interior Design Association New York Chapter (www.iidany.org), and desigNYC (www.designyc.org), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers through the power of design, present IMPACT NY 2013, a new initiative that enables the local design community to help build a better New York, by offering their time and talent on a pro bono basis through an annual competition. “We recognize how good design can improve communities and IIDA NY looks forward to working with desigNYC on IMPACT NY 2013,” says Hans Galutera, “as a way to strengthen the local design community’s collective commitment to helping nonprofits.”

IMPACT NY 2013 kicks off with a competition that calls for thoughtful design concepts for a continuing care and drug rehabilitation treatment center, managed by Palladia (www.palladiainc.org), one of the largest non-profit multi-service agencies in New York City. This approximately 1,200-square-foot outpatient facility is on the second floor in a pre-war building and the organization is currently looking for a solution that will improve client engagement while also supporting the staff and their work. The competition is open to interior designers, architects, and allied design industry professionals, as well as design students. Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 24, 2013, 5:00 p.m. EST. Details can be found online at http://iidany.org/events/impact-ny/

The collaboration between IIDA and desigNYC is a mutually beneficial one: for four years, desigNYC has successfully matched nonprofits with designers, but it has become increasingly challenging to see some of the designs for built environment projects implemented and realized. “As a do-tank, we want to make sure our projects get built,” says Laetitia Wolff, desigNYC’s executive director, and our collaboration with IIDA NY will help us meet our goal.” Now, the organization gains access to IIDA NY’s extensive professional practice, relationships with manufacturers and contract businesses, as well as the expertise of its vast membership.

In turn, IIDA NY aligns itself with an organization with roots in the local nonprofit community and one that can provide a vehicle to channel philanthropic efforts of their membership. As partners, the two organizations will work to highlight the value of pro bono work, strengthen the local design community’s collective commitment, and see the competition’s winning design for Palladia realized. “We are delighted to collaborate with desigNYC and IIDA NY,” says Mark Hurwitz, president and CEO of Palladia, ”because we know the winning design can really improve our clients’ engagement in our program and their overall quality of life.”

A panel of industry professionals including Sally Bernstein, assistant vice president, capital planning and development for Palladia; Joan Blumenfeld, global interior design director, Perkins+Will (and an IIDA NY member); Madeline Burke-Vigeland, principal, Gensler (and one of the founding members of desigNYC); Susan S. Szenasy, editor-in-chief, Metropolis; and Victoria Milne, director of creative services at the New York City department of design and construction, will be the competition jury. Submissions will be judged on the basis of their suitability to the project challenge, approach to pro bono design, thoughtful design concept, and feasibility of the concept for implementation.

The winning design concept will be announced at a benefit for desigNYC, scheduled for June 26, 2020 at Common Ground’s Prince George Ballroom. In addition, the winner will receive a one-year membership to IIDA and have the opportunity to sit on the IMPACT NY 2014 jury.

The IIDA New York Chapter (IIDA NY) is a professional networking and educational association of more than 550 Members in ten specialty Forums. IIDA NY provides our Members with the resources to reach expertise, knowledge and contacts. Networking events allow professionals and industry members to connect on more personal terms that encourage trust, collaboration, and innovation. Our Chapter is proud to have been recognized as IIDA Large Chapter of the Year in 2011, 2008, 2001 and 2000. http://iidany.org/events/impact-ny/

About desigNYC
desigNYC’s mission is to improve the lives of New Yorkers through the power of design. desigNYC is a platform that connects talented designers interested in civic engagement with extraordinary nonprofits serving the public good. Our goal is to amplify the work of community organizations through design. Our focus is local. Our approach is multi-disciplinary. Our process is participatory and community-centric. desigNYC is a 501(c) 3 charitable volunteer-based organization, incubated at ESI Design, and led by executive director Laetitia Wolff. www.desigNYC.org

About Palladia
With close to 30 programs in 25 locations, Palladia, Inc. (www.palladiainc.org) offers a variety of services that help struggling New Yorkers build safer, stronger and better lives. Since its founding in 1970, Palladia has been nationally recognized for its innovative service delivery in supportive housing, behavioral health programs, HIV case management programs, homeless and domestic violence shelters, alternative to incarceration programs. Palladia helps change lives affected by addiction, homelessness, mental illness, domestic violence and trauma by providing innovative programming, compassionate care and expert solutions to critical social problems. www.palladiainc.org


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