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Students are, quite literally, the future of commercial interior design, making it critical for our industry to understand their vision—what matters now that won’t in five or 10 years? How will current design
movements play out? What role can designers play in solving
society’s most pressing problems? Here, three IIDA Student
Members share their thoughts about how design and
designers will evolve.
Illinois State University
Designing Beyond LEED: We are currently seeing advancements in solar photovoltaic systems, high-efficiency equipment,
sustainable materials and furniture, wind energy, and many other
“green” practices. To imagine what advances we will have in 10
years is difficult; however, designing buildings that have a lower
impact on the environment by taking advantage of new technology
will be a priority.
A Tool for Education: Design is a resource that is easily overlooked, but if used properly, can and will help solve major societal
concerns. Design can educate. With the use of installations and
displays we can provide a medium that is engaging and attractive
for individuals to learn about issues such as race, gender equality,
and immigration—to name a few.
By Louisa Fitzgerald
IIDA Student Members offer insight into what’s next for design.
Art Institute of California—Inland Empire
Removing the Stigma of Mental Health: In the healthcare industry, there is a
trend toward building facilities that house healthcare professionals from a variety
of disciplines. All the doctors come to the patient instead of vice versa, removing
the stigma of having to go to a separate mental health facility for treatment. Design
plays a significant role in ensuring these facilities function for a multidisciplinary
Supporting a New Workforce: In the corporate world, designers are helping
transition workplaces from places of strict hierarchy—“he’s my boss, she’s my
manager”—to more collaborative, open-concept spaces that aren’t intimidating or
determined by where your position is on an organizational chart. As interior designers,
we are thinking about ways to support how this generation works and how we see
work changing in general.
Design is a resource that is easily
overlooked, but if used properly, can
and will help solve major societal