IA Senior Designer Ginger Gilden was recently tapped to lead the organization’s New York chapter.
How did you first get involved with IIDA?
I started with International Business Designers back in Memphis, TN, just after college at Louisiana Tech University and before IIDA formed. I became a member of the New York chapter once I moved to NYC in 1999 and then joined the IIDA Leaders Breakfast Committee last year, where I had the pleasure of nominating IA’s own Julio Braga for Honoree. It was incredibly impressive how organized the committee was, and I certainly look forward to continuing to serve on the committee as long as they will have me.
What do you hope to accomplish during your term?
As my platform for this year is Leave Your Mark, I would like to generate more awareness for mentoring designers early in their career, particularly as they transition from college into the professional world. As president, I will ensure that IIDA events for the architecture and design industry reach their intended goals and follow the Leave Your Mark strategy. I will also monitor legislative activities with regard to licensing certified designers by working with my colleagues at Interior Designers for Legislation in New York. I will coordinate with our city centers—Albany, Buffalo and Rochester—and liaise with IIDA’s International Board of Directors and headquarters management, motivate designers in the industry, and network with our partners to provide mutual support. Finally, I will preside over monthly board meetings and the Chapter Leadership Council to gain insight through my national IIDA resources.
How has IIDA affected you professionally? Personally?
I have been able to connect personally and professionally with other architects and designers in the industry and network with the community that supports the profession that I love. By connecting with industry co-workers, I intend to grow professionally by drawing on the teamwork and resources available to me. I have been able to improve my leadership skills, and I hope to inspire other designers and architects.
What do you see for your future following your term as acting president?
I would like to continue mentoring the early career development of newer designers and continue nurturing relationships with our partners. As a member of IA’s Advocate Mentorship Program, I hope to advise and advocate for other designers. I look forward to serving as past-president once my current term is concluded and continue on with the IIDA Leaders Breakfast Committee. Finally, with the help of my colleagues, members, and partners, I will continue to support the design industry.