Managing Director of IA’s Miami office, Marlene Liriano, IIDA, was recently brought in as Acting President of the organization’s international Board of Directors.
You’ve been associated with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) for more than 10 years. Can you please share some highlights?
Since 2005, I’ve been an IIDA member, and the association has provided me with many opportunities to engage with other design professionals and share the benefits of commercial design with the general public, as well as students at colleges and universities who are just starting out in this profession.
I have been a board member since 2014 and it has provided me with an incredible platform upon which to continue growth as a design professional, and to represent IA at a global level.
How has IIDA affected you professionally? Personally?
When I joined IIDA initially, it was to ensure I remain engaged in the profession from a local perspective. I then decided I wanted to help move the interior design profession forward on a macro level and, in order to do that, it would require a bigger time commitment, so I joined the Board of Directors. For me, it’s so important to educate the general public about what we do, how we influence human beings on a daily basis, and to leave a much better profession for new designers entering the field.
What do you hope to achieve during your term?
I’d like to expand our local presence in Latin America and Europe, both in number of chapters and members, with a focus on enriching professional development opportunities for students and young designers. Investing in emerging professionals can provide a meaningful membership experience for every designer, as well as strengthen our presence as thought leaders.
— Interior Architects (@IAarchitects) June 12, 2016
How will you help develop and/or achieve the association’s international goals?
As a Cuban American, I believe I have a unique understanding of Latin culture and can facilitate conversations that not only help designers, but also assist in efforts to expand and enhance IIDA’s presence. I hope to leverage my personal experience to develop and open new chapters in Latin America.
What do you see for your future following your term as acting president?
In regards to IIDA, I hope to remain on the board for another year as a vice president, both to continue advancing the organization’s agenda for growth and to help new board members.
On a personal level, I want to continue to lead by example and mentor at every possible opportunity. I continually look for ways to bring collaboration and inclusiveness into the design process so that each effort is a teaching moment for younger members of the design team. And for IA, I plan to continue building a vibrant, energized, and highly creative team for our Miami office, where we produce beautiful and highly effective projects for our clients, who I hope to nurture as long-term partners.