IA Interior Architects Expands Global Retail Practice
IA Interior Architects is pleased to announce the continued growth of our retail practice group with the addition of a new team that will be based in Seattle, WA. This group will be led by three retail experts: Mike Riggs, Managing Director/Retail; Ron Singler, Design Director/Retail; and Alex Shapleigh, Design Director/Retail. All three are recognized innovators and bring extensive experience in this market sector to the firm. This new team will work in conjunction with our New York Retail practice group, enhancing our capabilities and service offerings and expanding our global reach.
Mike Riggs, Principal, Managing Director/Retail has over 25 years of experience in environment design and retail strategy. He is committed to creating compelling experiences by considering all aspects of a client’s brand, business, and customer insights. His client-focused nature makes him a natural fit for IA, and he has completed numerous projects for high-caliber clients in the retail market sector. Mike is a strategic leader, responsible for building teams across various disciplines, and has a background in both design and business. This dual perspective provides him with a unique approach to solving clients’ challenges.
“We could not be more excited to join IA given the many overlapping trends within both workplace and retail, foremost a desire for differentiated experiences that are connected to an organization’s brand ethos, augmented through immersive story-telling and technology,” shares Mike.
Ron Singler, Principal, Design Director/Retail has over 30 years of experience ranging from experiential graphics to projects focused on entertainment retail, designing themed environments for malls and large department stores. He most recently was part of a large project with a major retail client developing individual concept and department stores, eventually taking responsibility for interior and exterior design. Ron has directed, designed, and delivered micro to macro retail environments internationally, and he continues to be inspired by the ‘art’ of the experience and the ability to inspire customers through the visual medium. He was named design:retail Magazine’s 2017 Portfolio Awards’ “Retail Design Influencer.”
Alex Shapleigh, Principal, Design Director/Retail brings 25 years of experience assisting notable clients with translating their brands into engaging, consumer-centric, and award-winning retail experiences. His diverse background in architecture, interiors, industrial design, and branding provides a cohesive approach to all aspects of a three-dimensional environment affecting the spatial experience. Alex is a member of Contract Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board, and has been a speaker and panelist at retail industry conferences and events such as IRDC, RDI, Retail Nexus, ICSC and ULI.
“We are delighted that Mike, Ron and Alex decided to join IA. They bring a passion for retail and interiors and a stellar track record in retail design and service,” shares David Bourke and Tom Powers, Co CEO/Presidents of IA. “As the lines become blurred between retail, workplace and other markets, we (IA) will be able to offer even more unique integrated solutions to our clients, which is very exciting.”
IA Interior Architects Announces the Opening of its Newest Office in Austin, TX
David Lubin joins IA’s Dallas Team as Co-Managing Director
IA Interior Architects is pleased to announce that David Lubin, RID, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, has joined the firm as Co-Managing Director of IA’s Dallas office. With almost 25 years of experience, David brings leadership and in-depth knowledge of design, client relationships, and workplace strategy on projects, including complex, large-scale corporate headquarters and spaces for technology, professional services, and financial firms. With Frances Bruns, Co-Managing Director of IA’s Dallas office, David will be instrumental in furthering the continued growth of IA’s presence in both local and national markets.
Prior to joining IA, David was the South Central Regional Corporate Interiors Director at HKS and a Workplace One Studio Director and Regional Financial Services Leader at Gensler. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi.
“I am incredibly excited to join the IA family. It is a rare opportunity to align business with personal values and purpose. Frances has done an incredible job growing the IA Dallas office. Partnering with her to keep moving the ball forward is a primary reason I joined the firm. The opportunities ahead are endless for IA’s Dallas team, and I am honored to be part of it as we energize design in the Dallas market!”
“We are thrilled to welcome David to the IA family! David has deep roots in the Dallas design community and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. I cannot wait to partner with him to continue our growth in the Dallas market and firmwide.”
Frances Bruns | Co-Managing Director, Dallas Office
“IA is excited to have David join our Dallas office as Co-Managing Director. Frances and David have been friends for years and respectful competitors for even longer. This merging of Dallas Design Titans will be a major force in the growth of IA Dallas and the firm overall. We are looking forward to how this amazing team energizes the Dallas market.”
Tom Powers | Co-President/CEO
Jennifer Hatton Receives IAMC Michael P. Hickey Award
JENNIFER HATTON RECEIVES IAMC AWARD FOR SERVICE EXCELLENCE
IA Interior Architects is pleased to announce that Jennifer Hatton, Managing Principal of Client Services, has been honored with the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) Michael P. Hickey Award. Presented at the IAMC Spring Professional Forum on May 8, 2018 in Savannah, this award honors those who are stalwart ambassadors for IAMC, uphold the highest standards of ethics and integrity in the profession, and generously give back to the industry.
Her list of IAMC accomplishments is impressive and lengthy: Jennifer has been a member of the organization since 2007, and is an IAMC Fellow. She has recruited a total of 13 IAMC Active members and was the recipient of the Recruiter’s Club Award in 2010, 2014, and 2015. She has served as co-chair of the membership committee twice, served as co-chair of the programs committee, and has served on various other committee appointments. She is an IAMC Ambassador and a member of the 2028 Strategic Taskforce.
“Jennifer has been an invaluable contributor to IAMC from the moment she joined the organization over 10 years ago. From serving as an IAMC Ambassador, participating on three of our committees, to being the Recruiter of the Year, she exemplifies what it means to uphold the standard,” said J. Tate Godfrey, CEcD, executive director of IAMC. “Jennifer is truly a champion of IAMC and is a superb client services professional. She embodies what it means to be a mentor within the profession and diligently works to make this world a better place. We are thrilled to have Jennifer as an IAMC member and fellow, and overjoyed to present her with this award.”
As Managing Principal of Client Services at IA, Jennifer has been instrumental, during her 13 years with the firm, in developing new business as well as managing long-term client relationships. She participates on the firm’s executive committee, contributing her expertise and knowledge to evolving the firm’s strategic direction.
“We are so proud of Jennifer and the honor that IAMC has bestowed upon her,” states David Bourke, Co-President/CEO of IA. “She is one of the great ambassadors for IA and our industry. She touches everyone she meets with her compassion, professionalism, and commitment to giving back and making a difference in people’s lives.”
“I am profoundly honored to receive the Michael P. Hickey Award for service excellence,” notes Jennifer. “The IAMC organization has shaped me both professionally and personally in the most positive and tremendous ways possible. Mike Hickey was a beacon of thought leadership, kindness and friendship, and to receive this honor in his name is incredibly special and something I will treasure forever.”
Announcing the Winners of the 2017 IAct Awards Program
IA Interior Architects is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 IAct Awards, honoring individuals within the firm who are making a significant impact in leadership, innovation and service. For 2017, IA added a fourth category, the Rising Star Award, to honor its next generation of talent.
Watch: David Mourning Accepts the 2017 Star Award at the IIDA Annual Meeting
On Sunday, June 11, 2017, David Mourning was presented the 2017 Star Award at the IIDA annual meeting in Chicago.
An architect and interior designer for more than 30 years, David Mourning, FIIDA, AIA, worked for several architectural and engineering firms before joining Environmental Planning and Research, Inc. (EPR). It was during his seven years at EPR that he developed a love for the interior design practice along with the national contacts that enabled him to found IA Interior Architects in1984. Under his direction, IA has become the world’s largest employee-owned architecture firm dedicated exclusively to workplace design, and he is among the industry pioneers credited with creating a blueprint for the modern interior design firm.
David holds an NCARB certificate and is licensed to practice architecture in 27 states. He is a member of CoreNet Global, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and has served as a Commissioner on the California State Board of Architectural Examiners. In 2015, he was honored by Contract magazine with its 13th annual Legend Award.
The IIDA Star Award was created in 1995 to recognize and celebrate the contributions that have significantly impacted the Interior Design profession by either an organization or an individual.
David Mourning Receives IIDA Star Award for 2017
IA Interior Architects is pleased to announce that David Mourning, the firm’s founder, has been honored with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA)’s Star Award for 2017. This prestigious award is given to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the design industry. The 2017 Star award was presented the IIDA Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 11th at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
IA was founded by Mourning in 1984 with the idea that the practice of architectural interiors should stand alone, separate from base building architecture. Under his direction, IA has become the world’s largest employee-owned architecture firm dedicated exclusively to workplace design, and he is among the industry pioneers credited with creating a blueprint for the modern interior design firm.
Mourning holds an NCARB certificate and is licensed to practice architecture in 27 states. He is a member of CoreNet Global, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and has served as a Commissioner on the California State Board of Architectural Examiners. In 2015, Mourning was honored by Contract magazine with its 13th annual Legend Award.
“David’s insight and guidance has solidified IA’s position as a global leader in visionary workplace design and shaped the practice of commercial interior design,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP. “David’s expertise in management, marketing, and design has propelled IA’s rapid growth to 19 offices in the U.S., London, and Toronto in addition to an alliance with firms worldwide. We are so pleased to honor and celebrate David Mourning as this year’s Star Award recipient.”
Marlene Liriano Inducted Into the IIDA College of Fellows
The leadership of IA Interior Architects is proud to announce that Marlene Liriano IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, a Principal and Managing Director of our Miami office, will be inducted in the IIDA College of Fellows, the highest honor offer by IIDA to its members. IIDA’s College of Fellows honors those whose activities and efforts have benefitted and enhanced IIDA, as well as those whose works have influenced the interior design profession. This year’s honorees will be introduced and celebrated at the IIDA Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Marlene is currently serving as the President of IIDA’s Board of Directors for 2016-2017, and has a long history with the organization. As President, she has focused on advocacy, nurturing opportunities for interior design students and young professionals, as well as increasing membership in the Latin American chapters. Her work in the design profession at large has perpetuated a tradition of insight, and cultivated a spirit of team collaboration, resulting in multiple design awards, publications, and numerous long-term client accounts. Past honors include the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Interior Designer of the Year Award for her excellence in leadership and notable architecture and interior design
Marlene states, “It’s been a privilege to serve as the 2016-2017 IIDA Board of Directors President. IIDA has been an essential part of my career and I can’t speak highly enough about their impact on the profession. It is an honor to be inducted into the College of Fellows and I look forward to continuing my work with the association.”
David Mourning, IA’s founder and a member of the College of Fellows, said, “Marlene represents the best and the brightest at IA and in our profession: building a very successful practice in Miami and at the same time giving back to her community and our profession thru the IIDA.”
“Marlene’s design expertise, leadership at top global firms, and contributions to IIDA and the profession have all illustrated the depth of her dedication to elevating the Interior Design industry,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP. “We are so pleased to announce her induction into the IIDA College of Fellows and look forward to celebrating this accomplishment at the IIDA Annual Meeting in June.”
Ray Ehscheid Joins IA Interior Architects as Director of Client Services
The executive leadership of IA Interior Architects is pleased to announce that Ray Ehscheid has joined the firm in the newly created role of Director of Client Services focused primarily on the Financial Services and Retail sectors. Ray brings to IA over 25 years of experience in both of these sectors.
Prior to joining IA, Ray was Senior Vice President, Design Services for Bank of America where, starting in 2005, he led Store Design and Merchandising for Bank of America’s Financial Center and ATM network. In 2014, Ray was also tapped to spearhead Workplace Strategy. Ray’s career has also included leadership roles with global luxury and fashion retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Reebok.
Ray is a recognized thought leader on the subjects of retail and financial services design, and has been featured in a range of national and international publications. He has delivered keynote addresses at GlobalShop, National Retail Federation (NRF), Bank Administration Institute (BAI) and Retail Banking Research (RBR) and participated in panel discussions on these topics at NeoCon, EuroShop, and European Financial Marketing Association (EFMA). Ray is often invited to jury peer design competitions, guest lecture at universities; affording him the opportunity to mentor the next generation of design professionals.
“Ray brings an exceptional understanding of the specific needs of the global retail and financial services sectors through his leadership in the industry and extensive, client-side experience,” notes David Bourke, Co President/CEO of IA. “Ray’s insights will now provide our clients an enhanced ability to surge forward when combined with IA’s industry-leading platform and global project capabilities.”
Ray states, “I have long respected IA’s global leadership position within the interior architecture industry. I am excited to now contribute to, and further strengthen, the firm’s ability to deliver exceptional design solutions globally for Retail and Financial Services clients.”
Ray is a member the Editorial Advisory Boards of both Contract magazine and design:retail magazine where he was voted one of the Top 10 Retail Design Influencers of the Year. He is President of the New York Chapter of the Retail Design Institute (RDI) and an Associate Member of IIDA.
Announcement of new IA CEO’s
In 2014, David Mourning—IA’s Founder, President, and CEO—decided that, after 32 years at the helm, it was time to transfer his ownership and leadership of the firm. In facilitating this transition, he felt it was vital “for IA to remain IA” and to continue its legacy of entrepreneurialism and independence. IA became an employee-owned firm (ESOP) and longtime managing principals Tom Powers and David Bourke were named executive directors. They were tasked with running the firm and co-chairing an executive committee newly established to provide valuable information and guidance.
As 2017 begins, Mourning has completed this transition and will assume the role of Founder and Independent Member of Board of Directors. He will remain actively involved with IA, and the firm leadership structure will remain as it has been the last three years, with Bourke and Powers now assuming the dual role of Co-President/CEO. Also as part of Bourke’s and Powers’s transition, their roles as managing principals of New York and Chicago respectively will be assumed by Buzz Riley and Julio Braga, co-managing directors/principals of New York and Carolyn Tucker, managing director/principal, Chicago.
The joint President/CEO model perfectly aligns with the firm culture and the collaborative approach to leadership that IA has embraced since its inception. Powers and Bourke will set the overall firm strategy, working closely with the Executive Committee and Management Team across all 19 offices. Bourke’s primary focus will be the firm’s platform while Powers will concentrate on the practice. Together they will lead IA into our next phase, with the goal of continuing our tradition of superior service for our international roster of clients.
Mourning put it best:
“The joy is in the journey and I would like to thank all of you who have been with me on what has been an incredible journey. IA has not—nor will it ever—arrive at its final destination. IA will continue to expand and grow and to provide those who love the profession of interior architecture the opportunity to flourish personally, professionally, and financially. IA is the vehicle to pursue our life’s work. There is no other firm like it in the world. The brand has never been stronger; the original vision will, hopefully, remain forever intact.” —David Mourning, Founder, IA Interior Architects
IA Interior Architects Announces Winners of IAct Awards Program
IA Interior Architects is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 IAct Awards. An internal, peer-driven awards program, IAct honors individuals within the firm who are making a significant impact on our company and our profession in three different categories: leadership, innovation and service. Celebrated in November each year to coincide with Thanksgiving, the IAct program celebrates, recognizes, and thanks the heart and life-line of IA: our staff.
Brenda Plechaty, Principal and IA’s Director of Human Resources noted, “The IAct Awards celebrate that our people are what make IA so special, and we honor their unique and phenomenal contributions to the firm. We pride ourselves in providing excellence in service, leadership and innovation, and this year’s honorees continue to raise the bar in every way.”
The IAct Award for Leadership was presented to John Hopkins, Principal and Design Director in Chicago. John has been with the firm for more than 10 years and developed IA’s “IA.edu” program, a monthly education initiative that shares thought leadership, best practices and overall design intelligence for all of IA globally, connecting over 550 professionals across 19 offices.
Managing Principal and IA Executive Director Tom Powers says, “John exemplifies the unpretentious design leader. In addition to being a fantastic designer, he mentors young designers in taking an ever growing leadership role on projects, always helping to guide them along the way. John is exceptional in mentoring IA design talent to navigate the varied design landscape that makes up our practice, and in leading whole programs that make all of IA better; brighter.”
The IAct Award for Innovation was presented to Michelle Hoffmann, Senior Associate and Senior Job Captain in San Francisco. Mick McCullough, Managing Principal and IA’s Chief Operating Officer, commented, “Michelle has long been a leader in the use of IA’s design tools, and has made many contributions across the firm by providing knowledge, training and troubleshooting assistance. More importantly, she has an impressive grasp of how to apply those skills to a design practice. She is always expanding her knowledge of workflows and creative approaches to project implementation, and her pioneering efforts help to define IA as a leader in innovation.”
The IAct Award for Service was presented to Clinton Johnston, Associate and Senior System Administrator, Information Technology, in Washington, DC.
“Clinton is a tremendous firm resource, and he embodies excellence in service. In addition to our corporate team, he’s been an integral member of the DC office for the last 11 years, and, as we ask him to take on greater responsibilities, he’s influenced not only the region, but the firm as a whole,” noted David Bourke, Managing Principal and IA Executive Director. “As an individual, Clinton personifies professionalism and a great attitude. We’re so happy he was honored with this award.”
“Ultimately, IA recognizes that our people are truly what make us special – a world-class design firm that cares deeply about our clients, about our profession and about one another. We are proud of the IAct program and congratulate and honor Michelle, John and Clinton as the 2016 winners,” noted Jennifer Hatton, Managing Principal of Client Services.
The awards were presented on Wednesday, November 2 during a live-stream video feed.
IA Interior Architects Launches Podcast, RadioIA
IA Interior Architects is pleased to announce it has launched radioIA, a podcast about the architecture and design industry. This is a grassroots look inside of a working architecture and design practice. As the first firm of its kind to break into the podcasting medium, this new program is an uncensored peek into the inner workings of our day-to-day industry with insight about trends in the field, and project stories from a new perspective.
The podcast is hosted by IA Principal and Managing Director of the Houston office, Russell Manthy. Episodes feature discussions with IA staff and industry colleagues centered on design, strategy, culture, sustainability, and other topics. Prior episodes include an interview about building repositioning, featuring Managing Principal and Managing Director Brian Koshley and Principal and Design Director Lisa Kelly from IA in Orange County; and an educational interview with Julie Maggos, IA’s director of environmental graphic design, who reveals a wholly different type of obsession with coffee. The podcast also features guests from outside the firm. One episode features Mike Lynch from NASCAR, their Vice President of Green Technologies. Another features the Director of Marketing from Cameron Management in Houston, who shares some of the secrets uncovered in the walls during a 100-year-old building renovation.
You can listen and subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play, and look for show notes and photos of episode topics on the IA’s blog, dIAmeter. We look forward to sharing this podcast series with you. Please be in touch with any questions or press inquiries.