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An Inside
View

How do you recognize a pivotal moment in your life?
We often think that this is only possible with the clarity
of perspective-when we are able to look back with an
older, wiser point of view, shaking our heads at how we
didn't understand or appreciate the gravity of what was
happening. At this moment in time, I think we can all
agree: That is not the case. The world around us is full
of conflict, problems, and an overwhelming sense of
tension and divisiveness. Thankfully, as designers,
problem-solving is in our DNA. Now is our profession's
chance to seize the moment and lead the world into a
safer, healthier place to live, work, and be.
Looking back at my career as a designer over the past
five(!) decades, some of the most memorable projects
that sparked the most innovation and creativity were
born out of times of crisis. In the '90s when I was
national director of interiors at Perkins and Will, my
team was tasked with creating the first federal courthouse
design after the Oklahoma City bombing; that project
challenged us to ideate a new set of design rules and
thinking about public safety that are still commonly
referenced to this day. September 11, 2001, forced
designers and architects to step back from their projects
and consider strategies for safer buildings and seamless
security to make occupants feel secure and comfortable.
And 30 years ago, design helped improve yet another
crisis with its pivotal role in the passing and support of
the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Over the last few months our world experienced a
transformation unlike anything we have ever seen in
our lifetimes, due to the global impact of COVID-19.
Like many national and international associations,
Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) has had to cancel
all in-person events and shift gears quickly to respond
to member needs and urgent calls from our community.
At IDC we have built our last two Design Symposiums
on the theories of design thinking-the empathetic,
inventive, and iterative process focused on the human
experience within interior spaces. Design thinking puts
people first-humans at the center of design. While
having to adjust to not seeing our colleagues, family
members, and friends, we have found ways of making
that human connection work in a fully virtual world.
This way of working, producing, and communicating
is new to all of us, but what we are most proud of is
that we're making that connection to our fellow humans
through ways that we never imagined were possible.
The process of putting design thinking into practice
in our daily lives has been incredibly humbling.

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I find it hard to avoid the singularity of our current
situation, though, as I work from my home office during
a global pandemic in the city Minneapolis, which
precipitated the current movement to end racial injustice
and dismantle systemic racism. These two crises go
hand in hand, as they affect a globe full of humans.
As designers, we can use the toolkit given to us through
our training to help end them-through innovating and
finding new ways to solve problems; creating spaces
that keep occupants healthy and make them feel safe
(whether that be hospitals, offices, hotels, or homes); and
listening to those around us, from colleagues to friends
and especially Black and other marginalized communities,
as they share their thoughts and experiences, and use that
knowledge to invent fresh design solutions that tackle
inequity. There is no firm too large or too small to make
a difference. The global community is your client now...
go forth and design!

Gary E. Wheeler, FASID, FIIDA
Interim Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Interior Designers

Through spending more time on video calls, we have
found that it takes effort to really listen to another
human, to offer full attention, and as a result, the
exchange is more rewarding, bringing results and actions.
Recently, through such an exchange, IDC held its first of
many panels on the topic of racial disparities in design-a
conversation that needs much more global attention and
input from designers at all levels.
This fall, IDC will hold its first-ever virtual awards
program to celebrate the accomplishments of our
members. The world has gone virtual, and with it, we
are learning how to adapt-as empathetic listeners, better
collaborators, and architects of the kind of community
we want to belong to.

Trevor Kruse, FIDC
Chief Executive Officer
Interior Designers of Canada

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