Dezignare Interior Design Collective

Interior Design Industry News

Eye on Design!


Black Interior Designer Showcase (BIDS) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Co-Presents Diversity Focused Educational Sessions at Interiors ’08 Conference

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, Feb. 9, 2008 /Black Interior Designers/ -- Black Interior Designer Showcase (BIDS) is co-partnering with ASID to present educational programs during its Interiors ’08 Conference in New Orleans. Two sessions are scheduled, a pre-conference panel discussion titled, “Bridging the Gaps: Diversity in Interior Design” with local New Orleans architect, James Washington Jr., AIA, NOMA and a presentation by re-known architect and educator, Jack Travis, FAIA, NOMA, who will present case studies of “Culturally Expressive Environmental Design.”

Black Interior Designer Showcase (BIDS) website ( launched September 10, 2007. Its mission is to provide an online networking resource for black interior designers, students, architects and other industry professionals. “The response to our efforts has been tremendous and we're thrilled to co-partner educational events at this year's Interiors '08 Conference. ASID has the largest membership of interior designers in the world and by asking for our participation, it is proactively supporting our goals.” said AliciaValair, Allied Member ASID, Founder and Publisher of BIDS.

The Pre-conference panel discussion is scheduled Thursday, March 13 from 3:00 -5:00pm. James Washington, AIA, NOMA, of Hewitt-Washington & Associates were designated the Overall Planning Consultants for District 6 of the New Orleans Neighborhoods Rebuilding Plan. Mr. Washington has assisted in the management of the fiscal operations of Hewitt-Washington & Associates for 34 years and became Vice-President in 1978.

Topics of Discussion:

1. New Orleans Rebuilding Efforts & Diversity (J. Washington, NOMA, AIA & Jack Travis, NOMA, AIA)
2. Interior Design 2030: Aging in Place, Future of Design Education & Diversity
3. Green Sustainable Design, LEEDS & Diversity: Are we on board?
4. African Aesthetics & its Global Influence: Awareness and Knowledge of African Influences (Jack Travis)

Jack Travis, FAIA, NOMA will present “Culturally Expressive Environmental Design” case studies on Saturday, March 15 from 10:30 pm -Noon. Mr. Travis established his namesake design studio in June, 1985. Mr. Travis encourages investigation into Black history where appropriate and includes forms, motifs, materials and colors that reflect this heritage in his work. Travel throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean to West and South African countries has given Mr. Travis a most unique focus. Through his work, he continues to make a distinctive and definitive enrichment to the existing American design vocabulary.

“The selection of New Orleans for this year’s Interiors ’08 Conference and its positive and hopeful theme resonates with BIDS members and our guest presenters, as both are actively involved in the unprecedented challenge of rebuilding a live-able city. We look forward to participating as a partner and re-discovering the beautiful city where much of our African-American political history originated.” said Alicia Valair, Allied Member ASID. Visit ( to register and for detailed session descriptions.

Source: Black Interior Designers

CONTACT: Alicia Valair or

Michelle Rider or











Dezignaré Interior Design Collective, Inc.

©1998-2008 All Rights Reserved

Dezignare Interior Design Collective