Architecture Canada-RAIC now a co-presenter of IIDEX/NeoCon Canada
January 11, 2012 - Joining forces for the first time, Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and Architecture Canada-RAIC are co-presenting IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, a national design (and now) architecture exposition and conference. The move promises to bring the two professions closer together, say the partners, fostering knowledge-sharing, innovation and growth within the Canadian design landscape.
By Anthony Capkun
“This collaboration is a historic move for both organizations, but it also represents a natural evolution in the relationship between the architecture and interior design professions, whose practitioners collaborate on a daily basis,” said IDC president Donna Assaly. “IDC is thrilled to be building a closer relationship with the RAIC and fostering a positive environment for the future of our professions.”
As RAIC joins IDC as co-presenter of IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, the show’s multidisciplinary focus will expand to include a new section—the Architecture Canada Expo—which will focus on interior architectural and technology products, offering architects and interior designers a “broader array of products with an enhanced educational and networking program to match”.
“This move builds on the positive working relationship that the RAIC and IDC have developed over the years as two national advocacy bodies with similar missions and mandates,” added David Craddock, president of RAIC. “IIDEX/NeoCon Canada offers a perfect arena for the sharing of ideas between the architecture and interior design professions as well as the development of a closer relationship between their respective associations. Best of all, it will provide the RAIC with a platform to engage members and suppliers while delivering services such as continuing education, awards programs and networking events within the framework of a national exposition.”
“The new focus of the show aims not only to encourage a closer relationship between the interior design and architecture communities, but also to multiply opportunities for suppliers to reach both professions in an effective and strategic manner,” explained Tracy Bowie, vice-president of IIDEX/NeoCon Canada. “This is really a win-win for the show, attendees and suppliers.”