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Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

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Southeast Designer of the Year Competition

Are you the Next….
Southeast Designer or Architect of the Year?

2010 Call for Entries

ADAC’s Southeast Designer of the Year Competition Has Added an Architect Category!

Submit your design projects for ADAC’s 2010 Southeast Designer and Architect of the Year competition. This esteemed competition is open to interior designers, interior design firms and architects from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The competition will be judged by a panel comprised of Industry and Educational Professionals as well as editors from Veranda Magazine. The panel will review all submission blind coded. Winners will be notified when the judging is completed.

By popular demand, the ADAC Southeast Designer and Architect of the Year Competition has retained their new categories in order to provide exposure for a greater number of design industry professionals working with many different project parameters.

2010 Categories Available are as follows:

Residential Category, Best Overall
Residential Room Categories:

  • Best Bedroom
  • Best Living Room
  • Best Kitchen
  • Best Dining Room
  • Best Family or Great Room

Best Residential Architect, Best Overall
Contract Category, Best Overall
Contract Sub-Categories:

  • Best Corporate Space
  • Best Retail or Hospitality space

Project Submission Rules

  • Materials in the form of a portfolio, brochure or photo album.
  • No size or special requirements.
  • Photos are not required to be mounted, although they may be.
  • Do NOT put your name or firm information on the individual photographs, as all entries will be blind coded in order to remain anonymous to the judges.
  • Each entry must represent only one project but designers may enter as many different projects in as many different categories as they wish.
  • No maximum or minimum number of photographs are being requested.
  • Projects submitted must have been completed in the last two years (2008 – 2009).
  • Projects may NOT have been previously published.

Submissions must include return mailing information with FEDEX return ship labels. If complete return information is not provided, they will be held in the ADAC Office for 60 days prior to disposal.

WE’VE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR THE COMPETITION! Materials much be received in the ADAC Management Office by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2010. For more information, please call: 404-231-1720 or click here to download a submission form. (PDF)
* You will need the Adobe reader to view the PDFs on this page. Download it for free here.

All entries should be directed to:

2010 Southeast Designer of the Year Competition
c/o Ms. Sarah Dobbs
ADAC Management and Leasing Office
349 Peachtree Hills Avenue NE
Suite A5
Atlanta, Georgia 30305

Source: http://adacatlanta.com/se-designer.html

The Ironic Happiness of Unemployment: Inspiration in Scarcity

By far the greatest financial crisis, globally, ever – including the 1930s Great Depression[1] is the last thing anyone wanted to hear as the description of today’s credit crunch. The majority of ears that the news struck the sharpest were those in the building industry. As a profession that is sustained by lines of credit, the construction field is suffering due to lending policy stipulations that have made it nearly impossible for the initiation of new projects and the completion of those under construction. As the economy has turned downwards, firms in unprecedented numbers have either had to lay off employees or close its doors completely.

According to the U.S. Labor Department, the number of technical and nontechnical staff employed in the architecture and engineering services industry in 2009 was 1.346 million, down from 1.445 million in 2008, nearly a 9.3 percent drop. Unfortunately, the numbers will continue to fall, as 35% of firms contacted by Architectural Record reported that more layoffs are foreseen in fiscal year 2010. Moreover, the news is still grim for architects, landscape architects, interior designers, construction engineers and the ancillary industries that support the industry; the current prediction to expect a boost in the economy is 2011, despite the upturn in 2010 for the overall economic growth[2].

In the face of a challenging economic climate, six young designers have managed to capitalize on the need for innovative design in an environment where creativity is often sacrificed in the name of profitability. The featured individuals are pioneers that utilized the misfortune of unemployment in the traditional workforce to sketch the framework for a new career path. As makers by trade and as creators by birth, Hugh Shomari Lacy, Joseph Echols, Leigh Ann Black, Vesna Frkanec, Ivana Sinobad, and Visnja Nikolic, have sculpted careers that have translated economic decline into sources of inspiration for works of art to which they now define and refine the form as they see fit.

Click the photos to learn about his or her personal journey…

Hugh Lacy

Hugh Shomari Lacy, 29, Atlanta, GA

Joseph L. Echols

Joseph L. Echols, 30, Biloxi, MS

Leigh Ann Black

Leigh Ann Black, 30, Water Valley, MS

Visnja Nikolic

FILTER, 28-30, Belgrade, Serbia












[1] Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan address to Credit Union National Conference, 2010 February 23.
[2] Architectural Record, 2010 March.

Interior Design vs Architecture

Should interior designers have the same power as architects? There are many people on both sides of this issue. Well, Georgia has decided to become the state to test out new legislation that would give interior designers the ability to stamp drawings for interior modifications to any building, change in use, occupancy load or occupancy classification. I was informed about this new legislation, HB 231 – Change to the Practice Act Governing Architects, last night via email. The email I received is below:

Dear AIA Georgia Members:

Recently, language approved by the Georgia State Board of Architects and Interior Desginers to be inserted in HB 231 has been changed, with concerns raised by AIA Georgia having been largely ignored (for detailed history, see below).

As a result, AIA Georgia cannot support and must oppose HB 231 for the following reasons:

1. The current language is overly confusing, and it will be difficult for both practitioners and building officials to interpret. Suggestions made by AIA Georgia representatives to improve the legislation were largely ignored, while suggestions by the Georgia Alliance of Interior Design Professionals were largely incorporated.

2. Architectural education and training includes the study of civil, structural, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical engineering, and the coordination of the work of those professionals is a part of the definition of the “Practice of Architecture”. [43-4-1(6)] Interior designers are not trained in these disciplines. HB 231 would require a registered interior designer to coordinate work beyond their level of expertise. The current restrictions are intended to protect the life safety of Georgia citizens.

3. Traditionally, the use of existing legislation has been a basis for establishing similar laws. The language in HB 231 is unprecedented in the states that currently have practice legislation for interior designers, and would place the building officials and the citizens of Georgia in uncharted legal territory. In a time where some states are disbanding their interior design practice legislation, Georgia is on the verge of passing legislation that will give sweeping authority to the interior design profession.


1. Oppose HB 231 in its current form.

2. Support the December 18, 2009 language unanimously passed by the State Board of Architects and Interior Designers.


Find your legislator

1. Copy and paste the above information into an email to send to him/her.

2. Print the language on your letterhead and mail.

3. Call their office and ask to voice your concerns to the legislator or a senior aide.

Remember, your voice is critical in guiding AIA Georgia’s advocacy for our profession. If you haven’t already registered, come meet with legislators to discuss the issue at our annual Legislative Reception, Tuesday evening at the Georgia Freight Depot. Tickets are available at the door ($55).

Thank you,

Gerry D. Cowart, AIA, LEED AP
AIA Georgia President

If you feel as tho this law should or should not be passed, let your State Representatives know now! You can find your representatives two ways:
Representative Email – List if you know your representatives name
Congress.org – Which will find all your elected officials based on zip code

AIA Georgia’s site has more information on this issue and an event planned.

What do you think about the Georgia Legislator giving more power to interior designers? Leave your comments below.