IIDA College Of Fellows Announces 2019 Inductees
CHICAGO, IL – April 12, 2019 – IIDA is pleased to announce the induction of five IIDA members into the prestigious IIDA College of Fellows. This year’s honorees include Kenneth Baker, FIIDA, Assoc. AIA, Assoc. ASID, Assoc. RIBA, SBID; Edwin Beltran, FIIDA, Assoc. AIA; Julia Monk, FIIDA, FAIA; Thomas Polucci, FIIDA, AIA; and Cindy Simpson, FIIDA. All 2019 honorees will be celebrated in a ceremony during the IIDA Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 9, at 12:00 p.m. Central at Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago (RSVP required).
“The IIDA College of Fellows is made up of members who have long demonstrated a strong commitment to the industry and an unwavering dedication to the profession,” said College of Fellows Chairs Guy Geier, FIIDA, FAIA, and Jim Williamson, FIIDA. “From transforming the ethos of healthcare design to empowering young minds, this year’s inductees are thought leaders, industry pioneers, and invaluable educators, and we are pleased to welcome them.”
Admission to the College of Fellows is the highest honor paid by IIDA to its Professional members, recognizing those whose activities and efforts have benefitted and enhanced IIDA, and whose design work has significantly influenced the interior design profession.
Edwin Beltran, FIIDA, Assoc. AIA
Edwin Beltran is principal of NBBJ’s Interior Architecture and Design Practice, leading some of the firm’s most notable and award-winning healthcare interiors. Influenced by his training as an architect, Beltran’s approach to interiors translates the unique “ethos” of each institution into inspiring—and beautiful—places carefully tailored to nurture healing. A strong advocate for integrated design excellence, Beltran’s multidisciplinary approach consistently promotes a close and collaborative relationship between all stakeholders.
His design work has been recognized with multiple IIDA and AIA honor awards and featured in national and international publications such as Architectural Record, Interior Design, Contract, Metropolis, Fast Company, Healthcare Design, Modern Healthcare, and The Wall Street Journal. Beltran holds an environmental design degree from the University of Puerto Rico and a master's in architecture from The Ohio State University, where he has served as an adjunct faculty member and guest critic of the university’s Knowlton School of Architecture.
For 25 years, IIDA, the commercial interior design association with global reach, has been a leader in defining, supporting, and enriching the interior design profession. We support design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms and their clients through our network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. We advocate for advancements in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of interior design as a profession that enhances business value and positively impacts the health and well-being of people’s lives every day. www.iida.org