On October 17, 2019 the provincial interior design associations of Manitoba (The PIDIM), Alberta (IDA) and Saskatchewan (IDAS) celebrated the 3rd Annual masi Design Awards with a gala celebration. With 79 Award submissions in 10 different categories, from all three Prairie Provinces, this was the most successful masi Design Awards to date.
Our lives have been affected by a renewed interest in wellness. We have modified our thinking and our behaviors to be more focused on health and well-being. Strangely, this rethinking is just starting to permeate the office... where many of us spend most of our waking hours. What if our workplaces supported our well-being on multiple levels, and didn't just aim to be 'less bad' but were truly regenerative, healthy environments? How do we, as an industry, design interior environments that support the physical and psychological well-being of the people who inhabit them? Activity-based design is an important part of the answer.
In 1949, a group of student interior designers at the University of Manitoba formed the Society of Student Interior Designers (S.S.I.D.). The Society’s first objective was “to obtain Legislative recognition of Interior Designers in Manitoba and later in Canada.” As a result of the groundwork initiated by the S.S.I.D, an organization of professionals was formed; the Manitoba Institute of Interior Designers (M.I.I.D.). Shortly thereafter, members of the M.I.I.D group submited a bill to incorporate an Act cited as “the Interior Designers Act”. The professional organization name was revised for the passing of the Bill to the Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba (I.D.I.M).