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Greg Blandford, Technical Innovations
IIDA Tennessee is thrilled to Partner with Technical Innovations again in 2012! Greg Blandford has been an avid supporter of Interior Design in Tennessee. He was happy to share a bit about his company with us! Please contact him at 615.515.3447 with all of your commercial Audio Visual needs.
What does Technical Innovation specialize in that sets you apart from other AV companies?
Our systems work. We are not a jack of all trades and don’t install phone systems, cabling, security, or otherwise. In order to be an expert in installing high quality audio/visual and video conferencing systems, your sole focus must be commercial A/V. Our industry is a fast paced and rapidly evolving one, and our emphasis on employing the best certified A/V engineers to design our systems is by far what sets us apart.
How can your services compliment the interior design services of our members?
The best A/V systems compliment the vision of an interior designer, not detract from it. But in order to accomplish this, much planning and coordination is required early on in the design process. If you engage Technical Innovation in the planning stages of your project, we can make big ugly boxes disappear and help your clients avoid tripping over unsightly cables on their conference room floor.
Where do you see the future of technology as it relates
to commercial interiors?
The days of employees sitting in their cubicles all day are over. Team member collaboration across an organization is becoming an expectation, not an exception. With this growing trend, there needs to be a simple way for any end user to walk into a meeting space, connect a laptop, and collaborate over each other’s documents. If an organization’s A/V systems are cumbersome, screens aren’t sized correctly, and content isn't interactive, this collaboration is being inhibited.
Why do you support IIDA?
Our primary goal is to preach the message that A/V must be planned for early in the design stage. As this catches on, your clients will have less change orders related to technology, and will be happier with the spaces you’ve poured hours of design time into.
Janis Lightfoot, Barber McMurry
While attending the University of Tennessee, Janis Lightfoot, IIDA, began working part time at Corporate Interiors, a local full-service interior design firm and furniture dealership. She graduated from the Interior Design program in 1987 and joined Corporate Interiors full time. She joined IIDA (what was then IBD – the Institute of Business Designers) in 1990, and soon after passed the NCIDQ exam. Janis worked for Corporate Interiors until the firm was sold in 2006 and has been with BarberMcMurry architects as Interior Design Manager since that time.
Tell us about your firm’s long history.
Our history began with one man who found his way to East Tennessee in the late 1800’s. George F. Barber, an experienced builder and architect who came to Knoxville from DeKalb, Illinois, founded his largely residential practice in 1888. Barber developed an international following with his designs, which he published in a series of "plan books" created by his Knoxville studio staff. His son, Charles, followed in his father’s footsteps and, in 1915, joined with Ben F. McMurry to form Barber & McMurry Architects. Over time, the firm’s portfolio broadened to include additional project types. Churches, country clubs, office buildings, apartments and K-12 schools formed an important part of Barber & McMurry's practice starting in the mid-1920s. The work and reputation of the firm flourished during the 1930s and 1940s. A significant portion of their practice revolved around higher education architecture. In particular, a healthy share of the campus buildings at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, bears the signature of Barber & McMurry. In the latter part of the 20th century, the firm embraced the opportunity to produce health care architecture- designing many new hospitals, medical office buildings and related facilities for regional health care systems.
What makes BMa's approach unique?
Our longstanding philosophy that every building must express character in its design and in its effect upon those who use and experience it. BarberMcMurry is recognized for design excellence, responsive service, integrity and trustworthiness; but, is defined by the commitment to inspire the spirit of their clients and community through the craft of design.
How does your Interior Design Studio complement your services offerings?
BarberMcMurry believes that interior design is the fundamental bridge between architecture and the way a person experiences a building on a daily basis. When carefully orchestrated to enhance architectural design, the phenomenological application of materials, colors, level of finish, and furnishings can make a project exceptional. Their in-house interior design studio works hand-in-hand with their architects to assure that a thoughtful and creative interior design approach is incorporated into the project from its initial stages of conception.
Janis, why are you IIDA?
IIDA identifies me as a design professional, with a commitment to the health, safety and welfare of the public. The organization supports continuing education and networking opportunities that contribute to the professional and creative growth of individual members and collectively to the profession as a whole.
Tava Frazier, Askew Nixon Ferguson
Associate IIDA, LEED AP Interior Designer, Project Coordinator, Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects
How did you chose interior design as your career path?
I've always had an interest in design. I was the family member that would rearrange people's furniture when I visited. I'd walk into their space and know how I thought it should be laid out. When it became clear that my first career (social work) wasn't something I could do long-term it was an obvious choice for me to pursue a career in interior design.
What part of our industry/ your career are you most passionate about?
I've been really enjoying creating corporate branded environments lately.
What is your favorite product right now?
At the moment I'm a little obsessed with Maharam's Massive Paisley.
What program has IIDA offered to you that has had a meaningful impact on you?
IIDA's efforts and commitment towards legitimizing our field thru professional development opportunities and their support of interior design legislation.