Pagers Lauded By IIDA For Service

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Austin City Center has named Page Senior Interior Designer Kate Schneider, RID, IIDA, LEED GA, their Volunteer of the Year, lauding her for her excellence in leadership in several areas. They also awarded a scholarship to Page Interior Designer Jessie Twaddle - congratulations, Kate and Jessie!

IIDA encourages its members to be advocates for the industry, cultivate strong networks, collaborate with other designers, foster mentor relationships and develop leadership skills. Several Pagers are extremely active in the Austin City Center chapter such as Kate, who serves as 2016-2017 Graphics Chair. Jessie Twaddle, Associate IIDA, RID, NCIDQ, who also was nominated for Volunteer of the Year, serves as Membership Co-Chair. Page Interior Designer Amanda Scott Martinez AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC, is Advocacy Chair and Page Interior Designer Natalie Cook serves as Advocacy Co-Chair.

Kate’s biggest accomplishment this past year was planning and hosting an IIDA sponsored panel discussion on Shaping the Conversation: Women in Architecture + Design during a month-long AIA Austin event on the topic. The five participants that were invited to speak about practicing as a woman in Austin are all established leaders in their fields.  Kate also served a critical role in planning and implementing the recent IIDA Chapter Leadership Summit, hosted at the Page Austin office. 

She also participated in Elevate Austin, a roundtable discussion with designers and industry members about the future of the millennial generation in the workplace. Kate is active in the IIDA student mentorship program and represented the organization during an advocacy visit to legislators at the state capitol. She explained her passion for supporting IIDA is “an opportunity to cultivate an engaged design community that contributes to benefitting the industry as a whole and to the city of Austin.”

Jessie, a longtime IIDA member, has been involved with the IIDA Membership Committee for years, starting with her role as IIDA Membership Officer at Texas State University in 2012 and most recently serving as IIDA Austin City Center Membership Co-Chair as well as Membership Drive – Underwriting Chair. Jessie also helped plan and implement Revolution Redesign, the annual IIDA Austin City Center chapter fall community service event that benefits the Austin Furniture Bank. She often provides valuable administrative support for many of the IIDA programs.

Amanda previously served as IIDA Baltimore City Center Advocacy Chair and now fills the same role in Austin. She has a lengthy volunteer history with the organization and recently participated in an Advocacy Symposium in Denver, Colorado. She also represented IIDA during a recent visit to legislators at the state capitol to advocate on behalf of the Interior Design profession and TAID, the Texas Association for Interior Design.  There are three House Bills TAID is supporting for legislation of the Interior Design profession. This past year, Amanda also served as an IIDA Student Mentor with the UT Masters of Interior Design program.

Natalie also is a longtime IIDA member who has served as Advocacy Co-Chair since 2015. She participated in the advocacy visit to legislators at the Texas state capitol and serves as the Page advocate for Zero Landfill, an IIDA chapter program that assists the architectural and interior design communities in diverting and repurposing materials samples from local landfills. Natalie also has been an IIDA Student Mentor for the past two years and planned the 2016 Advocacy Social and Student Show to engage students with Industry professionals while raising awareness about the profession.

Kudos to these Pagers and all other industry volunteers in the firm!