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IDC Bestows Prestigious Honours & Fellows Awards

Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) is pleased to announce the newest additions to its prestigious Honours and Fellows awards program. The awards, which were presented as part of IDC’s Annual Meeting at IIDEX Canada, acknowledged four key players from the Canadian interior design community. They are the highest levels of honour granted by the Association. Fellow and Honorary members are selected by IDC’s Board of Management with the Board of Governors.

A Fellow is a present or previous Full member of an association who, through distinguished service, has contributed to the greater recognition of IDC, or of the profession. Fellowships were awarded to Trevor Kruse, President, Hudson Kruse Design, Toronto, ON, and Joseph Pettipas, Senior Vice President / Practice Leader – Hospitality and Retail at HOK, Vancouver, BC. Honorary memberships were presented to Ron Hughes, Canadian Vice President Architecture and Design, Teknion Limited, Toronto, ON, and Klaus Nienkämper, Founder, Owner and President, Nienkämper Inc., Toronto, ON, for their contribution to the greater recognition or betterment of the interior design profession. Honorary memberships are awarded to those who have not practiced interior design.

Trevor Kruse has chaired and served on numerous committees for the Association. He was the President of ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario) in 1998 and has assisted as a liaison to other national associations including CIDQ (Council for Interior Design Qualification) and IIDA (International Interior Design Association). As president of ARIDO, Kruse worked to expand their Canadian membership. He was the first Canadian to receive IIDA’s Leadership Award, and sits as an International Director on the Board of the Society of British Interior Designers (SBID). Since the 1990’s Kruse has been liaison to IIDEX Canada, and has been instrumental in the growth of this event as Canada’s largest trade show for the built environment. With more than three decades of experience, Joe Pettipas has given his time to the design industry. He has sat as Chair of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), President of ARIDO for three terms, President Elect of the International Foundation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) and has chaired several committees and organizations throughout the years. Pettipas has been a featured speaker at industry events such as Buildex Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, ICSC Riordan School of Retail, the Sleep Conference, Hotel Association of Canada, Buffalo State College, and IIDEX Canada. He has been the fortunate winner of numerous design excellence awards and has been recognized for his volunteer activities; having received several citations and honours.

Ron Hughes has been an association volunteer for many years. He has served on IDC’s Board of Management as its first Director, Industry, and worked to establish a committee to assist the Director at Large connect with Industry members. Hughes has served on Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design’s Advisory Council for more than 25 years, including as president. He has presented seminars to hundreds of interior designers across the country, and initiated and moderated the first Teknion Round Table event at IIDEX Canada.

Klaus Nienkämper is the founder, owner and president of one of Canada’s most respected furniture manufacturers for workplace and residential environments, and has been a strong supporter of the interior design community for more than four decades. Nienkämper is a founding member of the Design Exchange and continuously supports design students through scholarships and fundraising for their respective schools. In 1991, Nienkämper was awarded for promoting excellence in art and design education in Canada by OCAD University, and in 2000, he received an honorary ARIDO membership and was awarded by Ryerson University for the betterment of society and enhancement of the profession. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts awarded him the medal in 2008 for the distinguished contributions to Canadian Culture as a Patron of Art and Design. Nienkämper continuously travels around the world to promote and sell Canadian Design and Canadian Products. IDC congratulates each of these individuals on joining the Association’s Honours and Fellows and applauds their remarkable contribution to Canada’s interior design community.

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