International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) Elects Gary Wheeler, FASID to Board
Washington, D.C. (May 7, 2014) | The American Society of Interior Designers is proud to announce that Gary Wheeler, FASID, FIIDA, former president of ASID, has been elected to the board of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI).
Founded in Denmark in 1963, IFI is the international federating body for interior architecture/design organizations and acts as a global forum for the development and exchange of education, research, and practice. Often considered to be the “United Nations” of the interior architecture/design field, IFI connects the international design community, leveraging the impact, influence, and application of the design of interiors. IFI also promotes global social responsibility and works to raise the status of the profession worldwide.
As a member of the board, Wheeler will be instrumental in implementing a new structure for IFI that includes building regional boards around the globe. The new structure will generate greater regional involvement of member organizations and heighten visibility of the profession. The proposed four-region model may include an Americas Region covering North, Central and South America.
“An IFI Americas Region means that, for the first time, interior architecture/design bodies in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and countries in Central and South America will collaborate across borders around events, ethics, professional standards, and more,” said Wheeler. “Historically, there has been little formal opportunity or structure available for collaboration in the Americas region. Meanwhile, our counterparts in Europe and Asia have long worked to connect a block of countries in their geographic areas and, as a result, have experienced many benefits.
“I’m truly honored to be a part of bringing it all together for the benefit of design the world over,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler brings a global viewpoint to the board through his international experience with firms such as Perkins+Will, Gensler, and WheelerKänik.
“Current ASID President Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow, and I are excited that Gary will participate on the IFI board as a delegate from ASID,” said ASID Executive Vice President and CEO Randy Fiser. “We were pleased to offer Gary as the Society’s nominee to the board. His leadership, strong design background, global perspective, and understanding of running an international design practice will be key in leading IFI and interior design into the future. Gary is highly respected in the industry and has the right disposition to bring the ASID voice to the worldwide conversation and to bring an international point of view back to our members.”
Wheeler served as the 1994-95 president of ASID, and he is a former trustee of the ASID Foundation. He was named an ASID Fellow for his leadership in the organization and was awarded the 1999 ASID Designer of Distinction.
About the American Society of Interior Designers
The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidenced-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.
ASID was founded nearly 40 years ago when two organizations became one — an anniversary we will recognize in 2015 — but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are poised to lead the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big and of the places we live with the places we work, play and heal. Learn more at asid.org.