Collin Barnes Recognized for her Contributions to IIDA
Collin Barnes is the honored recipient of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Great Plains Chapter 2018 Member Recognition Award! This award is presented each year to interior design professionals who demonstrate and exhibit qualities in leadership, mentorship and are advocates for interior design excellence within the IIDA Great Plains Chapter. Collin has spent 10 years (as an IIDA member) dedicated to leading and mentoring young designers while raising the bar for her fellow design professionals – serving as Communications Chair (2012-2012); VP of Student Affairs on the Board of Directors (2013-2017); Board of Directors Nominations Committee (2017)
As a Partner and the Corporate Focus Market leader with 12 years experience, Collin is responsible for dozens of Corporate projects completed in the Des Moines Metro. She brings an exceptional design ability and acute analytical skills to her work. She recognizes that a workplace needs to fit the unique needs of each organization – finding solutions to both technical issues and space planning challenges. As a forward-thinking designer; she works to educate her clients on the advantages of modern technology and how incorporating these features will help them respond to today’s ever-changing work force. Recent accomplishments include being a member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Class of 2018, and a 2016 Des Moines Business Record Forty Under 40.
Collin is passionate about connecting with young designers and offering mentorship as they launch their careers in the design industry. As VP of Student Affairs, she was responsible for planning a variety of local events – each with a common goal of engaging both our student and professional members. She believes that these introductions create strong synergies that are valuable for both parties. Professionals are granted the opportunity to share their experiences and gain inspiration from the contagious energy of these young designers; while students benefit from mentorship and networking with experienced local leaders. Some of her recent events include mock-interview sessions, career path presentations, student design competitions, portfolio review seminars, skills seminars, semester long mentoring programs and more.
“Involvement with the Board of Directors has given me the opportunity to advocate for the profession of interior design. For the last three years, I have proudly lobbied in support of Interior Design Registration to ensure that only those who have submitted the necessary education, experience and examination can call themselves a “Registered Interior Designer” in the State of Iowa. Registration shows consumers that a designer has met the minimum competency standards required in the industry; demonstrates one’s qualifications to work in a code-impacted environment; and helps the public to identify qualified professionals easily and effectively.” – Collin R. Barnes, IIDA, LEED®AP ID+C