The International Interior Design Association’s New York chapter (IIDA NY) has named Rockwell Group principal and studio leader Barry Richards president. Richards says he plans to focus his efforts on fostering inclusivity and conversation within the A&D community.
“I want to use my time as president to ‘broaden the dialogue’—who we are talking to, who we are partnering with, who are we are inspiring and who we are reaching out to,” says Richards. “We need to be talking to more than just to our friends and associates. It could mean a lot of different things, but it is an opportunity to expand what design is, to be more inclusive, to inspire us to do more and inspire others.”
I want to use my time as president to ‘broaden the dialogue’—who we are talking to, who we are partnering with, who are we are inspiring and who we are reaching out to.
Richards also aims to reach a younger audience and engage students; integrate other organizations within the architecture and design fields into the chapter’s initiatives; and foster more diversity within the field.
At Rockwell Group, his portfolio includes Imagination Playground, a global children’s play initiative; exhibition design for the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta and the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco; scenic design for the Broadway production of “Hairspray,” the 2009 and 2010 Academy Awards, and the movie “Team America: World Police;” and product collections for Knoll, Stellar Works, Rich Brilliant Willing, The Rug Co., Maya Romanoff and Jim Thompson.