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Newsletter 2016 # 1
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ECIA redesigned logo
The redesigned ECIA logo shows a hint of academical tradition with its European blue and the strong serif capitals. At the same time it is contemporary and future proof in the lighter sans-serif full name, pointing to the right.
 
ECIA — as a coherent group of letters — shows ambition. In a 2D plane, it is making progress and moving forward. In a 3D cube, it seems to take an exact position in the space; it could be in the spotlights, somewhere at the back or trying to break loose. The result is a subtle and balanced logo, that leaves room for interpretation and further application which is designed by Spatie webdesign agency based in Antwerp, Belgium.
ECIA new board and president Anja Dirks
Elke Kaiser, Marianne Daepp, Jan Geysen, Anja Dirks, Elisabetta de Strobel, Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla
Anja Dirks: "Last year we had a strong internal focus on the mission, vision, main themes and topics of the ECIA for the upcoming years. The next year we will use this strong foundation to continue working from and to realise our goals." The new president of the European Council of Interior Architects ECIA was elected on the general assembly in Oslo 2015. Anja is based with her office “INZIGHT architecture” in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Jan Geysen from Belgium, board member since 2012, holds the position of vice president, Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla from Estonia and Elisabetta de Strobel from Italy were elected as new board members. Furthermore Elke Kaiser, Germany, was re-elected as secretary general and Marianne Daepp from Switzerland affirmed as treasurer. The main focus of the new board lies in strong external contacts, education and serving the members in order to keep on representing and promoting the qualified profession of interior architects/designers in Europe. The vision of ECIA comprises that there is a common view on the profession of interior architects/designers as a vital part of society, culture and economics.
coming soon:
ECIA General Assembly 2016 in Switzerland
The VSI.ASAI is very pleased to host the ECIA General Assembly in Switzerland on Sept, 16–17 at the monastery of Ittingen. GA is focusing on the topic: The position of Interior Architecture as a profession in the law system in order to generate a discussion of similarities and differences between ECIA member states. This is supposed to be a constructive countryside program in the middle of nature of Switzerland.
coming soon:
SISU 2016 in Tallinn
The III International Symposium of Interior Architecture will be held in Talinn, June 1–4, which connects academics and practitioners from Europe and wider world. SISU 2016 is searching for the diverse habituation examples through nomadic lifestyle in different cultural spaces of globalizing world. SISU is posing the question: what is the reality of today and what could be the critical expectations for tomorrow through the eyes of inhabitants – the real users of space? The symposium is organized by the Estonian Association of Interior Architects ESL with the cooperation of the Estonian Academy of Arts, the department of Interior Architects. We are looking forward to meet you in Tallinn!  
www.sisu.esl.ee
recently:
ECIA board meetings in Antwerp and Berlin
The new ECIA board had a regular meeting in Antwerp in November, 2015 in order focus on the main steps for the next year. The discussion searched for the new topic of Genaral Assembly 2016 –  the relationship between the profession of interior architecture and laws in Europe concerning health and safety of people. The ECIA Round Table offers a platform for the national organisations to exchange experiences in these fields, to learn from each other and to get inspiration for new ways. The board continues to work on with the concept for sponsorship of ECIA website and newsletter.

The board hold the last meeting in Berlin in March, 2016 and met also the representatives of BDIA. The main discussions focussed on contemporary communication – modernisation of ECIA corporal identity, website and newsletter. The task at the moment is also to generate the contacts in Eastern Europe – Bucharest and Budapest. 
recently:
ECIA GA and Designers Saturday in Oslo 2015
The main topic in Oslo ECIA General Assembly was the communication of ECIA in society and also between our 17 members in Europe. Communication has changed a lot during the last years. What about the visibility of the organisation? 
The meeting point of all the GA participants was set on the sunny Friday afternoon at the courtyard of Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) to witness the opening of Designers Saturday and awards’ ceremony in several categories. As a grand surprise four great design persons – Patricia Urquiola, Dirk Wynants, Ola Rune and Giulio Capellini – were speaking about their work for the large audience. Afterwards the Norwegian hosts took us all to a walking tour down by the Aker river to the Barcode business area and up to Ekeberg hill restaurant to give a proper overview of the architecture and city planning of Oslo.

After the meeting next evening it was an opportunity to visit main showrooms of Designers Saturday including DogA (Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture) and AHO (Oslo School of Architecture). There were in total 28 satellites with 180 exhibitors waiting for visitors and a special bus route connected these different locations all weekend. Thank you NIL for arranging our stay in Oslo!

www.designerssaturday.no/in-english
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