The International Interior Design Association New York chapter (IIDA NY) has appointed Rebecca Dorris Steiger, IIDA, LEED AP, as its president. Steiger, a senior interior designer and associate at Gensler, has been an IIDA member for more than 14 years. She succeeds Steven South, IIDA, LEED AP, a senior interior designer and associate with Perkins+Will.
While living in San Francisco, Steiger served as vice president of membership and vice president of communications for the Northern California chapter. The native New Yorker returned home in 2005, joining the IIDA New York chapter and acting as its vice president of communications since 2006.
“We look for someone who is a strong leader, someone who can represent the organization well, and who is able to move the organization forward,” South said in a statement. “With years of experience on the board, she comes to this role with a great depth of experience and knowledge of IIDA. Rebecca will be a great spokesperson for the chapter.”
The newly inaugurated president is asked to create a theme each year. Steiger has selected a focus of “Membership at All Levels,” seeking to develop a program for designers with eight to 15 years of experience “to help them continue to grow as professionals, and as leaders within their own firms and community,” she said in a statement. “A holistic focus on professional development will help strengthen the value that our chapter brings to the New York design community, not only in New York City, but also in our Buffalo and Rochester city centers and our new RIT Campus Center.”