IIDA Alabama seeks to support the next generation of designers by providing community, resources, and development opportunities post-graduation. To that end, we have developed programs that speak directly to the needs of those who have graduated and are navigating life as a new working professional.
We offer professional development opportunities in the form of study courses for the NCIDQ, continuing education courses, and scholarship opportunities for test materials and exam fees. We often hear that the loss of a student’s university community is difficult after graduation, so we seek to foster community among emerging designers through team building activities such as charcuterie classes, pedal tours, flower arranging classes, shared meals - and many more activities! We encourage our emerging professionals to join committees and become involved with the IIDA Alabama Board of Directors so that they can develop leadership skills and give back to the design community. See our Events page for Emerging Professionals events.
Who qualifies as an Emerging Professional (EP)? Emerging Professionals are designers who have completed their academic studies at an accredited design university and have less than ten years of experience. EPs may or may not have passed the NCIDQ and may be either Associate, Professional, or Industry Members.
Board Member Contacts:
Vice President of City Centers: Jennifer Mitchell
Director of City Centers - North (Huntsville): Jordan Fite
Director of City Centers - Central (Birmingham): Chad Moore