For the third year in a row, the Best Place to Work organization included ID Studios in the top 100 Best Places to Work in San Diego . This program recognizes outstanding companies whose benefits, policies and practices are among the best in the region. Our leadership strives to make sure the culture at ID Studios is a warm and friendly place to work, and that the benefits are competitive. In turn, our employees thrive on making sure our clients receive an environment that fits their culture and that the process is enjoyable.
Thank you to the San Diego Business Journal for recognizing the important work done in San Diego’s Architecture and Design community! We’re excited to be included in the best of it’s ranks.
ID Studios is a Growing Architecture and Design Firm in San Diego. When the San Diego Business Journal recently released their special edition, “Women of Influence in Architecture and Design,” ID Studios had lots to cheer about. Three of our principals were celebrated, recognizing their amazing work in the design community.
The publication also included the annual Architecture Firms, Book of Lists, which ranks firms by number of local staff. This year we jumped from spot #27 in 2021 to #17 in the 2022 Architecture Firm Listings!
If you’ve worked with us, you know how hard we work to do the right thing for our clients and our employees, and we’re excited to be a growing part of the San Diego Architecture community. Congrats to everyone here at ID Studios for being recognized!
Principals at ID Studios Recognized in the San Diego Business Journal
As a woman-owned business, we were thrilled to have our three women principals featured in the San Diego Business Journal’s Women of Influence in Architecture this last month. Deborah Elliott and Amy Morway are founding principals whose vision created ID Studios in 2005. Jill joined the firm as a designer in 2006 and became an owner and Associate Principal early in 2020.
Each of the three has attributes that make them outstanding leaders and we’re proud to have them leading our firm.
Jill Russell-Layman named in San Diego Business Journal Special Section
We’d like to thank the San Diego Business Journal for including Associate-Principal of ID Studios, Jill Russell-Layman as a Woman of Influence in Construction in San Diego. In this special section they, “highlight the women building, selling and designing properties in America’s Finest City.”
In January 2020, Jill joined the ownership team at ID Studios and became an Associate Principal. “In addition to directing some of ID Studios’ most significant projects, like the recently completed Fish & Richardson Law Office at One Paseo in Del Mar, she also participates in the day-to-day business operations of the firm. We are thrilled that Jill has expanded her leadership role at ID Studios, and we can already see the positive impact she has made,” says Founding-Principal Amy Morway.
President, Deborah Elliott says, “Jill has proven her value to ID Studios through her strategic client leadership as well as being on the ground floor of the amazing internal culture of ID Studios – something that sets us apart from the everyday design firm in San Diego.” She recently headed up our participation in BioCom and the San Diego HR Forum.
David’s Harp Foundation uses the power of media creation as
a platform to inspire, educate and empower “at-risk” and homeless youth to
achieve academic success through music/media education, sound engineering and
Using music as an inspiration, we took lyrics to the next level by incorporating them into a beautiful graphic design. The result was a “Judges Choice” award winning tab table that also inspired a bidding spree at the silent auction.
Through the organizational efforts of bkm, over $5,000 was raised to support David’s Harp Foundation including table sales, event donations and a generous in-kind match by bkm’s owner, Bill Kuhnert. Thank you to everyone involved with organizing a fun, event that also provided another way for our designers at ID Studios to “give back” to the community.
We’re excited to announce that Deborah Elliott and Amy Morway, founders of ID Studios, are finalists in the awards program. As their employees, we’re honored to work with such wonderful leaders. A firm’s culture starts at the top and we believe that they have created a one-of-a-kind design studio with just the right mix of talent and personality. They inspire and promote an authentic approach to design and cultivate an amazing design experience for both our clients and our team. They deserve to be celebrated because of their relentless drive to improve the lives of everyone they encounter and have done so with style and grace.
Join them, and all of city’s most inspiring female leaders nominated this year, at the event on Sept 25 to celebrate their accomplishments.
The IIDA SoCal held a Well Building Standard CEU at the offices of JLL San Diego and the lobby of the Aventine Building in La Jolla. It started with a tour of the lobby, and ended in the JLL flexible conferencing and entertainment area. Senior Designer, Annie Wilson, ID Studios newest Senior Project Manager, was on hand to point out all of the wonderful design features of the office.
Designer Shaynee McMillion was featured in Floor Focus Magazine’s Designer Ovation section.
“Having experience in a diverse range of design projects, I am always inspired by products that can enhance many different environments. As a designer, it is nice to see versatile flooring options, applicable to the diverse and unique requirements of our firm’s projects, including the corporate, higher education, hospitality and senior living environments.”
Earlier this month, the IIDA San Diego hosted the annual Fashion Show where designers are paired with manufacturers to create couture fashion.
Each year, San Diego’s esteemed design professionals take to the catwalk wearing outfits worthy of a Tony Award and constructed primarily from building materials. The Haute Couture Fashion Show pays tribute to the many talents of our design community where designers are paired with manufacturers to create couture fashion. The 2017 fashion show held earlier this month, had a dramatic twist as the design teams were challenged to create an outfit inspired by popular Broadway plays.
This year, our team’s Broadway inspiration was the award-winning Broadway musical, Wicked, based on a 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire which was inspired by Frank Baum’s classic novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. We were excited to get started and found inspiration in Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and her obsession with flight.
“As someone told me lately – everyone deserves the chance to fly.” This quote from the original song “Defying Gravity” inspired our team’s design. We imagined what it would be like to take flight soaring into the air with limitless freedom. The burst of spires attached to the garment represent the surge of powerful energy and excitement experienced while defying gravity.
Our outfit, sponsored by Crossville, was made from glass mosaic tile on the top, the skirt from fabric from the fabric grab, the broom from Crossville packing material, and the spired back piece from marketing materials and mesh adhesive backing for mosaic tiles.
Our long nights paid off when we came home with the “Best Theme Inspiration” award.
Thank you to our sponsors, Tony and Danelle of Crossville, a manufacturer of sustainable tile solutions. As our partner, our garment had to be made exclusively from materials from their product lines, manufacturing process and marketing materials as well as any fabric we could grab during the official Fabric Grab held 6 weeks prior when we were assigned our theme.
As usual, the level of talent in the design community was astounding as the creations that came down the runway were all fabulous! Pictures of the entire show can be found here:
Associate Andrew Fordham and Principal Deborah Elliott were interviewed by Floor Focus Magazine for an article about Digital Design Tools.
By Beth Miller
Online design tools continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Designers use several third-party tools for rendering 3D models and designing project documents, along with social media for visualization purposes, as well as the design services offered by the bigger suppliers in the industry. Interior designers are uniquely combining these resources to accomplish their project visualization needs. Floor Focus reached out to four commercial interior designers across the country to find out what tools they utilize when designing a project, why they use them and what developments they would like to see in the next generation of design software.
While Autodesk has to some extent cornered the technology market when it comes to digital visualization tools, since it is considered by many the industry standard, the tools mentioned span a wide spectrum ranging from SketchUp and Autodesk’s Revit to hand-drawn sketches and social media.
Swinerton Renewable Energy, Design and Rendering by ID Studios
THIRD-PARTY, MANUFACTURER AND PLUG-IN TOOLS
Versatility in software and photo-realism of project modeling play a huge role in the technology used by Deborah Elliot, president, and Andrew Fordham, senior designer, of ID Studios based in southern California. SketchUp Pro and Revit are the primary tools they use to create 3D models. However, the pros and cons of each, according to both Elliot and Fordham, have pushed software creators to introduce other tools, such as plug-ins like SU Podium that allow for photo-realistic rendering, as well as Photoshop for image enhancements.