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Interior Design

Michelle Widner Receives Professional Honoree Award from IIDA

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We are so proud to announce our very own Michelle Widner, IIDA, NCIDQ received the Professional Honoree award at the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter 2022 INawards. We couldn’t be more proud of this outstanding achievement – cheers to you, Michelle!

More about Michelle’s journey and her award:

Over the past 20 years, Michelle Widner has dedicated herself to advancing the Interior Design profession throughout the region. A 15-year Member of the IIDA, she served on the NPC Board for nine years, beginning her service as the first Inland Northwest Campus Center Director and ending it as the first Chapter President to serve outside of Seattle. As a Campus Center Director, she worked to establish an IIDA presence at all the interior design schools on the eastern side of the Chapter and mentored students to transition from school to work. She then served as the Spokane City Center Director, spearheading REVEAL, the first interior design tradeshow in the region. Other positions she has held include VP of City Centers, NPC Advocacy Committee member, and the Advocacy Chair for both the Spokane and Boise City Centers. Promoting NCIDQ certification is a passion of Michelle’s, and during her time on the Board, she worked to establish the NCIDQ Program to provide resources to IIDA Members throughout the Chapter. She currently serves on the NPC Past President Council, Chapter Historian, and REVEAL Spokane 2024 Chair.

A graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, Michelle is currently an interior designer and project manager at Bernardo Wills, a multidisciplinary design firm in Spokane, WA. She has extensive design experience in various markets, including education, retail, financial, multi-family, workplace, and public spaces. As a volunteer, she has also served on many local boards and committees, including both the Spokane Falls Community College and Washington State University Interior Design Advisory Boards.

January is Interior Design Month!

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Throughout the month of January, we will be focusing on our interior design department and the fantastic work they bring to every project here at Bernardo Wills Architects. We added our first interior designer in 2008 to serve our clients and projects better. With an emphasis on interior design at the start of the process, we are able to offer more thoughtful and integrated designs to our clients than we could when we worked with consultants. The quality of design solutions is higher and more consistent through the development of an interior design team, and their understanding of current design standards keeps us moving forward. With the addition of interior design (and landscape architecture) to our projects, we can ensure the overall design feel is consistent from the inside out.

We are extremely fortunate to have interior design experts here at Bernardo Wills Architects, and we can’t wait to show how they make us better.

#30BestOfBWA Whitworth Water District Office and Maintenance Facility

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#30BestofBWA Many of our operations & maintenance facility projects require a mix of traditional shop and maintenance facilities, as well as administrative office space. In the Whitworth Water District Office and Maintenance Facility, the owner and designers considered how the floor plan and materials chosen would help to marry the two departments. They needed a space where each driver could come in to get assignments, meet as a large group, while (hopefully) not tracking in dirt and debris from their job sites. In addition, access to a shared break and kitchen space allowed for all staff to share meals together. Choosing materials that conform well to shop and office space applications is extremely important, and we know we’ve done our jobs correctly if it all goes unnoticed.

Lauren Welsh Becomes NCIDQ Certified Designer

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We would like to wish Lauren Welsh, who recently passed her NCIDQ Exams and is now an NCIDQ Certified designer. This is a huge accomplishment and a culmination of months of study and years of work in the field. There are three separate sections of the NCIDQ Exam, all focusing on public health, safety, and welfare. They cover seven distinct areas of interior design: building systems, codes, construction standards, contract administration, design application, professional practice, and project coordination.

Cheers to you, Lauren! We are so proud of your accomplishment and we are honored to have you on our team.

#ThrowbackThursday To the beginning we go…

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#ThrowbackThursday 30 years ago, Bob Wills and Gary Bernardo founded their firm in an eight-by-ten foot space in the Tomlinson Black Building in Downtown Spokane. Here’s an image from the vault – Gary, Bob, and Bob Wills Sr. building the first conference room table in Bob’s garage. Never despise humble beginnings, it may be just the start of something good. #BWA30Years