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RDG Receives Multiple IIDA Great Plains Interior Design Awards

DES MOINES, IA — IIDA Great Plains recognizes RDG Planning & Design with two Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in the Midwest Contractor area, including a Project Award and the ICON Award. IIDA Great Plains, which encompasses the states of Iowa and Nebraska, recognized IDEA winners during a virtual celebration.

The RDG project that won the Project Award is the 301 Grand Office Remodel in Des Moines, Iowa. RDG’s design for the 301 Grand Office Remodel creates a flexible landscape that empowers workers to choose the space that suits their preferred work modality, whether it be focused, collaborative, educational, social, or rejuvenation.

With its immersive video wall and large movable tables, The Exchange is an active, high-tech central space used for collaboration shared learning and virtual reality sessions. The always-on video wall projects design models, project imagery, natural scenery, and an office directory. Contrasted against the technology-rich, task-focused elements of The Exchange are The Courtyard and Parlor spaces. Once an outdoor alleyway, The Courtyard offers an informal, light-filled space with park-like furnishings and a living wall that allows users to connect with nature. Likewise, The Parlor is a quiet, analog space for reading, design research, and other contemplative tasks.

In addition to the design award, RDG Senior Partner Cathy Neumann, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C received the Icon Award, IIDA Great Plain’s highest honor given to members who exhibit exceptional leadership, professional achievement, and who have greatly impacted the interior design industry and profession.

“This is a tremendous and well-earned recognition, both for our teams and clients who’ve created high-quality design work and for Cathy, who has proven time and time again to be an invaluable leader within our firm, within the interior design industry and in the greater community as a whole,” said RDG Principal and President Justin Platts, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP.

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Neumann was one of the first commercial interior designers in Iowa to join an architectural firm as part of an integrated, multidisciplinary practice when, in 1985, she began her tenure at RDG. Since then, she has contributed to numerous projects, won professional awards, written content for industry publications, and held leadership positions within the organization. She is currently an RDG Senior Partner, Commercial Studio Director, and Interior Design Discipline Leader.

Neumann is a founding member of the Coalition of Interior Designers of Iowa, an organization established in 2005 and credited with helping establish the Title Act for interior design professionals in Iowa. She has been an active professional member of IIDA since its inception in 1994 and is also currently an active member of the American Business Women’s Association, where she leads the organization’s scholarship program to provide funding for women pursuing careers in business.

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