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CIDQ Virtual Annual Meeting 2021

November 11th & 12th

During the meeting, state and provincial regulatory board staff, their Delegates, and representatives from interior design professional organizations will come together to discuss CIDQ, the NCIDQ Exam, and issues related to interior design regulation. Attendees will be able to learn key strategic initiatives for CIDQ, exchange ideas and tools, and collaborate with their peers. For questions, please contact Kimberly Woods at


CIDQ is continuing to finalize this year's agenda. We have recently announced our two Keynote Sessions and speakers.  The first Keynote will be presented by Anne Porter and Stacee Demmer on Building Wellness: Responding to Pandemic Drive Wellness Needs through Interior DesignDale Atkinson will present the second Keynote on What's All the Rage in Regulation?  We are planning to record select sessions to be available for viewing at a later date. Continue to check our website and your email for additional communications with agenda updates. We are excited to connect again!


Keynote 1 - Building Wellness: Responding to Pandemic Driven Wellness Needs through Interior Design

Porter and Demmer will address the impact of interior design upon occupant wellness needs citing project examples from their Minnesota based firm (LHB, Inc) and reflecting the integrated collaboration of their respective disciplines of interior design and architecture.   

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Anne Porter, NCIDQ,


Interior Design Leader

Anne Porter has 16 years of experience as a certified interior designer leading commercial, education, government and healthcare projects.  She is a designer and project manager, leading multi-discipline teams for LHB’s Higher Education and PK-12 studios. Anne spent a few years working for Essentia Health as a Lead Facility Designer, giving her added experience and client perspectives on projects. 

Anne is part of all phases of facility design, including master planning, predesign and construction administration. Her most recent projects have incorporated the Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines (B3) and WELL Building Standards into K-12 Schools and Higher Education facilities. Anne’s portfolio includes barrier breaking projects incorporating non-gendered restroom design. Anne is dedicated to ensuring that those who inhabitant the projects she designs have positive effects on their overall well-being through intentional design practices


Stacee Demmer, a registered architect in Minnesota, joined LHB in 2014 and has 20 years of experience designing education, community, and commercial projects. She is Managing Principal of the Commercial Studio at LHB and is part of LHB’s Integrative Design Team’s senior leadership. Stacee is responsible for the overview of standards, processes, and procedures for the Integrative Design Team across all LHB’s offices.

She has managed some of LHB’s most complex commercial projects including The Nordic, an office building, parking ramp and housing project for United Properties in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, the expansion of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, and the remodeling of Ever-Green Energy’s historic Jemne building in downtown St. Paul. Her project work also includes notable local landmarks such as USBank Stadium and the University of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness Center. Her passion is growing the business case for sustainability, wellness, and resilience in the built environment through the use of metrics and evidence-based design. Most of her projects include high performance goals for indoor air quality, occupant comfort, biophilic design, and use of materials with reduced environmental impact.

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Stacee Demmer, AIA, WELL AP, LEED BD+C

Principal - Commercial Studio Leader


Keynote 2 - What's All the Rage in Regulation?

Atkinson will provide an overview of the latest regulatory activity and trends and explain their potential impact upon the regulation of the interior design profession.    

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Dale Atkinson, JD

Founding Partner


The Atkinson Firm

Dale J. Atkinson is a licensed Illinois attorney who received his law degree from Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon, and is now the sole managing member of The Atkinson Firm in Northbrook, Illinois. Mr. Atkinson founded the firm of Atkinson & Atkinson, LLC with his father in 1989, with an emphasis of practice in the area of regulatory law. Mr. Atkinson represents associations in all matters relating to their operations as not-for-profit corporations, including regulatory activities, education and accreditation, disciplinary actions, model legislation and applications, and all phases of the development and administration of licensure examination programs, licensure transfer programs, licensure credentials verification and storage. He is a frequent speaker before these association clients as well as other regulatory groups, agencies, and stakeholders, and produces numerous writings on these topics for publication. Mr. Atkinson was involved with the Federation of Association of Regulatory Boards for over 30 years, having served as the Executive Director of FARB for over 21 years, providing educational programs for board members, staff, investigators, and attorneys related to regulation in the interest of public protection. Mr. Atkinson continues to dedicate his career to representing not-for-profit associations that provide essential public protection services.