IIDA and the design community would like to congratulate our Professional Member Marci Zimmerman on her retirement this past spring. Marci graduated from Auburn University’s School of Architecture with a BS in Interior Design after spending two years at Ohio University. Her career has touched many facets of the industry. Her first position was in residential design, but her true passion led her into the commercial realm where she worked for a OJ Holohan, a small interior design studio that included high end residential, small commercial projects, and some industrial design. The key challenge there was feeding the geese every morning. It was through networking within IBD (one of the founding organizations for IIDA) that she was able to move into large scale commercial work with the firm of Dalton Dalton Little Newport which later become URS and now AECOM. In between URS and AECOM Marci also had her own business, Triad Design for 10 years. With her partners Sherri Appleton and Teri Ianni, the initial founding partners up to 20+ interior designers and architects doing many large scale commercial public and private sector work. But before retiring from AECOM she completed her smallest and most rewarding project, renovating the 1946 Saint Lucie Sound, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad’s entertainment car.
Marci has also been a champion for elevating the professional status of Interior Design through CIDLO (Coalition of Interior Design for Legislation in Ohio) and IIDA. She was on the IIDA board twice, once as VP of Government Regulatory Affairs and very early on as the Cleveland/Akron Area Director championing the “Inside Historic Cleveland” event. She has enjoyed helping our upcoming students in the region and taught Interior Design coursework at Kent State University. Her plans now will be enjoying her time with her husband Dean, family, and friends. The summers will be filled with gardening, cocktails, pool parties and the winters…too many options.
Marci please do not be a stranger to our community because we still want to hear that infectious laugh and wonderful smile!