Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee Interior Designer Receives Professional Accreditation

 Marni Rushing adds IIDA to her credentials.

Marni Rushing

June 25, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) – The award-winning architecture firm Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee (PBC+L) in Raleigh has announced that team member Marni Rushing has completed the requirements to become a professional member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

The IIDA is a professional networking and educational association of more than 13,000 Members in 10 specialty Forums in 31 Chapters around the world. To become a member, a candidate must have two to four years of coursework resulting in an interior design degree, two to four years of practice, and must pass the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination.

Rushing joined PBC+L in 2003 after completing her Master of Architecture degree at North Carolina State University. Before that, she received a Bachelor of Art/Interior Design from San Diego State University.

Already an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), she can now add “IIDA” to the professional initials that follow her name.

“Becoming NCIDQ certified and joining IIDA is important because it qualifies the knowledge and experience that I have gained throughout my career,” Rushing said. “Being a part of IIDA will provide access to a network of people and professional resources that will allow me to grow as a designer.”

Focusing on interior design, Rushing has worked on several award-winning projects at PBC+L, including the Math and Science Building, Administration Building, and Building D on Wake Technical Community College’s Northern Wake Campus, and PBC+L’s own office up-fit in downtown Raleigh. She is currently lead interior designer for the renovation of Terminal 1 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and is working with the airport staff to develop Design Standards for Terminal 1.

She also served as the project administrator for managing the LEED rating system for Jefferson Suites Residence Hall at UNC-Greensboro, which is pending silver certification.

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