August 27, 2021

Shannon Oliveira Named President-Elect of IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter

We’re proud to share that Shannon Oliveira, CHID, RID, IIDA, now serves as the President-Elect of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Texas/Oklahoma chapter.

As President-Elect, Shannon is in the first year of a three-year journey as she’ll next serve as President, then Past-President. During this time, Shannon will work to support and advocate for interior design professionals, recruit and retain new creatives to the industry, mentor professionals and lead the largest IIDA Chapter.

“This is an exciting step for me,” shared Shannon. “I’ve served on the IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter Board for about four years in various other roles. As I continue to serve on the Chapter Board, I’m now really charged with leading this organization forward to grow, to be stronger, to help empower the design industry in new ways.”

Stepping into her new role during the COVID-19 pandemic, Shannon shared that leading the Chapter during this moment is a unique opportunity. She talked about how her Chapter has focused even more on engaging and retaining membership over the past 18 months. She shared how she melds the unique cultures within the IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter…even virtually.

“We’re working across very diverse cities, from Houston to West Texas, Tulsa to Dallas and others represented in our 1,500+ members across eight city centers. All these cities have their own needs and cultures, and in a presidency role, you have to consider and serve all of them in very specific ways that bring each value.”

Shannon goes on to explain, “We’ve done a great job with that, but it’s admittedly been challenging to do so much virtually. After 15 months of only seeing each other through a screen, the Chapter Board was finally able to spend a weekend, in-person at our annual Chapter Board retreat at the start of the IIDA year in July. It was encouraging to finally meet the fellow board members face-to-face, some I’d already been working with for over a year.”

These diverse cultures and strong membership continue to inspire Shannon. She said she’s excited to provide more valuable programs moving forward, create an even deeper focus on the IIDA student community, and do all she can to help move the organization forward through advocacy.

“I’m really motivated to empower this incredible group I’ve been asked to lead,” she added. “I know interior design is so much more than just a craft or a service – it’s a means to better environments and better lives. I want to make sure that resonates in my work at CannonDesign and with the IIDA.”

In her role at CannonDesign, Shannon is a Medical Planner and Certified Healthcare Interior Designer, through the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers, and based in our Houston office. She’s been integral to projects for leading organizations including Memorial Hermann, Wellpath, MD Anderson, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, County of San Diego, Signature Health and the University of Texas Medical Branch.