Sustainable Design Collaborative | Atlanta (SDCA) is a non-profit volunteer driven organization with members representing diverse building community organizations. Each member is a sustainable-minded professional. SDCA is connected by their desire to provide professional design services to the 99% of the human race that does not normally have the opportunity to fund these types of services. SDCA began in 2010 and generally complete one pro-bono project each year. Each affiliated organization, including IIDA Georgia, are represented at the annual Red and Green Scene Holiday Fundraising event. Currently, this event provides the basis for SDCA funding.


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As the traditional season of giving comes to a close and a new year begins, it is easy to lose sight of the needs of people that persist all year long. The Georgia chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA Georgia) continues to build on its mission of “…increasing the quality of life through interior design…” by recently committing to a project that will provide care for one of the most vulnerable segments of our community: the homeless.

The Zaban Couples Center opened nearly 30 years ago as a community outreach program of Atlanta’s oldest synagogue, The Temple-Hebrew Benevolent Congregation. This homeless shelter is the only shelter in Atlanta that allows couples to stay together as they strive toward ending the cycle of homelessness. Zaban program participants receive clothing, meals, social services, access to substance abuse support groups, both relationship and financial counseling and a private guestroom.

During the Spring of 2010, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) professor and IIDA Georgia Immediate-Past President, Liset Robinson led interior design students in her Graduate Studio III class in an assignment to create a design for the Zaban Couples Center that would transform this austere facility into a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing space for its temporary residents.  The SCAD student team consists of Ciera Payton, Michael Pitts, Elyse Robinson, Robin Turansky and Ashley Weatherstone. The team concluded their project with a design presentation to Zaban’s directors and built the guestroom prototype they designed by renovating one of the existing rooms at the facility.

With the SCAD design in place and one model room completed, IIDA Georgia has committed to managing the renovation of  the remaining 21 guest rooms. Through this project, IIDA Georgia is facilitating community involvement by reaching out to various design/build related professional organizations, firms, businesses, and individuals for funding and material donations.  The chapter is actively seeking guestroom sponsorships to achieve its goal of beginning the renovation project during Summer 2011.

IIDA Georgia is very excited to embark on this community-based effort. If you would like to join our team or consider sponsoring a room, or items for the rooms, please contact Liset Robinson ( for more information. For success stories and more information you can visit the Zaban Couples Center website.

“A house is built with walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.” ~ Dr. William A. Ward