Originally, InformeDesign was co-created by Denise Guerin, PhD and Caren Martin, PhD at the University of Minnesota, in the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel. Ideation and development of InformeDesign occurred between 1999-2002. The ideation and commitment to this project is the belief that the building designers of the built environment must continue to enhance their knowledge and skills to continue to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public to ever-increasing degrees of excellence. Continuing to build the body of knowledge and disseminating that knowledge is the key.
InformeDesign became operational in January 2003 with the launch of the Web site. InformeDesign had substantial, generous financial support through multi-year grants from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), beginning with their funding of the development grant in 2000. ASID also provided principal, continuous support via their key staff and organizational amenities through 2009. The University of Minnesota also provided generously via in-kind contributions of staff assistance, functional support, and physical housing of InformeDesign’s offices through 2013. Additional financial support was secured from industry, building design firms, and building design entities from 2009-2013.
In October 2013, the University of Minnesota granted the license for InformeDesign back to its co-creators, Denise Guerin and Caren Martin, who formed InformeDesign, LLC. As an independent entity, new forms of organization, funding (advertising and sponsorship), publishing, and communication can be leveraged to continue to grow InformeDesign to fulfill its evidence-based building design (EBD) mission.
InformeDesign, LLC was administratively terminated in the state of Minnesota on February 17, 2021. In November of 2021, Green Building Elements LLC located at 935 Main Street B3-B Manchester Connecticut 06040 acquired InformeDesign.org and brought John Alexander on-board as the Chief Building Architect.
Green Building Elements LLC is not associated with InformeDesign, LLC. The new focus will be on the following building elements.
- Modular buildings
- Portable office trailers
- Shipping containers for sale
- Metal buildings
For those interested in contacting John Alexander for information related to InformeDesign.org you may contact him here.