Alissa's award is another example of the great design presence in Kansas City.  Her work with the local IIDA chapter along with Kansas City Design Week has helped put Kansas City on the map as a place where design is important and the talent here is being recognized nationally as some of the best in the country.  Congratulations to Alissa and thanks for making the KC design community proud!  


The MidCoast Team


Kansas City, Mo. — Alissa Wehmueller, Principal at Helix Architecture + Design, was presented with the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) 2017 Member of the Year award at their Annual Meeting in Chicago yesterday.

This award honors an IIDA member whose commitment to the industry is visibly demonstrated through extensive volunteer efforts and dedication to the organization’s mission of advancing interior design and advocating for its excellence. The recipient receives $7,500, as well as a complimentary 2018 IIDA membership.

Wehmueller has served in various leadership roles within the IIDA Mid America Chapter, including Chapter president. She was also instrumental in helping the Chapter win two Chapter of the Year awards. Under her guidance, the Chapter has added mentoring opportunities, provided preparation for interior design licensing exams and advocated for statewide registration of the interior design profession.

“Every IIDA chapter needs and wants an Alissa Wehmueller. She celebrates accomplishments and then, asks what’s next. The Mid America Chapter has clearly benefited from her vision and ability to share it well.” said Erika Moody, Principal, Helix Architecture + Design.

A self-starter, Wehmueller has worked tirelessly to unite the greater Kansas City design community. She co-chaired Kansas City Design Week on behalf of IIDA from 2013-2015 and collaborated on the creation of the Center for Architecture and Design, which brings together design professionals across the city.

“My involvement with IIDA has truly been one of the most impactful things I’ve done in my career. The skills I've learned, the resources I've found, initiatives I've been able to see through and the relationships I've made in Kansas City, as well as within the national design community, are invaluable,” said Alissa Wehmueller.


Founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 1992, Helix Architecture + Design is a premier architectural and interior design firm recognized for outstanding quality, superior client service and leadership in the community. They invigorate culture and transform organizations through a design process that begins and ends with the people who will live, work, or play in the places they create. Helix has been consistently recognized for their commitment to delivering exceptional architectural solutions for academic, arts, cultural, civic and corporate institutions throughout the Kansas City region.