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NeoCon provides unparalleled programming across a range of educational topics and categories with CEU seminars that offer world-class expertise and insight on today's most relevant topics.

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Onsite sessions will be available virtually starting June 17 on the NeoCon Learning Hub.

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  • 20 Things That Neuroscientists Know The Designers Need to Know

    June 10, 2024,
    CDT EDT MDT PDT
    Design Skills Workplace

    Location: NeoCon Presentation Studio, FL 2

    What have neuroscientists learned about humans that’s useful to designers, people solving wicked problems? Plenty, when study findings are discussed in everyday language and practical terms, not as isolated, cryptic soundbites. This session provides insights to inform tough design decisions, not to dictate how they are resolved. Topics reviewed range from the design-related ramifications of sensory experiences (such as colors seen and textures felt) to the consequences of individual factors (for example, personality and neurodiversity) and social ones (like the language users speak) for designed outcomes, and, perhaps most importantly, how design elements can be tackled in a coordinated way in the real world.

    Sally Augustin, PhD
    Fellow, American Psychological Association & Principal, Design With Science
    Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practicing environmental psychologist and a Principal at Design With Science. She has extensive experience integrating neuroscience-based insights to develop recommendations for the design of places, objects, and services that support desired cognitive, emotional, and physical outcomes/experiences. Her client base is worldwide and includes individuals and organizations that produce and/or use design solutions (for example, design firms, manufacturers, service providers, trade organizations, design user groups). Sally, who is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, is also the editor of Research Design Connections, a monthly subscription newsletter with daily blog, that reports and synthesizes (in everyday language) the findings of recent and classic research in neuroscience, cognitive science, and the social sciences that are useful to designers. Dr. Augustin has appeared on mass-market national television and radio programs discussing how to use design to enhance lives. She speaks frequently to audiences in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Sally has been featured in publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as well as the online Harvard Business Review. She is the author of several books: Designology (2019, Mango), Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture (Wiley, 2009), and The Designer’s Guide to Doing Research: Applying Knowledge to Inform Design (Wiley, 2012; Cindy Coleman, co-author). Sally Augustin earned a PhD in psychology at Claremont Graduate University, an MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business (majors in finance, marketing, and management information systems), and a bachelor’s degree at Wellesley College (majors in economics and American studies).
    Sally Augustin, PhD
  • Pixels to People: Designing Across Ages and Spaces through AI

    June 10, 2024,
    CDT EDT MDT PDT
    Technology Design Skills

    Location: NeoCon Presentation Studio, FL 2

    The presentation explores the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into design processes, and its impact on creativity and efficiency. It showcases specific AI-Assisted Design tools like Stable Diffusion, Midjourney, Hypar and Upcodes, which streamline tasks and open new creative avenues. Additionally, it discusses the relationship between AI-Assisted Design and user experiences across different generations, addressing challenges and opportunities while advocating for a balanced integra approach. The audience is encouraged to delve deeper into AI's potential in design through exploratory questions.

    Jenna Clements
    Associate Interior Design Coordinator, Stantec Architecture & Engineering, LLC
    Jenna Clements, IIDA Associate, is an Associate, Interior Design Coordinator and is an alum of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Since embarking on her career 10 years ago, Jenna has experience in various market sectors, scopes, and a wide range of project types, cultivating a versatile skill set focused within the realms of commercial workplace, higher education, and senior living. She is driven by a passion for enhancing environments for all end-users. Her meticulous attention to detail and data processing ensures the delivery of comprehensive design solutions tailored to each client’s individual needs. She conducts projects focusing on strategic planning, programming and workplace solutions. Trained in the latest technological design tools, discovering innovative technology to implement into the design process for streamlining workflows is an emphasized interest of hers. At Stantec, community is at the center of one of the missions. Jenna has been involved with the local industry organizations and local collegiate design community to foster mentoring with real world design experience, to keep community at the fore front of design.
    Jenna Clements
    Kelsey Ziegler, NCIDQ, CHID, EDAC, LEED Green Associate
    Associate, Medical Planner, Interior Designer, Stantec Architecture & Engineering, LLC
    Kelsey Ziegler NCIDQ, CHID, EDAC, LEED Green Associate is a graduate of La Roche University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a minor in Marketing. Kelsey is a problem solver who takes pride in finding thoughtful and innovative solutions to challenging design problems, no matter what phase the project is in. As a Medical Planner and Interior Designer with Stantec, Kelsey has more than 13 years of experience of designing spaces that help promote healing and well-being for patients, staff, and visitors alike while ensuring these spaces meet the functional and safety requirements that healthcare facilities demand. Trained in Lean Six Sigma practices, Kelsey works closely with providers, nurses, and other healthcare staff members to understand their needs and workflows to implement the client’s goals through successful designs. Due to Kelsey’s passion for community and mentorship she has been involved in several local industry organizations. She has served as Student Representative to the Board and Professional Development Director for ASID PA West, as well as a board member and President of the La Roche University’s Design Advisory Board.
    Kelsey Ziegler, NCIDQ, CHID, EDAC, LEED Green Associate
    Sydney Strugaru, NCIDQ
    Associate, Interior Designer, Stantec Architecture & Engineering, LLC
    Sydney Strugaru, NCIDQ Sydney Strugaru is licensed Interior Designer and graduated from Ohio University in 2019, where she majored in the CIDA Accredited Interior Architecture (BFA) program. While at Stantec, Sydney has been mainly involved in commercial workplace and large industrial manufacturing and distribution projects. She strives to design spaces that support the diverse processes and functions her clients require - from wealth management to battery manufacturing. From project start to project closet out, Sydney manages, designs, and organizes projects with ease and grace, bringing new strategies and ways of thinking to the project team. She is a well-rounded team player and fosters a collaborative environment across all disciplines of a project. Her strong documentation skills and attention to detail allows her to think ahead well beyond the current phase at hand. She has experience in all aspects of project delivery including finish selection, construction drawings, construction administration, multi-discipline coordination, project close out, programming, space planning, furniture selection and specification, visualization, and project and account management. Her constant curiosity and willingness to help with any aspect of the design process makes her an exemplary asset to any project.
    Sydney Strugaru, NCIDQ
    Zach Skala
    Interior Design Coordinator, Stantec Architecture & Engineering, LLC
    Zach Skala serves as an Interior Design Coordinator at Stantec Architecture and Engineering, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is an alumnus of Kent State University, where he attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design, complemented by a minor in Construction Management, in the year 2022. Accumulating approximately three years of professional experience within the design realm, Zach has actively contributed to a diverse array of projects spanning across various scales and sectors, encompassing residential, commercial, healthcare, and industrial domains. Over his emerging career, Zach has cultivated a strong appreciation for the preliminary phases of design research and its subsequent implementation. His involvement in projects has provided him with comprehensive proficiency across the entirety of the project life cycle, from initial programming and documentation, through spatial planning, rendering, construction documentation, finish selection, and onto construction administration and project closure protocols. Of notable significance is Zach's dedication to ensuring that interior spaces are meticulously tailored to positively impact the human experience. His dynamic approach involves a keen interest in collaborating closely with end-users, thereby fostering a supportive interior environment conducive to enhancing occupants' well-being and overall satisfaction.
    Zach Skala
  • Recommitting to Worker Satisfaction: Furniture in All Spaces

    June 10, 2024,
    CDT EDT MDT PDT
    Wellness Design Skills

    Location: NeoCon Presentation Studio, FL 2

    This session will explain how ergonomic considerations integrate into a human-centered design process. By integrating the science of fitting furniture to the worker, designers and their clients can promote healthy workstyles that enhance safety, wellness, and satisfaction in any work environment.

    Steve Kooy
    Director, Health and Sustainability, BIFMA
    Steve Kooy leads BIFMA’s Health and Sustainability programs including-standard setting, advocacy, and outreach. Currently, Steve is working with BIFMA members on three standards: creating the Furniture Surfaces: Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting standard, completing the BIFMA X10.1 Ergonomics standard, and revising the BIFMA e3 Sustainability standard. As a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Civil/Environmental Engineering program, Steve has more than 15 years of experience as a sustainability professional in the furniture industry. Prior to joining BIFMA, Steve worked in sales and business development for Intertek – a third-party auditor, certifier, and test lab. In this role, he worked with global furniture clients to properly test and certify products to electrical, mechanical, and environmental standards. Steve served as Haworth’s Global Sustainability/Open Innovation Manager for many years as the built environment’s interest in green building flourished. Highlights at Haworth included: creating and driving well-being initiatives, setting sustainable design criteria for cleaner chemistry and responsible supply chains, and pursuing product certifications. WELL and LEED experience includes managing or co-managing LEED certification projects in Asia, Europe, and North America as well as piloting the WELL certification in Shanghai and Los Angeles.
    Steve Kooy
    Lauren Gant, PhD, CPE, WELL AP
    Senior Workplace Advisory Manager, HNI
    Dr. Lauren Gant, PhD, CPE, WELL AP is a Senior Workplace Advisory Manager at HNI. Lauren’s background in biomedical engineering allows her to apply human factors and ergonomics principles to the design of office furniture, and to research emerging trends in the office environment. Lauren is highly involved in product development and in research of emerging trends. Her goal is to ensure that the products we produce encourage healthy postures, promote productivity, and that are intuitive to use correctly for a broad spectrum of worker types, sizes, and capabilities. Lauren is also involved in education for our clients and end users. Lauren has taught engineering and ergonomics courses at the university level, has conducted extensive research in the field of ergonomics, and holds a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa. Lauren is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist, granted by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. Lauren is also a WELL Accredited Professional, a WELL Advisor, and a Fitwel Ambassador, and is qualified to provide guidance regarding health and wellness in the built environment.
    Lauren Gant, PhD, CPE, WELL AP
  • Body and Mind: How Neurodiversity is Expanding Our Approach to Inclusive Design

    June 10, 2024,
    CDT EDT MDT PDT
    DEI Wellness

    Location: NeoCon Presentation Studio, FL 2

    It is undeniable that our world is made up of people with different sizes, shapes, levels of mobility, sensory needs, variations in cognitive processing and communication styles as well as cultural backgrounds and practices. Yet, as an industry, we have only recently begun to ramp up our efforts to design for these underserved populations more meaningfully within our public and workspaces through Inclusive Design efforts.

    Amie Keener, RID, IIDA, LEED AP
    Design Manager, Gensler
    Amie T. Keener, RID, IIDA, LEED AP is a registered Interior Designer and Senior Associate at Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm widely recognized as a leading collaborative design firm. Amie is a graduate of Kansas State University, where she achieved a Bachelor of Interior Architecture with specialties in furniture and product design. With more than 25 years of experience in the commercial building industry, Amie’s professional career is a dynamic blend of commercial interiors projects for energy, automotive, financial services, technology, government, and professional services firms. Currently, her focus is on furniture services, where she develops and implements furniture standards for clients, such as Devon, Cenovus, Shell, Sewell Automotive Group, Texas Instruments, Nokia, First United Bank, and Jackson Walker. With Amie’s diverse experience and creativity, she has the unique ability to simplify the contract furniture process and excels at providing guidance and logical results to support her clients and brings valuable knowledge and positive solutions to the built environment. Throughout her life, Amie has enjoyed an active lifestyle with gymnastics, cheerleading and long-distance running. After experiencing mysterious hip pain in 2014, It was determined a damaged hamstring combined with a genetic issue conspired to create a situation requiring two hip surgeries. During recovery, Amie spent several weeks confined with a brace and crutches and with years of physical therapy afterward which changed her way of experiencing and designing spaces. For more than a decade, she has been an advocate for inclusive design and has spearheaded several research projects centered around inclusive design solutions. Amie serves as co-leader of Gensler’s Firmwide Inclusive Design Network. Contact her for strategies to make interior spaces and furniture solutions more inclusive for all to thrive and enjoy.
    Amie Keener, RID, IIDA, LEED AP
    Meaghan Beever, DDes, LEED AP ID+C
    Design Strategist, Gensler
    Meaghan Beever, DDes, is a Strategist at Gensler specializing in user-centered, applied design research. With more than 15 years of experience conducting both academic and practice-based research, she approaches each of her projects with a discovery mindset. Before joining Gensler, Meaghan was a research scientist at the University of Kansas Medical Center’s Cognitive Neuroscience Lab where she worked on NIH-funded research with children with developmental disabilities. In 2022, Meaghan received a Gensler Research and Innovation Award for her client work in neurodiversity research. She is currently co-leading a research grant awarded by the Gensler Research Institute on the topic of neurodiversity in the workplace.
    Meaghan Beever, DDes, LEED AP ID+C
    Kirima Isler, CPABE L1
    Design Strategist, Gensler (Canada)
    Kirima Isler, CPABE L1, is a strategist at Gensler with over five years’ experience specializing in accessibility and inclusive design for architectural and design projects across various sectors. Kirima’s work ranges from building inclusive design guidelines, to performing accessibility assessments of existing workplaces, to reviewing project work throughout the design process to assess its alignment with inclusive design goals. With a background in History and Peace & Conflict Research, Kirima approaches design as a tangible way to address patterns of exclusion and inequity in our everyday practices and built environment and leverages her background in research to champion experience-based strategies throughout the design process.
    Kirima Isler, CPABE L1
  • Designing Tomorrow: Workplace Evolution at Intuit's New HQ

    June 11, 2024,
    CDT EDT MDT PDT
    Design Skills Workplace

    Location: NeoCon Presentation Studio, FL 2

    The presentation explores the story behind the software company Intuit's newly completed ground-up office building. The project serves as an expansion of their Mountain View Headquarters, and a progressive expression of the future of workplace design. Led by Steven McCollom, Global Design Lead with Intuit and Caroline Morris, Associate Principal with Clive Wilkinson Architects, this presentation unveils the dynamic process of being confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic mid-construction and rapidly embracing a new workplace strategy and design to address the emerging needs of a hybrid workforce.

    Caroline Morris
    Associate Principal, Clive Wilkinson Architects
    Caroline Morris Associate Principal | Project Director, Clive Wilkinson Architects Caroline Morris, Associate Principal at Clive Wilkinson Architects, is an interdisciplinary designer and strategist specializing in transformational environments for clients globally. She has over a decade of wide-ranging experience including master planning, workplace, residential and exhibit design. Her work is rooted in unearthing her client’s functional and social goals to allow human-centered design to be a catalyst for real change. With formal training in Interior Architecture and an emphasis on graphic design and product design, she brings a deep understanding across all scales to every project. At Clive Wilkinson Architects, Caroline leads the firm's workplace strategy alongside the Design Director. She has excelled in the complex, technically challenging and highly collaborative process of conceiving, developing and producing world-quality architecture and design for the firm and its clients. She has contributed to several award-winning projects including the GLG Global Headquarters in New York and Austin, Publicis North America Headquarters in New York, The Barbarian Group in New York, Intuit’s Marine Way Building in Mountain View, Microsoft Vancouver, the upcoming lululemon Global Headquarters in Vancouver.
    Caroline Morris
    Steve McCollum, AIA, IIDA
    Global Design Lead, Intuit
    Steven McCollom AIA IIDA, has been a Global Design Lead at Intuit for over 12 years and is known for his approach to workplace environments that balance aesthetics with operational and functional considerations. He partners with multi-disciplinary design teams and end-users to create spaces that work, inspire and adapt. During his 40+ years of experience with design firms and as an owner, Steve has been responsible for a wide variety of architectural projects – including corporate, government, hospitality, residential and healthcare. Steve has always prioritized giving back to the profession and community. He was a member of the AIA National Interior Architecture Committee, has served multiple terms on the IIDA Northern California Board of Directors and one term on the International Board, and the UC Berkeley Extension Interior Architecture Advisory Board. He has also been a Global Co-Chair of the Intuit Pride Network, an Ambassador for the AIDS Emergency Fund in San Francisco, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and pro bono designer for the San Francisco GLBT Historical Society.
    Steve McCollum, AIA, IIDA
  • Embracing Sustainable Interiors: A Responsible Design Legacy

    June 11, 2024,
    CDT EDT MDT PDT
    Sustainability

    Location: NeoCon Presentation Studio, FL 2

    In a world where the environmental impact of our choices has never been more pronounced, it's time for enterprises to rethink their approach to interior design. The prevailing paradigm of “style” for interiors has by definition favored ephemeral trends, but in the face of climate change and dwindling resources, the need for a more sustainable and heritage-based approach is becoming increasingly evident. This paradigm shift prioritizes sustainable materials, embracing timeless designs, and ultimately ensuring the longevity of our planet.

    Florencia Kratsman, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP
    Director of Interior Architecture, FXCollaborative Architects, LLP
    Florencia Kratsman is the Director of Interior Architecture at FXCollaborative, a New York City-based architecture, interiors, and planning design firm. With 25 years of experience in design, programming, and space planning, Florencia's expansive portfolio includes educational, cultural, residential, workplace, and hospitality projects worldwide. As an experienced interior designer, Florencia is often crafting creative approaches to design solutions in which she prioritizes progressive design and sustainability. Her expertise and knowledge in architecture and interiors have positioned her as a global leader in strategic programming and space planning—she can uniquely shape buildings from the inside-out. Florencia has been responsible for partnering worldwide to implement innovative initiatives across industries. She is experienced in real estate analysis and data driven design. One of her strengths is implementing flexible workplace strategies and change management with a focus on efficiency, community, and user experience.
    Florencia Kratsman, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP
  • Rebuilding Communities with Data-Driven Wellness Strategies

    June 11, 2024,
    CDT EDT MDT PDT
    Industry Directions Wellness

    Location: NeoCon Presentation Studio, FL 2

    The commercial building landscape is in crisis mode, with 1 billion square feet currently sitting empty. But our buildings were already experiencing an existential quandary even before the pandemic-induced vacancy uptick, with end users unmotivated to engage with spaces that don’t serve our needs. Aging infrastructure, stressful commutes, inflexible interiors, and one-size-fits-all spaces designed for the majority are hardly wellness-inducing—nor welcoming to minority communities, from neurodivergent individuals to those affected by physical disabilities.

    Valerie Jardon
    Strategy Director, IA Interior Architects
    Valerie Jardon, Strategy Director at IA Interior Architects with 18 years of design strategy experience and an Executive MBA, is a respected design industry leader pushing workplace innovation for global corporate clients. With a passion for understanding people to create purposeful spaces, her holistic research extracts emerging needs and propels companies into the future of belonging through an empathetic yet results-driven lens—fusing her design degree and business savvy to unlock the potential of places and people in the workscape.
    Valerie Jardon

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General Info & Educational Topics

All NeoCon CEU Sessions, on-site and virtual, are $45 each or $40 each with a purchase of 5 or more sessions. Virtual CEU’s will be available beginning June 10 via the NeoCon Learning Hub. On-site CEU’s will be available on-demand starting June 17 on the NeoCon Learning Hub.

Each session is 60 minutes. Sessions are approved for 1 CEU for Designers and 1 LU for Architects. Certificates are available post session after completing a 10-question quiz.

Please note: CEU registration closes September 11 and access to programming on the NeoCon Learning Hub ends on September 13.

Educational Topics:

DEI
Design Skills
Education
Facilities Management
Healthcare
Hospitality
Industry Directions
Lighting
Public Space
Sustainability
Technology
Wellness
Workplace

CEU Approval:

All continuing education unit (CEU) Sessions, onsite and virtual, have been approved for CEU’s with the International Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) for interior designers and The American Institute of Architects (AIA) for architects. To receive credit for the virtual sessions, participants must remain on the webinar for up to 60 minutes and complete and submit the 10-question quiz provided. Below are the various certifications for industry experts.

Interior Designers: Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) is an “AIA Registered Provider.” Each of the NeoCon one-hour webinars have been approved by AIA and result in 1 Learning Unit (LU). Some webinars will meet Health, Safety and Welfare guidelines and can be identified by the [HSW] acronym in the seminar description.

LEED Professionals: NeoCon CEU Sessions under the Sustainability Education topic may qualify for Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) Hours towards the LEED Credential Maintenance Program. Certificates of completion are provided for self-reporting, after submitting the 10-question quiz.

Healthcare Designers: NeoCon CEU Sessions under the Healthcare Educational topic have been approved for one (1) Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) CEU each from The Center for Health Design. The EDAC CEU form for credit is available upon request for self-reporting.

Please note: CEU registration closes September 11 and access to programming on the NeoCon Learning Hub ends on September 13.