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Virtual CEUs

This year’s CEU programming is virtual, offering 46 online and on demand accredited sessions from an impressive roster of leading industry experts. Registrants can choose from 8 program tracks including 5 to 8 CEU sessions each and watch each session when it runs live online or anytime on demand (for accreditation) through July 15.  

Accreditation

AEC Daily Live, in partnership with NeoCon, will deliver certificates of completion via email within 3 business days of the event. Credits will be reported to AIA within 7 business days. If you require IDCEC credit, you will need to self-report. If you have any questions about certificates or credits, please contact AEC Daily Live at livelearning@aecdaily.com or call 1-877-566-1199.

Workplace Track

The Workplace track offers 8 CEU-accredited sessions addressing today’s fundamental shifts in work and workplace. Registrants will be able to access each session when it runs live online as well as anytime on demand (for accreditation) through July 15, 2022. Track of 8 sessions: $160

Changing the World Through Workplace Experiences: An Adobe Story about Experimentation

June 13, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

Adobe and Gensler partnered on experimentation related to environment, technology, ways of working and community & wellbeing. We want to share our findings and our methods that will inform the Future of Workplace Experience at Adobe. One of the core tenants is experimentation methodology, cross-functional teaming, better understanding team performance, and understanding cohesive findings across the organization that will inform the future.

Noelle Borda, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP
Senior Program Manager, Workplace Design, Adobe
Noelle Borda, IIDA, LEED AP Senior Program Manager, Workplace Design, Adobe Based in the Bay Area, Noelle is a key team member on Adobe’s Global Workplace Experience team. She is dedicated to creating a stellar employee experience and designing policy, process, experience and environment for a digital-first future. She is a NCIDQ and LEED accredited professional and loves having built a career designing for diverse markets across the world. She has a background in literature, writing, and journalism, which has shaped her approach to projects and programs, basing them in research and data-driven decisions, storytelling, and transparent communication.
Noelle Borda, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP
Natalie Engels, IIDA, LEED AP
Principal, Global Work Sector Leader, Design Director, Gensler
Natalie Engels, IIDA, LEEP AP Principal, Global Work Sector Leader, Design Director Natalie is a Principal and Design Director in Gensler’s San Jose office and one of the firm’s Global Work Sector leader, focused on Design and Thought Leadership for the firm’s 29 varied Practice Areas. She is passionate about delivering immersive spaces that people what to experience again and again. And is focused on enabling the Hybrid Workplace of the Future through spaces that support new behaviors and policies for teamwork, collaboration and deep focus. Natalie believes that design has the ability to enhance the human experience by revealing a company's Values and Purpose within that space so that their employees can thrive and create the best work of their careers.
Natalie Engels, IIDA, LEED AP
Eric T. Kline
Director, Workplace Experience, Adobe
Eric Kline, Director of Workplace Experience, Adobe As Director of Workplace Experience at Adobe, Eric leads a team responsible for designing experiences across workplace, food, wellbeing, and events globally. His team’s focus is to help amplify our culture and business by designing meaningful and inclusive experiences. He has been at Adobe for 20 years, and combines art and science, passion and pragmatism, sociology and psychology into progressive human-centric concepts that help drive business forward.
Eric T. Kline
Katie Kaiser CIDQ LEEP AP
Senior Associate, Studio Director, Gensler
Katie is a Studio Director and Manager in Gensler’s San Jose office, focused on developing client relationships, growing teams, and executing projects. She is passionate about bringing together individuals with diverse perspectives to create engaging workplace experiences for some of the most innovative companies in the Bay Area and beyond. Over her career Katie has been exposed to a breadth of design industry expertise across Gensler’s workplace design and consulting Practice Areas. This allows for the cross-pollination of ideas and solutions influences across her work resulting in the innovative application of design elements and advancement of the creative practice. She is involved in each step of the design process ensuring consistency and successful execution of design goals and intent. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Katie Kaiser CIDQ LEEP AP

Omnichannel Office: Applying Retail Innovations to Create a Post-Pandemic Work Platform

June 13, 2022,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Employees are demanding more flexible, hybrid work models. This paradigm shift finds people literally "voting with their feet" for preferred work solutions. Seamless integration of both virtual and physical environments is critical to facilitate a shift to hybrid. Omnichannel is defined as an approach that delivers consistent, personalized user experience across all locations, channels and devices. By studying retail's experience with this integrated approach, workplace strategist and designers can target employee experience and organization culture with hybrid solutions.

Andie Moeder, WELL AP
NY Director Workplace, Interiors and Change Management, Jacobs
Andie Moeder, WELL AP, is the New York Director of Workplace, Interiors and Change Management for Jacobs. She helps organizations navigate the dynamic landscape of their people and their real estate, using defensible data points to advise how the shift from “workplace” to a “work platform” can happen. She curate solutions with holistic considerations such as employee behaviors and experience, organizational culture, mobility, and business continuity. Specialties include Workplace Strategy, Data Analysis, LaMarsh Change Management, Facility Planning and Design, Workplace Guidelines, Interior Design, Six Sigma. Significant clients include IBM, Jacobs, Diageo, WPP, WMATA, JLL, NBCU, Morgan Stanley, KAUST and many more.
Andie Moeder, WELL AP

Designing to Encourage Engagement and Beat Burnout

June 14, 2022,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Employee engagement boosts worker wellbeing and performance while burnout degrades employee quality-of-life and achievement. This session will clarify how and why engagement and burnout develop and then review how workplace design can increase the likelihood of engagement while simultaneously decreasing the probability that employees are burned out. Design is likely to nurture these positive outcomes when it: Supports the task-at-hand and mental refreshment; Provides comfortable amounts of environmental control and positive nonverbal messaging (regarding rewards, fairness, and support for organizational values, for example); and Aids the development of employee communities.

Sally Augustin
Principal, Design with Science
Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practicing environmental psychologist and a principal at Design With Science. She has extensive experience integrating science-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 organizations that produce and/or use design solutions. Sally, who is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, is also the editor of Research Design Connections. She is the author of several books and her work has been discussed in publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street. Dr. Augustin is affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at the University of California Berkeley.
Sally Augustin
Christina Maslach, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Emerita, University of California, Berkeley
Christina Maslach is a Professor of Psychology (Emerita) and a core researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Maslach is the pioneer of research on the definition, predictors and measurement of job burnout. This work is the basis for the 2019 decision by the World Health Organization (WHO), to include burnout as an occupational phenomenon, with health consequences, in the ICD-11. She created the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), the most widely used instrument for measuring job burnout. In 2021, she was named by Business Insider as one of the top 100 people transforming business. She also consults on the identification of sources of burnout and potential interventions.
Christina Maslach, PhD

How Minds and Designs Work Together: Then, Now, and Tomorrow

June 14, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

Human brains and core motivations evolve very, very slowly. Workers are bringing the same sorts of sensory apparatus, ways of processing information, and goals to work today, as they have for decades—and will for decades to come. Space users continue to want to do their jobs well, to have some control over their work lives, and to socialize, as they choose. Understanding these consistencies is crucial for developing workplaces in which people are able to perform to their full potential and don’t simply work. Workplace design principles introduced by Michael Brill at BOSTI remain as relevant now as at his death 20 years ago.

Sally Augustin
Principal, Design with Science
Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practicing environmental psychologist and a principal at Design With Science. She has extensive experience integrating science-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 organizations that produce and/or use design solutions. Sally, who is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, is also the editor of Research Design Connections. She is the author of several books and her work has been discussed in publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street. Dr. Augustin is affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at the University of California Berkeley.
Sally Augustin
Jennifer A. Veitch, PhD
Principal Research Officer, Construction Research Centre, National Research Council of Canada
Jennifer Veitch, PhD is a Principal Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, Construction Research Centre, where she conducts psychological research on the effects of indoor environmental conditions on people's health, well-being, and performance, and also transfers that knowledge to design professionals through presentations and articles. The NRC is Canada's principal federal government research and development agency. The NRC Construction Research Centre does interdisciplinary research aimed at making the built environment durable, safe, energy-efficient and healthy, and is also responsible for national programs supporting building codes and materials evaluation. Dr. Veitch is best known for her research on lighting quality, individual controls, and office design effects on organizational productivity, which she has led at the NRC for over 30 years. She has been honored with awards from North American and international associations in both psychology and lighting.
Jennifer A. Veitch, PhD
Sue Weidemann
Researcher, University of Buffalo
Sue Weidemann, PhD., is an environmental psychologist who, for over 35 years, has studied the relationships between people and the places and spaces they use, through her research, teaching, and consulting. At BOSTI Associates, her work focused on the workplace, quantitatively measuring the effects of workplace design upon important business metrics such as job satisfaction, team performance, and the productivity of office workers. These measures allowed BOSTI to identify those qualities of the workplace that have the strongest effects on these business metrics, enabling the prioritization of aspects of the workplace which would lead to increased productivity and job satisfaction. Weidemann joined the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Buffalo in 2011.
Sue Weidemann

Listen, Test, and Learn: Strategies for Engaging Employees in a Hybrid World

June 14, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

More than two years after COVID-19 shut down offices, we are still experiencing the impacts of the pandemic as leaders chart their future real estate strategies. Many are asking: why should we come into the office? Before answering, leaders must consider two things: there is value in listening to employees, and a one-size-fits-all mentality is outdated. Top-performing companies are asking employees when, where, and how they work best. By gathering insights, prioritizing workers’ needs, and piloting design concepts, employers can make more informed decisions. Workplace strategists will present research findings from Gensler’s latest global surveys to articulate how workers’ expectations are shifting. They will share several case studies, including pilot projects, that encourage experimentation, feedback, and testing of space and policies that address hybrid working.

Cheryl Duvall, FIIDA, CID, LEED-AP
Regional Consulting Practice Area Leader, Gensler
Cheryl Duvall leads Gensler’s Consulting Practice Area in its southeast region, pursuing her mission to unlock the full psychological, operational, and financial potential of spaces people inhabit. Cheryl believes space, culture, and behavior are fundamentally interrelated. As such, they must be considered in tandem for organizations to achieve goals with respect to performance, business success, and employees’ emotional wellbeing. Cheryl has spent more than 35 years using organization design, change management, and workplace strategy to lead clients through alternative office designs and transformational moments. She is an expert at aligning real estate strategies with cultures, producing resilient individuals and organizations. Cheryl has an M.S. in Positive Organization Development and Change and a B.S. in Interior Design. She is a regular speaker at distinguished international conferences such as IFMA’s World Workplace, NeoCon, and the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference. Cheryl is a past President of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and was inducted into its College of Fellows (FIIDA).
Cheryl Duvall, FIIDA, CID, LEED-AP
Corina Ocanto, Assoc. AIA
Design Strategist, Associate, Gensler
As a design strategy consultant and researcher at Gensler, Corina helps business leaders and space management teams across industries tell their stories and connect spaces with people. With experience in leading workplace change management, workplace strategy, real estate portfolio strategy, end user workshops and surveys, Corina delivers data-based and innovative solutions that prepare organizations for resiliency in shifting futures. Some or her past clients include Meta, Kaufman Rossin, Chick-fil-A, Hearst Communications, Littler, Mendelson, and HSBC. Corina is a Miami Research Champion and GRIA award winner for her research on coastal resilience, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida, and a Master’s degree in architecture from UCLA.
Corina Ocanto, Assoc. AIA

Next-Wave Wellness Amenities: Antidotes to Anxiety, Purveyors of Purpose

June 15, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

With a presentation rooted in recent project work and design research, we'll explore next-wave workplace wellness amenities - ones that provide an antidote to our current "culture of anxiety" and embrace an inclusive future. These are so much more than your pre-pandemic quiet rooms; these are spaces that accommodate a much broader spectrum of wellness needs: psychological safety, spirituality, neurodiversity, accessibility, and connection to nature.

By the end, presentation attendees will have a much larger, much more progressive toolkit for reimagining wellness amenities in their own workplace environments. There'll be actionable strategies for designing for inclusivity, accessibility, and comfort that they'll be able to test out within their own organizations.

Brian Stromquist, AIA
Global Workplace Practice Area Co-Leader, Gensler
Brian is a global leader of Gensler’s Technology practice who draws upon his experience in design and research to develop workplace solutions for technology companies across the globe. He maintains insightful and positive relationships with clients, identifying project processes that work for them while incorporating the latest workplace trends and practices — and ultimately brings it all together with clear solutions. With extensive experience in workplace design and a talent for conceptualizing and solving complex problems, he helps tackle projects with agility and creativity, working closely with design teams. Passionate about the intersection of design and future technologies, Brian develops conceptual drivers which inform all aspects of a project's design, resulting in spaces that are authentic, functional, and future-forward. Brian is based in Gensler’s San Francisco office and connects regularly across the region — and beyond — attending design events, presenting, and authoring publications to help effectively guide workplace design and concepts from idea into reality. He received his Masters in Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Yale University.
Brian Stromquist, AIA

Workplace Vital Signs

June 15, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

Just as medical personnel check a person’s vital signs for health and well-being, we can also check the vital signs of a workplace. What are the vital signs of a workplace that can suggest whether serious problems exist or if the workplace is operating effectively? We will discuss the key elements of a workplace that can differentiate between a “healthy workplace” and one that’s not as well as seven vital signs derived from extensive research on the relationship between attributes of the built environment and satisfaction of basic human needs: Connection, Comfort, Flexibility, Predictability, Privacy, Security, and Equity. Evidence supporting the link between these vital signs and occupant health, well-being, and productivity will be presented.

Sally Augustin
Principal, Design with Science
Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practicing environmental psychologist and a principal at Design With Science. She has extensive experience integrating science-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 organizations that produce and/or use design solutions. Sally, who is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, is also the editor of Research Design Connections. She is the author of several books and her work has been discussed in publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street. Dr. Augustin is affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at the University of California Berkeley.
Sally Augustin
Cristina Banks
Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces
Dr. Banks is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, a global research center at the University of California, Berkeley whose purpose is to gather together science across disciplines regarding employee health and well-being and to translate findings into a new organizational template for healthy workplaces. In collaboration with Dr. Sheldon Zedeck, Dr. Banks leads a team of 30 researchers spanning multiple disciplines and 20+ affiliates in collecting and integrating known scientific findings and creating new research programs to advance our knowledge in this area. Dr. Banks is also a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business where she has taught Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management for 30 years. Dr. Banks is an elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association.
Cristina Banks

The Future Work Environment: From Home Hub to Corporate Office

June 16, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

Based on consumer insights into the future of work, we delve into how lifestyles will drive and change the work environment, from interior design to partitions, floors and furniture. What will the future home office and corporate office need to feature in a world of remote and hybrid working? How can the work environment aid in behaviours such as focusing and multitasking, while also fostering an authentic sense of connection and inclusion both in the digital and physical realms? This presentation will highlight the opportunities as well as the challenges in designing environments and products that will make offices worth the commute, providing key answers and clear design directions.

Gemma Riberti
Head of Interiors, WGSN
Gemma leads WGSN Interiors' design and product development directions, overseeing how consumer macro trends impact the interiors industry across categories and market levels. She has over 15 years’ experience in trend forecasting and design research, and her knowledge of colour and material applications makes her integral to WGSN’s global colour team. Gemma consults for brands, retailers and manufacturers around the world, and speaks at industry events to discuss trends in residential and commercial environments. Her expertise is quoted by a range of international publications including The Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Work Design Magazine as well as OnOffice magazine.
Gemma Riberti
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Healthcare Track

The Healthcare track offers 4 CEU-accredited sessions focused on designing care environments that help promote health. Registrants will be able to access each session when it runs live online as well as anytime on demand (for accreditation) through July 15, 2022. Track of 4 sessions: $80

Living Room Design 2.0 – Exploring New Models for Mental Health Care Delivery

June 14, 2022,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Mental Health Care is a persistent and pervasive issue that affects every community. According to The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders, one in five American adults lives with a mental illness. Yet only about half of those that are suffering seek and get treatment.

Crisis & Counseling Centers, a Maine-based nonprofit behavioral health agency and Harriman have been working collaboratively to develop new directions in residential and outpatient facilities that are welcoming and accessible.

Join us for an interactive session in which we will share our recent work and use it as a springboard to explore new possibilities in this often overlooked aspect of the healthcare system.

Peter J. Pinkerton, IIDA, NCIDQ
Associate/Senior Interior Designer, Harriman
Peter Pinkerton is a Senior Interior Designer and Associate with Harriman and leads their Interior Design Studio. He has over 20 years of interior design experience and has worked on numerous projects for a range of clients including corporate, healthcare, retail, education and hospitality. He has achieved NCIDQ certification, and is a state-certified interior designer in Maine, New York and Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Peter is committed to working with his clients to create spaces that bring about meaningful change. Whether the goal is improving the patient experience in healthcare facilities or enhancing opportunities for collaboration in a corporate headquarters, Peter’s attention to detail, superior client service and commitment to sustainability ensures the success of every project.
Peter J. Pinkerton, IIDA, NCIDQ
Mark D. Lee, AIA, LEED AP
Chief Executive Officer, Architect, Harriman
Mark D. Lee has experience in architectural design, encompassing over 25 years. During this time, Mark has gained significant design experience on a variety of projects involving social and emotional wellness, behavioral care, and healthcare. Projects have included new construction as well as additions and renovations to existing facilities, as well as master plans and space programming studies. Before joining Harriman as an architectural designer, Mark was a structural engineering designer in Philadelphia and New York working on projects in the United States, Middle East, Indonesia and China. Mark has bachelor’s degrees in both civil engineering and architectural engineering, as well as a master’s degree in architecture.
Mark D. Lee, AIA, LEED AP

Telemedicine Reimagined: Journey in Hybrid Era of Healthcare at Workplace

June 15, 2022,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Artificial Intelligence is already in use in Healthcare and our lives. Wearables, in-home diagnostics, intelligent mirrors, etc., all form a multichoice health ecosystem around each individual.

In the recent study that included a scientific literature review, interviews with physicians, and Journey Mapping of Telemedicine, the team developed modular design solutions that could aid the resolution of various challenges in the current state of Telemedicine. Home-based Telemedicine can no longer satisfy the required level of care. However, a hybrid decentralized system, equipped with modern cutting edge technology and artificial intelligence, paired with convenience could offer a new paradigm in healthcare delivery—an exploration of hybrid co-locations, particularly in a workplace scenario.

Tina Giorgadze, IIDA, LEED AP, CHID
Senior Interior Designer, Senior Associate, Perkins and Will
Tina Giorgadze is Senior Healthcare Interior Designer and Medical Planner at Perkins&Will. Her expertise ranges between Healthcare Interior spaces, Implementing Innovative models in Healthcare Design, researching and analyzing current trends, and designing Healthcare facilities for disenfranchised communities. As Innovation Incubator and Healthy Materials Champion in Perkins&Will Los Angeles office, she actively promotes research-based practice among emerging professionals with the desire to share knowledge and grow the next generation of designers.
Tina Giorgadze, IIDA, LEED AP, CHID
Peggy Pailian
Senior Project Architect, Perkins and Will
With over 18 years of experience, Peggy Pailian has worked on a broad range of projects including multi-family housing, retail, office, educational, and health care. A California licensed architect, she has worked with multiple agencies from the City of Los Angeles to DSA & OSHPD and has participated in all phases of a project from Concept through Construction. Peggy has worked on various feasibility studies for full city block Developments and a series of complex entitlement projects within the city of Los Angles, which involved urban design, massing, public open space, and historic preservation.
Peggy Pailian

Healthcare Emergency Response Preparation Beyond the COVID Pandemic: Eight Big Ideas Derived from Case Studies and Contributions to the New National FGI Healthcare Code on Emergency Response

June 15, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

This presentation will address eight lessons learned as a result of the speaker's direct applied experience in the design, construction of Alternative Care Facilities for Emergency Response and contribution to new national codes on this subject. Case studies and exhibits will support these ideas.

The eight BIG IDEAS are:
- Knowing the Phases of an Emergency
- Preparing for a Range of Emergencies
- Considering the Duration of the Emergency Operation
- Achieving Access for All to Emergency Care
- Advanced Planning of Operations/Infrastructure
- Emergency Response Materiality is Speed Dependent
- Separation of Material Flows for Safety
- Use Readily Available Building Materials

Douglas J. King, AIA, NCARB, ACHA
National Healthcare Sector Leader/ Vice President, Project Management Advisors Inc.
Doug King has over 40 years of strategic advisory and planning related experience in the healthcare sector. His project portfolio ranges from large scale comprehensive medical centers, to replacement hospitals, to smaller scale community hospitals. His three areas of expertise are a) High Rise Healthcare Design; b) Resilient/Emergency Response in Healthcare and c) Population Health Management/Community Health.

Doug has been recognized as an influencer in the US healthcare facilities arena by such groups as Globe St and Healthcare Design Magazine and regularly speaks at conferences and universities across the US. He was selected as the top Healthcare Architect in the US [HCD 10 awardee] in 2020-21 by the US based Healthcare Design Magazine.

His experience in addressing the topics of community resilience and population health management include serving at the lead Technical Advisor for the McCormick Place Alternative Care Facility, a 3000 Bed Alternative Care/Covid response facility in Chicago, and is a contributor to the 2022 Facilities Guideline Institute (FGI) Emergency Response Standards – the healthcare code in 45 of the 50 US States. He is currently advisiing large academic and community hospitals in emergency response planning.

Doug is also a member of the 2021 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Health Leaders Network an international elected body of healthcare experts. This think tank includes healthcare planners, architects, urban designers, clinicians, developers and public health officials.

Lastly, Doug has presented extensively at national healthcare and urban design conferences on the subject of Population Health Management as an urban design challenge that needs to engage not only hospital leadership, public health officials and civic leaders towards their common goals of providing healthy environments with equitable health access for all.

He has several US academic appointments include the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana and at Kansas University’s Health and Wellness Graduate Program. He is a frequent speaker at Universities such as University of Pennsylvania and Chang'An University in X'ian China. In addition to being a practitioner and educator, Doug as has conducted IRB approved funded healthcare research though the Stantec “Greenlight” Grant program.
Douglas J. King, AIA, NCARB, ACHA

The Pavilion at Penn Medicine: How a Human-Centered Process Leads to Human-Centered Design

June 16, 2022,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Completed in October of 2021, the Pavilion at Penn Medicine has already made an indelible mark on the lives of the patients, families and staff. Delivered with an integrated project team approach, this $1.6B, 1.5m square foot facility took over 6 years to design and construct, and put the user at the center of the process. From 50,000sf mock-ups, to simulations, to having full-time clinicians embedded in the design team, this project closely examined the human experience at each step of the journey and it shows. In this presentation, learn how an empathetic design process yields tangible improvements to the healthcare experience.

Sara Gally, NCIDQ, EDAC
Interior Design Principal, HDR
Sara Gally is an Interior Design Principal with HDR, specializing in Healthcare Design. Her passion is designing beautiful spaces that impact people and improve their quality of life in some way, whether it is how efficiently they work, how effectively they collaborate, or how quickly they heal. She enjoys collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to deliver complex architectural projects. In addition to her professional practice, Sara spent 10 years as an adjunct professor at Jefferson University, teaching interior design studios focused on design for demographics and human behavior. Through her work on the Pavilion at Penn Medicine, she is also a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.
Sara Gally, NCIDQ, EDAC
Derek Tasch
Health System Architect, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Derek Tasch is the Health System Architect for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. An architect by training, Derek earned his Master of Architecture at University of Oregon. He has over 20 years of design experience, working with world renowned design firms, including Rafael Viñoly Architects and Foster + Partners. Before joining the Penn Medicine Design and Construction Team, Derek spent 15 years working as a consultant to the health system, overseeing the design of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and the Pavilion, two state-of-the-art additions to Penn Medicine’s flagship west Philadelphia campus.
Derek Tasch
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Education Track

The Education track offers 5 CEU-accredited sessions on designing successful learning environments. Registrants will be able to access each session when it runs live online as well as anytime on demand (for accreditation) through July 15, 2022. Track of 5 sessions: $100

Connectivist Theory – Applied Designs for Learning Places / It’s Messy

June 13, 2022,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

“The connectivist view of learning as a network creation process significantly impacts the way learning is designed and developed” [del Valle García Carreño, 2014]. In the Digital Age, educators and designers alike must shift the focus to the emerging ideal ecology that actually permits learning to occur. Authentic learning is messy. It thrives in nebulous, informal places and engaged in chaotic processes. This age has produced enormous, societal shifts and how people learn and function is altered. This presentation shares design ideas for generating opportunities to engage the whole person – body, mind and spirit – allowing the individual to begin to thrive. Behavioral cues formed from design solutions connect the ‘networked’ thinking paradigm in this shift wherever learning occurs.

Lennie Scott-Webber, AIA Affiliate
Owner/Principal, INSYC: Education Research + Design
“Dr. Lennie,” with her degrees in Environment Behavior Psychology, Interior design and Gerontology, is a pioneer in exploring how the design of the built place impacts us as humans – focused research is on the design of learning places. She is a retired full professor, was the former chair of two design schools, founding researcher for Steelcase Learning, is a research consultant for VS America, Inc. and DLR Group’s K-12 Education Practice, is highly published in research journals, an author, a multimedia artist, a frequent speaker, and acts as a consultant and designer for learning environments and pedagogical practices. Her passion is working to ‘get research off the shelf and into the hands of the design community’ who can put this knowledge into action. Her presentations and workshops embed the beliefs of Constructivist Learning Theory and are always full of action and engagement. Visit her work at https://independent.academia.edu/LennieScottWebber.
Lennie Scott-Webber, AIA Affiliate
Anat Mor-Avi, PhD
Architect | Researcher, WE LEARN | Space for Collaborative Learning to Become
Anat Mor-Avi, Ph.D., is an architect and a researcher, affiliated with the Illinois Institute of Technology, the College of Architecture in Chicago, USA. Over the last 20 years, she has focused on designing learning environments in the USA and Israel, while empowering the interrelation between the evolving pedagogies, collaborative creativity and the physical surrounding. As a pedagogical architect, Mor-Avi connects practice and research and acts as a consultant for various authorities among them the Israeli Ministry of Education as well as participating in a national multi-disciplinary research group bridging the gaps between architecture and education.
Anat Mor-Avi, PhD

The Complexities of Contemporary Classrooms

June 14, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

Higher ed classrooms have come a long way since slide carousels and projectors. Whereas technology used to be something of an afterthought in classroom design, it is increasingly becoming the driver. Three recent examples: at University of Pennsylvania, large-scale LED arrays were integrated seamlessly into a grandiose century-old space, garnering national recognition; Lehigh University’s College of Business will soon see a “classroom in the round” with central curved tech display, simulating a town hall format; and Rutgers University created a prototype “immersive” classroom to let a professor teach in two places at once. These case studies will demonstrate the sophistication and performance today’s institutions strive for in their learning environments as well as techniques for managing this complexity effectively - and without sacrificing design quality.

Daniela Voith, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C
Founding Partner & Director of Design, Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP
Daniela Holt Voith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, IIDA, is a founding principal of Voith & Mactavish Architects and our director of design. Holding degrees from Yale University School of Architecture and Bryn Mawr College, Daniela has dedicated her career to promoting the advancement of design for educational environments. Her client-focused practice supports leading edge pedagogical thought and encourages mindful ways of living and learning. Daniela has developed a method of practice that moves fluidly from planning initiatives to building design. Her many long-term relationships with educational institutions result in designs that carefully suit her clients’ missions, reflect their architectural identities, and assist in achieving their strategic goals. She is also consistently looking for ways for her projects to be sustainable in innovative ways. Her work has received numerous national and local accolades.

Daniela is also an educator. Since the early 1980’s she has taught at Yale University as a TA, University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, and has developed and taught Bryn Mawr College’s design studio program. She often serves on juries for professional awards in architectural design and construction quality, as well as serving on academic reviews.

Daniela has consistently sought out opportunities to make a positive impact in her community. Mayor Michael Nutter appointed her to serve on the city’s award-winning 2008 Zoning Code Commission, which revised the city’s 50-year-old code. Daniela is currently President of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art – Philadelphia Chapter and Board Member of the Design Leadership Foundation, whose mission is to ensure a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the fields of architecture and design.
Daniela Voith, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C
Sennah Loftus, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Principal, Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP
Sennah Loftus, LEED AP BD+C, has been with VMA since 2000. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College, where she frequently returns as a studio juror. In addition to her overall leadership as Associate Principal, Sennah’s underlying interest in detail and materials has led to her executive oversight of VMA’S interior design studio. Sennah is an innovator, always looking for “both/and” solutions, and she particularly excels at creating advanced teaching spaces for colleges, universities, and independent schools. Her experience includes the first fully immersive classrooms at Rutgers University as well as award-winning classrooms at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School that sensitively balanced large LED arrays with ornate historic plasterwork. She has shared her approach with others through presentations for NeoCon, APPA, and other national organizations.
Sennah Loftus, LEED AP BD+C

Design Like a Kid: Reimagining the Involvement of Youth in Spatial Design Practices

June 15, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

This presentation aims to address the critical need to rethink how children are involved in the design of public spaces they inhabit daily, such as schools, roads and spaces for recreation. By showcasing case studies and examining developmental milestones in the lives of children via how their multiple intelligences can aid us in finding new ways to read our world, this presentation aims to deconstruct and reject the notion that children are “adults in training” or “citizens of the future.” Contrarily, it positions them at the center of the conversation surrounding the construction of a new collective imaginary for our world and its built environment. This new imaginary is focused on the fundamental right of children to be –and grow to be– happy and safe.

Enrico Giori
Associate Designer, Fielding International
Enrico is an Associate Designer at Fielding International and a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design’s Architecture Department (Barch/BFA). Enrico is deeply interested in principles of participatory planning and co-design strategies, and has incorporated these design principles in his practice during his studies. Interested in the intersection between architectural design and community building, his design practice aims to involve all constituents of design projects from conceptual ideation to final development. His studies at RISD culminated in a thesis titled ‘Tutti a Scuola! A Participatory Reworking of the Locus of Italian Public Education.” In his thesis, Enrico engaged with elementary school students to propose an agile, resilient and child-centered vision for a new collective imaginary for the world of Italian public education. Enrico is deeply committed to making architecture accessible to all. Using his interests in visual communication and research, alongside his presentation skills and attention to detail, he is able to effectively communicate architectural and educational concepts of varying complexity to a variety of stakeholders that are part of the architectural design process.
Enrico Giori

Reinforcing Brand Identity in a Renovated Space

June 16, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

As Universities are continuously evolving, designers are asked to renovate spaces to spark creativity and engagement to reinforce an organization’s core identity. The higher education sector is faced with challenges to set themselves apart when recruiting top tier faculty, staff and students. This presentation showcases an organized process to elevate brand identity within education settings through integrated design strategies to craft the details of the brand. The speakers will highlight several case studies to reinforce a strategy that identifies with campuses across the country. The presenters will share technical aspects of various products and materials used for branding and elaborate on the process of taking concept boards through completion, reinforcing the Universities values.

Clayton Daspit, AIA, LEED AP
Principal, The Beck Group
Clayton is an award winning architect who brings over 26 years of experience to his role as Director of Design for Beck’s Atlanta office. He has worked on a wide variety of projects types in his career, including schools, convention centers, museums, churches, mixed-used/retail centers, office towers and hotels. He has focused the last 17 years serving Higher Education clients, having worked on athletics, business and law school, student center, and student housing projects on multiple campuses.

His passion for working in the university campus environment is driven by the pursuit of distinctive and appropriate buildings that respect the individual mission, culture and history of each institution. He especially enjoys consensus-building and vision leadership that integrates multiple viewpoints and stakeholders, bringing to light a project narrative that speaks to all users. His projects explore a sense of place, history and campus interpretation, while seeking to create buildings with inspiring and delightful spaces that express the unique mission and personality of the programs they serve.

Clayton has a passion for rigorous design that promotes the exploration and discovery of meaningful ideas. He believes this comes about not from the sole authorship of projects, but by providing experienced guidance in a collaborative process that empowers the client, the design team, and the builder to discover a project’s vision. Working in Beck’s integrated culture, he is quick to reach out to construction professionals, knowing that leveraging their wisdom and experience often results in innovative solutions that otherwise would have been overlooked. Clayton is quick to mention that the best projects come when “all participants – client, design team, and builder – feel invested in the final result.”

Clayton graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University and is a registered architect in GA, NC, VA and WA, and has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2008. He has presented nationally at SCUP and the AIA National Convention. Clayton has served on the board of AIA Atlanta and is a regular visiting critic at the Georgia Tech School of Architecture. He is a mentor to the designers and architects he works with, and volunteers his time to promote the profession to students.
Clayton Daspit, AIA, LEED AP
Megan Ingram, NCIDQ, IIDA
Interior Designer, The Beck Group
Megan Ingram, NCIDQ, IIDA is an Architectural Interior Designer at Beck Architecture in Atlanta, Georgia. She focuses on elevating the interior design for the client’s overall experience by producing meaningful concepts, 3D renderings, and intricate details through construction documents. Megan takes projects from start to completion while working closely with clients and design teams to optimize the project goals and surpass expectations for the interior while staying within budget. With a diverse project background, she has worked with clients in higher education, healthcare, and commercial while also actively serving on the IIDA Georgia Chapter Board.
Megan Ingram, NCIDQ, IIDA
Greco Brittney, NCIDQ, IIDA
Senior Interior Designer
As a licensed Senior Interior Designer at Beck Architecture, Brittney is driven by her passion to create memorable spaces that leave a lasting impression on the end user. With over 10 years of experience, Brittney was worked in a collaborative environment designing and managing teams on a wide range of market sector project types include: hospitality, food + beverage, workplace, education, and residential. Throughout her career, the focus on creating transcendental spaces that elevate people’s lives remains on the forefront. She believes that each project is another opportunity to tell a story that will help someone feel relaxed, nourished, inspired or simply just be a part of someone’ memories.
Greco Brittney, NCIDQ, IIDA

Two-Eyed Seeing: Centennial College A-Block Expansion Project

June 16, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

“Two-Eyed Seeing” is a Mi’kmaq concept of observing the world through both an Indigenous and Western lens. For Centennial College’s A-Block Expansion project, DIALOG + Smoke Architecture turned to Two-Eyed Seeing in shaping the conversations and design of this award-winning project. Hear how the firms’ winning design suggests a path forward for various institutions, architects, and designers, in forming a potential path forward for meaningful engagement and design that meets the ongoing crisis of climate, inequity, and Indigenity.

Chen Cohen, BArchSc, DipID, ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ, RHFAC
Partner, DIALOG
Cohen (who formally goes by her last name) joined our team in 2019 and brought an impressive wealth of knowledge and experience to our Toronto studio. As an integrated designer with a background in both interior design and architecture, she offers a holistic and detailed approach to every project. Cohen brings considerable experience to our diverse portfolio of institutional projects including civic, cultural, and educational buildings. With the aim of creating timeless interiors, Cohen is known for her thoughtful engagement of project stakeholders, critical thinking around inclusive design, and forming a cohesive design approach to buildings from the inside out. With a methodical, hands-on approach, she works collaboratively on integrated projects from early design through to construction. Cohen’s refined design and delivery of clean, crisp, and elegant contemporary interiors have been recognized nationally and internationally. She has received seven ARIDO awards, five Canadian Interiors awards, and two Design Exchange awards, among many others.
Chen Cohen, BArchSc, DipID, ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ, RHFAC
Eladia Smoke, OAA, OAQ, MAA, MRAIC, LEED®AP
Principal, Smoke Architecture
KaaSheGaaBaaWeak | Eladia Smoke is Anishinaabekwe | Ojibwe from Obishikokaang | Lac Seul First Nation, with family roots in Alderville First Nation, Winnipeg, and Toronto. Eladia has worked in architecture since 2002, and founded Smoke Architecture as principal architect in 2014. Eladia’s priority is to bring the traditions, heritage, and cultures of Indigenous people back into the field of architecture, in collaboration with Elders, traditional knowledge holders, and other community leaders. She uses a collaborative and participatory approach in her work, since a meaningful and inclusive process is the path to relevant design and teaching.
Eladia Smoke, OAA, OAQ, MAA, MRAIC, LEED®AP
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Facilities Track

The Facilities track offers 6 CEU-accredited sessions on the latest in Facility Design and Management. Registrants will be able to access each session when it runs live online as well as anytime on demand (for accreditation) through July 15, 2022. Track of 6 sessions: $120

Design It Healthy, Build It Healthy, Keep It Healthy: Strategies to Support Resilient, Healthy Interiors

June 13, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

A building’s resilience is often thought of as its ability to withstand the impact of external stressors. But, there are also many internal stressors that can contribute to a building’s resilience, and ultimate the health of the building and the people inside it. This session will build on the concept, "Design It Healthy, Build It Healthy, Keep It Healthy" with a focus on smart construction practices and systems and material selections. Participants will explore research-based strategies and case studies to gain knowledge of specifying resilient, healthy materials and employing resilient practices. Participants will also leave with resources to employ “Design It Healthy, Build It Heathy, Keep It Healthy” in their work.

Marilyn Black, LEED AP
Vice President and Senior Technical and Strategic Advisor, Chemical Insights Research Institute of Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
As a Public Health scientist, Dr. Black is a leader in the study of chemical and biological pollution and its impact on human health. She has a particular interest in reducing environmental exposure to children and safeguarding their health. Dr. Black founded the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, a nonprofit organization that oversees the International GREENGUARD Certification Programs for ensuring chemical safe products. GREENGUARD has been instrumental in driving the marketplace to safer construction materials, interior furnishings, and consumer products for healthy and sustainable buildings.

Dr. Black’s scientific experiences have included correlating lead exposure levels in children to reduced learning abilities; studying toxic materials in Apollo moon rocks; evaluating the impact of climate change on public health; identifying the sources of “sick building syndrome” and bringing solutions to schools, commercial buildings and homes; and improving the health of asthmatic children through various interventions, as recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Black is passionate about reducing environmental pollution for the betterment of societal well-being and the planet.

Following research and teaching at the joint MIT/Harvard School of Public Health/private environmental initiative and Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Black founded Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS,) a testing and research leader focused on chemical and biological air pollution, including environmental chamber testing and its application in evaluating human health risks of indoor materials, furnishings, cleaners, and electronic equipment. In 2011, AQS became UL Air Quality Sciences through acquisition by UL (Underwriters Laboratories) an international testing and certification organization. Dr. Black is currently leading Chemical Insights Research Institute of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to deliver the scientific insight policymakers, healthcare providers, business leaders and consumers depend on to make informed environmental health decisions.

With more than 35 years of experience, Dr. Black participates in numerous important national and international scientific organizational initiatives, National Academies, global research initiatives, and community outreach programs. She has been recognized with a number of prestigious public service awards including the Ford Motor Company Public Service Changemaker Award, the National Keystone Center Leadership Award in Environment and was named Environmental Champion by the architectural and design community. She has presented and published extensively in the air quality and human health field with over 200 peer reviewed publications, numerous invited publications, and expert testimony before Congress. She received a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S. from the University of Florida, and B.S. from the University of Virginia, all in Chemistry. She also holds a professional certification in Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Marilyn Black, LEED AP

Gate of the Future: Thoughtful Approaches to Designing a More Accessible Space

June 13, 2022,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

This session, led by a design director, a project manager, and an aviation customer experience expert, will help designers, manufacturers, and facilities professionals understand how to develop a variety of solutions that consider the future of human experience. Through the lenses of diversity, inclusivity and sustainability, our panel will address the way people navigate space, specifically highly trafficked public spaces, and how that effects the overall experience that users have in these complex environments. Through the selection of materials and their thoughtful application, lighting cues, planning tactics, technology integration, and human connection, we will explore at how to make design more approachable to the entire community of travelers.

Kelsey Rodheim, LEED GA
Project Manager, IA Interior Architects
Kelsey is a Project Manager with over 10 years of experience based in IA’s Chicago studio, leading overall project coordination and managing the evolving creative process. She has worked on some of the Chicago studio’s most high profile accounts and projects, including with McDonald’s, Bank of America, and United Airlines. While her focus in the industry has been in workplace design, Kelsey led the project team working with United Airlines on the Gate of the Future and is excited to share design lessons from this experience. She is a LEED green associate with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Kelsey Rodheim, LEED GA
Mitchell Rufer
Senior Manager - Aviate at United Airlines, United Airlines
Mitchell Rufer is Senior Manager for Aviate at United Airlines. He is a young professional living in Chicago with an appreciation for all things aviation. Since graduating college, Mitchell has worked across a variety of divisions at United. Connecting his diverse experiences is his desire to work collaboratively, think innovatively, and help create a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow for our customers, the communities we serve, and his coworkers.
Mitchell Rufer
Erin Dayrit, NCIDQ, LEED GA
Senior Designer, IA Interior Architects
Erin Dayrit is an Associate and Senior Designer with IA Interior Architects’ Chicago studio with over 13 years of experience working in all aspects of design, from initial concept to finish details. She has led the design strategy for several workplaces across the nation that support each client’s business, workflows, and brands, including for United Airlines, JLL, Papa Johns, and Bank of America. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Interior Design from Harrington College of Design. She is also an NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer and a LEED Green Associate with the USGBC.

Erin enjoys visiting Chicago’s neighborhoods and restaurants, trying new recipes, travelling, and live music. She is inspired by the opportunity to transform human experience through the built environment. Anything from the rhythm of the city, the change of seasons, and the juxtaposition of texture can spark her creativity.
Erin Dayrit, NCIDQ, LEED GA

Expanding Commissioning Framework: Supporting Healthy, Enduring, Sustainable Interior Environments

June 14, 2022,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Commissioning Agents (CxA) typically oversee the review of project’s Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR), Basis of Design (BOD) and design and construction documents. This normally entails activities associated with MEP and energy systems. We propose that the commissioning team’s scope also include oversight for requirements as they pertain to finishes, furniture selections, acoustics, Value Engineering, and maintenance training. The CxA will also participate in the documentation and verification to ensure the owner requirements are being met. An expanded commissioning process focused on Interiors supports Design Intent, Safety, Sustainability initiatives and ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) plans. It provides the strategy to preserve the investment the owner has committed to for the building interior.

Jean M. Hansen, FIIDA, LEED Fellow, AAHID, EDAC, CID
Sustainable Principal, HDR
As a highly versatile interior designer, planner and sustainable consultant with 30+ years of experience, Jean provides expertise in the design of facilities and interiors and standards development. Her portfolio includes healthcare and research facilities; including acute care, medical office buildings, cancer and research centers, women and children’s hospitals and a range of federal projects. Her focus on these projects includes programming, space planning, interior architecture, sustainability consulting, deep green materials research, and furniture specifications.
Jean M. Hansen, FIIDA, LEED Fellow, AAHID, EDAC, CID
Susan Suhar, IIDA, LEED AP, WELL AP, Fitwel Amb
Interior Design Principal, HDR
Susan is an award-winning and accomplished design professional with over 20 years’ focused in commercial interiors. Leading design in primarily health and workplace interior environments, Susan's passion is creating spaces and experiences that are restorative, sustainable and contribute to overall occupant well-being. Her interior environments are motivated by the process of discovery, distilling and defining using evidence-based design and concepts of sensory design. Susan also volunteers her time with organizations such IIDA, LA Business Council and Children’s Institute.
Susan Suhar, IIDA, LEED AP, WELL AP, Fitwel Amb
Charlene D. Mendez, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Sustainable Professional, HDR
With ten years of experience, Charlene brings to the team collaboration and sustainability with early integrated analysis tools, allowing for sustainability measures to play a timely role in the design process. Charlene provides a focus on the health and wellness of occupants through analysis of daylight, glare, thermal comfort, and other metrics for interior environments. Charlene further contributes in later project phases by implementing detailed environmental analyses, energy modeling, and verification with sustainable benchmarking certification.
Charlene D. Mendez, LEED AP BD+C

Furniture Solves Space and Culture Challenges at Los Alamos National Laboratory

June 14, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

There is a space problem at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). LANL sends robots to Mars, but struggles to provide workspace for the people that do it. Worse yet, LANL needs to grow but is surrounded by mountains, valleys and pueblos on all sides. With the majority of LANL’s workforce at home in early 2020, LANL began an unprecedented experiment to determine whether it could solve this space problem with telework, redesigning both its workspaces and its very culture in the process. The LANL Telework Pilot Program was born. This presentation will cover what it took to implement the Telework Pilot Program from a space management and interior design perspective, as well as LANL lessons learned to make hybrid work a permanent reality.

Amy E. Chavez, NCIDQ
Planner, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Amy is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a BS in Interior Design. She holds a State of New Mexico license as an Interior Designer & is an NCIDQ Certificate Holder since 2019. Amy has 5 years previous experience as the lead designer at a furniture dealership. In her current role as a planner with Los Alamos National Labs as part of the furniture & space team she works to innovate office space for a rapidly growing organization.
Amy E. Chavez, NCIDQ
Jennifer K. McMath
Furniture and Space Lead, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Jennifer McMath is the Furniture and Space Team Lead with the Infrastructure Programming Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After nearly a decade in contract furniture, Jenny took her passion for learning and leading to the nation’s largest nuclear laboratory, located in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Through furniture design, space planning, and culture change, Jenny and her team have successfully launched a hybrid remote work space design concept that now serves as a model for other federal properties in the Department of Energy’s portfolio. Jenny is an alum of the University of North Texas and holds a certificate in project management from the University of New Mexico. She is looking forward to starting her Master’s degree program in Engineering Leadership from Texas A&M University in the fall.
Jennifer K. McMath

Communicating Without Language: Intuitive Wayfinding for Inclusive Space

June 16, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

As we all strive to create spaces that are inclusive and welcoming to all, one element is often overlooked or misunderstood: the signage and wayfinding systems critical to a functional space. How do we address the concept of wayfinding if we speak different languages, or have neuro diversity, or any number of different approaches to navigating the world? In this session, we’ll delve into the new models of signage and wayfinding that move beyond barriers to make spaces intuitive and welcoming to all.

Elizabeth Von Lehe, Allied ASID
Design Director - Specialty Interiors, HDR
Elizabeth Von Lehe is a Design Director leading specialty interiors at HDR. A seasoned design leader with professional experience across multiple industries, she leads the architecture firm’s efforts to advance a holistic approach to design, embracing not only the built form, but branding, curation and the development of user experience from every angle. Based in New York but working with clients and teams across the global HDR network, Von Lehe is a strong advocate for the role of interior design as a tool for innovation and advancement for brands and institutions alike. In addition to her role at HDR, Von Lehe is currently serving as Director at Large on the national board of the American Society of Interior Designers.
Elizabeth Von Lehe, Allied ASID
Jeff Zoll
Wayfinding Principal, HDR
A graduate of the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Penn State, Jeff has spent his career focusing on Human Factors and Human-Centered Design. His extensive portfolio explores how wayfinding elements can be integrated, rather than applied within the physical space, and seeks to understand human behavior and what makes specific design solutions effective.
Jeff Zoll

The Complexities of Firestopping and the Value and Benefits of a Professional Install

June 17, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

Today's buildings are getting more complex, with different construction types and construction practices. Firestopping is an important aspect of life-safety that frequently gets overlooked by design professionals. Typically, we see MEP+FP trades trying to install the firestopping systems without proper training, experience, and due diligence. Often we see those trades not obtaining the correct systems or engineering judgments for the exact construction condition the firestopping is being applied to, creating unnecessary rework, delays in the construction schedule, and potentially placing the end-user in a dangerous unknown situation. We will discuss the importance of having the correct system for the condition and having the firestopping professional on board earlier in the process, rather than towards the end of the project, to benefit the entire project team.

Corey S. Zussman, AIA, NCARB, RBEC, LEED AP BD+C, CABS
Director of Quality, Pepper Construction Co.
Corey S Zussman, AIA, NCARB, ALA, RBEC, RRC, REWC, RWC, RRO, CDT, CQM, CxA+BE, BECxP, CABS, LEED® AP BD+C, & Level 1 Thermographer is the Director of Quality at Pepper Construction Company.

As a forensic architect registered in several states, Corey Zussman has practiced in the construction industry for more than 30 years. He specializes in building envelope, restoration, preservation, life safety, and interior finishes.

While working on 50-75 projects a year, Corey conducts constructability reviews, pre-installation meetings, comprehensive envelope meetings, and construction observations. He has also become known for providing educational opportunities throughout the industry and has produced more than 150 "lessons learned" papers. Topics include building envelope and life safety concerns and enable Corey to proactively address issues during design review, pre-construction, and construction. In addition, he has several industry articles about building envelope and life safety topics and is also a frequent presenter at local and national conferences and Associations.

Visit www.pepperconstruction.com homepage to access all of Corey's lessons learned papers and a list of over 40 AIA CES Presentations.
Corey S. Zussman, AIA, NCARB, RBEC, LEED AP BD+C, CABS
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Wellness Track

The Wellness track offers 7 CEU-accredited sessions focused on design for wellbeing. Registrants will be able to access each session when it runs live online as well as anytime on demand (for accreditation) through July 15, 2022. Track of 7 sessions: $140

Holistic Buildings: Translating Biophilic Design Strategies into the Built Environment

June 13, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

A holistic approach to architecture and biophilic design strategies represent a central topic in our work referring to the importance of collaborating with scientists such as Prof. Richard Taylor and his team form the University of Oregon, that transfer scientific findings into the built environment. The benefits of such transdisciplinary processes will be discussed with Prof. Taylor and their implementation are exemplified by recently completed and future projects, which unify years of research and analysis with experts in the field of biophilic and workplace design as well as office architecture. This results in human-centered and highly sustainable solutions on a social, environmental, and economic level.

Richard Taylor
Professor of Physics, Psychology and Art, University of Oregon
I am a Professor of Physics, Psychology and Art and currently is Head of the Physics Department at the University of Oregon. He has a Ph.D. and D.Sc. in physics and a Masters degree in art theory. I have worked in the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Australia, Sweden, and New Zealand, and have published more than 300 papers. This includes 11 papers in Nature and 3 in Science. In addition to my career in science, I am a trained painter and photographer. I adopt an interdisciplinary approach to studying natural patterns called fractals. Bioinspiration is my main focus – exploring the favorable properties that make fractals so prevalent in nature and applying them to artificial systems. I have studied fractals in physics, psychology, physiology, geography, architecture and art.
Richard Taylor
Martin Lesjak
Co-Founder and Design Director, INNOCAD architecture and 13&9 Design
Architect Martin Lesjak co-founded Austrian-based INNOCAD architecture in 1999 and has since completed numerous projects of diverse sizes and scopes in architecture and interior design such as residential, office, hospitality, healthcare, mixed-use, educational, public, and retail. His transdisciplinary team is renowned for their “out of the box” thinking and their analytical and pragmatic approach to architecture and design by creating solutions with purpose and meaning.

Lesjak's foresight and expertise in architecture, design, and craft – as well as an affinity for art – has guided his firms in innovative directions. Together with partners, he leads multifaceted international projects combining creativity without boundaries.

In addition to many signature corporate, housing, and institutional works, current projects include an international school in King Abdullah Economic City (UAE), a competence center for MAM Health & Innovation and the first Radisson RED hotel in Vienna (AT) as well as a new housing product, that combines serviced living and co-living.

Together with Dr. med. univ. Anastasija Lesjak, he founded the product design studio 13&9 Design. The award-winning firm develops concepts that take users out of their daily routines in an aim to experience personalization, creativity, innovation, well-being, biophilia, and social and environmental connectivity. The team works as a design studio for international companies developing product collections, while also operating as a label producing their own products with small-scale manufacturers, in turn supporting creative growth in their local area. Their design process seeks to find an added value, “the soul,” to explore consciousness in design and its craft so that users are able to bond emotionally and intuitively to the subject. This open relationship between user and design confronts unsustainable consumption with a holistic commitment to the environment.

Pursuing design strategies that are based on the scientifically well-founded analysis of stress-reducing concepts in the built environment, 13&9 formed the ScienceDesignLab with leading scientist and physicist, Professor Dr. Richard Taylor from the University of Oregon and Fractals Research Laboratory (USA). The lab developed a Fractal Library with refined patterns for broader applications that serve as a versatile resource for designers and architects.

Lesjak is a frequent lecturer and speaker at several universities and worldwide events, and also received one of the architecture and design community’s top honors, “Designer of the Year 2015” by Contract Magazine in the United States, followed by “Architect of the Year 2016” by BUILD Magazine in the United Kingdom. Over the years, his work has been published internationally and recognized with various awards, honors, and nominations in both architecture and interior design.
Martin Lesjak

Exposome vs Genome: Understanding the Built Environment’s Effects on Health Outcomes

June 13, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

We know the effects our buildings have on the environment, and we have begun to understand the effect our environments have on our healthspan. The term “exposome” was coined and defined in 2005 to link lifetime chemical exposures to health outcomes: exposome can account for 80-85% of disease risk, whereas only 15-20% can be attributed to the human genome. As more leaders and building owners become fully aware of the exposome, it has the power to inform, engage, and ultimately improve the collective health outcomes of society. If we know certain design decisions can have either a positive or negative impact on health and well-being, is there liability in not choosing to design for well-being?

Megan A. Mazzocco, WELL AP
Sustainability & Wellbeing Director, Spring Architecture
Megan Mazzocco, WELL AP, is the Sustainability and Wellbeing Director at Spring Architecture in Westport, Conn. Her work advancing collective health in the built environment links individual wellbeing to sustainability. Megan has 14 years editorial experience in the fashion, paper and interior design industries; writing with a focus on sustainable systems and wellbeing. While in school for interior design, she discovered Architectural Products Magazine as a resource for many projects and began to write for AP as its interior’s editor. After a decade as Senior Editor for Architectural Products, Net Zero Buildings and Architectural SSL Magazines, Megan became fascinated with the built environment’s impact on collective health outcomes and began reporting from the intersection of place and wellbeing as the A+D Yogini. Megan’s work appears in several design titles, including Architectural Products, Net Zero Buildings, Architectural SSL, Architectural Record, Metropolis and ProBuilder magazines. Megan is also author of The A+D Wellness Toolkit & The Sleep System: 28 Days to Better Sleep. Megan’s company, AD Inexplorata provides thought leadership to the design industry and explores best practices in architecture and design. In an ongoing effort to link design and wellbeing, she collaborates with GBBN Principal Architect, Angela Mazzi on a movement called Architects as Healers: Buildings as Medicine to broadcast how evidence-based design practices impact health. In addition to her journalism projects, Megan is a certified yoga instructor and her practice, yogaXdesign, offers workplace wellness and 1:1 quantum health transformations.
Megan A. Mazzocco, WELL AP
Angela Mazzi, FAIA FACHA EDAC
Principal, GBBN
Angela Mazzi's career researching socio- cultural contexts provides perspective on how culture reflects in architecture and user experience. Angela is President of the American College of Healthcare Architects, Treasurer of AIA Cincinnati Board, Advisory Committee member for the Institute for Patient-Centered Design, and was an Advisory Board member for Arizona State University’s Healthcare Design Program in its initial years. Her research linking wellness to design has been published in many healthcare journals and presented at national and international conferences. She is a peer reviewer for Health Environment Research and Design (HERD) Journal and Academy of Architecture for Health Journal. Angela's work incorporates “salutogenesis” (health generating design) using research to target architectural strategies that impact well-being. Her design of salutogenic environments has led to measurably improved outcomes in operations, user experience, and health. She is a tireless champion of the environment’s power to affect behavior. She founded Architecting, an advocacy community around these issues which includes a podcast, coaching programs, and a weekly Clubhouse room called Architects as Healers: Buildings as Medicine. Her articles and interviews linking experience and outcome have been published in national healthcare magazines and journals. She developed and shares evidence-based processes that evolved standards for healthcare research and design while advocating to improve the relationship between experience and environment.
Angela Mazzi, FAIA FACHA EDAC

The Balancing Act: LEED, Well, or Fitwel?

June 15, 2022,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

In the height of the COVID pandemic and like never before, building owners began focusing on human health and wellness. This presentation explores decision-making processes to implement and execute high-performance metrics from the LEED rating system and the health-centric rating systems WELL and fitwel. The speakers will delve into three recent project examples within the corporate, higher education, and healthcare sectors sharing strategy mechanisms to compare the rating systems to best meet varied client expectations. This session will provide tools and insight enabling participants to engage staff, primary stakeholders, and clients to improve metrics overall project outcomes.

Natalie Terrill, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, FITWEL AMBASSADOR
Director of Sustainability, The Beck Group
As National Director of Sustainability, Natalie leads Beck to its next level by optimizing the firm's commitment to sustainable building design and construction in the U.S. and Mexico. Natalie has been with Beck since 2018. Her project management drives solutions and behavior change by translating complex technical issues for stakeholders across the built environment. Natalie has achieved third-party certifications for over 15 million SF of built space under multiple rating systems throughout her career. Her environmental management expertise covers land and water use, waste diversion, air quality, sustainably sourced materials, health and wellbeing, and energy efficiency.
Natalie Terrill, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, FITWEL AMBASSADOR
Michael Kaiser, Principal
National Director of Design, The Beck Group
As a National Director of Design and a Principal of Beck Architecture, Michael focuses on providing an optimal experience for the people who will use the spaces Beck designs and builds. Michael works collaboratively with project teams in various market sectors, including interiors, office, mixed-use, retail, hospitality, and entertainment. Michael received his Masters's Degree from The University of Texas in Arlington in 94. His career includes working as a senior designer at RTKL, HOK, and Laguarda. Low before joining Beck in 2007.
Michael Kaiser, Principal
Natalie Goodall, RID
Senior Project Coordinator, The Beck Group
Natalie Goodall is a key team member on several high-profile projects. Her first-hand experience at an early stage in her career has helped shape the way our teams communicate and collaborate.
Natalie Goodall, RID

The New Inclusivity: Neurodiversity and Workplace Inclusion

June 15, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

We are living in a time of increased numbers and awareness about individuals with neuro-sensitives and special needs, such as ADHD. In fact, 1 in 7 people are considered neurodiverse but fewer than 50% know it. But these individuals can be high energy, out of the box thinkers, excel in a crisis, and be bold problem solvers. Not only is designing to be inclusive the right thing to do, there is a compelling business case for it as well. Join us as we share the various aspects of neurodiversity and explore how to create spaces that are more physically and culturally inclusive for people with a wide spectrum of neurological conditions to allow them to thrive.

Kay Sargent, FASID, FIIDA, CID, LEED® AP, MCR.w, WELL AP
Director of WorkPlace, HOK
With more than 35 years of experience, Kay is a recognized expert on workplace design and strategy issues. She is an award-winning designer who has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to optimize their global real estate portfolios and create innovative work environments based on their unique organizational DNA. As Co-Director of HOK’s WorkPlace team, a practice that supports organizations undertaking multiple projects in various locations, and a member of HOK’s Board of Directors, Kay is responsible for helping clients redefine how, when and where their people work, and supports a holistic design approach that integrates an organization’s people, processes and technology. She was recently selected from her field of peers to provide Congressional Subject Matter Expert Testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives on “Federal Real Estate Post-COVID-19: A View from The Private Sector.” In 2020 Kay was named ASID’s Designer of Distinction for the year. Kay is considered an industry thought leaders on workplace. She has authored multiple white papers and articles on a variety of design related topics including wellbeing; next gen workforce; technologies impact on the workplace; space fusion and the rise of the human factor. Kay currently serves on the National ASID Foundation Research Taskforce, the IWBI Health Equity Advisory Team and the Advisory Board for WorkDesign Magazine and I&S Magazine. She was recently appointed to the University of Richmond Customer Experience Advisory Board after serving two years on the George Washington University Customer Experience Certificate Program Advisory Council. During her career she has also served on the International Boards of CoreNet Global, AVIXA, and IFI - International Federation of Interior Designers /Architects, the Boards of ASID, IIDA and NCQLP and the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design and NVCC. She is an active member of IFMA and co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE community and serves as an Executive committee for WE. Kay is committed to mentoring the next generation of designers and as such mentors multiple individuals within HOK and across the industry. She is also a Founder of the DC Chapter of UPWARD, a global network dedicated to the professional advancement of women in the workplace. “We are witnessing the evolution of workplace, and design can be a powerful tool in that endeavor. What designers have always done well, the art of design, is being enhanced with the emerging science of design. By creating environments that support wellbeing, inclusivity and inspire those within them, we can drive powerful outcomes and create spaces that reflect our humanity. We need to design with courage to define the next generation of great places to transform the way we work, live, learn and play. We are no longer just designing environments. We are designing the experience.”
Kay Sargent, FASID, FIIDA, CID, LEED® AP, MCR.w, WELL AP

Well V2 Pilot Certification Case Study - University of Illinois - Sidney Lu Mechanical Engineering Building

June 15, 2022,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

How can we design and manage a facility to improve the holistic wellness of its occupants? In a world of CO2 reduction, is it possible to still care about the comfort, wellness, and productivity of the occupants? Attendees will hear a case study of how, during the construction process, WELL Certification was desired by the Owner. The story will tell the journey of the WELL consultant, architect (HED), and client on their first ever WELL project on the University of Illinois campus including wins, challenges, and lessons learned from all involved.

Damon E. McFall, MBA, PE, LEED AP
Director of Facilities & Operations, University of Illinois
Damon McFall is the Director of Facilities and Operations for the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. He led a project from the Owner's side to completion in February 2022, including pursuing LEED, Living Building Challenge concepts, and WELL Certification. He is here today to present to us a case study from the viewpoint of the Owner in implementing WELL Certification.
Damon E. McFall, MBA, PE, LEED AP
Helen J. Kessler, FAIA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, MBA
Principal, HJKessler Associates
Helen J. Kessler, FAIA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP is a Principal at UpFront Regenerative Design and President of HJKessler Associates, with over 35 years in the field of sustainability specializing in regeneration, energy efficiency and renewable energy, lighting, commissioning, and health and wellness. She is passionate about connecting the dots in complex systems such that stakeholders can discover solutions that work for all. She focuses on using an integrative design approach to enhance synergies among systems and has had a leading role on over 80 LEED projects. Projects include higher education, K-12 schools, hotels, office, commercial interiors, healthcare, and many other project types. Helen is a frequent speaker and author on sustainability topics and teaches various courses, including “Systems Thinking for Sustainable Design” and “Sustainability in Construction” at Northwestern University. Ms. Kessler has received numerous awards, including the USGBC Illinois Chapter Natural Leaders “Intent to Matter” award as well as its Chapter Leader award, AIA Illinois’ R. Buckminster Fuller Award for Social Good, the inaugural Illinois Real Estate Journal Women in Real Estate “Impact award” and Alumnus of the Year, The University of Arizona Honors College. She is a member of the inaugural class of LEED Fellows and was recognized as a Notable Woman in Design and Construction by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2021.
Helen J. Kessler, FAIA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, MBA

Awakenings - A Global Wake Up Call to the Benefits of Health and Wellness in the Built Environment

June 16, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

Join us to understand the impact of health and wellness rating systems on the built environment. The health and wellness movement started long ago, but the impacts of the pandemic have elevated health considerations as firms tackle how to return to work safely. The presentation will look at the impact of WELL, Fitwell, and the WELL Health and Safety rating on the interior office landscape. It will highlight their role in advancing health and informing fundamental design concepts. Discussion will focus on what health and wellness amenities are rising to the top as more corporate interiors downsize or change office locations, with a focus on the spectrum of cost of proposed strategies. Presenters will share how these strategies help clients meet their ESG goals.

Patty Lloyd, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, LFA
Director of Sustainability, Leopardo Companies, Inc.
Patty has more than 15 years of experience advancing sustainability in the built environment. She is an advocate for green building, and healthy-high performing construction. She provides direction to owners, colleagues and subcontractors in the planning and execution of healthy, high-performing projects and other sustainability services. She has served in several leadership roles in the green building industry including former board member and chair of Illinois Green Alliance, she is currently chair of the USGBC Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group and volunteers on several working groups and task forces including the US Department of Energy Embodied Carbon and Net Zero Building Task Force, the City of Chicago Decarbonization Task Force, and the AGC Climate Change Technologies and Programs Task Force. She holds the following accreditations: LEED Fellow, LFA, and WELL AP. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin extended campus.
Patty Lloyd, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, LFA
Mohammad Abbasi, WELL Faculty, WELL AP, LEED AP
Health Building Specialist / Building Performance Consultant, WSP USA
Mohammed Abbasi has been honing his expertise on health and wellness in the built-ecology environment. His background in architecture, sustainable design, and building sciences makes him an integral member of WSP’s built ecology group for which he specializes in design assistance, LEED and, WELL coordination, energy, daylight modeling, and material consultancy. Mohammad’s goals are to help clients achieve exceptional performance, and to drive innovative ways of applying future technologies to enhance outcomes provided from a building’s architectural and engineering systems.
Mohammad Abbasi, WELL Faculty, WELL AP, LEED AP
Jeremy Poling PE, LEED AP
Sustainability Specialist | CxE. Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
Jeremy is a licensed professional Architectural Engineer (Wisconsin) with a passion for making sustainability, health, and wellness accessible to the people occupying buildings globally. His experience includes systems modeling, alternatives analysis, life-cycle assessment, and performance testing for projects globally.

As a consultant, he has been involved in more than over 100 projects either registered or certified under the USGBC's LEED Green Building Rating System, covering over 60 million gross square feet of real estate, including six Platinum Certifications. As one of the first members of GBCI's WELL Assessor team, Jeremy brought his building sciences background to assist in the development of an assessor model for certification reviews. He has performed air quality, water quality, lighting, and acoustic assessment for over 40 projects pursuing WELL certification.

Jeremy is a past Chair of the USGBC Indoor Air Quality Performance Method Working Group, and past Vice-Chair and Member of the USGBC Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. In addition to presenting at Greenbuild, he has presented to local ASHRAE chapters and guest lectured at Milwaukee School of Engineering and Illinois Institute of Technology.
Jeremy Poling PE, LEED AP

Framing Urban Biophilic Interiors Through Design Ethics

June 17, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

How do you inclusively design interior nature-influenced spatial experiences considering equity, diversity, and culture, while promoting play, education, and growth? You will learn about systemic inequality issues related to nature access and investigate what biophilia means for the nature deprived. Design Ethics will be introduced as a toolkit to establish a baseline for framing and terminology and explained through a series of Case Studies. We will discuss participatory design processes or co-design to allow for more inclusive and creative spatial conditions while simultaneously considering the health, safety, welfare, and delight of the community.

Kendra Locklear Ordia, RID, NCIDQ, LEED AP
Assistant Professor - Interior Design, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Kendra Locklear Ordia is a Registered Interior Designer and Assistant Professor of Interior Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research explores the future of nature-integration in interior environments through theory, narrative, and designed solutions for increased wellbeing, equity, and delight. Her approach to the topic spans classroom and student inquiry, focused research endeavors, and in-place, spatial design solutions at various scales. Her professional work at internationally renowned and top-ranked architecture and design firms like Perkins & Will, Gensler and CallisonRTKL allowed exposure to project types ranging from large-scale healthcare to hospitality, workplace design and even residential. Her creative, biophilic-inspired work has been exhibited at several international exhibitions including DesignLAB Next Nest Exhibition and at Curtains: The Center for American Architecture and Design Symposium.
Kendra Locklear Ordia, RID, NCIDQ, LEED AP
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Sustainability Track

The Sustainability track offers 5 CEU-accredited sessions exploring design-focused approaches for a healthier planet. Registrants will be able to access each session when it runs live online as well as anytime on demand (for accreditation) through July 15, 2022. Track of 5 sessions: $100

Activating a Connected Reuse Ecosystem

June 13, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

How can the beneficial recovery and reuse of materials steer our industry’s resiliency efforts?

The environmental, social, and economic benefits of material reuse are increasingly understood across the US and abroad. However, a thriving commercial reuse marketplace is still close to nonexistent, missing tremendous opportunities for carbon reduction, waste diversion, resource stewardship, healthier communities, and job creation that could positively affect an inclusive and circular economy.

To reach ambitious building carbon reduction goals, we must “design by availability.” Through a connected reuse ecosystem, reclaimed materials are more visible and accessible, enabling demand to meet supply. This interactive session will explore new business models, design approaches, and technology needed to bring an inclusive, circular, and cooperative economy closer to reality.

Marcus Hopper, AIA, NCARB, LEED ID+C
Senior Design Manager/ Senior Associate, Gensler
Marcus Hopper, AIA, NCARB, LEED ID+C, is the Northwest Regional Design Management leader for Gensler. With a depth of experience in workplace environments, Marcus is passionate about design’s capacity to shape the built environment with creativity, environmental conscientiousness and material sustainability. He has contributed to Gensler’s Design Resilience team that completed high profile projects for Etsy in New York City and the NRDC space in San Francisco. In 2018, he was part of a research team that studied five Gensler offices that had recently undergone renovation to see how reused materials played a role. The goal of the research was to bring awareness to the circular economy and identify how the industry can bolster and encourage reuse processes within design work. Findings from this initial study were published in the Gensler Research Institute white paper, What’s Old is New Again – Circumnavigating the Circular Economy.
Marcus Hopper, AIA, NCARB, LEED ID+C
Yarden Harari, AIA, LEED AP (BD+C, ID+C, O+M), Fitwel Ambassador
Architect/Associate, CallisonRTKL
Yarden Harari AIA, LEED AP (BD+C, ID+C, O+M) is a licensed Architect specializing in sustainability and social impact at CallisonRTKL. She aims to broaden access and deepen strategies for positive impact in culture and practice. Yarden leads CSR programs within CRTKL like the Just Label for social justice and transparency benchmarking, and was a fellow in the 2018-2019 cohort of Pathways to Equity to develop tools for systemic change through an equity lens. Her collaborations on building material reuse, including CRTKL’s first CoLab workshop on Zero Waste in Retail, the All For Reuse initiative, and collaborative mapping efforts are raising awareness toward circular and inclusive economies in the built environment. Yarden was recognized in 2021 as a DFC Emerging Leader and an ICSC Centerbuild Leader Under 40 for her ongoing contributions in the industry.
Yarden Harari, AIA, LEED AP (BD+C, ID+C, O+M), Fitwel Ambassador
Daniel Kietzer
Director, Ecosystem Growth, Rheaply
Daniel leads Ecosystem Growth at Rheaply, providing strategic, organizational and technical support to scale and create new reuse market opportunities between Rheaply clients and partners in select priority regions. He has 10+ years of experience designing and leading impact-focused circular economy and sustainability programs with forward-thinking companies and organizations across the globe. While reuse and recycling market development is Daniel's specialty, past projects have also targeted social entrepreneurship, sustainability in the built environment, water, carbon, and a variety of other sustainability-related themes.
Daniel Kietzer

The ABCs of Embodied Carbon and LCA in Interior Design

June 13, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

Interior designers, architects, specifiers, contractors and manufacturers have important roles to play in selecting healthy, low-carbon and circular materials. In this session, leading industry experts will explore proven approaches for conducting life-cycle analysis of interior spaces. Attendees will learn to apply tools and concepts to drive down embodied carbon impacts from interior project design, understand what’s coming next in the world of Interiors LCA, and learn how to pursue the newly released LEED v4.1 for Interior Design and Construction - Interiors LCA credit. This interactive session will bring together three influential professionals working to further interiors LCA: an interior design specializing in LCA; a structural engineer working to optimize spaces for embodied carbon; and the director for Materials and Resources at U.S. Green Building Council.

Wes Sullens, LEED Fellow
Director, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council
Wes Sullens, LEED Fellow, leads Materials & Resources activities at the U.S. Green Building Council. Wes is responsible for the materials credits in LEED and directs organizational activities related to construction waste, product manufacturing, material transparency, circular economy, and LCA. He is an advocate for circular material strategies and a better built environment. He has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors for more than 20 years on broad topics including waste management, recycling, supply chain sustainability, and chemicals transparency.
Wes Sullens, LEED Fellow
Dirk Kestner, PE, SE, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP
Principal - Director of Sustainable Design, Walter P Moore
Dirk Kestner, PE, SE, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP is a Principal and Director of Sustainable Design at Walter P Moore. He is based in their Austin office and was previously a structural designer and project manager. In his current role he works with all their offices across North America with a focus on structural design and leveraging whole building life cycle assessment to reduce embodied carbon. He is a board member of The Carbon Leadership Forum, a core member of the SEI SE2050 leadership group and was previously Chair of the USGBC Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group. He holds degrees from Cornell University and The University of Texas at Austin.
Dirk Kestner, PE, SE, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP
Allison Smith, RID, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP
Sustainable Design Leader | Vice President, HKS, Inc.
Allison Smith, RID, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, Sustainable Design Leader and Vice President at HKS is a vocal advocate for designing spaces that support occupant wellbeing including healthier material selection. Allison supports wellbeing and transparency initiatives including the Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC) technical committees, the LEED MR TAG, the mindful MATERIALS Collaborative, and the IWBI WELL Airport Advisory. As a Sustainable Design Leader at HKS, Allison co-chairs the HKS embodied carbon working group and manages sustainability projects. Most days you can find Allison tending to her garden and more than 35 houseplants. Education: Master of Interior Architecture, University of Oregon; Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado.
Allison Smith, RID, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP

A Designer and an Activist Have Found Their Place at the Bar- We're Breaking Dishes and Making Some Noise!

June 14, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

With over 40 episodes and 2 years of conversations with everyone from chemists to engineers to adventurers, Verda Alexander and Jon Strassner, founders of the recognized podcast, Break Some Dishes, have created a running narrative that has peeled many of the layers from the climate change conversation. Climate change is a textile woven from many different cords, representing culture, trend and humanism. This presentation will take listeners through the journey to truly understand climate, health and equity in greater context than we have heard before. Their goal is to educate their audience by sharing their experience and weaving these many conversations into one that will inform and inspire our industry to better understand climate change and our impact on the world.

Jon Strassner, LEED AP & Verda Alexander
Vice President, Industry Partnership, ASID & Co-Founder, Studio O Plus A
Jon Strassner, LEED AP, serves as Vice President, Industry Partnership at the American Society of Interior Designers. A LEED Accredited Professional since 2007, Jon is passionate about understanding the role we all play in the Net Positive Movement, where we don’t just take less from the environment, but restore, regenerate and replace what has been damaged or destroyed. A passionate founding member of the Next Wave collaborative, Jon has traveled the globe to share this message, speaking at events such as the Our Ocean conference in Bali, Indonesia, ICFF in New York and Miami, Design Week Philadelphia, SCALEX, SCALE, the Leadership Experience: Presented by ASID, and many more. Jon is also the co-founder, co-creator of the “Break Some Dishes” podcast, where he and his partner, Verda Alexander, look for stories and personas in the sustainability world and bring them back to our industry for inspiration and greater understanding. Jon has had articles published in Contract magazine, Loft Life, and Design at Work and looks to continue writing whenever possible.

One of O+A’s founders, Verda’s vision has shaped the company from its earliest days. Combining a career in fine art with a passionate commitment to improving lives through design, her contribution to a project is to question received wisdom, test basic assumptions and look beyond conventional solutions to a more creative path. Verda’s early explorations in conceptual art and landscape architecture continues to inform her interiors work today. Her experimental projects for O+A, from pop-up installations on the future of workplace to a mobile design lab partnering with communities across California, have consistently opened new doors of exploration in the company’s approach to more mainstream projects.
Jon Strassner, LEED AP & Verda Alexander

Symbiosis: Growing the Next Generation of Circular Buildings

June 14, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

Imagine a building so healthy that the more time you spend in it, the better you feel.

While every client is wondering about how technology will shape the future of care, or education, or work, they are only focusing on digital tech. Biology, chemistry, and neurology are also a type of technology. Nature has already figured out how to create healthy materials, produce oxygen, sequester carbon, and develop complex forms without emissions or waste.

We’ll explore a new approach to achieving high-performance buildings using Nature as a Technology to trigger specific physiological responses in the occupants. We’ll explore how symbiosis (Systems, Senses, Signals, Cycles, Biomes, and Genomes), can uncover new approaches to increase patient recovery times, boost immune response, and lower pain medication needs.

Eric Corey Freed, RA, LEED Fellow, LFA, EcoDistricts AP
SVP Director of Sustainability, CannonDesign
Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker. As Senior Vice President of Sustainability for CannonDesign, he leads the healthcare, education, and commercial teams toward better and higher performing buildings for over 30 million square feet a year. For two decades, he was Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design. Eric is the author of 12 books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies.” In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects." In 2017, he was named one of Build's American Architecture Top 25. He holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.
Eric Corey Freed, RA, LEED Fellow, LFA, EcoDistricts AP

The Carbon Question: What do Interiors have to do with it?

June 16, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

With global climate change growing in severity and urgency, architects and engineers have been grappling with the embodied carbon of new buildings for years. Because most building foundation and structural systems are such carbon hogs, the impact of an interior fit out for a new building appears as a blip – no need for designers to bother themselves with LCAs or other carbon footprint calculations. Take a deeper look: most of the global building stock already exists, and renovations never stop. New buildings exist for 25 - 50 years. Consider how many interior renovations occur within that lifespan. Interior products, from flooring to furniture, have major impacts on global warming. Take control and lead your clients and facilities to do less harm, starting now!

Suzanne Drake, CID, LEED ID+C, WELL AP, Fitwell Ambassador, NCIDQ
Senior Interior Designer, Revel
Suzanne’s career has focused on commercial interiors, specializing in creating healthy environments and being the conduit for healthy materials knowledge dissemination. As an interior designer, she draws on over two decades of experience in workplace, health care, and laboratory environments to support client initiatives and sustainability goals. Currently she is leading Revel’s sustainability initiative. She was instrumental in developing the Precautionary List, and has co-authored three installments of the Healthy Environments whitepaper series, including Strategies for Avoiding Flame Retardants in the Built Environment, What’s New (and What’s Not) With PVC, and Understanding Antimicrobial Ingredients in Building Materials. Her book EcoSoul: Save the Planet and Yourself by ReThinking your Everyday Habits was published in 2013.
Suzanne Drake, CID, LEED ID+C, WELL AP, Fitwell Ambassador, NCIDQ
Frances Yang, SE, LEED AP, WELL AP
Sustainable Materials Specialist, Arup North America Ltd.
As leader of the sustainable materials practice in the Americas region of Arup, Frances has extensive experience in leading projects towards lower carbon, more sustainable, and healthier outcomes. Frances has served as board member of the Carbon Leadership Forum, vice-chair of the USGBC Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group, and vice-chair of the Structural Engineers 2050 Commitment program. She also co-authored “Wood Like Never Before” chapter within the New Carbon Architecture book and the ASCE technical guidance document “Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment: Reference Building Structure and Strategies,” which is referenced by LEEDv4, ILFI’s Zero Carbon Certification, and other respected standards.
Frances Yang, SE, LEED AP, WELL AP
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Design Skills Track

The Design Skills track offers 5 CEU-accredited sessions providing design professionals with new approaches and skill sets. Registrants will be able to access each session when it runs live online as well as anytime on demand (for accreditation) through July 15, 2022. Track of 5 sessions: $100

Design In the Face of Fear

June 13, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

Traditionally, fear is thought of as a liability that limits the probability of success. In the design process, fear can obstruct designers from fulfilling their best visions. However, leaning into one’s fears can lead to experimentation and innovation.

This session explores how custom fabrication offers solutions to new world problems by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. We explore common fears designers face when working with a fabrication partner — losing creative control, budget, and the unknown. We offer insight into how concrete strategies, like collaboration and experimentation, can be used to overcome these fears. When working collaboratively, one idea can flourish beyond what is capable within a single team.

We will encourage participants to leverage fear as a creative asset rather than a detriment.

Gareth Brennan
Founder and President, Eventscape
Gareth Brennan, Founder and President, Eventscape In 1993, Gareth started Eventscape as a young entrepreneur with a vision. He saw a niche market for public art and architectural fabrication and thrived by creating unique solutions. Since then he has continually expanded, adapted and evolved the business to access new markets and opportunities. The custom fabrication company that began with one employee is now an internationally recognized, award winning success story with over 150,000 square feet of state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Toronto and a 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art studio in Long Island City, representing Eventscape’s first physical footprint in the U.S. market. Today Eventscape employs over 150 dedicated professional architects, engineers, designers and fabrication specialists, comprising a team that operates at the forefront of digital fabrication, working in multiple materials with the latest specialized multi-axis CNC equipment and technologies, and supported by advanced CAD and parametric design software. The company’s manufacturing is at the highest level of precision and quality, providing a full turnkey service. Out of this creative environment Gareth and his team excel by taking risks. Innovation is fundamental to Eventscape’s approach, investing in new technologies that expand their capacity to design and produce. Under Gareth's leadership, Eventscape is recognized by design peers as a company of innovators, whose projects have won over 150 major industry awards to date, including 2020 Interior Design Magazine Best of Year, 2020 Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design, 2018 SHOP Retail Design Fixture of the Year, 2015 EuroShop Best Store Concept, Store of the Year in 2004, 2006 and 2012, and AIA Excellence in Interior Architecture in 2005 and 2007. Eventscape projects have been featured in over 360 major design publications around the world including Frame, Interior Design, Contract, Metropolis, Azure and Architectural Record. In 2009, Gareth was awarded the Canadian CEO of the Year for the best design strategy at the annual Design Exchange Awards. Gareth gives back to the community in his support of associations and universities, with tours and speaking engagements to the new architects and designers of the future, as well as yearly participation in charities such as; Canstruction, Heart and Stroke, the Daily Food Bank, and DIFFA By DESIGN, to name a few. Always seeking the next challenge, Gareth inspires loyalty, passion and innovation in his staff, which is evident in every aspect of the company. Together, they “Build the Extraordinary”®
Gareth Brennan
Primo Orpilla
Principal and Founder, Studio O+A
Primo Orpilla is the co-founder of Studio O+A, a multi-disciplinary San Francisco design firm at the forefront of new thinking about work and workplace. O+A’s groundbreaking designs for Netflix, adidas, McDonald’s, Yelp, Microsoft, Nike and many other companies have demonstrated the power of design to make the work environment a catalyst for creativity and a vehicle for change. In addition to his firm’s commercial work, Primo has overseen a diverse roster of experimental projects from pop-up art installations to speculative office prototypes to new wave furniture design. When the pandemic necessitated a global shift to working from home, Primo directed a team to develop new space types for hybrid offices and the next generation of work. A Toolkit for the Times and The Eco Playbook, two digital guides downloadable from O+A’s website, were the result. A frequent lecturer on design and the future of workplace, Primo speaks at schools and design conferences globally, encouraging young designers to make personal experience their model for creating a better world.
Primo Orpilla
Krista Ninivaggi
Founder; Principal, K&Co; Woods Bagot
Krista Ninivaggi is a New York-based interior designer and founder of boutique design firm k&co. Prior to launching her own firm, Krista worked at renowned design firms including Gwathmey Siegel, Rockwell Group, AvroKO, and SHoP Architects, where she is responsible for having launched the interiors division Recently, Krista started a new chapter as head of interiors at Woods Bagot New York, as k&co officially merged with the Australia-based firm.
Krista Ninivaggi

‘Hybrid’ Designs / a Paradigm Shift Promotes Collaborative Creativity

June 13, 2022,
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Live virtual presentation

Evidence indicates collaborative creativity is essential for innovation. Creativity flourishes in contradictory situations: ‘hybrid’ spatial patterns, in collaborative cultures empowering participatory creativity. The research identified relationship between learning, creativity, and spatial designs. It introduces hybrid patterns of architectural affordances promoting behaviors and emotions impacting collaborative creativity. Three factors emerged from the study: (1) convergent and divergent cultures reflect different modes of thinking, (2) private and public conditions reflect the needs of the individual vs. the team, and (3) concrete and abstract settings relate to passive vs. active spaces and behaviors. This presentation introduces and provides guidelines for designing hybrid, adaptive, and active systems of spaces supporting cultures of learning and working, addressing environmental behavior responses, and stimulating positive emotions when in a collaborative creative mode.

Anat Mor-Avi, PhD
Architect | Researcher, WE LEARN | Space for Collaborative Learning to Become
Anat Mor-Avi, Ph.D., is an architect and a researcher, affiliated with the Illinois Institute of Technology, the College of Architecture in Chicago, USA. Over the last 20 years, she has focused on designing learning environments in the USA and Israel, while empowering the interrelation between the evolving pedagogies, collaborative creativity and the physical surrounding. As a pedagogical architect, Mor-Avi connects practice and research and acts as a consultant for various authorities among them the Israeli Ministry of Education as well as participating in a national multi-disciplinary research group bridging the gaps between architecture and education.
Anat Mor-Avi, PhD
Lennie Scott-Webber, AIA Affiliate
Owner/Principal, INSYC: Education Research + Design
“Dr. Lennie,” with her degrees in Environment Behavior Psychology, Interior design and Gerontology, is a pioneer in exploring how the design of the built place impacts us as humans – focused research is on the design of learning places. She is a retired full professor, was the former chair of two design schools, founding researcher for Steelcase Learning, is a research consultant for VS America, Inc. and DLR Group’s K-12 Education Practice, is highly published in research journals, an author, a multimedia artist, a frequent speaker, and acts as a consultant and designer for learning environments and pedagogical practices. Her passion is working to ‘get research off the shelf and into the hands of the design community’ who can put this knowledge into action. Her presentations and workshops embed the beliefs of Constructivist Learning Theory and are always full of action and engagement. Visit her work at https://independent.academia.edu/LennieScottWebber.
Lennie Scott-Webber, AIA Affiliate

Creating the Room; Ruminations on the Craft of Timeless Spaces in Turbulent Times

June 14, 2022,
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This presentation aims to elucidate how we understand and can implement the idea of 'the room' as a social art, starting with a brief chronological journey in design. From the radical Philadelphia School architectural movement helmed by Louis Kahn and Romaldo Giurgola, to the design approach of Romaldo Giurgola's firm, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, to contemporary interpretations of 'the room' by MGA Partners Architects. Through that lens, we can better understand how 'the room' can be implemented in current and future spaces, amid the turbulent social justice climate that demands a more equitable, just built environment. In short, how can we design 'the room' to fit our needs now and in futures unknown?

Aisha Branham, NOMA, LEED
Associate and Architect, MGA Partners Architects
Aisha Branham, NOMA LEED, is an architect and associate at MGA Partners Architects, and focuses on the design, craft, and management of large, complex projects with elaborate user groups, primarily in the institutional and federal sectors. Her experience also includes residential and religious work. Aisha brings a discerning attention to design through her underlying passion for detail, innovation, and materials, and through her client-focused practice that assists in achieving their strategic goals. She is also an educator, having been a teaching assistant at University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design, as well as serving as a frequent studio juror for Drexel and Temple Universities. Aisha is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects and the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, and has volunteered extensively at advocacy group Center For Literacy, now called Beyond Literacy. She continues her advocacy work today as a 2021 Buchholz Fellow. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, a native Pennsylvanian, and an avid explorer, having visited 5 continents and counting.
Aisha Branham, NOMA, LEED

Illuminating Color: Revealing the Complexities of Color, Science, and Design

June 15, 2022,
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Color plays a critical role in our perception of the built environment and how we feel about the spaces we inhabit. It affects what we consciously perceive, things we like, and how we feel. It helps us understand how to move through spaces and enhances our experiences. Color has profound impacts on our subconscious, affecting our decision making and buying habits in ways we may not be fully aware of. Lighting, the mechanism by which we are able to perceive color, plays a pivotal role in how we experience and feel about the colors around us. This seminar will present a study of color, introducing various chromatic philosophies and discussing how color shows up in everything from literature to marketing to the built environment.

Katherine Stekr, IALD, MIES, CLD, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate, HLB Lighting Design
Katherine brings a fresh and up-to-date perspective on the “light and health” debate, and is skilled at crafting lighting design that weave architectural design goals in with moments of light that accent their environments. Her role is to ensure that the client receives a lighting design that suits their programmatic requirements and budget, while staying true to aesthetic considerations. She is inspired by stories that set the tone for building design, and strives to capture what is unique about the architecture and client when developing the lighting design.
Katherine Stekr, IALD, MIES, CLD, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C
Darcie Chinnis, PhD, PE, IALD, MIES, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
Associate Principal, HLB Lighting Design
Darcie has a strong background in combining human factors, engineering, construction, art, and energy. She has also worked on multiple LEED certified projects along with a strong working experience in daylighting, lighting controls, energy codes, and light pollution. She has also particularly enjoyed projects requiring a focus on the user experience, such as lighting designs intended to evoke an emotion or tell a story or meet a special visual need. She was the first leader of Sustainability when the HLB Daylighting and Sustainable Design studio was formed. Darcie is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado, a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction, an active member of IES, and prior Board of Directors for the International Dark-Sky Association.
Darcie Chinnis, PhD, PE, IALD, MIES, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP

Smart Lighting Design - How Good Lighting Technique can Span the Entire Spectrum of Interior Design and Architecture without Killing the Budget

June 15, 2022,
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Attendees will learn about lighting techniques through numerous visual examples from the presenter. The goal will be to give interior designers and architects a better understanding of how various lighting techniques can be used effectively. Participants will also realize good lighting technique does not necessarily require large budgets to achieve excellent results.

Robert White, IALD, IES, LC, CFL
Principal, Illuminart
From his early days as an Industrial Design graduate at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies to the present as design principal at Illuminart, Robert has been creating innovative lighting design solutions for over 30 years. His extraordinary range of experience informs his creative design flare, technical expertise and a collaborative spirit. Robert has received several Edwin F. Guth Memorial Awards of Excellence for the Qatar National Convention Centre interior lighting and the Detroit McNamara airport terminal. He also received the Control Innovation Award for the Qatar National Convention Centre and has over 50 other individual awards of recognition, his work has been featured in a variety of industry publications including; Lighting Dimensions, Mondo, Architectural Lighting, Metropolis, Illuminator (Russia), Interior Design, and he has recently been featured in LD+A magazine.
Robert White, IALD, IES, LC, CFL
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Industry Directions Track

The Industry Directions track offers 6 CEU-accredited sessions illuminating important new trends and opportunities facing the industry. Registrants will be able to access each session when it runs live online as well as anytime on demand (for accreditation) through July 15, 2022. Track of 6 sessions: $120

BIFMA’s Guidance and Best Practices for Specifying Furniture in Commercial Environments in a Pandemic and Beyond

June 13, 2022,
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Do you want to avoid throwing your furniture into the landfill? Part of the answer is found in the new ANSI/BIFMA Furniture Surfaces: Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting Standard. This panel of experts from BIFMA, design practitioners, and material experts will discuss practical features of this standard and how it applies to commercial spaces and the built environment.

Steve Kooy
Director of Health & Sustainability, BIFMA
Steve Kooy leads BIFMA’s Health and Sustainability programs including standards development, advocacy, outreach, and LEVEL by BIFMA. Steve has more than 15 years of experience as a sustainability professional in the furniture industry. Steve served as Haworth’s Global Sustainability Manager for over 10 years. This included: creating and driving well-being initiatives, leading cleaner chemistry, responsible supply chains, and pursuing product certifications. WELL and LEED experience includes managing LEED projects in Asia, Europe, and North America and piloting the WELL certification in Shanghai and Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s in Civil/Environmental Engineering.
Steve Kooy
Adity Phadnis
Lead of Product Compliance, Designtex
Adity Phadnis leads Product Compliance at Designtex, a Steelcase company. Adity has provided support to Designtex products for cleaning and disinfection. Adity is the Co-Chair for ACT Technical Sub Committee and led the team for creating a ACT Test method for Assessing Resistance to Liquid Cleaners, Sanitizers and disinfectants. With a background in Organic Chemistry and Textile Chemistry, she has a greater understanding of material chemistry and surface materials. Adity has worked in manufacturing and with manufacturers. She has presented to customers and furniture manufacturers regarding cleaning and disinfecting of surface materials. She also works on Environmental compliance of Designtex products.
Adity Phadnis
Margi Kaminski, ASID, NCIDQ
Principal, Director Health Interiors, CannonDesign
As co-director of CannonDesign’s Health Interiors Practice, Margi supports market initiatives and strategy, focusing on business growth and client engagement. With over 30 years of practice experience, she has led a range of notable projects for leading healthcare systems such as Kaiser Permanente, Northwestern Medicine and Penn State Health. Margi brings a valuable perspective from the provider side of healthcare, having worked alongside practitioners during her tenure at Northwestern Medicine, and also from the owner side having managed her own firm, Quarters - Design for Living Spaces, for 15 years. Margi is a certified Lean Green Belt. She is a frequent speaker at leading healthcare industry conferences and was named the 2019 “Member of Distinction” by the Illinois Chapter the American Society of Interior Designers, their highest honor. Margi currently serves on the National Board of Directors of ASID.
Margi Kaminski, ASID, NCIDQ

Designing the Metaverse: How NFTs will Evolve the Design Landscape

June 14, 2022,
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More than just trending buzzwords, the metaverse, the blockchain and NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) ​have rapidly become the next frontier in the future of—practically everything. From how we view​ art​ and​ design, measure value, ​and ​express ownership,​ ​NFTs​ play a critical role in showcasing and embodying innovation and creativity​ ​in the ever-expanding new virtual world​. Imagine furniture designed without having to consider physical constraints like gravity and ergonomics— possibilities abound in the metaverse, and this program will provide a clear path to unlock the many creative and business opportunities it presents. How can firms approach designing spaces in the metaverse? How can brands leverage the technology of NFTs to protect intellectual property, as well as establish ownership, sales-boosting scarcity, and authenticity? This session will explore the ​changing design landscape, how to establish a leadership position in an emerging space, as well as outline how brands can leverage NFTs, the blockchain and the metaverse to explore exciting new opportunities for authentic design while building new revenue strategies that complement and expand their business and drive customer engagement.

Andrew Lane
Co-Founder, digby
Andrew Lane is a Co-Founder of digby, a retail innovation company that fuses emerging technology with tradition to empower luxury brands to develop original expressions of their intellectual property. In his role, Andrew draws from over two decades of digital business and Web 2.0 leadership experience to help heritage-rich global brands navigate their first steps into web 3.0, blockchain and metaverse, with a focus on delivering brand value and new revenue and customer engagement opportunities. A seasoned entrepreneur, intrapreneur, speaker and educator with deep expertise in emerging technologies, Andrew made his career building and leading teams and organizations from startups to multinational corporations through change and transformation. He’s spoken at leading conferences in multiple industries, designed and delivered innovative courses for prominent colleges and universities in digital media and technology, and sat on numerous boards and councils aligned to helping organizations chart their course into new territory.
Andrew Lane
John Edelman
CEO, Heller | Executive Chairman, Crypton
John Edelman is a respected leader and chief executive with decades of experience in all aspects of the business of design. His innate understanding of personal expression through consumer choices enhances his expertise in strategic growth across a broad range of contract, trade, and lifestyle industries. Today, Edelman is CEO and President of Heller, Executive Chairman of Crypton Fabrics, and sits on the Chilewich Board of Directors. Edelman served on the DIFFA Board of Trustees for over a decade and currently serves on the Board of Design Leadership Network and the Be Original Americas Board of Directors, where he also holds the position of Ambassador. He is the Co-Founder of beverage brand Fourth & Pride, which donates 5% of profits to LGBTQ+ organizations, integrating Edelman’s business acumen with his lifelong advocacy work.

As CEO of Herman Miller Consumer Group and Design Within Reach, Edelman’s visionary collaborations created scores of successful furniture collections, and he is celebrated for transforming DWR into the world leader in authentic modern design. While President & CEO of Edelman Leather, his groundbreaking approach to luxury products and interiors established the company as the superlative brand in a global market, facilitating its sale to Knoll, Inc. Edelman has been touted by Robb Report as the quintessential Modern Man (2018), recognized by Open House New York for working to make great design accessible (2015), honored with CTC&G’s Innovator Award (2014), and named a Design Visionary by House Beautiful for “shaping the way the world looks, and the way we live” (2012).
John Edelman
Peter Knutson
Chief Strategy Officer, A+I
Peter Knutson is a Principal and the Chief Strategy Officer at A+I. He joined A+I in 2004 and has been instrumental in building and integrating the agency's strategy practice into all of the firm's design efforts. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a focus on neuroscience from Hamline University in Saint Paul, MN. Prior to studying architecture, Peter held a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Peter’s lifelong interest in the potential of research and ideas in designing for social engagement led him to A+I. There he helped develop the firm’s focus on how design through strategic narrative can support individuals and groups, their engagement in space, and better embody an organization’s mission. At A+I, he guides client groups and design teams through deep explorations of program and client needs employing narrative to unify architecture, organization, brand, and experience design.

Peter and A+I Co-Founder Dag Folger have spent the past 2 years in an ongoing dialog with over 60 industry leaders to better understand the transformation of work and workplace in light of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peter has worked to develop such strategic design programs for clients across a range of sectors. Previous and current clients include Chanel, Squarespace, Palantir, Equinox, Horizon Media, Bloomberg, Point 72, Peloton, Vornado Realty Trust, and Hines.
Peter Knutson

Productizing The Design Process

June 14, 2022,
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What happens when you use product development methodologies to transform the traditional design process? JLL remote product team and FOX Architects (based in Washington D.C.) have partnered to develop Experience / Spaces - a standardized way to transform offices into hybrid work destinations. Many today are solving the same set of challenges with their space – a product development approach leverages those commonalities to solve the problem more efficiently. JLL and FOX Architects will bring unique perspectives on how they were able to build relationships, a product, and a process simultaneously. The team will cover the methodologies and lessons learned from turning a service into a product and the need for both types of solutions in the complex world of work.

Katie Costa
Senior Product Analyst, JLL
Katie is a Senior Product Strategist on JLL's Human-Centric Innovation team with JLL, where she responsible for creating innovative products that address emerging workplace trends and the future of work. She conducts research and synthesizes the findings of both internal subject matter experts and external resources, ultimately determining findings, objectives, innovations, and solutions. Before joining JLL in 2021, Katie was a Workplace Strategist, passionate about using human-centered design and research to develop products and concepts that create great experiences. She leverages her workplace strategy and design thinking expertise to solve business problems, craft data-driven strategies, and improve end-user experiences.
Katie Costa
Lindsey Walker, MFA
Senior Product Strategist, JLL
Lindsey Walker is a Senior Product Strategist on the Human-Centric Innovation team with JLL. She is responsible for actively supporting the strategy, process, and future product development, focusing primarily on human experience within space. Lindsey works with internal partners, account teams, and other external agencies to identify the needs and solutions for product development, improvements, and innovation. Before joining JLL in 2021, Lindsey was a Workplace Strategist and Interior Designer with a primary concentration on leading clients through the transition of visioning, planning, and applying new ways of working in the office. Lindsey joined JLL with an extensive understanding of her clients' workspace needs and organizational vision through synthesizing clients' requests and desires with end-user behavior patterns to form data metrics to support the organization's new way of work.
Lindsey Walker, MFA
Christina McEnroe, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP
Associate, Senior Designer, FOX Architects
A certified interior designer and LEED accredited professional, Christina McEnroe is an associate and senior designer at FOX Architects, a bespoke design firm headquartered in Washington, DC. She leads design teams to create unique spaces that capture the story of an organization, providing clients with a holistic design that reinforces their culture and brand. She has extensive experience in large scale corporate programming and workplace strategy, as well as the development of corporate standards. Her experience on national accounts has given her insight across a multitude of real estate markets, facilitating her understanding of market driven design requirements. Christina also participates on the Virginia Tech Interior Design Advisory Board where she is able to bring her passion for mentoring to helping young professionals on their career journey.
Christina McEnroe, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP

Diversity in Design: Steps for a More Inclusive and Equitable Industry

June 15, 2022,
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As in many industries, diversity, equity and inclusion has been a major topic of discussion in architecture, design and construction. DEI experts Michael Bowman and Ron Baldwin are at the table, leading discussions in this industry on creating impactful DEI programs and initiatives; sharing their insight on strategies to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive industry where people from all walks of life can reach their potential. Michael and Ronald plan to utilize their DEI experience to present and discuss a number of topical issues such as unconscious bias, aligning DEI goals with corporate mission, vision and values, capacity building for diverse business in design and construction arena, and creating best in class DEI programs on both the people and procurement areas of business.

Michael Bowman, Pennsylvania Bar Association; EMSDC
Principal, Rittenhouse Strategies/Impact Law & Strategy
Michael A. Bowman is the Principal of two firms: Rittenhouse Strategies (“Rittenhouse”, a diversity focused consultancy) and Impact Law & Strategy (“Impact”, a law firm focused on general counsel services, real estate and employment). Mr. Bowman, has extensive experience in equal employment opportunity matters, diversity strategy and procurement strategy, and regularly consults and advises companies large and small on the creation and development of proactive and impactful EEO and diversity policies. In his law practice, Mr. Bowman often acts as outside general counsel to medium sized companies with no in-house legal infrastructure. Michael A. Bowman is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a National Merit Commended Scholar. After a stint as a public-school teacher in New York City, Mr. Bowman earned both a law degree and Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Administration from the University of Wisconsin Law School and the La Follette Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. While at Wisconsin, Mr. Bowman was an Advanced Opportunity Fellow both at La Follette and the Law School.
Michael Bowman, Pennsylvania Bar Association; EMSDC
Ron Baldwin, Certified Purchasing Manager, Institute for Supply Management
Director of Supplier Management and Diversity, AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
My passion is creating and executing highly effective Diversity Supplier programs. Since the early 2000’s, I have been creating and implementing programs targeted at increasing diverse suppliers at the AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies. Initially my efforts were within my overall duties in a particular department or area, but in 2010, I stepped into a much higher profile role as Director, Supplier Management, and Diversity. I developed and rolled out a fully formed plan in 8 states across multiple Lines of Business which drove diversity spend from 3% of total spend in 2010 to an expected 16% in 2016. Executive management values my ability to set up internal training and awareness programs, institute diversity and governance councils, open community doors, and act as spokesperson to promote corporate brand awareness. DIVERSITY PROGRAM CREATION: Conceive, establish, grow, and lead Diversity Supplier efforts; develop and execute company-wide plans, define metrics, and measure successes across LOB’s and departments. TEAM LEADERSHIP: Build teams of direct and indirect reports and diversity champions, set up regional councils, and coordinate activities; coach team members to implement efforts in their respective regions. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Personally represent company to multiple state, regional, and city official and community groups; initiate, support, and oversee team efforts to engage community organizations, such as Minority Supplier Development Councils, Minority Business Development Agencies, and other community advocates.
Ron Baldwin, Certified Purchasing Manager, Institute for Supply Management

Supporting Employee Health and Well-Being in the Commercial Interiors Industry

June 16, 2022,
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INDEAL Cares (IC) is a charity with a vision to transform the health and well-being of individuals working in the commercial interiors industry by supporting four pillars of health: Mental Health, Active Living, Disease Prevention, and Spine Health.

Well-being at work is more important now than ever before, and a critical component to employee engagement and productivity. Attendees will learn about the specific wellness needs of the industry, as identified through the annual IC Employee Wellness Surveys, and recommendations for how managers and leaders can get starting with building a wellness program within their organization. They will also learn the skills and environment required to ensure a stable, supportive, and employee focused workplace that will ensure their success now and into the future.

Stefanie M. Ince
Executive Director, INDEAL Cares
Stefanie is a dynamic leader, collaborator, and coach with close to 20 years of experience working in a variety of not-for-profit and charitable organizations in North-America. She has worked in a variety of settings and for causes in healthcare, education and international development services for organizations like the Heart and Stroke Foundation, World Animal Protection, and World Spine Care. She is currently the Executive Director of INDEAL Cares; a charitable organization with a vision to transform the health and well-being of employees within the commercial furniture industry in North America - and globally - through a commitment to workplace wellness and holistic health. Stefanie is passionate about empowering people with the tools, resources and support they need to live their best lives.
Stefanie M. Ince
Jessica Edwards, MPS
National Director, Strategic Alliances & Development, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Jessica Edwards is the National Director of Strategic Alliances & Devleopment at NAMI. She passionate about increasing awareness about mental health and wants mental health conditions to be treated as any other medical issue. She focuses her talents on building relationships with NAMI’s corporate, strategic and foundation partners. She has been with NAMI for over a decade. She holds a bachelor’s in public relations from West Virginia University, and a master’s in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University.
Jessica Edwards, MPS

Blockchain and NFT in Architecture & Design

June 16, 2022,
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Discover new opportunities for problem solving and innovation by gaining the knowledge and understanding of blockchain technology and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) and how it could disrupt architecture and design. Our leading crypto designers will offer a foundational overview of how blockchain technology and NFTs work, in order to demystify it as well as understand its possibilities and limitations. This session will help you appreciate its current and potential applications in the context of your projects.

Lira V. Luis, FRIBA, FRSA, NCARB, LEED AP
Principal Architect, ALLL/ Leapfrog Project
Lira Luis is Chief Collaboration Architect at ALLL and Founder of Leapfrog Project. She successfully organized and led Chicago Architecture Biennial Partner Programs since its inauguration in 2015 collaborating with high-level industry stakeholders that included the RIBA USA and United Nations Women to name a few. She has been a keynote speaker, panel speaker, and moderator at national conferences named in the "Gold 100 Listing of the world's largest and most successful trade shows” for the past 20 years. When she learned about Blockchain, she knew it would revolutionize the architecture and design world in ways no one could imagine. Her 2019 presentation upload "Blockchain as Building Blocks for Architecture & Cities" is widely read in ResearchGate. As blockchain rapidly increases in popularity among business leaders across industries & countries, she will moderate a partner program at the Biennial that will take you on a journey through what makes Blockchain and NFTs such powerful technologies and ways they would disrupt architecture and cities.
Lira V. Luis, FRIBA, FRSA, NCARB, LEED AP
Krista Kim
Metaverse Artist and Founder of Techism, Krista Kim Studio
Krista Kim is a leading metaverse artist and founder of the Techism movement. Her work explores the concept of digital consciousness. This subject matter touches on her interest in digital technology's effects on human perception, media, social structures, and communication and examines the potential use of screens as digital instruments of well-being. In 2014, as a response to society's over-reliance on technology, she founded the Techism Movement, a philosophy that recognizes the artist’s role in technological innovation. This movement encourages artists to promote digital humanism for our digital culture.

She works in both digital and physical mediums. Krista's signature language of shifting gradients using digital software dates back to 2012, with her works on glass and plexiglass. Her distinctive moving exploration of these gradients, the Continuum installation, is currently featured in Times Square every midnight in February. Her pieces are meditative experiences of color and light which hypnotize viewers into a trance of tranquility.

In March 2021, she created Mars House: the first metaverse home for sale as an NFT in history. The piece received global acclaim and was the highest-grossing sale of an NFT on SuperRare.

Krista Kim is an internationally acclaimed artist and speaker who has been featured in exhibitions and media outlets around the world. She was chosen by Louis Vuitton as a #Louis200 visionary in celebration of the fashion house's 200th birthday. Kim is also a contributing Metaverse Editor for Singapore Vogue, and has been named one of the “Top 30 Most Influential People of the Metaverse” by Read and Write Magazine. In 2021, she collaborated with Mercedes Benz EQS and was part of the "Proof of Art" exhibition at Francisco Carolinum Museum (Linz, Austria).
Krista Kim
Caitlin Hughan
Textile Designer
Caitlin Hughan, Textile designer, RCA, works between textile design and purpose-driven consumer trends, confronting contemporary tendencies towards disposability. She holds a strong belief in the power of community to reduce impact. Currently completing a masters at the Royal College of Art in London, her textile practice today questions how the function, aesthetic and materiality of digital tools alter the agency of the user. Experienced in using textiles as a tool to educate (through artist residencies and various research projects across the globe), she has recently ventured into digital tools such as NFTs. If physical craft practices do not embrace such technology, it will (and already has) moved on without us – She’s here to question what is left behind in the physical, and what is still lacking in the digital? With a background in knitted textile design from Central Saint Martins, London, and extensive luxury retail experience working with British clothing designer Margaret Howell, she also applies her design, material, and consumer knowledge as a researcher and analyst for Amsterdam-based firm TrendWatching.
Caitlin Hughan
Liana O'Cleirigh
Interaction Designer
Liana O'Cleirigh is an Interaction Designer having a ball pursuing an Ma/MSc in Global Innovation Design at the Royal College of Art & Imperial College London. She loves diving head first into complex creative challenges and collaborating with diverse teams. For over a decade, she had a pretty unusual job playing a character in a long-running Irish soap opera. As a result, she has witnessed the culturally transformative power of representation through storytelling, and has long understood the importance of challenging culturally accepted norms by introducing alternative narratives. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, winner of an RSA Student Design Award, and an Irish Design Institute Graduate Awardee.
Liana O'Cleirigh
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