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Virtual CEUs

If you are already registered for Virtual CEU programming, please access sessions through the NeoCon Hub and log in with your email address (used for registration) and your badge number.  NeoCon Hub


This year’s CEU programming is exclusively virtual, offering 30 online and on demand accredited sessions from an impressive roster of leading industry experts. Registrants will be able to choose from 6 program tracks offering 5 CEU sessions each and choose to watch each session when it runs live online or anytime on demand (for accreditation) October 8 through November 6.


Program tracks (5 sessions each) are $125/track or $100/track when more than 1 track is purchased.  Advance registration is required.  

Registration for Virtual CEUs will remain open through October.

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 [email protected] or call 1-877-566-1199.

Workplace Track

The Workplace track offers 5 CEU-accredited sessions addressing today’s fundamental shifts in work and workplace. Track sessions are accessible live online during the dates/times listed below or anytime on demand (for accreditation) October 8 through November 6.

This Is How We Work Now

October 4, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Remote work has changed how we live, work, use, and share our homes and workspaces. The clever interventions of citizen designers to optimize their at-home workspaces have persisted and shifted behavioral expectations and workplace priorities. This presentation will address new realities and expectations for today’s workspaces and employees. We will share first-hand accounts and collected evidence to understand better how people from various fields and locations have improvised and redefined workspace by considering how, when, and where they work. By evaluating the spatial, digital, and behavioral needs met without the support of a designer, participants will be able to speculate design trends that foster healthy hybrid work environments now and into the future.

Cotter Christian, IDEC, LEED AP
School Associate Dean, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, Parsons School of Design, The New School University, New York, NY
Cotter Christian is currently serving as the Associate Dean for the School of Constructed Environments and is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Parsons School of Design. He was previously the Director of the BFA Interior Design program at Parsons. Cotter holds an MFA in Studio Art from Georgia State University, an MA in Interior Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Bachelor’s in Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. Prior to entering academia, he worked at the Atlanta office of Perkins+Will as an interior project designer on corporate, academic, and institutional projects. He is a member of the Interior Design Educators Council, where he has served on the East regional conference planning committee and the Board Nominating Committee. He is on the board for Interior Designers for Legislation in New York (IDLNY). His current research is situated within the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, exploring relationships among contemplative practices, mindfulness, and design education. In particular, examining how contemplative pedagogy can encourage the creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration necessary to address critical social and environmental justice issues.
Cotter Christian, IDEC, LEED AP
Will Fryer
Interior Designer, Researcher, and Part-Time Faculty
Will Fryer is an interior designer and researcher based in Brooklyn. Will works primarily in residential design at a variety of scales and across all budgets. His research examines domestic interiority as both physical and psychological space. Will is also co-founder of My Home Initiative, a pro-bono design group formed in 2020 to offer ad hoc space planning solutions to people around the world who were struggling in lockdown. The group uses rearrangement and creative repurposing of existing furniture as a primary design strategy, helping individuals and families adapt their existing living spaces to new needs, such as working remotely. My Home Initiative now offers workshops that lead teams through the process of designing a workspace at home. Will holds an MFA in Interior Design from Parsons, where he is currently teaching.
Will Fryer
Frances Gain
Senior Associate, Workplace Strategy and Transformation, M Moser Associates, London, U.K.
Frances Gain is an organizational transformation specialist in M Moser Associates' workplace strategy team. Her focus is to discover business drivers, employee behavior, and cultural aspirations, and deliver performance-led design solutions that lead to culture change. She combines an academic background in architecture and design with hands-on consulting and facilitation skills to co-create market-leading workplaces. Currently, as Senior Associate, she is part of the global insights team exploring the impacts of Covid-19, remote working, and the emerging hybrid workforce on the future of work, workplace, and employee wellbeing.
Frances Gain

Is This Your Kodak Moment?

October 5, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Kodak is the ultimate example of a company that went out of existence because it failed to realize the shifts in the market and user demands. Corporate real estate companies face that prospect if they don’t recognize the shifts that are already occurring and seize the moment. From the need to go beyond just being sustainable to understanding user expectations; from how technology is evolving and impacting workplace to the need to innovate; from ownership to access. As Stephen Shapiro noted, “When the pace of change outside your organization is greater than the pace of change within, you will be eaten.” The challenge is to look beyond today and see what lies ahead so we can adapt accordingly.

Sarah Oppenhuizen
Director of Interiors, HOK, Chicago, IL
As Director of Interiors, Sarah oversees conceptual design, programming, space planning, finish and furniture selection, design and detail development, site inspections and construction administration for HOK Chicago's interior design projects. She has over 10 years of expertise in managing the design, documentation and implementation processes for corporate office projects. Sarah excels as a project manager with outstanding communication skills, and is committed to exceeding client expectations.
Sarah Oppenhuizen
Kay Sargent, FASID, FIIDA, CID, LEED® AP, MCR.w, WELL AP
Director of WorkPlace, HOK, Washington, D.C.
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 has been 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."
Kay Sargent, FASID, FIIDA, CID, LEED® AP, MCR.w, WELL AP

Solving The Right Problem: Strategies for a Re-Imagined Future of Work

October 5, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

The pandemic has created new paradigms for a reimagined normal that puts into question the successes of the old normal while at the same time creating two camps of thinking about the future of the workplace. On one side there is the hybrid workplace while on the other, returning to the physical workplace should be expected.

Strategies are being explored that reimagine the future. This presentation will look at how these strategies should not be viewed purely as a response to conditions created by the pandemic but as opportunities to reinvent perspectives around work and place and to question many of the assumptions that have driven workplace strategies pre-pandemic. We will look at those elements of the old normal that design solutions arising from a pandemic and post-pandemic perspective have proven to be ill conceived and what opportunities exist now to create a new vision driven by redefining an organization's definition of both work and place. More importantly we will explore if our polarized discourse around the post-pandemic workplace is really solving the right problem.

Arnold Craig Levin
SW Regional Consulting Practice Area Leader, Gensler, Los Angeles, CA
Arnold Levin is a Regional Strategy Practice Area Leader with Gensler. With over 45 years’ experience in design strategy, organizational design, feasibility planning, workplace design, and design research, he has worked with a wide range of clients globally. This diverse range covers government and private sector organizations including GSA (US Department of Commerce, US Parks Service and US Department of Agriculture), LA County Government, Weil Gotshal & Manges, Bloomberg, Caterpillar, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, Microsoft, Capital One and Morrison & Foerster. Arnold has worked with clients throughout the US, the UK and Asia. He is a frequent speaker at Corenet, NeoCon and IFMA World Workplace conferences in both the US and Europe. With an undergraduate degree in design, Arnold went on to complete an MBA in Design Management and an M.Phil. in Organizational Design. His research on organizational design, design strategy and workplace has been published in the Journal of Facilities Management, Journal of Design Management and WorkDesign.
Arnold Craig Levin

Designing for Organizational Success: How the Workplace Can Strengthen Social Cohesion

October 5, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

In the midst of all the past year’s upheaval there is real opportunity to learn from the social sciences and transform our organizations and their workplaces in socially meaningful and economically beneficial ways. Social cohesion is proven to have the highest correlation to team productivity, and is significantly tied to individual performance, motivation, engagement, learning outcomes and reducing anxiety and stress. The act of designing physical workplaces can contribute to strengthening social cohesion: in both in what is recommended and in how the organization is engaged during the design process. This session will share the research behind social cohesion and its components: fairness, authenticity, partnership and belonging; and how unwritten rules help us uncover and address where we fall short. Examples of how workplace design improve social cohesion and lead to organizational success will be reviewed.

Jan Johnson, FIIDA, MCR.w
VP Workplace Strategy, Allsteel, Chicago, IL
Jan has spent her career strengthening the correlations between business strategies and the planning, design and management of work environments. Jan is highly respected as a workplace strategist and is a frequent speaker and author of over a dozen white papers and articles. She was on CIDA’s Board of Directors from 2014 to 2019 and was the Board Chair in 2019. She has taught courses in CoreNet Global’s Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) program since 2009, and most recently led the work to update the core competencies that define workplace strategy and the related content for CoreNet Global’s three MCR.w courses.
Jan Johnson, FIIDA, MCR.w
Jeff Leitner
Social Innovator, Unwritten Labs, Plainfield, IL
A social innovator and theorist, Jeff Leitner is exploring the social phenomenon of unwritten rules — particularly their role in social cohesion in organizations and society at-large. Jeff’s work with unwritten rules is grounded in decades of work on behalf of the social sector, on challenges ranging from healthcare to public education, and urban renewal to international diplomacy.
Jeff Leitner

Imagining – and Designing – the Workplace of the Future

October 6, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

In spite of the rash predictions of doomsayers, the office is not dead: there will always be a need for in-person work modes and collaboration. But some of the movement toward remote work is inevitable, and concerns of how to best support that will likely be with us for decades. Led by director of workplace for Dyer Brown Architects and featuring a co-presenter from a major global corporation, this session focuses on strategies for understanding the office of the future: what it needs, what it looks like, and how it will function. The session will function as a roadmap, presenting applicable methods for understanding what the optimized office could be, and how that will differ from company to company. In addition to a discussion of space realignment for a hybrid remote-work model and associated technology approaches, this session will explore organizational needs and change management.

Megan Belkin
Director of Workplace Design, PwC, New York, NY
As the Director of Workplace Design at PwC, Megan manages the firm’s internal Workplace Design team along with the team of contracted architects to lead Design Services for PwC’s office locations in the United States and in our international Service Delivery Centers. The PwC portfolio for this region is over 7 million square feet and offers flexible seating options for over 55,000 employees. With over 15 years of experience of direct workplace design oversight on the client side, Megan previously managed Workplace Design services at Bloomberg LP, Morningstar and Morgan Stanley. She has completed projects that range in size from 5,000 square feet to over 500,000 square feet and focuses on bringing the best physical experience to PwC’s clients and staff and providing consistency across the portfolio. Megan is a graduate of Cornell University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.
Megan Belkin
Ashley Dunn
Associate Principal | Director of Workplace, Dyer Brown & Associates, Inc., Boston, MA
Ashley Dunn is Associate Principal and Director of Workplace for Dyer Brown, working on both client projects and marketing initiatives. As a licensed architect with extensive expertise in corporate workplace strategy, she has completed projects ranging in scale from 4,000 to 400,000 square feet. A frequent speaker at professional and industry events, Dunn’s writing has been published in Fast Company and WorkDesign magazines. She taught at the Boston Architectural College as an adjunct faculty member for three years (2014-2017) and is on the Board of Directors for Design Museum Boston. Dunn is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Ashley Dunn
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Wellness Track

The Wellness track offers 5 CEU-accredited sessions focused on design for wellbeing. Track sessions are accessible live online during the dates/times listed below or anytime on demand (for accreditation) October 8 through November 6.

Creating Space(s) for All

October 4, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Our world has collectively experienced a major trauma. Given that, how can employers provide physical spaces to accept their teammates where they are and provide them with a place to thrive rather than just survive? Studies have proven that a huge part of making these employees feel comfortable, safe and productive has to do with their environment. Together, Kristin Cerutti and Jill Pable will bring a more empathetic perspective to creating workplaces that are more inclusive for everyone, including the neurodiverse workforce. Let's show that designing for those who need us most will truly benefit all involved.

Kristin Cerutti, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP
Design Leader, NELSON, Chicago, IL
As a licensed commercial designer with more than 15 years of experience, Kristin serves as a lead designer on a wide variety of projects across the United States. She holds a B.A. in Interior Architecture from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and is CIDQ-certified, LEED AP ID+C, and WELL AP accredited. As a leader in amenity, financial and legal workplace design, she is based out of NELSON’s Chicago office. Kristin is often asked to write publications, speak on podcasts and give webinars on the topics of the legal workplace, neurodiversity, designing for inclusion and the workplace of the future. Making other people's lives better is what drives her, and her passions lie with being an adviser to and advocate for others.
Kristin Cerutti, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP
Jill Pable, PhD, FIDEC, CIDQ, WELL AP
Project Lead; Professor and Chair, Department of Interior Architecture & Design, Design Resources for Homelessness; Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Jill Pable is a professor and chair of the Interior Architecture & Design Department at Florida State University and a fellow and past national president of the Interior Design Educators Council. She holds B.S. and M.F.A. degrees in Interior Design and a Ph.D. degree in Instructional Technology with specialization in architecture. She is a CIDQ-certified and WELL accredited interior designer. Her research focuses on the design of environments for people in crisis and she facilitates Design Resources for Homelessness, a non-profit resource offering research-informed practical design strategies. These ideas have been featured in NBC News Online, FastCompany, the Conversation, the Independent, KCRW Public Radio, Los Angeles and KQED Public Radio, San Francisco. She is a TEDxFSU speaker, recipient of the ASID national Luminary Award and was noted by DesignIntelligence as one of the 30 Most Admired Design Educators in the United States. She believes that design can make life more interesting, fulfilling and humane.
Jill Pable, PhD, FIDEC, CIDQ, WELL AP

A Journey to Wellness: A Guide to Well V2 in the Workplace

October 4, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

WELL v2 represents a new paradigm for supporting and advancing human health through better buildings. This session explains how WELL differs from other rating systems and documents how one Chicago office became the first project in Illinois to become WELL™ Certified to the Platinum level under WELL v2 Pilot, resulting in an office design that was well positioned for the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic. The presenters will share the implementation and documentation process; benchmarking results from pre- and post-occupancy surveys; the WELL v2 Pilot’s impact on an organization’s environment, staff, operations, policy, and financials; how the WELL rating system has complemented best practices for physical and mental health that have emerged from the COVID-19 response, and how the process can add to a project’s resilience.

Tanya Eagle, AICP, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
Sustainability Specialist, Senior Associate, Perkins Eastman, Washington, D.C.
With over a dozen years of experience in the sustainable design and planning industries, Tanya leads sustainability efforts and manages third-party market standards across Perkins Eastman. Tanya creates and manages firmwide sustainability initiatives and policies, and provides project support and consultation across global offices. Tanya advocates for the intersection of health, wellness, and the built environment, and has served as a core member of the AIA National Materials Knowledge Working Group. Tanya’s past speaking engagements include “Holistic Integration: Health & Wellness in DC Public School Design,” AIA DesignDC 2020; “Healthier Materials on Every Project,” and AIA Conference on Architecture 2018; “Health is Material to Design." She was a Moderator for the Resilient Design Panel, Women in Architecture 2017, served as a panelist for Metropolis Magazine’s 2018 Sustainability Symposium, and has published articles on material health and sustainability.
Tanya Eagle, AICP, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
Patty Lloyd, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, LFA
Director of Sustainability, Leopardo Companies, Inc., Hoffman Estates, IL
Patty has almost 20 years in the construction industry and more than 15 years of experience advancing sustainability in the built environment. She is an advocate for green building, and healthy-high performing construction both within her firm and in the industry at large. This experience is compiled of extensive project work on healthy-high performing projects and years of involvement in the green building movement at large. As a construction professional fluent in sustainability, she provides direction to owners, colleagues and subcontractors in planning and execution of healthy, high-performing projects and other sustainability services. Patty has been a long-time volunteer for Illinois Green Alliance, a USGBC community. This included a 5-year term on the board of directors, in which she served as board chair in 2018. She currently sits on the Standing Programs committee for Illinois Green, helping to provide meaningful educational opportunities for IGA members. She is Chair of the USGBC Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group (MR TAG) and is the facilitator of the Chicago Living Future Collaborative. In addition to this, she sits on the steering committee of Building Green’s Sustainable Construction Leaders network and founded the Chicago Sustainable Construction Leaders group. She holds several credentials, including LEED AP-BD&C, WELL AP, and LFA as well as a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management from Columbia Southern University. She is a graduate student in the University of Wisconsin’s Master of Science Sustainable Management program.
Patty Lloyd, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, LFA
Shalini Ramesh, PhD, WELL Faculty, LEED Green Associate
Director, Market Solutions, International WELL Building Institute, New York, NY
Shalini brings her combined interests in building and environmental design and building physics as a Director on the Market Solutions team at IWBI. As a subject matter expert, she focuses on providing clear and comprehensive information to help project teams meet the WELL Building Standard requirements. She provides technical support as project teams work towards the WELL certification process. Prior to IWBI, Shalini conducted research for the development of a building energy management tool including analyzing industry trends and refining key performance indicators. Shalini earned her PhD in Building Performance and Diagnostics from the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. Her dissertation explores the impact of the urban microclimate on building energy consumption. Her research has been published as a book chapter in Building Information Modeling, Karen.M.Kensek & Douglas E.Noble. Her PhD research builds on her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Bachelor of Architecture from India.
Shalini Ramesh, PhD, WELL Faculty, LEED Green Associate

Better Health by Managing Your Indoor Environment

October 5, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

COVID-19 has helped show us the importance of managing our indoor air environment. Studies have shown that exposure to some chemicals and particles in the indoor environment can lead to serious health concerns. Chemical Insights’ advanced toxicology lab will help you understand how chemicals and particles impact the indoor environment and human health. To mitigate risks, exposure reduction best practices will be shared including design decisions, increased air ventilation and cleaning practices. This session will describe the landscape of the indoor environment, reveal the research process, and present research findings. Attendees will then be able to apply what they learned as best practices.

Marilyn Black, LEED AP
Vice President and Senior Technical and Strategic Advisor, Chemical Insights, Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Marietta, GA
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 the built environment. Following research and teaching at the joint MIT/Harvard School of Public Health 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 UL’s not-for-profit organization’s Research Institute, Chemical Insights, 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, 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, and the National Keystone Center Leadership Award in Environment and was named Environmental Champion in 2005. She has presented and published extensively in the air quality and human health field and presented expert testimony before Congress.
Marilyn Black, LEED AP

Fractal Vision: A Stress-Reductive Approach to the Built Environment

October 6, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

From decreasing stress to improving physical health, nature has a significant influence on well-being. Design can be a tool to solve the challenges of an increasingly digitized society and help end users find balance between nature and built environments, especially commercial spaces. Fractals are intricate patterns that occur naturally throughout our surroundings, from clouds and trees to blood vessels and neurons. Research has shown that stress levels can reduce by as much as 60% when an occupant of these spaces experiences and views mid-complexity fractal patterns. Their harmonic repetition triggers a natural relaxation effect. Attendees of this presentation will explore this approach to design by using fractal concepts, and learn how to integrate finishes and overall structures based on stress-reductive patterning using real-world examples.

Jackie Dettmar, AIA, IIDA
VP of Marketing, Design & Product Development, Mohawk Group, Dalton, GA
An award-winning textile industry veteran with more than 30 years of diverse experience in the flooring industry, Jackie Dettmar started her career in manufacturing with Karastan (now a Mohawk brand) and later moved into design and product development, and more recently, marketing. Over the last three decades, her unique perspective, perseverance and creativity has had a significant impact on Mohawk, driving design, sustainable innovation and operational excellence. Jackie considers herself a creative scientist and believes that design impacts all aspects of business — that creative thinkers can change the world. She works to develop floor coverings for contract environments that improve lives, industry-leading tools for visualization and personalization that place the customer at the center, as well as world-class showroom experiences that proactively engage the commercial architecture and design community. As a leader at Mohawk, she makes a difference in the lives of her colleagues by creating an inspiring, engaging and diverse workplace. For Jackie, the most rewarding part of her job is designing products that use the world’s resources wisely and protect the health and wellbeing of customers and coworkers.
Jackie Dettmar, AIA, IIDA
Anastasija Lesjak
Co-Founder & Creative Director, 13&9 Design, Graz, Austria
As one half of 13&9, Anastasija Lesjak's transdisciplinary working philosophy is based on the team’s vision, analysis, and experience in different fields of design that leads to products and projects ranging from lighting, furniture, floor coverings, fashion, accessories, exhibition and sound design. Her diverse background, with a doctor degree at Medical University of Graz and product design expertise, bridges the gap between science and use in practice as well as enhances her team’s cross-disciplinary process. In addition to her role as creative director of 13&9, Anastasija also consults for INNOCAD architecture in creative strategy and concept. Together with husband and co-founder Martin Lesjak (architect and CEO, INNOCAD architecture), collaborations have spanned artists, strategists, manufacturers and scientists. Anastasija Lesjak is a frequent speaker at diverse universities and international events and was honored as the “Product Designer of the Year” at Interior Design magazine´s 2019 HiP Awards. The award-winning Austria-based firm, 13&9, 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.
Anastasija Lesjak
Richard Taylor
Professor of Physics, Psychology and Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Richard Taylor explores nature’s patterns from the perspectives of both scientists and artists. His unique background makes him ideal for this work. In addition to his career as a physics professor at the University of Oregon, he is also a trained painter and photographer. His main focus is bio-inspiration – the principle of exploring the favorable properties of natural patterns and then applying these properties to manmade systems. As an example, his bionic eye research develops bio-inspired electronics which mimic the patterns of neurons. He has applied bio-inspiration to the fields of physics, psychology, physiology, geography, architecture and art, and has addressed issues as far-ranging as the collapsing ice shelves of the Antarctic to the deteriorating brain structure of Alzheimer’s victims. His work has been featured in many TV documentaries, including The Art of Science (ABC, 1998), Hunting the Hidden Dimension (PBS, 2008) and The Code (BBC, 2011). He also regularly gives lectures around the world, commissioned by organizations as diverse as the Nobel Foundation, the Royal Society, the White House, and national art galleries such as the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Guggenheim Museum in Venice.
Richard Taylor

Breath of Fresh Air: The Fit Future of Design

October 6, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

The pandemic has uncovered new opportunities that will influence how the design of future spaces will focus on human health. Rising concerns around returning to public spaces (interior/exterior) have led to a renewed interest in fresh, open air design solutions, increased emphasis on modalities, and purposeful, flexible spaces that support physical/mental health. This discussion will explore the must-have tools and ideas needed to create rejuvenating spaces that are socially conscious to recently established health concerns. Attendees will learn about tangible, forward-thinking design strategies – with an emphasis on the outdoors – that they can use to create healthier lifestyles and workplaces that lead to a fit future for design.

Casey Cline, RLA, ASLA, LEED Green Associate
Landscape Architect, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Charlotte, NC
Casey Cline is a registered landscape architect with Little and is an adamant believer in the necessary cohesion between physical movement and spatial design. Having been a lead designer on projects ranging from small, workplace terraces to 28 acre headquarter sites, she is a conscious observer and analyst of how urban spaces and environmental design intersect to impact human health – both physically and mentally. Casey’s passion and enthusiasm for health and well-being is also reflected in her personal life as a Boston marathoner and community wellness leader in Charlotte. She received a Master of Landscape Architecture with a focus in City Design from North Carolina State University and has been a previous presenter at NeoCon, a guest speaker for the American Cancer Society and a TedXCharlotte speaker finalist.
Casey Cline, RLA, ASLA, LEED Green Associate
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Sustainability Track

The Sustainability track offers 5 CEU-accredited sessions exploring design-focused approaches for a healthier planet. Track sessions are accessible live online during the dates/times listed below or anytime on demand (for accreditation) October 8 through November 6.

Building Legacies Not Landfills - How Designing the Workplace Supports ESG

October 4, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

The workplace has been a catalyst for sustainability, but the battle between ESG and a world-class workplace is ongoing. The commercial interiors refresh cycle aimed at attracting and keeping talent is at odds with achieving a better carbon footprint. Commercial interiors drives 11.8 million tons of furniture to the landfill (5% of total domestic waste).

This session will introduce a better way -- one that doesn’t lean on ownership or down-cycling, but instead builds on the notion of stewardship and the promise of infinite reuse for heirloom-calibre furniture and fixtures. Attendees will learn how workplace creators, manufacturers and end-users can change the paradigm.

Dave Bryant, MM. OD
VP | Co-Founder, One Workplace | Heirloom Design, Bay Area, CA
For two decades Dave has been a workplace thought leader who believes creating spaces that inspire people and transform organizations is the best job in the world. A believer in driving performance by focusing on the employee experience, he’s also been a strategic partner to some of the world’s largest organizations on the bleeding edge of workplace innovation. Dave is the founder of the ONEder Grant Program which provides research grants to the architectural and design community as a forum for exploration and research of the critical business drivers that impact the built environment. Dave has a Masters of Management in Organizational Development from Aquinas College and is currently Vice President on the executive leadership team at One Workplace and recently co-founder of Heirloom Design.
Dave Bryant, MM. OD
Brett Hautop, AIA, LEED
Vice President of Global Design and Workplace Services, LinkedIn, Bay Area, CA
Brett dreamt of becoming an architect since the age of 16 and went on to start an architecture practice and real estate development firm at the age of 29. At the same time, he taught design and architecture classes at North Carolina State University as an adjunct faculty member. In 2015, he left professional practice to begin a career with LinkedIn, leading design and construction for all of their workplace projects globally.
Brett Hautop, AIA, LEED
Jason Horvath
Chief Creative Officer | Co-Founder, UHURU | Heirloom, Brooklyn, NY
Co-founder of Uhuru Design, Jason Horvath was born and raised in Louisville, KY and currently lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He grew up mountain biking, surfing, and competitive rock climbing on a national and international level. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002 with a degree in industrial design and a focus in sustainable design, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in the Art and Design world. Jason co-founded Uhuru Design in 2004 as a high-end bespoke furniture brand. Since 2004, he has overseen creative brand direction, designed award winning furniture collections some of which are featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and driven strategy & growth as Uhuru grew from a bespoke residential focused brand to a leader in the contract furnishings market. Committed to a sustainable vision of the future, Jason has pushed timeless, narrative design and products that promote a circular economy and keeps Uhuru’s furniture out of the landfill. He is currently working as the Chief Creative Officer and President of Uhuru.
Jason Horvath

So a Designer and an Activist Walk Into a Bar…

October 4, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Verda Alexander, co-founder of Studio O+A, and Jon Strassner of ASID share a very special narrative compiled of over 30 episodes of their podcast, "Break Some Dishes." Going back through their very special curation of conversations and interviews, Verda and Jon share a story focused on bringing Green Science innovations and inspirations to the interior design industry. Designers can and should act now to make changes to how they specify product and materials. Break some dishes with Jon and Verda to broaden your perspective on Sustainability!

Verda Alexander
Co-Founder, Studio O+A, San Francisco, CA
Verda Alexander is a founder of Studio O+A, a San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking offices at Facebook, Microsoft, Yelp, Nike, McDonald’s and many others. 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 expertise in landscape architecture and fine arts 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.
Verda Alexander
Jon Strassner, LEED AP
Director Industry Partnership, ASID, Avon, CT
Jon Strassner, LEED AP, serves as director, Industry Partnerships, ASID. A LEED Accredited Professional since 2007, Jon is passionate about understanding the role we all play in the Net Positive Movement. A 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. 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 Strassner, LEED AP

From Footprints to Handprints: Reimagining How We Design Products From Being Less Bad to Doing Good

October 4, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Every year, through the products they specify, designers impact $429 Billion of US GDP, generate 170 million tons of construction waste, and contribute to 39% of global carbon emissions. Learn to harness that power for good in this session. You’ll hear about the Living Product Challenge, the only product framework for manufacturers to create products that are healthy and net positive for people and the environment, allowing designers to select products that do good rather than harm. You’ll explore handprinting: the only way to quantifiably measure the positive impact a product makes. Attendees will hear how manufacturers are using this framework to reimagine how they design and create products. Walk away with an understanding of how to source products that make a true impact.

Ren De Cherney, NCIDQ, LFA, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C
Manufacturing Manager, Business Development, ILFI, Portland, OR
Ren was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. She went as far across the country as she could go to get her undergraduate degree at Smith College in Massachusetts, where she got a degree in Art History and French. She was an interior designer in Juneau for several years, working in a commercial firm and then a residential firm before getting a Masters in Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon. After graduation Ren worked in Portland as a designer, where she took her firm PVC-free. She was then the Director of Industry Transparency at Source, where she implemented various features to help designers integrate sustainability criteria into their material selection and specification process. She’s quite possibly the only person who loves talking sustainability but doesn’t like being in nature itself.
Ren De Cherney, NCIDQ, LFA, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C

Generation Scrap: Designing with Waste to Transform Industry and Envision a Better Future

October 5, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Living in a world that generates more waste than it recycles, Generation Scrap explores Gen Z’s attitudes and design solutions to the global climate crisis. Through a collaboration between Ohio State’s Interior Materials course and Mohawk Group’s Product Development team, students research and identify sustainability challenges impacting their generation to develop macro design trends that are translated into speculative carpet designs. From ocean plastic to fast fashion waste and even climate refugees, topics address circular design with a real-world understanding to develop innovative carpet design solutions that positively impact the natural environment and the human experience. This partnership project highlights the importance of collaboration between educational institutions and industry to create designs that support the growing demands and values of Gen Z.

Royce Epstein, LEED AP
A&D Design Director, Mohawk Group, Philadelphia, PA
Royce Epstein is the A&D Design Director for Mohawk Group. As the face to the architecture and interior design community, Royce shares her passion and vision for design, cultural trends, and the meaning of materials in a broad context. Her role is to evolve and share Mohawk Group’s Design Vision within the industry, and to leverage product design with what A&D desires in the field. Constantly on the watch for new trends in all aspects of design and culture, Royce feeds this insight to all our industry’s touch points. A veteran materials and product specialist, Royce spent two decades working in A&D firms before working with Mohawk. She was named the 2015 Designer of the Year by Interiors and Sources Magazine, and received a HiP award for Rising Star from Interior Design Magazine at NeoCon 2016. Royce lives in Philadelphia where she is active in the design, art, and music scenes.
Royce Epstein, LEED AP
Katherine Hunter, IIDA
2021 Interior Design Graduate, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Katherine Hunter is a recent Interior Design graduate at The Ohio State University. Originally from Atlanta, Katherine was driven to venture out by the research-based design program at Ohio State. She believes research and evidence based design provides a more personal and connected physical experience for the users. While in school, Katherine was the 2019 winner of the Mohawk carpet design competition and her team was a finalist for the Big Ten Student Design Challenge sponsored by Herman Miller. She was also part of the research project “Designing a Post-pandemic Return to Campus” for professor Matheny. She has interned at WD Partners and is currently an interior designer at M+A Architects in Columbus, Ohio. Katherine has a great passion for workplace, hospitality, and retail design.
Katherine Hunter, IIDA
Rebekah Matheny, NCIDQ, IIDA
Associate Professor, Interior Design, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Rebekah Matheny is an Associate Professor of Interior Design in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University. She holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon where she also received a Technical Teaching Certificate with a concentration in Sustainable Design Strategies for Interior Architecture. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. With over a decade of industry experience in brand experience and consumer strategy, she bridges academia and design practice. Rebekah's academic research investigates the sensory experience of retail environments to create emotional connections between people, product, brand purpose, and physical place to forge meaningful memories and foster stronger relationships. Her current research project focuses in the translation of slow fashion principles into what she terms as “slow retail” experience design. Establishing a slow retail vernacular can nurture these relationships, redefining the purpose of retail to create a more environmentally and socially sustainable retail culture. Rebekah has published in academic and professional journals and has presented at both academic and professional conferences around the world.
Rebekah Matheny, NCIDQ, IIDA

Closing the Loop, Connecting the Dots: Using Technology to Create a Circular Furniture Economy

October 6, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

In an increasingly digital world, designers and facility managers seek to limit life-cycle impacts of furniture and building materials beyond the use phase. With sustainability goals in mind such as reducing embodied carbon and diverting waste from landfills, the presenters outline existing alternatives to cradle-to-grave product life-cycles, as well as new ideas for minimizing environmental impact and supporting various communities. A discussion of how furniture specification and product life-cycle contribute to a project’s carbon footprint sets the stage for a look forward at innovative reuse solutions, including those that leverage smart connected technology integrated with wall systems, furnishings, equipment, and more to revolutionize the ecosystem of offices, coworking spaces, and other workplaces today.

Barbara BatShalom
Founder + CEO, Sustainable Performance Institute, Boston, MA
Barbra BatShalom is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Sustainable Performance Institute, CEO of BuildingEase and past founder and president of the USGBC Affiliate in Massachusetts which she ran for 9 years. She’s an industry leader whose vision drives market transformation programs from public policy to professional practice. Her work focuses on the intersection of systems, processes and culture. With a diverse background of fine arts, social psychology and 20+ years in architecture and sustainability consulting, she brings a variety of skills to her work and a unique perspective engaging the human dynamics of decision-making and creative collaboration to technical work. She's an educator, management consultant and change agent working with a wide range of governmental, institutional and private sector companies to help them institutionalize sustainability and achieve measurable improvements in performance and profitability. For AIA, Barbra is on the 2030 Commitment program working group. In addition to her own startups, Barbra also mentors startups for Clean Tech Open, has been an angel investor and has taught at Brandeis’ International Business school and guest lectured at various business schools including MIT, BU and Babson. She teaches Leadership for Sustainability at the Boston Architectural College and provides management consulting to a variety of corporate clients within and outside of our industry. She has served on numerous boards and task forces to help develop public and corporate policies for sustainability and teaches courses on change management for sustainability firms all across the design industry.
Barbara BatShalom
Laurel Christensen, AIA, WELL AP
Project Manager | Sustainable Design Leader, Dyer Brown & Associates, Inc., Boston, MA
Laurel is a licensed Architect and Project Manager at Dyer Brown. With a background in Lean Construction Management and a passion for materials health and sustainability, she is focused on disrupting the status quo within the design and construction industry, consistently challenging her peers and project teams to consider the wide ranging impacts of their design and project management decisions. As chair of the mindfulMATERIALS A&D Engagement Working Group she helps drive development and adoption of an industry-led platform for sourcing healthy and sustainable building materials while advocating for materials transparency. Through engagement with the Boston-based nonprofit Building AEC Learning, she contributes to establishing best practices for project team alignment, decision making, design management, and knowledge management.
Laurel Christensen, AIA, WELL AP
Jill Durant
Director of Strategic Alliance, The Furniture Trust, Arlington, MA
Jill is a project management expert at The Furniture Trust, with an ability to seamlessly manage projects with devotion and dexterity from start to finish. As the Director of Strategic Alliances, Jill is responsible for developing and maintaining business relations, cultivating The Furniture Trust's sustainable network, and overseeing the coordination of product to its nonprofits. Her generosity and lively persona are proven assets, as well as the myriad of skills she has mastered throughout her career. She enjoys working with clients to explain why hiring The Furniture Trust to coordinate their next furniture removal project guarantees a positive impact to the bottom line: budget, community and the environment.
Jill Durant
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Healthcare Track

The Healthcare track offers 5 CEU-accredited sessions focused on designing care environments that help promote health. Track sessions are accessible live online during the dates/times listed below or anytime on demand (for accreditation) October 8 through November 6.

Rural Healthcare and Wellness Design in the Shadow of Covid-19

October 4, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

In March 2020, as the Coronavirus pandemic was spreading around the globe, Hometown Health Center, a rural healthcare provider in Maine, engaged Harriman to design a new healthcare clinic, a community wellness center, a child and adult day care facility as well as their administration offices. This session will share lessons learned about how designers and health providers worked collaboratively to create a resilient facility that meets the unique needs of this rural community. The presenters will discuss how a technology-driven process bridged geographic divides, how they achieved a holistic program, how the design enhances patient and staff safety, and overall how they were able to design a state-of-the-art facility for a rural community in a virtual world.

Judy Johnson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, Harriman, Portland, ME
Judy L. Johnson, AIA LEED AP BD+C, is a principal and architect at Harriman in Portland, Maine with over 35 years of experience. She currently leads Harriman’s Portland Studio. Her broad and deep portfolio encompasses healthcare educational, hospitality, governmental, institutional, corporate, and recreational projects. As a LEED Accredited Professional Judy has most recently focused on meeting the 2030 challenge to reduce the carbon footprint in building design. Judy takes a leadership role in guiding clients, the design team and constructors through the process leading to sustainable design strategies and measures. Judy is a firm believer that every project, whether pursuing a LEED plaque or not, is an opportunity to mitigate negative environmental impact and enhance wellbeing. The key to her success is that she listens to her clients and works well with her project team to bring the client’s expectations to life. She has been involved with professional organizations throughout her career served as a Board member for the Portland Society for Architecture, president of AIA Maine, president of AIA New England. She also hit the national stage as a member of the AIA National Strategic Council where she led workgroups in big picture thinking on the future of the profession.
Judy Johnson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Peter Pinkerton, IIDA, NCIDQ
Associate, Senior Interior Designer, Harriman, Portland, ME
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 and New York. 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 rural 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 Pinkerton, IIDA, NCIDQ
Robin Winslow
CEO, Hometown Health Center, Newport, ME
Robin Winslow is the Chief Executive Officer of Hometown Health Center, a multi-location provider of high quality, cost effective, comprehensive primary and preventative health care to rural communities in Maine. HHC’s services include medical, dental and behavioral health services. Robin has been involved in healthcare administration for over 30 years. Her experience encompasses all aspects of medical office administration including scheduling, billing, operations and management. She is fluent in the language of Federally Qualified Health Centers and has managed grant projects, grants, facilities, built facilities and added many new services. She has lent her time and talent to several Boards, including the Maine Primary Care Association, Community Care Partners of Maine and the New England Telehealth Consortium. Robin has garnered numerous accolades for her work and was most recently named a “Community Star” by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health.
Robin Winslow

Pediatric Paradigms – Creating a Sense of “Place” for Everyone

October 4, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

“Place” is an integral part of treatment creating positive energy and dynamic interaction. Patients need hope, confidence, and positive distractions. Flexibility and engagement are essential for healing. Good design promotes the inoculation of stress in the experience of all users. This session focuses on transforming spaces into multimodal healing environments and will illustrate how two projects, starting with similar design challenges, resulted in two distinctive design solutions. Both pediatric units successfully created a sense of “place” for caregivers, families, and diverse patient populations by emphasizing playful and inviting designs, while maintaining highly functional spaces.

Chesenia Burgos, NCIDQ, IIDA
Interior Designer, Stantec, Philadelphia, PA
Chesenia is a certified Interior Designer who has provided clients with planning, programming, research, and design services for various healthcare and education projects. Her constant curiosity and ability to assist with all aspects of the design process makes her an exemplary team player. Having experience in master planning, she has a well-rounded view on designing calculated and comprehensive plans that take into consideration the shifting needs of a particular space or building. Her passion for the industry goes beyond the regular work hours. Chesenia is currently serving as the VP of Advocacy for the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware Chapter. Outside of this role, she can be found keeping active through exploration, running, and rock climbing, balanced with some mindful relaxation.
Chesenia Burgos, NCIDQ, IIDA
Emma Leach, NCIDQ
Interior Designer, Stantec, Philadelphia, PA
With a focus on client-facing work, Emma is most at home during design development. Using full scale mockups, virtual reality, and 3D renderings, she collaborates to capture the client’s needs in order to achieve the best design outcome. With a focus on healthcare design, Emma has experience in a variety of project scale types, including ground up hospitals and small-scale renovations. As a certified Interior Designer, she uses her knowledge and attention to detail transform the client’s needs into reality.
Emma Leach, NCIDQ

Considering all Cultures to Design for Wellness and Health Promotion

October 5, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Considering all cultures that frequent a healing space is mandatory to helping people thrive in their environment of care. There are cultural impacts on Designing for Wellness. With an increasingly diverse population, it is very hard to consider everyone’s customs and rituals, but not researching them in advance of designing a space can lead to failure in many ways; of retention rates, new customers, returning patients and residents enrollment. We live in a very competitive healthcare environment now and people can choose where they go to heal, have surgeries, retire and sadly end in palliative care. By investigating what cultures are prevalent in the area you are designing for, you can create an inclusive healing space and the general public feels welcome that you have accommodated them and thought about their customs and traditions in the space they are in. When you consider the cultures in the region you’re designing for, you are truly helping the population heal in a space they find comfort and trust in. Long standing customs are an integral part of our familiarity and sense of self. Losing this piece of the puzzle will reduce, and, in some cases, negate the healing process. We all want what is best for our community, so let’s be more cognizant of who it comprises. We need to use language surrounding customary traditions to make for a more inclusive environment and teach each other about one another in these areas aimed at our health and wellbeing.

Julia Rosen
Director, Healthcare Markets, The Collective, Markham, Ontario, Canada
Julia leads the Healthcare market segment for The Collective and is responsible for overall strategy, development of a curated product offering, and expanding key supplier partner relationships within this vertical. Julia’s primary focus includes new business development and project specification across Canada. Julia has spent over 22 years in the industry, including operating her own consulting firm specializing in furniture rfp’s in both Canada and the U.S. She is an IDCEC accredited speaker and has developed a portfolio of 4 CEU’s focused specifically on healthcare. She volunteers her time with ARIDO GTA and is the Programs Chair at Women in Healthcare GTA.
Julia Rosen

International Healthcare Planning and Design in the Age of Infectious Disease

October 6, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

The United States has a National Pandemic Strategy and an implementation plan centered on three pillars: preparedness/communication; surveillance/detection; and response/containment. While most of these plans are concentrated on protocols/procedures that hospital staff and administration follow, few US hospitals are designed with flexibility allowing immediate physical change to enhance infection control during pandemic outbreaks. This presentation demonstrates planning and design strategies of 3 international facilities from Canada, the UK and Southeast Asia. The lessons learned during the SARS outbreak in 2002 results in a unique approach to hospital design. These facilities have features designed to contain airborne infections, including instantaneous flexing from normal operation to pandemic treatment mode through spatial and mechanical system changes. This understanding is vital with the current Covid-19 global pandemic and future new infectious diseases.

Mark Banholzer, AIA, NCARB, LEED
Principal, HOK, Chicago, IL
As a design leader with over 35 years of experience, Mark has dedicated his career to the design and planning of distinctive healthcare buildings. Clients appreciate his passion for being their design voice and interpreting their vision and values. His approach results in forward looking spaces reflecting the unique expression of his client’s aspirations and brand. Mark focuses on the thoughtful integration of the design, sustainability, budget and project execution; he understands that successful healthcare projects require careful balance of exterior design with the interior program and systems. Design leader on most recent major healthcare projects: Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan Clinical Inpatient Tower Ann Arbor, Michigan; DY Patil University Specially Hospital Navi Mumbai, India; The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center - Author G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute Columbus, Ohio; Advocate Good Shepherd Modernization Barrington, Illinois.
Mark Banholzer, AIA, NCARB, LEED
Heather Fenniman
Principal, HOK, Chicago, IL
As a Senior Medical Planner, Heather has over 10 years of experience programming and planning for community and academic medical centers. Her extensive knowledge has developed through projects ranging from strategic facilities master plans, complex diagnostic and treatment centers, and outpatient facilities. She focuses on driving functional solutions that meet client’s operational models for today while providing flexibility for the future. Her major projects have included Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center Fairbanks, Alaska; Michigan Medicine University of Michigan Clinical Inpatient Tower, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern Medicine Chicago, Illinois; West Park Healthcare Centre Toronto, Canada; Indiana University Health Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana.
Heather Fenniman
Will McConnell, AIA, LEED
Principal, HOK, Chicago, IL
Will McConnell has extensive experience with functional planning and design for a diverse range of healthcare clients, including academic medical centers, healthcare systems and mission-focused health organizations. His major projects have included Wexner medical Center at The Ohio State University—James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Critical Care Tower; Northwestern Medicine Inpatient Renovations (Galter Pavilion), Kettering Health Network—Indu and Raj Soin Medical Center, Emergency Department Expansion and Cancer Center; Advocate Good Shepherd Modernization Barrington, Illinois; DY Patil University Specialty Hospital Navi Mumbai, Mumbai; and Gyeyang I-Medical Complex Incheon, South Korea.
Will McConnell, AIA, LEED

Recasting Senior Living Communities as Intergenerational Research, Innovation, and Wellness Hubs

October 6, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Our times demand an intergenerational community model that supports elders, youth, families, and those who serve them in environments that foster a sense of purpose and social cohesion through learning, innovation, and pathways for personal growth. Promising new collaborations between senior living and higher education entities show a brighter path for elder populations with reduced isolation and improved access to quality care. This path leads to successful supportive environments for all ages by shifting from the existing elder care paradigm towards one facilitating research, training, and pursuit of shared affinities and commonalities. The process starts with stakeholder engagement in an integrated programming process to understand resident needs to design supportive environments reflecting health and wellness combined with access to services, amenities, and ‘family’ development.

Christina Long, AIA
Principal, Vertical Architecture Enterprises, LLC, Baltimore, MD
Christina D. Long is the founder of Vertical Architecture Enterprises LLC, an architecture firm in Baltimore, Maryland. She has over 20 years of experience working on large scale academic, research, and transportation projects. Overlaid on this work is her research around technology’s impact on spaces for learning and knowledge creation. Her most current research focuses on better integrating activities of daily life with a framework for learning, knowledge creation, and collaboration. Christina holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Christina Long, AIA
Jane Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ASID, CHID, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, GGF, GGA
Principal, JSR Associates, Inc., Catonsville, MD
Jane Rohde believes in a global cultural shift toward person-centered solutions for healthcare and environments for aging and sits on various healthcare and sustainability committees supporting research, advocacy, and humanistic approaches to care. Jane is the first Changemaker Awardee for Environments for Aging from The Center for Health Design, in 2018 received the ASID Design for Humanity Award, was recognized as an Honorary Alumni of Clemson University’s Architecture + Health program, honored as one of top ten Women in Design for leadership in senior living design, and in 2020 received the Pioneer Award from the Facility Guidelines Institute.
Jane Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ASID, CHID, ACHA, LEED AP BD+C, GGF, GGA
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Design Skills 1 Track

The Design Skills 1 track offers 5 CEU-accredited sessions exploring experiential graphic design, color, lighting, acoustics and concept development. Track sessions are accessible live online during the dates/times listed below or anytime on demand (for accreditation) October 8 through November 6.

Applied Acoustics: Designing for User Experience

October 5, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Poor acoustics are a source of frustration, distraction, and dissatisfaction in the work environment. The way we work is evolving. Design trends will continue to change but the impact of those changes on acoustics is often not considered. When acoustic implications aren't considered, spaces are likely to be more distracting, less productive, underutilized, and unhealthy for workers. This session will offer clarity to the complexity of acoustical design and explore measuring success through user satisfaction rather than outdated metrics. The goal is to make spaces that work.

Lauren Gant, PhD, CPE, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador
Human Factors and Ergonomics Manager, HNI, Muscatine, IA
Dr. Lauren Gant is the Human Factors and Ergonomics Manager at HNI. Lauren is highly involved in product development and in research of emerging trends. Her goal is to ensure that the products we produce encourage healthy postures, promote productivity, and are intuitive to use correctly for a broad spectrum of worker types, sizes, and capabilities. Lauren is also involved in education for clients and end users on the topics of ergonomics, wellness, and psychological safety. She is an adjust professor at the University of Iowa, and an Advisor for the WELL Building Movement Concept.
Lauren Gant, PhD, CPE, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador
Sean Oliver
Product Portfolio Manager, Allsteel, Muscatine, IA
Sean Oliver is the Product Portfolio Manager for Allsteel’s Architectural Products. He has more than 13 years of experience in the contract furniture industry, with the last six focused exclusively on architectural products. Sean’s attention to detail, creativity, and passion for customer satisfaction ensure successful results for his customers. Sean holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from The Pennsylvania State University.
Sean Oliver

Better Together – Bridging the Gap Between Experiential Graphics and Interior Design

October 5, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Incorporating Experiential Graphic Design (EGD) into your projects can set them apart, elevating them into spaces that are memorable, interactive, and bespoke. But incorporating EGD into your process can be… tricky. In this talk, hear how two designers have successfully integrated their process to create eye-catching projects that clients love. Jules Naujoks (Experiential Graphic Designer) and Melissa Wortman (Interior Designer) will discuss the complexities of merging these two disciplines — including strategies for when and how to incorporate EGD, effective collaboration and communication techniques, as well as several examples of how they have gone far beyond the basics while creating standout cohesive designs (and streamlined project schedules).

Jules Naujoks
Experiential Graphic Designer, IA Interior Architects, Seattle, WA
Jules Naujoks is an Experiential Graphic Designer in the IA Seattle office. After a successful career in client services, she has combined her past communication and startup expertise with visual design and UX thinking to create engaging and dynamic spaces. Her past projects include museum exhibits, public art installations, and EGD features for a variety of workplaces.
Jules Naujoks
Melissa Wortman, NCIDQ
Interior Designer, Rice Fergus Miller, Bremerton, WA
Melissa Wortman is an Interior Designer at Rice Fergus Miller in Bremerton, Washington. With a wide range of experience in interior design, historic preservation, and project management, she brings a strong technical focus to each of her projects. Her work includes projects for national multi-family property management companies, regional senior living communities, and workplace. Her work includes projects for national multi-family property management companies, regional senior living communities, and workplace.
Melissa Wortman, NCIDQ

Starting from Scratch

October 6, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Principal Karen Herold of Studio K Creative speaks on the interior design process, describing her method of concept development, focusing on the experience that each guest has and how to create a ‘from scratch’ concept instead of replicating current designs found online. Stemming from her background in fashion design, Karen walks through her process of creating a concept from a fashion image / an inspiration image, describing the image and the emotions one feels. Her insights on this process help advise on how to empathize with a client and provide a tool that creates a clear design direction for a project.

Karen Herold
Principal, Studio K Creative, Chicago, IL
Karen Herold is a designer, creator, and entrepreneur. The Amsterdam-born designer has spent the last two decades turning clients’ dreams into reality nationwide. Herold founded Studio K Creative, a multidisciplinary creative house in Chicago, and now leads a team of 25 designers. The designer and business owner has an expansive portfolio of national award-winning projects with highly anticipated openings on the horizon. The imaginative and forward-thinking design culture of Studio K Creative is strategically led by Herold. She has dedicated her career to evoking design storytelling through every inch of her projects. With a large, growing team, she guides the group to create design moments which are unforgettable, approachable, and bespoke for each client. The team is comprised of design visionaries, aesthetic masters, technical designers, and brand strategists to offer end-to-end design for all projects.
Karen Herold

Collaborating with Lighting Designers

October 6, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Lighting designers bring a unique mix of technical and creative expertise, bridging the gap between science and art. Learn how professional lighting design consultants can help you – from solving technical roadblocks to proposing lighting design concepts you didn’t know were possible. As people passionate about lighting, lighting designers can help you tap into resources with specific product knowledge, relationships, and project experience to make your next project stand out. This course also gives an overview of the lighting design process and technical aspects of lighting design.

Addie Smith, Assoc. IALD, Assoc. IIDA, MIES, LEED ID+C
Senior Lighting Designer, AE Design, Denver, CO
Addie is a passionate and award-winning lighting designer who strives to elevate the human experience with the subtle and transformative power of light. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Art at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a degree in Interior Design and has been a professional architectural lighting designer for the past decade in New York City and Chicago and serves as Senior Lighting Designer at AE Design in Denver. Addie’s aspirations are guided by her love of beautiful experiences, human connection, and place-making. With light, she hopes to enliven the built environment with drama, and inspire people to do, feel, and be better. Addie’s experience brings sophisticated ingenuity and technicality to a wide range of project types – from luxury retail, residential, and hospitality to mixed-use, civic, academic, and exterior site/landscape. Quite involved, Addie volunteers as an Interior Design Industry Mentor at SCAD, participates in Interior Design critiques at local Universities, serves as a Rocky Mountain Region Co-Coordinator for the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), is a board member for the local chapter of Women in Lighting Design (WILD), is an Associate Member of the IIDA, is a Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and is a LEED ID+C Accredited Professional. She has been featured on Lytepod; given a project tour for the lighting design of New Mexico’s first food hall and artisan market at the IALD National Conference; and has presented at Lightshow West, and Lightfair in New York City.
Addie Smith, Assoc. IALD, Assoc. IIDA, MIES, LEED ID+C
Andi Walter, Junior Assoc. IALD, Assoc. IES, EIT, Intern LC
Project Designer, AE Design, Denver, CO
Andi serves as Project Designer at AE Design, and has a passion for innovative, sustainable, and collaborative design. She has earned her Master’s in Architectural Engineering from University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) with an emphasis in lighting/electrical and is the recipient of the Howard Brandston Student Lighting Design Education Grant, the Nuckolls Fund’s Jonas Bellovin Award for outstanding performance in an established lighting program, along with the IALD Thomas M. Lemons Scholarship. With professional lighting design experience in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Denver she has continued to build her portfolio with diverse project types ranging from high-end multi-family and corporate office TI’s, to geological cave features, and animal care facilities. Her favorite aspect of her career thus far has been combining technical and mathematical aspects of design with artful creativity and imagination. Andi is also professionally affiliated with Denver’s local WILD chapter, is a member of both IALD and IES, and is additionally co-authoring an article in IES’s LD+A Magazine for their next 2021 issue.
Andi Walter, Junior Assoc. IALD, Assoc. IES, EIT, Intern LC
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Design Skills 2 Track

The Design Skills 2 track offers 5 CEU-accredited sessions exploring ESG, equity, industry standards, IPD and research tools. Track sessions are accessible live online during the dates/times listed below or anytime on demand (for accreditation) October 8 through November 6.

From Concept to Reality: Interiors in IPD

October 4, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) has proven to be an incredibly powerful project delivery method, prompting designers to re-think the traditional creative process. Using Penn Medicine’s Pavilion as a case study, this discussion will focus on how interior designers can drive consensus and optimize project outcomes in IPD by focusing on three main tracks: Experience, Performance and Execution. What is the vision for the space and the message it sends? How does the space respond to the needs of those who use it? How can the IPD team deliver a final product that fulfills the collective vision? This presentation will demonstrate the power of IPD driven by collaboration and common purpose.

Sara Gally, NCIDQ
Interior Design Principal, HDR, Philadelphia, PA
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 teaching courses at Jefferson University, teaching interior design studios focused on design for demographics and human behavior. Through her work on Penn Medicine Pavilion, she is also a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sara Gally, NCIDQ
Dana Fortuna, NCIDQ
Senior Interior Designer, HDR, Philadelphia, PA
Dana Fortuna is a certified Senior Interior Designer with HDR, focusing on the design of Healthcare Facilities. Over the last decade, she has worked on healthcare projects with a diverse range of complexities, clinical care models, and project goals. She is passionate about understanding her clients’ needs and vision and seeing them through to fruition, working closely with construction partners to bridge the gap between concept and reality. Dana is currently working on PennFIRST, a multi-disciplinary IPD team, designing and building the Pavilion at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, a 1.5 million square foot inpatient hospital in Philadelphia.
Dana Fortuna, NCIDQ

Enabling the Future: How to Design a More Equitable Talent Pipeline

October 5, 2021,
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Live virtual presentation

Design is all about intentionality—how can we apply design principles and thoughtful design to the creation of a talent pipeline to infuse our industry with a rich, wide-ranging supply of diverse talent? We’re starting from the ground floor—yes, kindergarten—to build a robust pipeline for the designers of tomorrow. Many of us in design are confronting the profession's lack of diversity and wondering how we can effect change. Through an open, revealing discussion with three speakers at the heart of our industry who are also at the forefront of working for greater inclusion in the design world, this session will examine key aspects of the challenge and explore real-world, actionable solutions.

Cheryl Durst, Hon. FIIDA
Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA, Chicago, IL
An exceptional communicator, innovator, and visionary leader, Cheryl S. Durst has spurred progress, driven change, and encouraged the expansion of the interior design industry. As the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of IIDA, Durst is committed to achieving broad recognition for the value of design and its significant role in society through both functionality and engagement in every day work spaces and the built environment. Demonstrated by her active involvement in connecting industry professionals, including designers, manufacturers, clients, end users, and employers, she has worked to promote an understanding of how design impacts human behavior and affects all aspects of shared spaces. In 1997, Cheryl joined IIDA as the senior director of education and professional development. Promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer in 1998, she began the task of rebuilding and redefining the organization, which was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and closure due to organizational mismanagement. Despite this significant challenge, Cheryl implemented an aggressive fiscal redevelopment and turnaround strategy. Through her efforts, she revived the association and repositioned it as a profitable enterprise, integral to the interior design community and dedicated to furthering the profession of interior design. Today, with 15,000 members across 58 countries, Cheryl oversees the strategic direction of IIDA, curates and publishes Perspective, the association’s thought-leadership journal, manages a team of 25 professional staff members, leads the 10-member International Board of Directors, oversees its foundation, and directs outreach and programmatic efforts, including more than a dozen global design competitions, which recognize worldwide excellence in interior design.
Cheryl Durst, Hon. FIIDA
Akilah Halley
Executive Director, Marwen, Chicago, IL
Akilah Halley (she/her), a Marwen alum, was appointed Executive Director in October 2018. Previously, she served as Marwen's Deputy Director (beginning April 2017) and a member of the Board of Trustees (2010-2017). Akilah's experience focuses on human-centered strategies for social change through youth and community development with past roles leading communications with Crown Family Philanthropies, marketing with Urban Gateways, and external relations with Chicago Public Schools. She is a member of Chicago's Cultural Advisory Council and the Leadership Advisory Committee at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also an alum of the Sorkin Center Children Leadership Program and National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program. Akilah served on Mayor Lightfoot's Arts and Culture Transition Committee as Co-Chair and is a former co-chair of Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy. She holds a graduate degree in design planning from the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology and a BFA in industrial design from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Akilah Halley
Dr. Angelita Scott, PhD
Director-Standard Development, Community Concept & Health Equity Advisory Lead
Dr. Angie Scott is Director and Community Concept Lead for the WELL Building Standard and Health Equity Lead at the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). She previously served as an Assistant Professor of Interior Design believing that the built environment should be equitable for everyone regardless of race, gender, age, or ability. Her research takes a preventative approach to the interior environment focusing on the intersection of residential design, housing, and well-being; and cultural well-being and workplace environments. Through these perspectives, she focuses on mental health (stress reduction) and occupant satisfaction. Scott has worked in the interior design profession as a practitioner, educator, and researcher for over 20 years. She earned a Ph.D. in interior design focusing on evidence-based design from the University of Minnesota, holds a DEI Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida, and was named an inaugural ASID Ones To Watch Award Winner and Scholar. Scott believes the building industry can make significant contributions to people's lives through the impact of the built environment on mental, physical, and social well-being. Through the lens of well-being and social justice, she hopes to empower people as change agents for the greater good.
Dr. Angelita Scott, PhD

Why Standards Matter

October 5, 2021,
CDT EDT MDT PDT

Live virtual presentation

This course provides knowledge about BIFMA’s mission and work. The course explains Why Standards Matter to all involved with furniture procurement to ensure decisions are informed by safety, wellness, and sustainability. In this course, you’ll learn about the historical context that drove the need for developing industry-wide furniture performance standards and understand the impact of social, economic, and technological trends on the bottom line for business owners. You'll identify how testing procedures simulate actual use over the life of the product and you will know how to access LEVEL and BIFMA Compliant as the tools to evaluate your furniture selections.

Jennifer Wammack
Director of Outreach, BIFMA, Grand Rapids, MI
Jennifer Wammack is BIFMA’s Director of Outreach, a role created in 2017 to enhance engagement with influencers of the commercial built environment. Since that time, Jennifer has been the organization’s brand ambassador, communicating BIFMA’s message as the industry leader in developing furniture safety, durability, and sustainability standards that ensure product performance and inspire confidence wherever people work, learn, heal, and play. Jennifer holds a BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters of Management in Sustainable Business from Aquinas College.
Jennifer Wammack

ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) Criteria: Investors Influencing Design

October 6, 2021,
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Live virtual presentation

If simply being good stewards of our environment and designing inspiring spaces for the well-being of the occupants and company culture weren't enough to motivate a designer and a client, then perhaps ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) criteria is. If your client hasn't dropped these three letters to you or if you aren't familiar with the world of investors, ESG Criteria are values-based and investors who employ this strategy examine the criteria within the three categories to analyze stocks and their potential return. ESG investors are more interested in what happens during the next decade than the next quarter. Is your company sustainable? So, what does this mean to you: the client, the designer, the developer, the building owner or facility manager? While this is a type of qualitative and quantitative transparency tool developed primarily for company investors - it's also a great guide and reference to influence design. To better understand what ESG Criteria is and the value to both company stakeholders and shareholders, this session will explore companies that have a high ESG score and specifically look at metrics that are heavily influenced by design. We will also look at different market industries to better understand the concept of ESG impact.

Susan Suhar, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, WELL AP, FitWel Amb.
Interior Design Principal, HDR Architecture & Engineering, Los Angeles, CA
An award-winning and accomplished design professional with over 20 years’ experience, Susan is committed to client service and project excellence. With an extensive background in space planning, materiality and innovative details, Susan delivers design solutions that support the client’s needs, vision and brand while enhancing the overall interior experience. Susan's versatile expertise in Health, Life-Science and Workplace markets has resulted in a broader understanding of the effects of the interior environment on the human experience. Holding multiple certifications between LEED, WELL and FitWel, Susan has long been committed to the practice of healthy design for both planet and person. Her passion is creating spaces that are sustainable, inclusive, inspiring and contribute to overall well-being. In addition to leading the Los Angeles Interiors studio, Susan also volunteers her time with organizations such IIDA, LA Business Council and the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council.
Susan Suhar, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, WELL AP, FitWel Amb.
JoAnna Abrams
Founder & CEO, MindClick
As the Founder and CEO of MindClick—a product intelligence company, and its platform Design for Health™, the Digital Studio for Healthy Environments, JoAnna Abrams leads a team dedicated to advancing ESG (environmental, social and governance) in the real estate sector. MindClick rates the environmental and social impacts of manufacturers and their products, creating decision tools and analytics that empower organizations to produce better, specify better, and buy better in support of ESG goals. Prior to MindClick, JoAnna’s notable career experiences include audit and financial for a big 5 accounting firm, brand management and product development for consumer products leaders including PepsiCo and Nestle, continuous performance improvement solutions for Toyota Motor Sales, and strategy, research, and advisory services for Fortune 500 clients. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in finance from the University of Illinois.
JoAnna Abrams

Research Tools: What You Need to Know Now

October 6, 2021,
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Live virtual presentation

Designing offices where people achieve their professional objectives requires information about users and how they work best, space-in-use experiences and expectations, and a range of other important topics. Research tools and technologies are evolving to meet the data needs of designers but material about available research tools/technologies and how they are best used is difficult for both practitioners and researchers to obtain. In this session, individuals pioneering the use of important research tools/technologies will discuss them in a straightforward way. Attendees will leave with the information they need to use valuable research tools/technologies in practice and to work effectively with data collected to develop powerful design solutions.

Sally Augustin, PhD
Principal, Design With Science, La Grange Park, IL
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 clients include design firms, manufacturers, service providers, design user groups, and others, worldwide. Sally, who is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, is also the editor of Research Design Connections, a monthly newsletter with daily blog, that reports and synthesizes the findings of recent and classic research in neuroscience, cognitive science, and other social sciences that are useful to designers, all in everyday language. 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 has written for the Harvard Business School Press. Dr. Augustin has talked about using design to enhance human performance and psychological wellbeing on mass-market national television and radio programs in the United States and in Europe.
Sally Augustin, PhD
Brian Gilligan, PE, SCPM
Research Tools, General Services Administration, Office of Federal High Performance Buildings, Washington, D.C.
Brian Gilligan is a Professional Engineer and Sustainable Design Expert with the Office of Federal High Performance Buildings at GSA. He leads research projects including Wellbuilt for Wellbeing that use state of the art sensing technology to measure the influence of the built environment on human health outcomes in real time. He is now exploring how research methods might inform GSA’s standard practice for typical projects to renovate buildings to make every project an opportunity for learning. Brian also leads the implementation of the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act across government. In this capacity he develops training standards for facilities personnel to enable them to optimize building performance and maintain the investments that the government has made in its people and its portfolio of buildings. Brian holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from RPI and Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford.
Brian Gilligan, PE, SCPM
Ellen Keable, Assoc. AIA, CCMP
Workplace Strategies and Change Management, Jacobs, Buffalo, NY
Ellen Keable addresses the human side of workplace change, bringing research-driven analysis to workplace design strategies to accelerate innovation, performance, satisfaction and well-being. As an architect and social scientist, she focuses on how people use and experience space to optimize human performance. Her client work addresses innovation, mobility, high performance, and well-being in the context of space effectiveness and efficiency. Ellen leads environment-behavior research at Jacobs and is a former chair of the Environmental Design Research Association.
Ellen Keable, Assoc. AIA, CCMP
Casey Lindberg, PhD
Brains, Behaviors, and Built Spaces, HKS, Ann Arbor, MI
As a senior design researcher with HKS, Casey Lindberg is dedicated to the translation of scientific findings to design. With a PhD in experimental psychology and a Master of Architecture, his expertise positions him to study and communicate how the environment affects health, wellbeing, and behavior. Casey is broadly interested in the way different environments affect humans physiologically and psychologically. He has extensive experience using wearable technology and IEQ measures to study how the environment affects physiological health and wellbeing. He is particularly interested in design solutions for the dissimilar effects the environment has on people due to individual differences.
Casey Lindberg, PhD
Babak Soleimani, PhD
Brains, Behaviors, and Built Spaces, HKS, Ann Arbor, MI
Babak Soleimani is a data scientist with the research team at HKS. He holds a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Michigan as well as an M.S. degree in Information from the same institution. His current research is focused on the interaction between human behavior and perception, the built environment, and new technologies by utilizing user-generated datasets from sensors and social media websites. During his time at HKS, Babak has developed Onion, a tool for spatial analysis and behavior visualization. In his doctoral work, Babak has developed new qualitative (storytelling) and quantitative (network) methods and models to help multi-disciplinary design teams with organizing and sharing their vision of complex design situations. Babak has practiced as a designer and a design researcher in architecture as well as software and game development companies.
Babak Soleimani, PhD
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