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Virtual Programs

Today’s rapidly changing world presents major disruption and, at the same time, tremendous new opportunity. There is so much to discuss, evaluate, and learn. NeoCon is thrilled to offer the NeoCon community a series of online programming, beginning in March and running through the physical event in October, that will explore the many ways we can and should Design Anew.

Join us for our series:
"Designing Well"
April 21 and 22
Find details and registration for these 6 programs below.


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.

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Upcoming events

  • Mental Health in the Workplace

    April 21, 2021
    Presented by: Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP (Provisional), Corporate President, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Arlington, VA • Lida Lewis, ASID, WELL AP, WELL Faculty, LEED AP ID+C, Fitwel Ambassador, Director of Interiors, Page, Inc., Baltimore, MD

    The COVID-19 pandemic has put mental health in the spotlight. Employees are contending with environments and cultures that lead to stress, isolation and low engagement. This session will explore how the workplace influences mental health and will outline the range of ways organizations can enhance mental well-being, with an emphasis on strategies in the WELL Building Standard™ v2. It will provide suggestions on how employers can harness design and culture to decrease stress and support a focused, engaged and productive workforce, including key considerations for both a remote workforce and for those returning to the office. This course is AIA approved and qualifies for 1.0 LU. This course is also IDCEC approved and qualifies for 0.1 HSW LU.

  • In the Next Future of Work, Wellbeing, Engagement, and Collaboration Are Paramount

    April 21, 2021
    Presented by: George Athens, AIA, Fitwel Ambassador, Principal, Workplace Studio Leader, SmithGroup, Detroit, MI • Candice Messing, Program Manager, General Motors, Utica, MI • Nancy Kohout, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Engineering Leader, SmithGroup, Chicago, IL

    Wellbeing, both physical and mental, will become an increasingly important component of the next future of work. The advancing body of science proving how design impacts human performance and behavior will be harder for organizations to ignore. Gone are the days when historical metrics such as cost/square foot and first cost drive decisions. This new era will center on people and focus on engagement, productivity, recruitment, and retention. As employee engagement numbers hover around 30%, organizations that move the needle through wellbeing, resiliency, and flexibility will come out ahead. Attendees can expect to learn about wellbeing, people-centered strategies that drive positive culture and result in greater innovation and enhanced productivity. This course is AIA approved and qualifies for 1.0 LU/HSW. This course is also IDCEC approved and qualifies for 0.1 HSW LU.

  • Bring Your Whole Self to Work: Designing for Holistic Employee Wellness

    April 21, 2021
    Presented by: Caroline Morris, Associate, Clive Wilkinson Architects, Los Angeles, CA • Amber Wernick, IIDA, Associate, Clive Wilkinson Architects, Los Angeles, CA • Megan White, LEED AP+ (BD+C, ID+C, O+M), LFA, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador, Chief Sustainability Officer, Integral Group, Oakland, CA

    The COVID-19 crisis forced the world to undertake the largest remote working experiment in history. Endless video calls revealed our homes, partners, kids, and pets, blurring the line between our work and personal lives. We also experienced suffering, isolation, and cultural disconnection which has had a profound impact on our mental health. This session will explore the pandemic’s transformational effect on wellness and the workplace. We will learn about the many dimensions of holistic wellness and how to support wellness beyond the walls of the office for the hybrid workforce of the future. Together we will discover design strategies to achieve employee wellness and ultimately organizational success because when people thrive, business thrives. This course is AIA approved and qualifies for 1.0 LU/HSW. This course is also IDCEC approved and qualifies for 0.1 HSW LU.

  • Empathy in Practice

    April 22, 2021
    Moderated by: Jennifer Busch, Director, Client Partnerships, Eventscape, New York, NY • Presented by: Verda Alexander, Founder and Artist in Residence, Studio O+A, San Francisco, CA • Kia Weatherspoon, NCIDQ, ASID, President + Design Advocate, Determined by Design, Washington, D.C. • Maya Bird-Murphy, Founder and Executive Director, Chicago Mobile Makers, Chicago, IL

    Design is about everything we interact with, and for interior design, it's about combining beauty and function to enhance how users experience a space. But conscientious designers are recognizing they have a larger role to play. Design has become vital to thinking, to process, to solutions, and to action on so many social and environmental issues we find ourselves collectively facing in the 21st Century. Meet a group of optimistic designers taking their skills and talents to the next level by channeling design for real purpose. These practitioners aren't waiting around for change to happen, they are using design as a tool to enable much needed change. This program has been submitted for accreditation and is pending approval. This course is AIA approved and qualifies for 1.0 LU. This course is also IDCEC approved and qualifies for 0.1 LU.

  • Build Back Better: Redefining a New Normal for Healthy Buildings

    April 22, 2021
    Presented by: Eric Corey Freed, RA, LEED Fellow, EcoDistricts AP, LFA, Director of Sustainability, CannonDesign, Portland, OR

    All of our design institutions (healthcare, education, workplace), were built around assumptions and conventional wisdoms that are no longer true. This session will explore how standard and outdated business practices are holding us back from innovating new solutions needed for a post-COVID world and will examine the ways to engage in an innovation strategy to solve problems often assumed to be unsolvable. Based on insight developed working with Fortune 500 clients, Eric Corey Freed will share how organizations, companies, and municipalities can accelerate their plans for sustainability, climate, carbon, equity, or resilience, while addressing the organizational limitations of waste, inefficiency, and fear. This course is AIA approved and qualifies for 1.0 LU/HSW. This course is also IDCEC approved and qualifies for 0.1 HSW LU.

  • The Role of Research on Climate Change, Human Health and the Built Environment

    April 22, 2021
    Presented by: Dr. Whitney Austin Gray, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research, International WELL Building Institute, Washington, D.C. • Dr. Angela Loder, Ph.D., Vice President, Research, International WELL Building Institute, Denver, CO • Dr. Susan Chung, Ph.D., Vice President, Research & Knowledge, American Society of Interior Designers, Washington, D.C.

    COVID-19 has highlighted the link between environmental conditions associated with climate change – such as loss of habitat and air pollution – and infectious respiratory disease. Understanding how regions, cities and buildings can mitigate and adapt to changing climate conditions while reducing environmental impact has created innovative design, construction and policy practices. What is less clear is the exact relationship between human, organizational and community health and building-level climate change and adaptation practices.

    This session will discuss research gaps and opportunities and how building and organizational level practices fit into larger-scale climate change adaptation and mitigation targets. Leaders from IWBI and ASID will discuss how design can further this important work, highlight key areas of research and engage discussion on the broader role of design centered on climate change and human health. This course is AIA approved and qualifies for 1.0 LU/HSW. This course is also IDCEC approved and qualifies for 0.1 HSW LU.


Past events

  • The Office as an Ecosystem

    Presented by: Gemma Riberti, Head of Lifestyle & Interiors, WGSN, London, U.K.

    Why will we return to offices in the future? While working remotely has proven a success for most companies during the pandemic, people are missing other people: work is getting done, yet collaboration, decision-making and serendipitous creative sparks can prove challenging.

    In the future, the opportunity to work together in person will place the physical office at the center of a new work ecosystem. This office will be less about a place to work and more about a hub for connection and collaboration across both physical and digital dimensions. Together we'll discuss how the physical workplace will need to evolve from an obligation into a destination, and become an integrated ecosystem of flexible spaces designed for multiple activities. Our conversation will investigate the opportunities as well as the challenges in designing spaces and products for this new office ecosystem: provide insight into how the future of the office is taking shape, contextualized within macro lifestyle consumer shifts that look two to five years ahead; show how to build an efficient long-term strategy to engage with the new future workforce that is being delineated; and explore the products that will not only meet but also help anticipate the needs of such a workforce, as well as the key sectors to invest into. This course qualifies for 1.0 AIA LU and 1.0 IDCEC CE hour.

  • The Power of Together: Reimagining Our Future Workplaces

    Presented by: Randy Howder, IIDA, AIA, Managing Director, Principal, Gensler, San Francisco, CA • Natalie Engels, IIDA, Principal, Global Technology Practice Leader, Gensler, San Jose, CA • Eric Kline, Director, Global Workplace Experience, Adobe, Saratoga, CA

    As our hybrid future of work comes into focus, smart organizations are leveraging unprecedented flexibility and choice that will empower employees to design their own experiences. The hybrid workplace represents an entirely new model, requiring different space types, more integration of new collaborative technologies, and an entirely new connection between employees and management. These changes will cause major impacts on company culture and policies that will require new partnerships and tighter synchronicity across internal organizations. This session will explore the benefits, opportunities, and risks of this new era of the workplace and will arm attendees with the tools and insights they need to navigate this bright new future of work. Learn how Adobe, which was in the midst of the largest workplace transformation in its history when the pandemic hit, is planning for a very different future, one where its employees are at the center of everything they do. This course qualifies for 1.0 AIA LU and 1.0 IDCEC CE hour.

  • The Power of Place—The New Next Workplace

    Presented by: Daniel Herriott, LEED GA, ASSOC. IIDA, Director of Design, Interiors, HOK, San Francisco, CA • Gale Moutrey, Global VP, Brand Experience + Workplace Innovation, Steelcase Inc., Toronto, ON • Diana Stanisic, IIDA, ASID, Interior Designer, Associate, HOK, Atlanta, GA

    COVID-19 will not only change the way we work, it will change how we interact with people and physical objects. As we return to the workplace, we will have to not only rethink the way we engage with the space, but how we interact with each other. A new social dynamic will be created with potential for unease, increased anxiety and conflict. Adding that to the fact that we are living in a world where we are constantly connected, and the in-flow of information seems never-ending, the inability to disconnect is causing a dramatic increase in stress levels amongst workers today. We are also living in a time where exponential change is being driven by advances and rapid development of new autonomous technology. Hence, we are seeing the parallel rise of the machine age and the rise of the human factor. These two streams were already converging in the workplace and changing not only the tools we use, but when, where and how we work as well. Going forward we need to create environments that can help accommodate all and address the physical and social challenges we now face. This course qualifies for 1.0 AIA LU and 1.0 IDCEC CE hour.

  • How Other Design Sectors Can Influence the Future of Workplace Design

    Presented by: Eric Yorath, BFA, BCIN, LEED AP, Principal, Figure3, Toronto, ON • Mardi Najafi, MDes Hons, BDes, ACIDO, LEED AP, IDC, Director, Retail Design, Figure3, Toronto, ON • Bob Fox, B.Arch, AIA, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP, Chairman and Principal, FOX Architects, Washington, D.C. • Sherif Ayad, Founder and President, ID & Design International, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    The appetite of today’s workforce to work wherever and however they want continues to grow. The role of the office is quickly changing from a traditional 9–5 mandate, to more of a hub for collaboration celebrating corporate culture and brand identity. Business owners are searching for new, innovative ways to achieve intuitive connection between employees and this new place of work.

    As such, the role of designers must adapt and explore new ways of facilitating these new connections. ONE Global Design is a strategic alliance of best-in-class Architecture and Interior Design firms bringing together industry expertise, talent, and thought leadership. This panel of ONE Global Design members will explore how techniques and strategies from other design sectors can better inform workplace design in the future. This course qualifies for 1.0 AIA LU and 1.0 IDCEC CE hour.

  • Changing Face of Design—How the Design Industry Is Supporting the Workforce Differently

    Moderated by: Ray Ehscheid, RDI, IIDA, Director of Client Services, IA Interior Architects, New York, NY • Presented by: Neil Schneider, IIDA, Design Director, IA Interior Architects, Chicago, IL • Guy Messick, AIA, Director of Design Intelligence, IA Interior Architects, San Francisco, CA • Tish Kruse, RID, LEED AP, Senior Director of Workplace Strategy, IA Interior Architects, Chicago, IL

    In 2020 the world as we knew it shifted. Our roles as designers, architects, technologists and strategists have allowed us to accommodate for this shift by pushing our creativity even further. We are no longer tethered to designing only physical environments for our clients; we are being challenged to rethink the way the virtual and built environments merge into one seamless ecosystem supporting the distributed workforce globally. With the urgency to foster employee engagement, organizations are willing to experiment and reinvent, now more than ever. IA will discuss three fundamental ways it is collaborating with clients through this paradigm shift, and share lessons learned. These include the creation and use of the virtual environment, workplace experience applications, and technology integration into the physical workplace. This course qualifies for 1.0 AIA LU and 1.0 IDCEC CE hour.