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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.

We kick things off with our series:
"A Return to Togetherness:  Designing the Next Workplace"
March 24 and 25
Find details and registration for these 5 programs below.

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Upcoming events

  • The Office as an Ecosystem

    March 24, 2021
    CDT EDT MDT PDT
    Presented by: Gemma Riberti, Head of Lifestyle & Interiors, WGSN, London, U.K.
    [NC0301]

    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 program has been submitted for accreditation and is pending approval.


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  • The Power of Together: Reimagining Our Future Workplaces

    March 24, 2021
    CDT EDT MDT PDT
    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
    [NC0302]

    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 program has been submitted for accreditation and is pending approval.


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  • The Power of Place—The New Next Workplace

    March 24, 2021
    CDT EDT MDT PDT
    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
    [NC0303]

    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 program has been submitted for accreditation and is pending approval.


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

    March 25, 2021
    CDT EDT MDT PDT
    Presented by: Eric Yorath, MFAD, 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
    [NC0304]

    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 program has been submitted for accreditation and is pending approval.


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

    March 25, 2021
    CDT EDT MDT PDT
    Moderated by: Ray Ehscheid, RDI, Associate 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
    [NC0305]

    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 program has been submitted for accreditation and is pending approval.


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