6:45 AM - 7:30 AM        

YOGA Sponsored by Sunbrella:

7:45 AM - 8:20 AM        

Networking Breakfast

8:20 AM - 9:20 AM          

Morning General Session: Mindfulness

Introduction: Mike Stanley, Publisher, interiors+sources

Presenter: Catherine Minervini, A&D Regional Manager, Sunbrella

Description: Practicing mindfulness in our day-to-day lives offers a way to pay attention to the present moment, help reduce stress, anxiety, conflict, and increase resilience, while improving communications in the workplace and at home. During this session, Catherine will talk about what mindfulness is, where it started and how to bring it into your projects and your life. The balance of daily schedules is important for all involved, personally and professionally – designers, manufacturers, and end users. With closer evaluation of health and wellness related to the built environment, an opportunity for daily mindfulness to support balance is an important aspect of everyone’s life.

Learning Objectives:

● Identify the physical and mental health benefits associated with mindfulness

● What companies are providing mindfulness training and practice to their employees

● How to become more mindful and incorporate mindfulness into work environments

● How to incorporate mindfulness into the design process

9:35 AM - 10:50 AM

Breakout Sessions: Product Design Challenge

Introduction: Steven Sloan, Associate Publisher, ‍‍‍interiors+sources

‍‍‍Presenters: Donald Strum, Principal, Michael Graves A&D | Jane Rohde, Principal, JSR Associates, Inc.

Description: Background information shall be presented on four products that are currently in the marketplace that are prime for re-design – both functionally and aesthetically. These include the re-design of the existing housekeeping cart, the evolution of a smart chair, the forward-thinking development of a nutrition station combined with a hydration station, and the redesign of the ineffective walker with tennis balls. The presentation will provide historical context and suggestions for moving product designs into the future. The audience will be divided into four groups with mixed experience in four primary sectors: Healthcare, Hospitality, Education, and Workplace to provide an interactive portion of the session to evaluate and re-design through a charrette the four products under review. The session will conclude by having report outs from each group; sharing sketches, ideas, and potential next steps for new and better product designs that positively impact people’s lives.

Learning Objectives:

● Evaluate current products – their history and challenges

● Provide innovative discussion around improved product designs

● Engage attendees into the product design process based upon their interior design experience

● Interactive presentation of potential design solutions that improve people’s health and wellness

Healthcare/Hospitality/Education/Workplace | Collaborative Group A

Product Design Challenge: Housekeeping Cart

Moderator: Donald Strum, Principal, Michael Graves A&D

Hospitality/Healthcare/Education/Workplace | Collaborative Group B

Product Design Challenge: Smart Chair

Moderator: Shawn Nichols, National Sales Manager - Architecture & Design, Mooreco Inc.

Education/Hospitality/Healthcare/Workplace | Collaborative Group C

Product Design Challenge: Hydration & Nutrition Station

Moderator: Jane Rohde, Principal, JSR Associates, Inc.

Workplace/Education/Hospitality/Healthcare | Collaborative Group D

Product Design Challenge: Walker with Tennis Balls

Moderator: Lesley Roberts, Director of Business Development A & D, Kwalu

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM        

Executive & Supplier Badge Pickup

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sponsor Meeting Area Set-up

4:00 PM - 4:10 PM          

Conference Welcome

Speakers: Philip McKay, CEO, nGage Events and Steven Sloan, Associate Publisher, ‍‍‍interiors+sources‍‍‍

4:10 PM - 4:20 PM  

Introduction of Advisory Council:

Conference Chair: Jane Rohde, CHID, ACHA, AIA, FIIDA, LEED AP BD+C, Green Globes CIEB Assessor, Principal, JSR Associates, Inc

Advisory Board Members: Glenn Haussman, Publisher, No Vacancy | Toni Gocke Wyre, ASID, LEED AP, AIA Affiliate, Sr. Associate Interior Designer, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects | Jim Halloran, Practice Leader Interior Design,  HOK | Lauren Erickson-Caquelin,  Procurement Officer, JSR Associates, Inc

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM

Keynote Presentation: Welcome to the Intersection of Regenerative Design and Health & Wellness - Are You Up for the Challenge?

Introduction: Jackie Dettmar, VP of Commercial Product Development & Design, Mohawk Group (from Mohawk Industries)

Presenter: Jason McLennan, CEO, McLennan Design
Description: The world we live in is vastly different then the world we knew when we were born. The rate of change we see in all facets of society are beginning to outstrip our personal abilities to understand and process the nature of the changes required for adaptation. The impacts of the age of the ‘Anthropocene’ are now clearly coming into focus – calling for new designs and new focuses.  Are we up to the challenge?  How do people remain healthy in this new emerging paradigm?  How does the entire field of sustainability and design adapt?  Join designer, thought leader and trouble maker Jason F. McLennan, for a lively and informative keynote presentation on the nature of change in turbulent times and how to remain healthy, balanced and focused as a leader and designer.

Learning Objectives:

● Learn about the biological basis for health and wellness in architecture

● Learn how changes in climate and technology affect sustainability and health

● Learn about cutting edge Living Building Projects and Case Studies

● Learn about new design process strategies and thought models

5:00 PM - 5:40 PM          

General Session Panel: Social Responsibility - A Manufacturer's Perspective

Introduction and Panel Moderator: Jason McLennan, CEO, McLennan Design

Panel Members: Jackie Dettmar, VP of Commercial Product Development & Design, Mohawk Group | Sarena Krueger, Director of Marketing – Commercial, Mechoshade | Jon Strassner, Director of Workplace Strategies, Humanscale

Description: Based upon Jason McLennan’s over view of health and wellness within the built environment, he shall moderate a panel of manufacturers to discuss their viewpoints and initiatives regarding social responsibility within their production facilities, design processes, and overall research and development of new product solutions that meet the emerging paradigm of balancing the earth’s resources, the health and wellness of employees as the most valued asset, and the ultimate end users of their products.

Learning Objectives:

● Learn about manufacturers’ challenges producing sustainable products

● Learn how social responsibility is enacted by product manufacturers

● Learn about processes to develop new products focusing on health & wellness transparency

● Learn how workforce development includes a focus on health & wellness

5:40 PM - 6:20 PM

General Session Panel: The Building Industry's New Frontier in Transparency: Social Justice

Panel Moderator: Rochelle Routman, Chief Sustainability Officer, Aspecta

Panel Members: Jason McLennan, CEO, McLennan Design | Sunny Reed, Senior Interior Project Designer, Perkins+Will | Randy Fiser, CEO, ASID | Jennifer Carter, Principal, Studio 8 Architects

Description:  Huge accomplishments in transparency have been made in the building industry, particularly with respect to product ingredients.  However, the newest frontier in transparency in the building industry is social justice.  Social justice goes beyond the basic tenets of corporate social responsibility, such as volunteerism and green buildings, and addresses the organizational relationship to the individual, including the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges.  Rochelle Routman, who has led transparency initiatives within the building products industry, is excited to lead this dynamic panel which is sure to be a provocative discussion.

Learning Objectives:

● Learn about a transparency program for social justice, the JUST label

● Learn from Jason McLennan on why he developed the JUST label

● Learn from others in the design industry about why they are concerned with this topic and what action they are taking

● Understand information about the JUST certification  

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

General Session Panel: Measuring Outcomes of Design: ASID HQ Living Laboratory Research

Introduction: Jon Leach, A+D Manager, National Office Furniture

Presenter: Randy Fiser, CEO, ASID

Description: As we spend over 90 percent of our time indoors, our physical surroundings have a significant impact on our lives – how we live, work, play, learn, and heal. With work changing rapidly and consuming a substantial part of our lives, the physical workplace plays a critical role that can lead to outcomes such as, health, wellness, productivity, and engagement. These outcomes are not limited to just workplace design, but may have subsequent effects in other environments. Using ongoing post-occupancy research conducted at the ASID HQ living laboratory, explore the principles to creating healthy spaces, the protocols and culture needed to achieve wellness, and the measures for demonstrating the impact of design.

Learning Objectives:  

● Explain the impact design has on our lives

● Identify design principles/practices that promote health and wellness

● Review a two-year, ongoing case study using design and research to demonstrate outcomes of design

● Apply findings from research and design to various design sectors    

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM    

Welcome Reception & Food Stations

Description: A networking reception and food stations for all attendees designed to foster interaction among executives and build relationships with potential clients and customers.

7:50 AM - 8:20 AM        

Networking Breakfast

8:20 AM - 9:20 AM          

Morning General Session: Integrating Health Enhancing Strategies in Workplace Design: SFTool's Health & Buildings Module

Introduction: Libby Laguta, President, AAHID

Presenter: Michael Bloom, High-Performance Buildings Program Advisor, GSA  

Description: This session will discuss how buildings can impact health and well-being by introducing the audience to SFTool.gov, GSA’s High-Performance Buildings and Procurement tool, a free resource that supports design teams through integrated strategies that improve efficiency, occupant health and financial performance.  Participants will experience a live demo of SFTool’s new Buildings and Health Module  that highlights the financial benefits and shares best practices for proactively improving health outcomes and reducing health risks in buildings, including strategies such as circadian light, ventilation and biophilia

Learning Objectives:

● How to identify and prioritize cost-effective building and procurement strategies that improve health and environmental performance.

● How to integrate health and wellbeing and sustainable practices into projects and procurements beyond large mechanical systems & expert-led construction projects.

● How to improve health in buildings through behavioral and organizational solutions in addition to physical design strategies.

● How to advocate and support an integrated approach that includes health enhancing strategies from the beginning of the design process.

9:30 AM - 11:55 AM

Boardroom Presentations

Description: 25 minute Supplier Market Segment Focused Boardroom Presentations

Healthcare - Education - Hospitality - Workplace

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Networking Lunch

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM          

Market Segment Focused Breakout Sessions

Healthcare: Lessons Learned:  Health & Wellness Design, Measuring Expectations

Introduction: Jane Rohde, Principal, JSR Associates | Speaker: TPG Architecture

Speaker: Suzanne Barnes, Director of Design, Westminster Communities

Description: The presentation will highlight the integrative design process that is includes the engagement of end users to glean important information that is subsequently used to improve healthcare and senior living design projects. Case studies will be utilized to provide examples of successful project outcomes that include the use of methodologies supporting the use of life cycle and sustainability that support health and wellness outcomes. The lessons learned will provide the measures of success and the baseline for future projects.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the diverse lessons learned from interactions between Decision makers which include residents/patients, staff, administration, codes, maintenance, and marketing

2. Show how various focus groups contribute to Health and Wellness

3. Discuss how previous research about life cycle methodology intersects with Modern Day Sustainability

4. Share Lessons Learned from case studies

Hospitality: Like Nowhere Else in the World: Designing the Guest Experience

Introduction: Glenn Haussman, Publisher, No Vacancy

Speaker: Karen Nichols, Principal, Michael Graves A&D | Patrick Burke, Principal, Michael Graves A&D

Description: Case Study Project: Today’s savvy travelers seek unique experiences that resonate with history, culture and a sense of place, and promote wellness and even learning.  Financial experts note that spending on travel and dining experiences is outpacing demand for goods and personal consumption.  This shift is driving growth in the hospitality industry worldwide. In response, owners and operators, architects and designers look at forecasts and trends to stay ahead of the market. In this session, two architects and interior designers from Michael Graves Architecture & Design will draw on their 30+ years of experience in hospitality design to discuss three trends that continue to shape the guest experience: context and character; sustainability and wellness; and integration of design at all scales.  They will also describe how hospitality trends have influenced design for the workplace, healthcare and education.

Learning Objectives:                                              

1. Identify long-lasting trends that have transformed hospitality design and influenced the workplace, healthcare and education

2. Explore how to capitalize on the physical and cultural context of a resort locale to influence design, construction and ultimately the guest experience

3. Understand the continuity between sustainable design of sites, buildings and interiors and personal wellness

4. Learn how the guest experience is considered at all scales, with emphasis on functionality as well as appearance

Education: MLK Jr. School

Introduction: Toni Wyre, Senior Associate, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architect

Speaker: Katie Herber, Sustainability Specialist at Perkins Eastman | Jana Silsby, Principal at Perkins Eastman

Description: Case Study Pro‍‍‍ject: MLK Jr. School:  How does one know whether the design of a building has achieved its goals; what metrics and processes are necessary to ascertain project success; and how does a design firm develop a practice of evaluation to inform innovation? Join us for a discussion of how a new, comprehensive Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluation process is being developed for a design firm in order to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative information that can demonstrate actual building performance. This process will be illustrated via a case study of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School, a new PreK-8 school located in Cambridge, MA. The presenters will discuss the goals of the school, the process and design strategies implemented, and how the project success has been measured using a comprehensive Pre-OE/POE process including the collection of actual indoor environmental quality metrics and surveys of occupant perceptions.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define factors that create 21st century learning environment.

2. Learn how sustainable design strategies can be used to improve occupant comfort and performance in school environments.

3. Discover how a design firm is piloting a Pre-OE and POE process to develop protocols for research initiatives.

4. Understand how to evaluate the success of a design project using quantitative and qualitative metrics.

Workplace: TD Bank: First WELL v1 Project and Research Findings

Introduction: Kadie Yale, Editor-in-Chief, Interiors + Sources Magazine

Speaker: Jim Halloran, Practice Leader Interior Design, HOK

Description: Case Study Project: This program will provide an overview of the WELL Building Standard in relationship to its utilization on the Toronto Dominion (TD) Bank building located in Toronto in Ontario, Canada. The space certified is 25,000 square feet on the 23rd floor of the building that impacts 170 employees. A timeline and schedule will demonstrate the integrated team process utilized to achieve a WELL Gold Certification, including a review of the key WELL criteria that was met to become certified. The evidence based design approach will be discussed and includes the primary research utilized to be successful in achieving certification. There was an opportunity to complete comparable data from an existing floor and the changes made in the renovated floor to support the outcomes – allowing for the opportunity to measure and record comparable data that supports performance and occupants’ comments on health and wellness initiatives and their effectiveness. The presentation will close with information on the return on investment of utilizing the WELL Building Standard for the case study project.

Learning Objectives:                                            

1. Review of WELL in relationship to the design of productive Workspaces.

2. Utilization of a performance-based framework to measure outcomes.

3. Utilization of building design and operations to support public health needs.

4. Provide the results and business case of a WELL certified building project.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM  

Market Segment Focused Breakout Sessions

Description: A facilitated discussion among designers & manufacturers and the commonalities between the breakouts.

Healthcare: Healthcare Challenges: Let's Talk!

Facilitators: Jane Rohde, Principal, JSR Associates | Jodi Fazio, Kwalu

Description: A facilitated discussion among designers & manufacturers to review healthcare design current trends, concerns, and issues. The discussion will be focused upon perceived regulatory barriers, product needs, product failure issues, design directions for hospitals, outpatient settings, and long-term care communities. The goal of the session is to result in a summary that will be shared with the attendees and to seek out solutions to various issues in the healthcare and senior living marketplace that are considered “Beyond Design Connections – Opportunities to Collaboratively Solve Problems”.

Learning Objectives:

1. Review top topics that are trending in healthcare and senior living

2. Evaluate challenges and barriers to quality person-centered design

3. Share lessons learned on product specification and potential failures

4. Share solutions that have been successful within healthcare and senior living environments‍‍.

Hospitality: Hospitality Challenges: Let's Talk!

Facilitators: Glenn Haussman, Publisher, No Vacancy | Ric Marencic, Design Principal/ Studio Leader, JCJ Architecture

Description: A facilitated discussion among designers & manufacturers to review hospitality design current trends, concerns, and issues. The discussion will be focused upon changes in the hospitality market (i.e. advent of Airbnb), product needs, product failure issues, design directions for various types of hospitality settings. The goal of the session is to result in a summary that will be shared with the attendees and to seek out solutions to various issues in the hospitality marketplace that are considered “Beyond Design Connections – Opportunities to Collaboratively Solve Problems”.

Learning Objectives:

1. Review top topics that are trending in hospitality and retail

2. Provide quality examples of the importance of designing for the “hospitality experience”

3. Share lessons learned on product specification and potential failures

4. Share interior design solutions that have been successful within the hospitality marketplace

Education: Education Challenges: Let's Talk!

Facilitators: Toni Wyre, Senior Associate, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects | Katie Herber, Sustainability Specialist, Perkins Eastman

Description: A facilitated discussion among designers & manufacturers to review education design current trends, concerns, and issues. The discussion will be focused upon changes in the education market (i.e. addressing similarities between education and workplace spaces, addressing active shooter incidents, biophilia and student outcomes, etc.), product needs, product failure issues, design directions for various types of educational settings. The goal of the session is to result in a summary that will be shared with the attendees and to seek out solutions to various issues in educational settings that are considered “Beyond Design Connections – Opportunities to Collaboratively Solve Problems”.

Learning Objectives:

1. Review top topics that are trending in education

2. Provide quality examples of the importance of designing for the “educational experience”

3. Share lessons learned on product specification and potential failures

4. Share interior design solutions that have been successful within the education marketplace as it changes in the future

Workplace: Workplace Challenges: Let's Talk!

Facilitators: Jim Halloran, Practice Leader Interior Design, HOK | Shernise Richardson, Project Designer, JSR Associates, Inc.

Description: A facilitated discussion among designers & manufacturers to review workplace design current trends, concerns, and issues. The discussion will be focused upon changes in the workplace market (i.e. wework, common.com, technology advancements, impacts of WELL and Fitwel on corporate culture, workforce need for flexibility, etc.), product needs, product failure issues, design directions for various types and scales of workplace settings. The goal of the session is to result in a summary that will be shared with the attendees and to seek out solutions to various issues in the workplace sector that are considered “Beyond Design Connections – Opportunities to Collaboratively Solve Problems”.

Learning Objectives:

1. Review top topics that are trending in the workplace

2. Provide quality examples of the importance of designing for the “workplce experience”

3. Share lessons learned on product specification and potential failures

4. Share interior design solutions that have been successful within the workplace marketplace

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM

General Session Part 2: Highlights from each Segment Breakout & Key Take Aways for Everyone: It's a Wrap!

Description: All participants will come together for the wrap-up and report from the four breakout sessions.

Healthcare: Speakers: Jane Rohde, Principal, JSR Associates | Jodi Fazio, Kwalu

Hospitality: Speakers: Glenn Haussman, Publisher, No Vacancy | Ric Marencic, Design Principal/ Studio Leader, JCJ Architecture

Education: Speakers: Toni Wyre, Senior Associate, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects | Katie Herber, Sustainability Specialist, Perkins Eastman

Workplace: Speakers: Jim Halloran, Practice Leader Interior Design, HOK | Shernise Richardson, Project Designer, JSR Associates, Inc.

3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Meeting Zone

Scheduled Meeting Appointments with Suppliers, Architects, Designers and interiors+sources editors

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Open Time

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Cocktail Reception

Description: A cocktail networking reception designed to foster interaction and build relationships with other executive attendees, potential clients and customers.

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Awards Dinner & After Celebration

Description: Dinner and Design Connections Awards followed by a post dinner gathering.

Day 2 - Monday, October 8, 2018

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VENUE

10:50‍‍‍ AM - 11:30 AM  

General Session: Presenting the Results of the Product Design Challenge

Moderator: Donald Strum, Principal, Michael Graves A&D

Panelists: Representatives from Collaborative Group A through Group D identified at beginning of session.

11:45 AM - 12:35 PM

Boardroom Presentations

Description: 25 minute Supplier Market Segment Focused Boardroom Presentations

Healthcare - Education - Hospitality - Workplace

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM          

Networking Lunch

2:00 PM - 3:25 PM          

Boardroom Presentations

Description: 25 minute Supplier Market Segment Focused Boardroom Presentations

Healthcare - Education - Hospitality - Workplace

3:40 PM - 6:00 PM

Meeting Zone

Scheduled Meeting Appointments with Suppliers, Architects, Designers and interior+sources editors

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Open Time

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM