NeoCon Announces Highlights of Education Schedule

Chicago, IL, March 10, 2017—From June 12 to14, NeoCon will draw more than 50,000 design professionals to The Mart in Chicago, Illinois.

NeoCon 2017’s diverse educational program brings forth themes, ideas and issues that influence the next big movements and shape the built environments of tomorrow. Presented by thought leaders from a range of disciplines, topics include “branding in hospitality design,” “the role of serendipity in the workplace,” and “empathy and design.”

New for 2017, NeoCon is debuting “Icons @ NeoCon,” a special series of seminars headlined by four seasoned design and business experts: Lauren Rottet, founding principal and president of Rottet Studio; Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and CEO of IIDA; Carol Ross Barney, founder and president of Ross Barney Architects; and Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871.

Here are a few highlights of some of the 2017 NeoCon educational sessions by day:

June 12—

2017 Icons @ NeoCon Series, Hospitality Comes to the Office, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, NCARB, founding principal and president of Rottet Studio;

Empathy + Design: When Service Design Meets Interior Design; 11:00 a.m. to noon, Christina Donaldson, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, design strategist, Gensler, Dallas, Texas and Mike McKeown, strategy director, Gensler, Dallas, Texas;

Life-cycle Thinking and Human Health, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Holley Henderson, LEED AP, founder, H2 Ecodesign, Atlanta, Georgia;

Rise of Human Factor, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Pam Light, FIIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, regional leader, workplace, HOK, Culver City, California and Brad Liebman, LEED GA, regional leader, workplace, HOK, St. Louis, Missouri.

June 13—

2017 Icons @ NeoCon Series, Livable Cities: The Role Urban Design and Architecture Play, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Ross Barney Architects, Chicago, Illinois;

2017 Icons @ NeoCon Series, Designing for the 50%; Hospitality for the Savvy Traveling Woman, 11:00 a.m. to noon, Meg Prendergast, principal, The Gettys Group, Chicago, Illinois, Cheryl Durst, IIDA, executive vice-president and CEO, Chicago, Illinois

Mari Balestrazzi, vice president of design, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Chicago, IL

Are Headphones Really the Answers?, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sarah Springer, IIDA, LEED AP, design principal, interiors, Jacobs, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Timothy Foulkes, FASA, INCE, principal consultant, Cavanaugh Tocci, Sudbury, Massachusetts;  

Designing a Brand Through Art and Architecture: A Tale of Two Hospitals, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Julie Robertson, IIDA, senior interior designer, HDR, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Alena Sakalouski, AIA, healthcare planner, women’s services leader, architect, HDR, Minneapolis, Minnesota;

Blending Interiors and Exteriors: How Gardens Enhance Every Room, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eric Groft, FASLA, principal, Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, Washington, DC.

June 14—

2017 Icons @ NeoCon Series, Lessons Learned Building the Largest Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in the U.S., 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Howard Tullman, CEO, 1871, Chicago, Illinois;

Designing a Workplace for Non-Profits, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Jim Kales, CEO, Aspire, Hillside, Illinois, Marc Adelman, AIA, CFM, CCS, principal, tvsdesign, Chicago, Illinois and Jennifer Sobecki, CEO, Designs for Dignity, Chicago, Illinois;

Designing for Innovation: The Role of Serendipity in the Workplace, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Lise Newman, AIA, director, workplace practice, Smith Group JJR, Detroit, Michigan and Arnold Levin, principal, workplace, Smith Group JJR, Chicago, Illinois;

Use Every Inch in Educational Environments!, 11:00 a.m. to noon, Daniela Voith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, principal, Voith & Mactavish Architects, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Sennah Loftus, LEED AP, senior associate, Voith & Mactavish Architects, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The NeoCon 2017 website and complementary online registration is open at On-site Registration: $35. Keynote Presentations: Free. CEU Seminar details and registration will go live on March 10. One-hour CEU Seminar: $60 each online by June 9; $70 each onsite. 

Related Topics:The American Institute of Architects, Rottet Studio