NeoCon Announces Education Lineup for 2021 Event

Chicago, IL, August 5, 2021-With two months until NeoCon, October 4 to 6 at TheMart in Chicago, the show is pleased to announce a lineup of onsite, as well as virtual, educational presentations that will provoke important discourse and explore timely topics within the ever- evolving sectors of workplace, healthcare, hospitality, education, and more. 

2021 Keynotes and Special Programming will be presented onsite at NeoCon and also available for viewing via livestream. Onsite attendance will have limited capacity and programming registration is required. Livestreams will be available to all NeoCon registrants via NeoCon’s new online platform, the NeoCon Hub (and do not require separate registration). They include:

Monday, October 4

 ● Keynote: “Furniture for the City”: Recasting Urban Design through Micro-Activation;

Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang; 11:00 am CDT

● Special Program theMART 2.0: A New Era; Todd Heiser, Gensler Chicago, Sheryl Schulze, Gensler Chicago; 2:00 pm CDT

Tuesday, October 5

 ● Special Program: You’ve Got to be From the Future to Design a Resilient Workplace: From the Sketchbook of a Workplace Futurist, Design Thinker, and Agility Researcher; Marti Konstant, Workplace Futurist; 9:00 am CDT

● Keynote: The Medici Effect: Innovation at the Intersection; Frans Johansson, The Medici Group; 11:00 am CDT

● Special Program: Expanding Your Practice: Designing for the Residential Market; Lauren Rottet, Rottet Studio; 2:00 pm CDT

Wednesday, October 6

● Keynote: Taming Push Me Pull You: KOO's Integrated Architectural and Interior Design PracticeJackie Koo, KOO11:00 am CDT


CEU sessions can be accessed when they run live online, or can be viewed at any time on demand (for accreditation) October 8 through November 6. CEU program tracks are $125/track or $100/track when more than one track is purchased. Advance registration is required. Session highlights include:

Monday, October 4

● CEU Sustainability Track: So a Designer and an Activist Walk Into a Bar...; Verda Alexander, Studio O+A, Jon Strassner, LEED AP, ASID; 12:00 pm CDT

● CEU Design Skills 1 Track: Discovering Nature’s Crossover Colors: Updated Trends in Classics; Leatrice Eiseman, Eiseman Center for Color Information & Training; 3:00 pm CDT

Tuesday, October 5

● CEU Design Skills 2 Track: Enabling the Future: How to Design a More Equitable Talent PipelineCheryl Durst, Hon. FIIDA, IIDAAkilah Halley, Marwen, Dr. Angelita Scott, PhD, Georgia Southern University and Angie Scott Design; 12:00 pm CDT

● CEU Workplace Track: Solving The Right Problem: Strategies for a Re-imagined Future of Work; Arnold Levin, Gensler; 1:30 pm CDT

Wednesday, October 6

● CEU Wellness Track: Fractal Vision: A Stress-Reductive Approach to the Built Environment;

 Anastasija Lesjak, INNOCAD / 13&9 Design Richard Taylor, University of Oregon, Jackie Dettmar, AIA, IIDA, Mohawk Group; 9:00 am CDT

● CEU Healthcare Track: International Healthcare Planning and Design in the Age of Infectious Disease, Mark Banholzer, AIA, NCARB, LEED, HOK, Heather Fenniman, HOK,Will McConnell, AIA, LEED, HOK;10:30 am CDT

Related Topics:Rottet Studio, The American Institute of Architects, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Mohawk Industries