ASID Virtual Conference 2021

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Connect with hundreds of attendees from our nationwide design community for exclusive opportunities for learning and inspiration. PLUS dedicated time to meet with leading manufacturers and industry partners. Experience networking opportunities, digital presentations ranging from keynotes to panels, and ASID signature events and content.

The event is open to all designers and industry professionals, FREE of charge. More information to come.


  • SCAD EQ22: EQ in Tomorrow's Built Environment (Opening Keynote)

    Opening Keynote for the ASID Virtual Conference

    Hear from design luminary Paula Wallace in her opening keynote showcasing the impact of design.

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    Paula Wallace, creative entrepreneur and president of SCAD, casts a vision for how designers can create demonstrably more sustainable, inclusive, and joyful environments in a post-pandemic world.

    Presented as part of the 2021 ASID Virtual Conference on July 19, 2021.

    Paula S. Wallace

    President and Founder, Savannah College of Art and Design

    2021 ASID Honorary Fellow and 2017 ASID Design Luminary Award Honoree

    Paula Wallace founded SCAD in Savannah, Georgia, in 1978. As president, she has led the university’s expansion and pioneered learning across over 100 degree programs. She has overseen SCAD’s rehabilitation of more than 100 historic structures, garnering global acclaim. Under her leadership, SCAD interior design has earned DesignIntelligence’s top ranking an unprecedented 13 times. Wallace is an honorary AIA member, a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, recipient of ASID’s Design Luminary Award, the Arthur Ross Award for Stewardship, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award, the Roger Milliken Honorary AIA Legacy Award, and more.

  • Innovate to Communicate the User Experience (CEU)

    Learn innovative strategies to connect with stakeholders in the design process and fully convey the user experience.

    Learn innovative strategies to connect with stakeholders in the design process and fully convey the user experience.

    Supported by
    ASID Foundation


    Communicating your vision of how people will experience a space is a critical component in participatory design. Occupants and stakeholders need both informed solutions and to be fully engaged and invested in the project. Learn from ASID Foundation grant recipients as they present their findings and processes on conveying the user experience through technology, community focus groups, and other innovations in the design process. 

    Format: On-demand 

    Content has been pre-recorded and is available for you to watch at the scheduled time. 


    Continuing Education Approval 
    • 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW | CC-114947 (Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf)

    Emily Roberts, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor, Interior Design

    Oklahoma State University

    Dr. Emily Roberts is an Associate Professor of Interior Design at Oklahoma State University and has a research focus in Environmental Gerontology, the study of the person-environment fit between older adults and the physical environment. As an Environmental Gerontologist, Dr. Roberts has studied the factors involved in aging in place, as well as evolving models of long-term care, particularly for older adults with dementia and their families. Dr. Roberts has conducted research in the United States in Special Care Units for individuals with dementia, as well as in Canada, focusing on government funded community-based long-term care programs.

    Susanne Angarano, ASID, CID, WELL AP

    Principal, Senior Interior Designer

    Vaysen Studio

    Susanne Angarano, ASID, CID, WELL AP is the founder and a principal at Vaysen Studio. Her extensive experience includes a focus on learning environment strategy and design, and holistic sustainable design work. Capturing intangible qualities in a tangible way is why Susanne is an exceptional designer and facilitator, always seeking to dig deeper into culture and context, to uncover and realize project and stakeholder potential. Susanne is the recipient of the 2019 ASID Ones to Watch award, and her interior design work on MacArthur Elementary school was awarded honorable mention at the 2019 ASID Outcome of Design Awards. 

    Shabboo Valipoor, Ph.D., EDAC

    Assistant Professor, Interior Design

    University of Florida

    Shabboo Valipoor, Ph.D., EDAC, is an assistant professor of Interior Design at the College of Design, Construction and Planning. Her research centers on the impact of the built environment on human health and safety, with a specific focus on healthcare facilities and environments for aging. Her current projects aim to (1) improve the quality of care in acute care settings by providing supportive environments for healthcare professionals and (2) minimize environmental risks to independent living for older adults. Dr. Valipoor’s work often combines empirical methods with computational techniques such as virtual walkalong interviews, virtual reality, and discrete event simulation. She has collaborated closely with scholars in engineering, medicine, occupational therapy, and computer science on works supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Science Foundation, Academy of Architecture for Health, and American Society of Interior Designers. She serves on the North America Chapter of the International Academy for Design and Health Leadership Committee where she works with a global interdisciplinary team to promote the application of research findings concerning the interaction between design and health. Dr. Valipoor has taught upper- and lower-division studios, as well as Computer Applications, Advanced Detailing, and Finishes and Materials. Her current teaching focuses on evidence-based design in healthcare facilities and digital design tools.

  • ASID COVID-19 Pulse Survey: Year in Review

    Discover what themes emerged from ASID tracking the “pulse” of the interior design world navigating business during COVID-19.

    Discover what themes emerged from ASID tracking the “pulse” of the interior design world navigating business during COVID-19. 

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    How are interior design practitioners, businesses, and the industry as a whole responding to and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic? ASID Research has asked that question since March 2020 through the Pulse Survey, capturing real-time data on the impact of the pandemic and design’s response. Find out what themes emerged from a year-in-review of Pulse Survey data. In this interactive session, you will connect with your fellow attendees through breakout rooms to share your stories and problem solve together over the challenges businesses are facing. 

    Format: Peer-to-peer 
    Attendees will interact with each other in virtual breakout rooms. Attendees’ camera and audio capabilities will be turned on for this session. 

    This session was not recorded.


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    Eric Lynch

    Senior Associate, Research

    American Society of Interior Designers

    Eric Lynch is Senior Associate in the Research & Knowledge Management team at ASID. With years of data analysis, visualization experience and an economic background, he uses  his skills to provide the interior design industry with the best possible research and data. Eric has had previous non-profit experience when he worked at the Better Business Bureau (BBB), serving Maryland in various capacities. He also worked at Prometric, a testing administration and development company based in Baltimore, where he was part of an analyst group managing their test center hours in over 600 locations globally and eventually, managing their Business Analytics team. Eric holds a bachelor's degree from Towson University in Political Science/Economics and Spanish along with obtaining a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) credential. 

    Lida Lewis, ASID, RID, WELL Faculty, LEED AP ID+C, Fitwel Ambassador (Moderator)

    Associate Principal, Interior Design Director

    Page

    One of the first WELL APs, WELL Faculty, and Fitwel Ambassadors, Lida Lewis is an architect by training and an interior architect in practice with a strong focus on sustainability and its impact on the people in the spaces we design. As director of interiors at Page’s DC office, Lida utilizes her years of design and sustainability expertise to spearhead thought leadership and efforts incorporating the best of scientific and medical research into design strategies across all her work. She currently is a part of the global WELL Mind Concept Advisory and Health Equity Advisories, as well as a reviewer for drafts of the WELL Community Standard and WELL v2. She was recently a part of ULI Health Leaders, recognized as an ASID “One to Watch”, and regularly serves as an subject matter expert in health and well-being, giving presentations from LA to Oman and writing on various well-being topics.

  • Using VR/AR to Support Interior Design Practice Today

    Create strong emotional responses with your clients using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

    Create strong emotional responses with your clients using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).


    Supported by
    Dell


    Explore the use of VR/AR and discover innovations that are driving client engagement. Learn why this technology is important to your business practice and see what advancements it offers over the usual methods of client interaction. Additionally, see how VR/AR can be used to onboard or train new employees to make your team more effective in the times of remote working. Lead by Gary Radburn, Director, Virtually eVeRything (VR/AR/Virtualization/Remoting) at Dell Technologies, see the innovations that Dell has brought forward to help demystify this quagmire of fast paced technology enabling you to focus on your interior design business. 

    This is a recording of a webinar presented on July 19, 2021.


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    Access Period: One year from registration date. 

    Gary Radburn

    Director, Virtually eVeRything (VR/AR/Virtualization/Remoting)

    Dell Technologies

    Gary Radburn is the director of VR/AR and client virtualization globally at Dell, Inc. As part of his role, he manages the team charged with developing and delivering VR/AR technology and works closely with Dell customers on VR/AR deployments. He founded Dell’s VR Centers of Excellence for businesses and consumers to experience and learn more about VR in the real world. With more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, ranging from engineering to sales and marketing, Gary has had experience across all aspects of designing successful products and solutions and bringing them to market. He has worked for companies such as Digital Equipment, 3Com and, for the past 18 years at Dell. Originating from the UK, where he managed the OptiPlex client business for EMEA, he went on to lead the Workstation Solutions team in the US and then championed graphics virtualization for engineering applications. 

  • Community Engagement for More Inclusive Design Solutions (CEU)

    Apply research and engagement strategies to design more inclusive spaces.

    Apply research and engagement strategies to design more inclusive spaces.


    Supported by
    ASID Foundation


    Listening to the people impacted by your design solutions is critical to incorporating community engagement in your process. By leveraging the power of transformative, inclusive design, you can create environments that are responsive to community needs and address real problems. Hear from ASID Foundation Transform Grant and Research Grant recipients who have done just that – working to find solutions impacting older adults wanting to age in place at home, people with dementia, and residents of affordable housing. Learn and share your thoughts on how to bring more inclusivity to design.

    Format: Live Webinar 

    Attendees’ camera and audio capabilities will be turned off for this session. Attendees will be able to type in questions and/or comment in the chat. This session will be recorded.


    Continuing Education Approval 
    • 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW | CC-114948 (Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf)

    Stacey Chang

    Executive Director

    Design Institute for Health, Dell Medical School + College of Fine Arts, The University of Texas at Austin

    Stacey Chang is a designer, an unintentional academic, and an unapologetic ringleader for new creative solutions to age-old dilemmas in health. Until 2014, Stacey was the Managing Director of the Healthcare practice at IDEO, the global design and innovation firm. He left to found the Design Institute for Health at the University of Texas at Austin, a first-of-its-kind institution, dedicated to applying design approaches to solving systemic health care challenges as an integrated part of an operating health system and a medical education and training program. As Executive Director of the Design Institute, he considers topics as broad as the design of health services and tools, the built environment, new care models, and the structure and functionality of the health ecosystem itself. Stacey has served as a TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board member, and a Thought Leader for NEJM Catalyst. He holds degrees in engineering from MIT and Stanford.

    Elif Tural, Ph.D., WELL AP, LEED Green Assoc.

    Assistant Professor of Interior Design, School of Architecture and Design, Virginia Tech

    Elif Tural, Ph.D., WELL AP, LEED Green Assoc. is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design in Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design. Dr. Tural received her Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Arizona State University. Her multidisciplinary design education includes an MFA in Interior Architecture, and a B.Arch. Her research interests include design factors for health and active living with a focus on senior residential environments and lighting design. As the 2017 Edison Price Fellow of the Nuckolls Fund, Dr. Tural worked at Oculus Lighting Studio, a Los Angeles-based architectural lighting design firm to enhance her research and teaching in the field of lighting design. She holds WELL AP and LEED credentials, and is a member of EDRA, IDEC, and IESNA.

    Erika Eitland, MPH, ScD

    Director, Human Experience (Hx) Lab

    Perkins&Will

    Dr. Erika Eitland is the Director of the Human Experience (Hx) Lab at Perkins&Will where she is focused on K-12 schools, affordable housing, and urban resilience. She received her doctorate from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Environmental Health, where she was the lead author of ‘Schools for Health: Foundations for Student Success’ report that examined more than 250 scientific articles on the association between building quality and student health and performance. She also holds a Masters of Public Health in Climate and Health from Columbia University.

  • Advocacy: Benefiting Your Profession and You

    Explore the tools and information you need to successfully advocate for your profession, which will help you advocate for yourself.

    Explore the tools and information you need to successfully advocate for your profession, which will help you advocate for yourself.

    What happens in state capitals or Washington, D.C. can have significant impact on your business, covering everything from practice rights, taxes on services, copyright laws, and green building standards. These issues may not affect you today, but they could impact your business tomorrow. The ASID Government and Public Affairs (GPA) team works tirelessly to inform decision makers and citizens on the impact of design on the human experience and the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Hear from ASID staff leadership and Advocate by Design (AxD) volunteers to learn about advocacy and the key issues of today. 

    On-demand recording presented as part of the 2021 ASID Virtual Conference.

    Access Period: One year from registration date. 

    Bryan Soukup, Esq.

    Vice President, Government & Public Affairs

    American Society of Interior Designers

    As Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for ASID, Bryan J. Soukup, Esq., leads the Society's strategic efforts to advocate for the interior design profession from a legislative, regulatory, and policy perspective before the federal and state governments. He is the Society's sole registered federal lobbyist and chief advocate at the state and local levels. Prior to joining ASID in summer 2018, Bryan served as Director of Resilience Initiatives and as a registered federal and state lobbyist for the International Code Council (ICC).  He is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Tracey Fillmore, NCIDQ, ASID, CAPS, Green AP, RID

    Senior Facilities Designer, Lee Health

    Chair, ASID Advocate by Design Council and Policy, Codes & Standards Committee

    As Chair of the ASID National Advocate by Design Council, and the Policy, Codes & Standards Committee, Tracey Fillmore, NCIDQ, ASID, CAPS, Green AP, RID (FL) leads a team of highly skilled interior design practitioners to advocate for the interior design profession on many fronts. The Council is tasked with representing the profession in policy, codes, and standards development forums (ICC, NFPA, BIFMA, USGBC, and many others); submission of proposals and recommendations to federal, state, and local governments and agencies; evaluation and revision of the ASID Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct; member and industry outreach and engagement; and review and expert input regarding design education. In this role, Tracey is also ASID’s member representative to a variety of national and international code, standards, education, and professional ethics entities.  

    Prior to becoming an ASID Professional Interior Designer, Tracey was a fire safety inspector in her home state of Florida. That experience provided Tracey with great opportunities to utilize her codes knowledge and skills to design in many different types of buildings and occupancy types. She currently serves as a Senior Facilities Designer for a large healthcare organization in Florida. 

  • The Impact of Societal Trends: Stay Current and Evolve with ASID Resources (CEU)

    Learn how to apply ASID’s research on societal trends, economics, and the state of interior design in your business and practice.

    Learn how to apply ASID’s research on societal trends, economics, and the state of interior design in your business and practice.

    With key insights for the future of the profession and its summary of key societal and economic trends and their implication for design, the ASID Outlook and State of Interior Design Report is required reading for interior designers. But how does that relate to your day-to-day work/life reality? Gain an overview of how to navigate the Report to find the most pertinent details, then hear directly from your peers on how they’ve applied the research to inform their business/firm, client relationships, and the practice and teaching of design.

    Format: On-demand
    Content has been pre-recorded and is available for you to watch at the scheduled time.


    Continuing Education Approval 
    • 1 IDCEC CEU | CC-114950 (Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf)

    Susan Chung, Ph.D.

    Vice President, Research and Knowledge

    American Society of Interior Designers

    Susan Chung, Ph.D., focuses on the impact of design research. She connects design with research to improve human experiences in the interior environment, translates research into applicable design implications, and conducts research projects that create meaningful positive impacts. She comes from an interior design background, holding a BA from Michigan State University and an MID from the University of Florida. She integrated interior design with behavioral research for her doctorate degree in Human Behavior and Design at Cornell University, with a focus on design attributes related to creativity in workplace environments.

    Craig Anderchak, ASID, NCIDQ

    Market Leader, Interior Design, Vice President

    Nelson

    Boldly Transforming…Craig Anderchak – Interior Design Market Leader

    is a Vice President and Interior Design Market Leader for NELSON in Atlanta. He is a member of the SE Regional Leadership Team representing offices in Charlotte, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Tamp and Miami. NELSON Worldwide is an architecture, design and strategy top 5 firm rooted in insight, shaped by ingenuity and driven by results.
    As Market leader, Craig drives growth through cultivating client relationships, establishing new market opportunities, and by providing leadership across the NELSON platform. The Market Leader has is the face of NELSON in the market.

    Ellen Fisher, Ph.D., FASID

    VP for Academic Affairs & Dean

    New York School of Interior Design

    Dr. Ellen Fisher, a Certified Interior Designer with graduate degrees in teaching with technology and architectural studies, is dean and VP for Academic Affairs of NYSID, where she has led the college through a period of growth and increased prestige. A Fellow of ASID and of the Interior Design Educators Council, Dr. Fisher was recently awarded a Steelcase Social Innovation Fellowship and is creating a PreCollege program to increase diversity in the design profession. She is the author of the seminal book, “HOME: Foundations of Enduring Spaces,” and has been named by DesignIntelligence as a Most Admired Design Educator.

    Laura McDonald Stewart, FASID, RID, LEED AP, WELL AP

    Owner, Laura McDonald Enterprises | Founder

    Laura McDonald Enterprises | PLiNTH & CHiNTZ: Interior Design Blog and Industry Resource

    Laura received her BS in Civil Engineering from Southern Methodist University and her MFA in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. After several years designing corporate projects, she founded Laura McDonald Enterprises and PLiNTH & CHiNTZ, the interior design blog and industry resource. For almost 10 years Stewart also managed METROCON Expo & Conference, the annual two-day event in Dallas focusing on the built environment. She has served on the ASID National Board, currently sits on four interior design department advisory councils, and was the recipient of the 2009 NCIDQ National Louis S. Tregre Award.

    George Brazil, ASID, CID

    Partner

    SagreraBrazil Design, Inc.

    George Brazil, ASID, CID, is a partner at SagreraBrazil Design. Based in San Francisco, their 25 years of experience in designing modern high-rise condominiums and home renovations ensures the highest level of luxury and service as they transform residential spaces throughout the US. George devotes his time outside of work to the advancement of the interior design profession. Serving as the current president of the Northern California Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA), he is also the board chair of the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC) and a past president of the California North Chapter of ASID.

  • Business Fundamentals: Protecting Yourself, Your Work, and Your Business

    Learn and share risk mitigation strategies and tools for you and your business.

    Learn and share risk mitigation strategies and tools for you and your business.

    As a small business owner, you’re challenged with protecting and ensuring the future of your firm. Managing risk limits your liability and is a key factor in minimizing economic and reputational damage, but many designers are not risk management experts. Learn how small business solutions for insurance and contracts available through ASID can protect you and your business. Share your own best practices with your peers in this interactive session.

    Format: Peer-to-peer 
    Attendees will interact with each other in virtual breakout rooms. Attendees’ camera and audio capabilities will be turned on for this session. 

    This session was not recorded.


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    Jeremy Welsh, CIC

    Executive Vice President, Commercial Lines

    HUB International

    Jeremy Welsh is an Executive Vice President with HUB International, a top 5 global broker, working out of the Washington, DC office. Jeremy has nearly 20 years of experience in property, casualty, and risk management consulting, with a specialty in the Design professional industry. Jeremy is a frequent speaker at nonprofit and design industry events across the nation. He has authored numerous articles and is published in “Interior Design in Practice: Case Studies of Successful Business Models.” Jeremy designed the exclusive ASID professional liability insurance program for over 15,000 designers nationwide. He is a leading expert on professional, management and cyber liability and affinity program offerings.

    Alan Siegel, Hon. FASID

    Partner

    Levy Sonet & Siegel, LLP

    Alan M. Siegel, Esq., Hon. FASID has 40+ years of legal experience within the design and architectural industry and has represented the interests of interior designers, architects, product designers, and industry resources. For over twenty years, Alan served as national legal counsel to ASID, and is the author of the ASID interior design form contracts. For his years of service with ASID, Alan was named an ASID Honorary Fellow. He currently serves as the general counsel for the Association for Contract Textiles, Inc. (ACT). Additionally, Alan is a member of the National Board of Trustees of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), as well as trustee of the Angelo Donghia Foundation. Alan is the co-author of "A Guide to Business Principles and Practices for Interior Designers," and is a frequent lecturer and contributor to the design industry and trade group publications.  

    Beth Diana Smith, MS, Associate ASID

    Owner + Principal Designer

    Beth Diana Smith Interior Design

    Beth Diana Smith is the owner and principal designer of Beth Diana Smith Interior Design, a full-service interior design firm focused on the discerning client who desires a curated home with thoughtful details. She prides herself on her bold, eclectic style while creating a home’s story through renovation, curated pieces, and customized design. After Beth spent more than a decade in corporate accounting and finance, she decided to pursue interior design full time and obtained a degree from the New York School of Interior Design. She brought along a distinct set of skills such as budget management, presentation creation based on client needs and the ability to adapt quickly. Beth has been on NBC and HGTV and featured in various outlets including House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Real Simple, Lonny Magazine and Business of Home.  

  • Spotlight: Celebrating ASID Awards

    Join ASID for our virtual celebration of the inspirational professionals that exemplify the impact of design.

    Join ASID for our virtual celebration of the inspirational professionals that exemplify the impact of design.

    Supported by
    Benjamin Moore
    Cosentino
    Sherwin-Williams


    Shaw Contract
    Steelcase

    Everything starts with great design and the ingenious leaders whose creativity, dedication, and drive make a positive impact on the human experience every day. Honor the achievements of the 2021 ASID award winners from programs including National Honors, Ones to Watch Award Winners & Scholars, Fellows, and National Awards.

    Presented as part of the 2021 ASID Virtual Conference on July 21, 2021.

  • Design Tools for Better Solutions

    Take advantage of new tools for pre-and post-occupancy evaluation to demonstrate the value of your design.

    Take advantage of new tools for pre-and post-occupancy evaluation to demonstrate the value of your design.

    Supported by
    ASID Foundation


    As a designer, you know how important it is to solve problems for your clients through your program, based on research and evidence. Developing pre- and post-occupancy evaluations are key tools to demonstrate the effectiveness of your design outcomes. Learn about new tools developed by ASID Foundation grant recipients to help you establish the value of your design solutions when working with project owners and end users.

    Format: Peer-to-peer
    Attendees will interact with each other in virtual breakout rooms. Attendees’ camera and audio capabilities will be turned on for this session. 

    This session was not recorded.

    Jane Rohde, ASID, AIA, ACHA, CHID, LEED AP BD+C, GGA-EB, GGF

    Principal

    JSR Associates, Inc.

    Jane Rohde champions a global cultural shift toward de-institutionalizing senior living and healthcare facilities through her practice, person-centered principles, research and advocacy, and design of the built environment. She is the principal of JSR Associates, Inc., which she formed in response to the gap between outcomes, operations, and design of the physical setting. Through continued practice, Jane has positively impacted the lives of older adults, those with special needs, and the staff that provides care and services to vulnerable populations. Her projects include Cypress Garden Senior Living, China’s first resident-centered care community; the Live Together, Inc. Intergenerational Community, an intentionally designed multi-generational setting that will support person-centered care including educational training and research programs; and Bastion Community of Resilience in New Orleans, an intentional community for Wounded Warriors, their families, retired veterans, and civilians.

    Leah Scolere, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Interior Architecture and Design | Director, Mediated and Connected Environments Research Lab

    Colorado State University

    Dr. Leah Scolere (PhD, Cornell University) is an assistant professor of interior architecture and design in the Department of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University. Leah brings together industry practice as an interior designer (NCIDQ) with advanced degrees in both designed environments and new media communication. As a designer and media communication researcher, Leah’s interdisciplinary focus exists at the intersection of connective technologies, designed environments, and well-being. Her research expertise includes designing for mediated experiences of place across connected environments using a range of communication technologies, including augmented reality, space utilization sensors, 3D capture scanning, eye-tracking, and VR technology.

    Upali Nanda, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, EDAC, ACHE (Moderator)

    Principal and Director of Research, HKS, Inc.

    Assoc. Prof of Practice, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

    Dr. Upali Nanda is Principal and Director of Research for global architectural firm HKS, where she spearheads research projects globally. She also serves as Executive Director for the non-profit Center for Advanced Design Research and Education and teaches as Associate Professor of Practice at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan. She serves on the board of directors for HKS and the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. Her doctoral work on “Sensthetics” has been published as a book available on Amazon.com. Her award-winning research has been widely published and cited in peer-reviewed journals and mainstream media. In 2015, Upali was recognized as one of the top 10 most influential people in Healthcare Design by Healthcare Design magazine. In 2018, she was honored by Architectural Record with the Women in Architecture Innovator Award.  In 2019, she was recognized as one of nine people shaping American design by Specify Magazine from Metropolis.