SCALE Kick-off & Connection
Kick off SCALE by connecting with all summit attendees through interactive games, in depth conversations, and more!
Meet your fellow attendees right away – your peers, leading design professionals, educators, and program sponsors. Get energized to jump start your SCALE experience and take advantage of all the opportunities to connect. You’ll meet people who could help you at every stage of your career, including future colleagues, managers, mentors, and key industry partners.
- What do you want in a first job?
- Facilitator: Santiago Rivera, Allied ASID, Foundations, Associations & Organizations Regional Leader/Associate, Gensler
- Burnout is real: How do you take care of yourself in school and in your professional life?
- Facilitator: Greer May, Allied ASID, Associate Principal, Studio 11 Design
- Cross-over: Do you need to focus on one design specialty?
- Facilitator: Kendra Locklear Ordia, ASID, RID, LEED AP, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, University of Nebraska
- Choose your own adventure!
- Facilitator: Heather Sutherland, ASID, Interior Designer II, Perkins&Will
Matthew De Geeter, ASID (Moderator)
Vice President, Education & Engagement
American Society of Interior Designers
Matthew De Geeter, ASID, Vice President, Education and Engagement, joined headquarters staff at the American Society of Interior Designers in 2013, bringing his background as a professional interior designer at a top-tier, international firm and as a past student, chapter, and national volunteer leader of ASID to develop meaningful experiences. Matthew delivers the value proposition of engaging with ASID through on-demand and live learning opportunities, award programs, and member benefits by mapping together the perspectives of audiences including students, educators, practitioners, and partners. The portfolio of ASID programs are positioned to build individual’s skills, celebrate the positive impact of design, and support business needs.
Kendra Locklear Ordia, ASID, RID, LEED AP
Assistant Professor, Interior Design
University of Nebraska
Kendra Locklear Ordia is a Registered Interior Designer in Texas and Assistant Professor of Interior Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has previous academic experience as an Assistant Professor at Texas State University and Kansas State University. Ordia teaches courses in materials and design studios focused on urban and contemporary issues. Kendra has presented at national and international conferences on biophilic design, spatial narrative/ecology, and design representation. As a designer and researcher, her work is rooted in broader topics of human behavior as they are expressed in the themes of biophilic design, health and well-being, environmental quality, and spatial ecologies. Her professional work at top firms like Perkins & Will, Gensler, and CallisonRTKL focused primarily on workplace and large-scale healthcare interiors. Her creative biodesign work has been exhibited at several international exhibitions, including the DesignLAB Next Nest Exhibition and Curtains: The Center for American Architecture and Design Symposium.
Greer May, Allied ASID
Studio 11 Design
Greer May is an Associate Principal at Studio 11 Design with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from CIDA accredited Baylor University. From her work with hoteliers like Sands Corporation, Kerzner International, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, and Starwood, she has overseen project installations for anything from less than 100 to over 1,000 room hotels. In 2019, Greer established herself as an impactful mentor to her colleagues, a rising designer in the industry, and a powerful community organizer. With 14 years’ experience under her belt, this year marked a major turning point for Greer’s career growth as she began to spearhead two of the firm’s most impactful upcoming projects: the debut of Generator’s upcoming Washington D.C. property and the launch of Thompson Buckhead. Beyond the industry, Greer raised nearly $100,000 for Alzheimer’s Disease research for BvB Dallas, the largest amount to date generated by a single person.
Santiago Rivera, Allied ASID
Foundations, Associations & Organizations Regional Leader | Associate
Santiago has been an integral member of the teams behind education, not-for-profit, workplace, and hospitality projects. He co-leads New York’s Community Impact team (Gensler’s volunteer group), is a firmwide leader for ECC 2.0 (the next generation of leaders for the Education, Civic and Culture practice area), and is regional leader for the Foundations, Associations and Organizations practice area. He leads pro-bono projects, works on research initiatives and has moderated panel discussions and round tables. In 2015, Santiago served as cultural ambassador to the new Gensler Office in Mexico City where he oversaw the development of the office culture. Working with Change for Kids, Santiago helps fundraise and provide opportunities to over 5,000 students in the NYC public school system. He is a board member in Build Out Alliance, an organization seeking to promote and advocates for LGBTQ+ people serving openly and with pride in the building design and construction industry.
Heather Sutherland, ASID, RID, LEED AP BD+C
Associate, Interior Designer
Heather Sutherland is an Associate, Interior Designer at Perkins&Will, where she works on a variety of projects in education and civic in their Interiors Diversified studio. She’s been with Perkins&Will since receiving her Masters of Interior Design in 2017 from the University of Texas at Austin. Heather is actively involved in student outreach and education through programs like ACE, ASID, and RStudio. As a Material Performance Lab member at Perkins&Will Dallas, Heather is able to spread her passion for material health and sustainability to professionals and students alike. She is LEED AP BD+C accredited and is hard at work studying for her NCIDQ exams. While she has lived in a variety of cities and climates, Heather has happily called Texas her home for the past ten years.