What’s Next? Design’s Impact on People, Places and Planet (Virtual Conference Opening Keynote)

Explore how design is uniquely positioned to envision possible futures and provide solutions for building communities, impacting leadership and healing people and the planet.

Design has the power to impact lives and tackle challenges on a global scale. What’s next, and how will spaces shape our post-pandemic reality? Hear from design leaders and end users, consultants, manufacturers, educators and students as they share their thoughts on design’s next big impact, the next big challenge for design, and offer insight into the human-centered power of design. Benefitting from a range of diverse perspectives, you will learn what’s next for design and its potential to provide thoughtful and innovative ways to lead change in these uncertain times. 

This is a recording of a webinar presented on September 15, 2020. 

Looking for the recording of the State of the Society address? You’ll find it on the ASID Virtual Conference Recap page.


What You Will Learn
  • Explain the role design can play to reimagine spaces where we live, work, heal and learn
  • Identify challenges faced by leaders during this time of disruption and uncertainty
  • Recognize the challenges and problems that design can solve in the post-pandemic world
  • Identify how organizations are adapting and evolving in response to the pandemic

Continuing Education Approvals
  • 1 IDCEC CEU | CC-113354 (Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf. IDCEC approval for on-demand CEU completion only.)

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James Ludwig

Vice President, Global Design and Product Engineering, Steelcase

James Ludwig is Vice President of Global Design and Product Engineering for office furnishings leader Steelcase Inc. James was named to this role in 2008 with global responsibility for the product design direction of Steelcase, overseeing studios in Europe, Asia and the United States.

 Prior to joining Steelcase in 1999, James was a founding partner of bold:architects.designers., an interdisciplinary design consultancy in Berlin, Germany, realizing diverse projects such as products, graphic programs and new buildings and renovations in the reconstruction of reunited Germany.

James earned degrees in industrial design from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and architecture from The Cooper Union in New York City. He holds over 300 design and functional patents.

Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, Assoc. AIA

Global Design Director, Ford Motor Company

Jennifer Kolstad is the global design director of Ford Motor Company’s built environments. Her role seeks to unify Ford’s brand language across typologies through architecture and design, investigating opportunities for cultural and behavioral change, elevating design impact internal and external to the global Ford ecosystem. With a core belief in collaboration, her mission is to ideate future-state readiness for the physical infrastructure of a next-gen mobility company.

Since joining the ASID national board in 2016, Jennifer’s focus has been the broader application of the interior design professional's human-centered expertise in every design equation.

Gary E. Wheeler, FASID

Interim Chief Executive Officer, American Society of Interior Designers

Gary E. Wheeler is a renowned professional with more than 30 years of design experience. Distinguished for his strategic approach to workplace design, Gary began his career as co-founder of the Wheeler Group in 1978 and has since led practices at Perkins&Will, Gensler and HDR.

Gary's ASID accomplishments include being named Designer of Distinction, granted fellowship and serving as National President. He has been inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame and received the Senior Fellow Award from The Design Future Council (DFC). Gary is one of the few designers with Fellow distinction with ASID and IIDA.

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What's Next? Design's Impact on People, Places and Planet: Crowd-Sourced
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Open to view video. Design has the power to impact lives and tackle challenges on a global scale. What’s next? Hear from those impacting design and those impacted by design in a collaborative keynote that shows the power of community in the digital age. This special, crowd-sourced program highlights diverse thoughts from clients, end users, consultants, manufacturers, educators, students, and of course, designers as we share what’s next for design and the personal stories demonstrating the impact the profession has on the people and world around us. You must watch at least 75% of the video to move forward to the next component.
What's Next? Design's Impact on People, Places and Planet: James Ludwig
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Open to view video. Presented by James Ludwig, Vice President, Global Design and Product Engineering at Steelcase, this “love letter” to the design profession taps into the potential of design to provide thoughtful and innovative ways to lead in these uncertain times. You must watch at least 75% of the video to move forward to take the quiz.
What's Next? Design's Impact on People, Places and Planet Course Quiz
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  9/11 points to pass
10 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  9/11 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
What’s Next? Design’s Impact on People, Places and Planet Course Evaluation
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IDCEC Course Completion Certificate
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available 1 IDCEC CEU awarded upon successful completion of the course. REPORTING: ASID will report CEUs earned directly to IDCEC on your behalf if you are an ASID member.