ASID Releases Comprehensive Research Study on the Impact of Design in the Workplace

(December 14, 2017— Washington, D.C.) The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) completed a full spectrum of pre- and post-occupancy research on its new Washington, D.C. headquarters. The research shows how workplace design positively influences health, wellness, employee satisfaction, and work performance.
“We’re proud to share all aspects of this journey with the design community and the world at large,” explains ASID CEO Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID. “The overall design of this space was driven by the research and data collected during pre-occupancy and its success is demonstrated through the post-occupancy data. ASID is committed to sharing updated evaluations as we continue to enhance our employee experience and improve workplace utilization.”
In partnership with Cornell University, Delos, and the Innovative Workplace Institute, ASID researched the impact of innovative workplace design on behavior and performance, how spatial design supports organizational goals, and the impact of design on human, organizational, and environmental sustainability. Research was conducted through a series of in-depth interviews and employee surveys, sociometric data culled from badges worn voluntarily by employees, and environmental metrics from the building and measured within the office. Research highlights include:
  • Improvements to environmental quality, environmental satisfaction, employee health and wellness, employee retention, employee performance, and resource efficiency.
  • Office design shaping the social environment to boost employee performance and productivity.
  • Demonstrating office design – the office culture supports the messages communicated through the design – results in cost savings.

The research projects each examined the role of workplace design and its impact on the employees and their work. Taking all the key findings from each research project into account, here are the highlights on how the ASID office demonstrates the impact of design.
Design Improves Environmental Quality: As the world’s first space to achieve both LEED Platinum (v.3) and WELL Platinum (v.1) certifications, the office is not only validated by third-party institutions as a healthy and sustainable office, but supporting data from pre- and post-occupancy research projects further confirms improved environmental quality and enhanced employee satisfaction on environmental conditions.
  • Indoor Air Quality: ASID implemented design strategies such as a VOC reduction design that requires product finishes, interior paints and coatings, and interior adhesives and sealants to meet multiple standards, an air filtration design that purifies outdoor air and recirculated air, and a ventilation effectiveness design that regulates the ventilation rate of outdoor air to keep carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the space below 800ppm. The average CO2 level in the overall office in July 2017 was 570ppm during the time of typical occupancy (Monday to Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)—this is 2.5 times less than the CO2 level measured in the Society’s previous office.
  • Lighting: Survey results indicate all ASID employees have knowledge on circadian lighting and its effects on their health and well-being, and 25 percent of employees attribute circadian lighting at the new office space on 15th St. NW for their enhanced sleep quality.
  • Acoustics: The average sound pressure levels (dB) measured in the 15th St. open office during typical work conditions reduced significantly—measurements were half the loudness in the open office as compared to the co-working office.
  • Spatial Quality: ASID assessed their office using the CAPTIW© worksheet, which analyzes the performance of physical workspaces in relation to organizational innovation strategies and innovation performance according to key performance indicators. The office scored an 83.9 percent of the total 100 points possible, with top indicators being space size and access (100 percent), healthfulness (98.8 percent), and space type (91.7 percent).

Design Impacts Experience: Design impacts the experience people have in the space. ASID employees’ experiences in the office are influenced by multiple factors including the individual design components (e.g., lighting, acoustics, color, texture, etc.), the space in its collective form, and the social environment generated by the occupants. Referring to human-centered design, ASID first examined their corporate identity, team roles, individual responsibilities, work processes, and work behaviors to ensure that their office was an extension of their organizational culture.
  • Stimulates Collaboration: The office enables employees to choose their workstation for the day. The unassigned seating arrangement sparks spontaneous interactions in the open office while offering opportunities to cross-pollinate among teams and to get to know each other on a social level. With this office layout, ASID became more collaborative than concentrative. The office also plays a role in facilitating communication among employees (42 percent increase), and in supporting the sharing and exchanging of ideas (44 percent increase).
  • Creates Attachment: Humans spend about a third of our day, or half of our waking hours, in the office. ASID employees’ satisfaction in several environmental conditions such as lighting quality, noise reduction, speech privacy, available space, visual privacy, and ease of interaction contribute to place attachment. Particularly, the significant effects between ease of interaction and place attachment suggest that workplace design plays a role in shaping a social environment that engages employees in the office.
  • Establishes Support: The workplace is comprised of both the physical and social environment, and these two should naturally go hand in hand for the organization to thrive. When ASID employees perceive social support in the office, they tend to have higher job satisfaction, be more creative, and be more productive.


Design Achieves Results: Thoughtful design can support organizational priorities such as employee health, productivity, and financial return. By incorporating multiple innovative features, design has positively affected the health and well-being of employees while boosting resource efficiency.
  • Health: The health and wellness features in the office encourage healthy behaviors in various ways including access to a fitness center, sit/stand workstations, healthy snacks, filtered water and air, and a wellness room. The common areas are centralized in the office, forcing employees to take a few extra steps to access them. These examples and many others have resulted in a two percent improvement in physical health scores within a year of occupying the office.
  • Productivity: ASID has seen increases in several productivity measures in the Delos survey alluding to the impact of design on productivity. Absenteeism scores (ranging from -1 to 1), measured by how much employees are working more than expected by their employer, improved by 19 percent. Presenteeism (ranging from 0 to 100) has also improved, indicating that on average, employees feel they are working at 90 percent of their possible job performance, which is a 16 percent increase than what was reported in the co-working office.
  • ROI: The impact of design resonates beyond the individual and to the organizational bottom line. Using a calculation determined by ASID, the financial impact to the organization’s bottom line accounts for employee productivity, employee retention, and energy savings. Taking the average employee cost in Washington, D.C., including salary, benefits, overhead and other costs, and applying the 16 percent productivity increase reported over the first year at the 15th St. office, calculations made by ASID indicate it will recoup its investment in the first half of its 10 year lease agreement.
  • Employee Retention: Office design, especially when job demands or the office culture supports the messages communicated through the design, results in cost savings. Findings from the Cornell study confirm that perceived environmental quality has a significant effect on turnover intention.
  • Energy Savings: The research findings show the office has saved over 76 MWh in lighting energy over the first fifteen months of occupancy, equal to $7,636 in cost savings, 38.2 ton of coal not burned and 72.9 ton of CO2 not emitted into the atmosphere.


In May 2016, ASID moved into its new corporate headquarters, designed by Perkins+Will, a living laboratory for the design community. The new 8,500 square foot office is the first space in the world to achieve both Platinum Level Certification for the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) under WELL v1 and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), under the LEED ID+C rating system – the highest recognition awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™). The office space incorporates the most innovative health and wellness design features, and has sustainability as a central philosophy.
See the complete ASID office research study and an interactive virtual tour at
This research was funded in part by the generous support of the ASID Foundation.

Standout tile trends by Tile of Spain producers

Made Piece by Piece: The Terrazzo Trend


Terrazzo, the stracciatella look dating back to 15th-century Venice, is back and being showcased as a top trend in design shows all over the world. See how modern ceramic tile technology revamped the classic look here.

Standing Out in The World of Design

Cas by Carson

Graphic design guru and world renown surfer David Carson discusses his collaboration with Cas Ceramica and his introduction into the world of ceramics. Read about the key ways he has learned to make his work stand out among the masses here.

New Interior Trends Inspired by Spanish Tile

Keratile Arthus

The latest ceramic innovations and collections from Tile of Spain manufacturers are being used to create a new wave of design aesthetics for interior projects. From European inspired designs to radical illusions, see the latest trends here

Tile of Spain Announces Winners of the 16th Annual Tile of Spain Awards

Miami, FL – December 2017 – Tile of Spain, the association of over 100 Spanish tile manufacturers, announces the winners of the 16th annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design. The panel of judges, chaired by architect Iñaki Ábalos, met on Friday, 24th November in Castellón to decide the winners.
To download high-resolution images of the winning projects, click here.
The Winners
First place in the Architecture category was awarded to the project entitled ‘Bodega Mont-Ras’ by Jorge Vidal and Víctor Rahola. The project was chosen for its close connection between the construction of a winery and the winemaking process, both inextricably linked to experiences with the land. Fired-clay tiles were used to create vaults that allow overhead light to enter the spaces.
First prize to Bodega Mont-Ras by Jorge Vidal Toms and Victor Rahola. Photograph: Jose Hevia.
Special mention was given in the Architecture category to the project entitled ‘Extension and renovation work on the Gon-Gar repair shop’ by NUA arquitectures. The challenges presented by this complex unitary construction were successfully resolved thanks to the use of ceramic materials that generated an overall aesthetic effect in a composition that fully kept with its environment, adding a sense of modernity to an unusual urban location and program.
A second Special Mention in the Architecture category went to the project Santacreu Hotel on the Island of Tabarca’ by Diego López Fuster + SUBARQUITECTURA. The judges particularly valued the use of ceramic tiles that flow from the exterior to the interior, with a break in continuity in order to draw the eye to points of particular architectural interest, such as the open rooftop courtyard.
Interior Design
The first place prize in the Interior Design category was awarded to ‘Three metro stations on Barcelona’s L9 line’, a project by Garcés – de Seta – Bonet Arquitectes. Both the interior and exterior of the Mercabarna, Parc Logístic and Europa Fira stations, all on the L9 metro line in Barcelona, were remodeled in order to create a sense of classic timelessness, as well as guaranteeing easy maintenance for the future.
First prize: Three metro stations on Barcelona’s L9 line by Garces – de Seta – Bonet Arquitectes. Photograph: Adria Goula.
The judges highlighted the contrast created by the use of clean, convenient and practical ceramic floor tiles for areas with high foot traffic, and the stark, radical nature of the other surfaces. They especially appreciated the solution of applying a single material capable of overcoming all the challenges posed for floor coverings in public spaces.
The judges awarded two special mentions in the Interior Design category. A Special Mention for the ‘Can Picafort’ project by Ted’A arquitectes was given for the imaginative use of a variety of materials interconnected through the use of ceramic tiles both in the interiors and exteriors.
The second Special Mention went to the project entitled ‘Renovation of a home between party walls’ by ARQUITECTURA-G. The judges valued the maximum sense of continuity achieved through the use of a single ceramic material on all the horizontal surfaces. This ceramic material formed an eye-catching chromatic contrast with the neutral tones of the other surfaces featured throughout the home, which continues partially in the exterior.
Final Degree Project
First Prize: “A Landscape Garden: restoration of the area around the Zirí Wall in the El Albaicín district of Granada. A new Residents’ Centre and Tourist Information Office’ by Rafael López-Toribio Moreno, a student at the Granada School of Architecture.
First prize_ _A Landscape Garden_ restoration of the area around the Zir_ Wall in the El Albaic_n district of Granada. A new Residents_ Centre and Tourist Information Office_ by Rafael L_pez-Toribio Moreno_ a student at the Granada School of Architecture.
First prize: ‘A Landscape Garden: restoration of the area around the Zirí Wall in the El Albaicín district of Granada. A new Residents’ Centre and Tourist Information Office’ by Rafael López-Toribio Moreno, a student at the Granada School of Architecture.
The judges appreciated the inclusion of a series of architectural elements in a complex outer area of the city. The project includes the sensitive use of building solutions that created a route dotted with a variety of settings and landscape perspectives. The territorial use of ceramic tiles conveys a sense of unity to the entire project.
The judges also awarded two special mentions to the projects entitled ‘Local resources’ by Laia Raventós Recasens and ‘Smithfield Abbey Campus’, by Ricardo Fernández González; a second prize was also given to ‘A Catalogue of Aesthetic Ruins’, a project by Jorge Sánchez Bajo.
About The Judges
The panel of judges was chaired by Iñaki Ábalos, a highly acclaimed architect boasting long-standing trajectory and founder of the international architecture studio Abalos+Sentkiewicz. He also has extensive teaching experience, and is currently a tenured professor at the Madrid School of Architecture and professor in residence and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), where ASCER has a Ceramic Tile Studies Department.
The panel of judges also included Ángela García de Paredes (Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos); Víctor Navarro (Langarita-Navarro); Bak Gordon, a Portuguese architect; Moisés Puente (Editor of 2G and critic); designer and interior designer Martín Azúa; and Ramón Monfort, a member of the Castellón College of Architects.
About The Awards
The Tile of Spain Awards promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects (both in Spain and abroad). They are sponsored by Endesa, Vodafone, Valencia Port Authority and CESCE.
The Tile of Spain Awards offer cash prizes for a total of €39,000 and are divided into three areas. The two main categories – Architecture and Interior Design – each have a cash prize of €17,000. Special mentions may also be made in both categories, based on the judges’ criteria. The third category, the Final Degree Project, targets students of architecture and has a cash prize of €5,000. In all three categories, entries are welcome from both Spanish and international participants.
The Tile of Spain Awards boast a consolidated trajectory that is widely acknowledged by architecture professionals. Fifteen years after their launch, this latest edition presents a revamped corporate identity featuring a more contemporary image in line with current design trends. Full details of this and previous editions of the awards are available at
To download high-resolution images, click here.
Stay connected with Tile of Spain on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram for up-to-date information about Spanish tile manufacturers and ceramic trends.
About Tile of Spain
In Spain, tile makers labor as they have for centuries – pushing their passion for design and innovation to new levels of artisanship. With one of the purest and strongest domestic clays available, Spanish manufacturers have an unparalleled ability to make the end product more diverse. From rustic handmade forms; to technical facades that cool buildings and clean the air; to the impossibly slim, sustainable recycled and ink jet masterpieces that fire the imagination. The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER) is the private organization whose primary objective is to support Spain’s ceramic tile manufacturers and the industry as a whole by stewarding and promoting the Tile of Spain brand worldwide. A strong global leader, the ceramic tile industry of Spain comprises 125 manufacturers concentrated primarily in the province of Castellón. For more about tile produced in Spain, contact Tile of Spain Center at the Trade Commission of Spain, 2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 1114, Coral Gables, FL  33134. Call 305-446-4387 or visit

Announcing PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, PANTONE® Color of the Year 2018.

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Color of the Year 2018 - Quote from Lee Eiseman

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

About the Pantone Color of the Year

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

As individuals around the world become more fascinated with color and realize its ability to convey deep messages and meanings, designers and brands should feel empowered to use color to inspire and influence. The Color of the Year is one moment in time that provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.

Color of the Year 2018 Color Chips

Pantone Color Institute

The Pantone Color Institute is a consulting service within Pantone that forecasts global color trends and advises companies on color in brand identity and product development, for the application and integration of color as a strategic asset. Recognized around the world as a leading source of color information through seasonal trend forecasts, custom color development, and palette recommendations for product and corporate identity, Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology and emotion of color in their design strategy.
Visit for more about Pantone Ultra Violet and to view past Pantone Colors of the Year.


Voguebay products well received at Total Solutions Plus: big sizes are in!

Voguebay had a successful Total Solutions was this year, being a Table Top exhibitor and seeing new faces and longstanding customers.
The company reports its products were very well received and it was encouraged by the product selection. From talking with distributors and clients, a few things stood out:
  • Big is in! Bigger tiles are everywhere and Voguebay is on track with a variety of size options from 16×16, 16×32, 32×32, 12×36, 24×36, & even a 30×60 tile!
  • 3D is more popular than ever. Voguebay’s range of 3D porcelains and a variety of mosaic options from glass, marble, to porcelain are available for a wide range of applications.
  • In an online world, service is still key. Voguebay now have reps spread all over the U.S., ready to provide the top notch service.

The company also is showing its four new lines of Italian porcelain, suitable for a variety of installations

  • Backstage features a contemporary concrete design with three different finishes for any application
  • Riviera is unrectified and available in a 16×24 to give a classic Italian tile look for the floor
  • Marblesque features stellar marble patterns and builds on the industry’s need for large tiles with sizes up to 30×60
  • Skystone enhances the natural beauty of limestone in a porcelain range available with a number of sizes and finishes to suit any taste
All the new porcelains lines are rated for commercial use.

Voguebay Marblesque

Mid-America Tile debuts Kronos for creative outdoor use

Kronos, from Mid-America Tile, is suitable for permanent flooring over existing hard surfaces such as terraces, pathways, swimming pool surrounds and rooftop decks.

Since the tiles can be installed on hard surfaces, such as concrete, sand and gravel screed, they offer endless opportunities for creative landscape design in both domestic and commercial settings.

Find out more at

Kronos Texwood grey (2)

Artisan Tile NW holds successful show in Seattle

Artisan Tile NW, a non-profit Handmade Tile makers group dedicated to the creation, promotion and preservation of the art and craft of handmade tile, recently held its annual show to raise public awareness about the range and diversity of artisan tiles being produced in the Northwest. The 2017 Handmade Tile Festival was held November 4-5 at the Mt. Baker Community Clubhouse.

The group is effusive in its thanks for those groups and individuals who helped to make the recent show a success, such as the Mount Baker Community Club for renting their space to the group.


Artisan Tile NW extends a special thanks to the Allison Moore Peel and Jaki Reed, co-chairs of the festival, for their skillful organization and HUGE amount of effort they made toward this year’s successful show. And thanks to the Artisan Tile NW Board of Directors for their guidance throughout the year: Allison Moore Peel, Terri Goodwin, Janet Gadallah, Larry Faucher, Maria Root, Glenda Rieck, and Gail Glosser.

Terri Goodwin filled in “when Allison ran out of steam,” Barbara Clark was in charge of promotions, and Glenda Rieck did a fabulous job organizing the juried tile show “Alchemy.” Sue Tuttle was the Volunteer Co-ordinator; she also recruited a group of teenagers to help with load-in early on Saturday morning. A big thanks goes to Deb Foise for organizing the refreshments; and to Jaki Reed and Glenda Rieck for staffing the welcome table.

The beautiful tropical flower tile mirror for the annual raffle item was the concept of Jaki Reed- who shepherded the project through to completion; many tile members carved tiles for the mirror. The raffle winner was Christophe Degoix of Shoreline.

Eighteen of the limited edition of this year’s commemorative tile by Lisa Schmidt sold. And the poster and postcard were designed and produced by  Lynn Pasley and many helped to post them around town.

The juried tile event is always the highlight of the festival. The juror this year for the special ATNW prize was Seattle clay artist Matthew Patton. He chose Janet Gadallah’s “Birches in the Fire”.
The People’s Choice and the Tile Heritage Award were combined this year and went to Terri Goodwin for “Earth’s Alchemy”.

Here is just a sampling of the vendors at the show. Artisan Tile NW thanks all the tilemakers who showed their tiles, noting that tilemakers came from as far away as Portland and Anchorage.
tile show booth shots
Artisan Tile NW offered a special Thank You to Joe Taylor and Sheila Menzies of the Tile Heritage Foundation for their ongoing support of the American Handmade Tile tradition.
SPECIAL THANKS also to Artisan NW Sponsor level memberships.Sponsors pay dues at a higher level than general membership ($100). This helps ATNW fund publications and educational activities.
David Blad  of Vashon Tile Co., LLC
Steve Moon of Tile Restoration Center
Andrew Wedlake of Wedlake Digital Studio

For more information and to obtain a member directory, visit


November 15 & 16, 2017
Pennsylvania Convention Center

WHAT: NeoCon East offers an insider look into the products and innovative offerings that will shape the offices, hospitals, hotels, schools, retail stores and government buildings of the future. From new solutions that combat the “sitting epidemic” to biophilic designs, there is a wealth of groundbreaking options for attendees to discover. The conference and exposition will feature over 25 insightful seminars, 150 exhibitors, and thousands of ready-to-spec solutions that will end up in the biggest built projects in the region and beyond.

NeoCon East 2017 highlights include:
New to market innovations and avant-garde furnishings, lighting, wallcovering flooring products for activity-based working, hoteling, benching and hot desking; cloud-based technologies; health and wellness; privacy; acoustic comfort and sound absorption; sustainable design and more.

The largest concentration of products and services under GSA’s Multiple Awards Schedule Program.

Keynote presentations from industry influencers including: Suzette Subance Ferrier, IIDA (Design Director, TPG Architecture), Zena Howard, AIA, LEED AP (Managing Director, Perkins+Will, North Carolina Practice), David Insinga, AIA (Chief Architect, General Services Administration’s Public Building Service), and Alex Gilliam (Founder, Public Workshop).

An educational track offering over 25 CEUs, which provides professionals across industries with an effective and efficient way to earn valuable credits in just two days.

Networking events like the Opening Night Party across the show floor (Weds, 11/9, 4-6PM), which is co-hosted by IIDA’s PA/NJ/DE chapter and features Philadelphia treats.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 15th, 9AM – 6PM
Thursday, November 16th, 9AM – 4PM

WHERE: Pennsylvania Convention Center: Halls D and E
1101 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

REGISTER: Registration is available online at before 11/10. After that date, registration is available on site. Keynote Presentations are free to registered attendees. CEU seminar registration is $40 online before 11/10 and $50 on-site

WHO: TheMART, a Vornado Property, produces the show. Interviews with show management including Senior Vice President of TheMART, Susan McCullough, exhibitors, as well as speakers are available prior to, during, or after the show.

Credentialed media can register for the show for free at until Nov. 10. They can also register on site. The NeoCon website features a digital pressroom with press releases and an image gallery. For exhibitor news, images and real-time information, follow NeoCon Shows on the following social media channels: Facebook (@NeoCon Shows), Twitter (@NeoCon_Shows),and Instagram (@NeoCon_Shows).


Knoll (#813)

MOVI Workspace (#1337)

Framery (#1013)


November 15-16, 2017 — Pennsylvania Convention Center

Education and professional development are fundamental components of NeoCon® East, the Northeast’s premier commercial interiors design expo and conference, held this November 15-16 in Philadelphia. Together with market-ready solutions from hundreds of top companies across sectors, plus valuable networking opportunities, this year’s conference program will round out a comprehensive NeoCon East experience. The rich multi-disciplinary lineup includes 25+ CEUs that offer insight into what’s next in workplace, healthcare, hospitality, government, education, and beyond.

Monica DeBartolo, Director of Programming, says, “Our aim for the NeoCon East educational offering is to inform, spark conversation, and provide professionals across disciplines a way to effectively and efficiently earn valuable CEU credits in just two days. The 2017 assortment caters to varying levels of practice and covers everything from the application of psychology to built projects and architecting ecosystems that inspire innovation, to exploring livable space efficiency and best practices in designing for the federal government. Anchoring this program will be our exceptional keynote speakers: Suzette Subance Ferrier, IIDA (Design Director, TPG Architecture), Zena Howard, AIA, LEED AP (Managing Director, Perkins+Will, North Carolina Practice), David Insinga, AIA (Chief Architect, General Services Administration’s Public Building Service), and Alex Gilliam (Founder, Public Workshop).”

A few of the seminars are highlighted below. The full list of seminars is available online. Seminars are $40 each when attendees register online before November 10. After November 10, all registration for seminars is on-site, subject to availability, at a fee of $50 each. Special discounts are available for students and government employees.  Check online for details.

Knowing designers have witnessed a telling upswing in one client value: many clients are now demanding creative and innovative environments across a wide range of for-profit and non-profit markets. To satisfy this new demand, designers have come to rely on a recent wealth of scientific data concerning the ways that the environment affects creative thinking and problem-solving. No matter the design discipline, employing this data will help build better client relationships. The discussion will also emphasize the importance of environmental psychology, particularly as it relates to color, lighting, sound, temperature, furniture and fixtures, wall and floor finishes, space planning, and plantscaping. This interactive seminar will focus on how to acknowledge the role of environmental psychology; how best to apply creative principles to a range of building environments; how to evaluate the effectiveness of environments in order to boost creativity; and how to select the strongest source materials for creativity.

❏      Donald Rattner, AIA, principal, Donald M. Rattner, AIA Architect, Cos Cob, CT

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  
As dynamic, open-plan office environments have become the norm, their one drawback has become clear – acoustic distraction and lack of acoustic privacy. The zeal for creating collaborative and innovation-driving workplaces has made it increasingly difficult for workers to focus and actually get work done! This seminar provides an overview of today’s workplace trends, together with space-planning and acoustic solutions that can mitigate distraction and increase both employee satisfaction and productivity.  Attendees will discover how to design a “soundscape” appropriate for a space; understand the science behind distraction, as well as how different generations and personality types respond and react; and leave with a variety of specific design solutions to address or avoid distraction in the workplace.

❏      Sarah Springer, IIDA, LEED AP, design principal, interiors, Jacobs, Cambridge, MA

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  
This seminar provides answers to a crucial question many designers are asking: how reasonable it is to design a workplace that is both LEED and WELL certified? Attendees will uncover answers through a specific case study, one that addresses all the crucial phases of this project, including pre-planning charrettes, collaborative design strategies, product specifications and post-occupancy evaluation. By the end of the presentation, attendees will gain a firm understanding of the following: how critical the integrated design process is to achieving sustainability and wellness goals; the comparison between LEED and WELL certification requirements; an understanding of all phases of a LEED/WELL project, including material and product specifications; and comprehension of the quantifiable benefits of a completed LEED and WELL fit-out.

❏      Mark Walsh-Cooke, PE, LEED AP BD+C, principal, Arup, Boston, MA
❏      Jen Taylor, LEED GA, senior project manager, Dyer Brown Associates, Boston, MA
❏      Rebecca Hatchadorian, LEED AP BD+C, associate – sustainability, Arup, Boston, MA

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  
Today federal agencies are challenged in unprecedented ways to reduce their real estate portfolio. GSA supports their efforts in many ways by providing assistance and/or funding for design, furniture, and technology. GSA also provides consultation in portfolio planning, national engagements and change management. A group of design panelists from GSA and other agencies will share their experiences.

❏      Dianne Juba, Workplace Strategist, GSA HQ, Washington, DC

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM  
Integration and competition have spurred the trio of collaboration, social interaction and experimentation. As a result, they’ve bred demand for designs that encourage creative disruption, both in academic and workplace environments. Yet creative disruption doesn’t happen in isolated spaces such as makerspaces and iLabs. It requires an ecosystem of diverse spaces tailored to a range of working and learning styles. While the culture of each company or institution helps determine such spaces, the crucial point is that such spaces demand variety for creative disruption and innovation to flourish. At the seminar’s conclusion, participants should be able to identify the experiential skills needed for success in education and employment, as they explore the space types that develop these skills; discover the diversity of space types and identify how combinations form holistic ecosystems and inspire creative disruption; evaluate how space design, furniture and technology impact the success of these ecosystems; and identify the measurable benefits of ecosystem design in diverse spaces, through post-occupancy evaluations and other metrics.

❏      Lois Goodell, IIDA, principal, CBT, Boston, MA
❏      Theodora Batchvarova, RID, LEED AP BD +C, GPRO CM, interior designer, CBT, Boston, MA

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  
As the limits for livable, useful office space are approached, at what point does an increasing density cause decline in user engagement and performance? What are the human factors to consider for fully effective and efficient space? This session addresses these questions and more through the presentation of environment-behavior research to highlight the psychological and social effects of office-space density and the implications for human health, performance, and organizational culture. Attendees will understand current design and space trends towards densification and the challenges for effective design, livability and space management. They’ll also learn how to use benchmarking metrics and discover how human factors affect organizational health and performance.

❏      Ellen Keable, Associate AIA, principal, Jacobs, Amherst, NY
❏      Amy Manley, IIDA, national  director, workplace strategy, Jacobs, Philadelphia, PA

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM  
Here was the designer’s challenge: turn a former boiler factory into an office, while preserving the former space’s history. This seminar will probe this transformational case study to demonstrate how to balance the client’s needs for an open and energetic workplace with historic preservation. The efficacy of pairing contemporary office trends, such as open bench seating and demountable glass systems, will be investigated in line with preservation goals. Design strategies that ensure both financial and aesthetic benefits will be evaluated. Complying with national tax credit programs helps promote these benefits, as well as providing designers the opportunity to make fine designs, while preserving historic fabric. At seminar’s end, attendees will understand the following vital concepts: how to identify key historic preservation features and develop strategies for conservation; how to create spaces that take advantage of natural light while lacking access to perimeter glass; how to minimize altering existing historic fabric, including designing new work that can be removed in the future; and how to understand client needs and adapting the program to complex conditions.

❏      Will Teass, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, principal, Teass/Warren Architects, Washington, DC
❏      Emily Eig, principal, EHT Traceries, Inc., Washington, DC

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
By definition and nature, educational environments tend to be large. But if only such large, known spaces are allowed into our collective thinking, a design opportunity is overlooked. What about spaces beyond the classroom, and what about underused and neglected spaces? Wouldn’t these spaces allow for more student learning and creativity? Attendees will learn to identify underutilized spaces and to maximize the use of both existing and new environments. The talk will also investigate campus trends in classroom and beyond-classroom uses. In doing so, selecting furnishings appropriate for varying spaces will be covered.

❏      Daniela Voith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, principal, Voith & Mactavish Architects, Philadelphia, PA
❏      Sennah Loftus, LEED AP, senior associate, Voith & Mactavish Architects, Philadelphia, PA

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