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ASID at ICFF – Speakers

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

Fabrics and Tapestries: How to Choose the Best Solar Protection for Windows

Michelle L. Greene, LEED Green Associate, Lutron Electronics

Michelle L. Greene, LEED Green associate, Lutron Electronics

Michelle L. Greene is currently responsible for the development and creation of all commercial window systems marketing and messaging to architects, designers, and other specifiers at Lutron Electronics. In addition, she manages and designs the presentations and content for the commercial shades sales team and related continuing education courses. Greene is a graduate of the five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture program at Pennsylvania State University and has earned her LEED® Green Associate accreditation. Prior to her experience at Lutron, she worked as an intern in the architectural and design community.

Staci L. Quirk, ASID Industry Partner Representative, product marketing manager, Lutron Electronics

Staci L. Quirk, ASID Industry Partner representative, product marketing manager, Lutron Electronics

Staci L. Quirk currently leads designer solutions marketing and communications for Lutron Electronics. Prior to joining the design community, Quirk spent more than 10 years in marketing and product development for luxury brands, including Baldwin Hardware and JADO. Quirk holds a bachelor's degree from California State University, San Bernardino and an MBA from the Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Quirk is an ASID Industry Partner representative, active in the Color Marketing Group and serves on the NKBA Advisory Council, where she also is a member.

 

Community Impact on the Design Process: A Look at Whole Foods Brooklyn

Nathalie Gray, associate coordinator, Decor, Whole Foods Market – Northeast Region

Since she joined Whole Foods six years ago, Nathalie Gray has played an integral role in the design of Whole Foods stores from the mid-Atlantic region through southern New England. Prior to her current position, Gray owned her own interior design firm, Vie de la Maison, in Asheville, NC. Gray After developing her interest in interior design during a “gap year” in college, she obtained her design certificate from the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) in 1988, and then earned a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Wake Forest University in 1991. Gray also is a certified feng shui practitioner.

 

Chris Harth, owner, NYCUTLERY

Christopher Harth is a multidisciplinary designer and builder, specializing in custom work using wood, metals and stone. He was born in Minnesota and is currently based in New York City.

 

Danielle Sanders, cultural programs marketing team leader, Whole Foods Market – Northest Region

Biography coming soon.

 

We Are What We Build: A (Pre)Cautionary Tale About Wellness

Breeze Glazer, LEED AP BD+C, national research knowledge manager, Perkins+Will

Breeze Glazer, LEED AP BD+C, national research knowledge manager, Perkins+Will

As the national research knowledge manager at Perkins+Will, Breeze Glazer applies his expertise to help lead the firm’s sustainability research and to support the design practice. His research into sustainability covers topics such as alternative energy systems, climate change mitigation, the business case for sustainability, and material health and toxicity. He currently teaches graduate-level classes in applied research at the New York School of Interior Design.

 

Man Made Natural: Insights into the Authenticity of Materials

Grace Jeffers, corporate consultant, design historian and writer

Grace Jeffers, corporate consultant, design historian and writer

Grace Jeffers is a design historian, materials specialist and writer focusing on the 20th century, whose approach blends art history, social history, material science and the practice of design. As a curator, Jeffers worked to restore and preserve the Ralph and Sunny Wilson House in Temple, Texas, for which she received the Merit Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, successfully arguing that the use of modern materials in architecture warrants recognition. As a designer, she has created patterns and designs for paper, flooring, laminate and other decorative surfacing materials for more than 10 major manufacturers. Jeffers contributed to the catalog of the Cooper-Hewitt exhibition “Skin: Surface and Substance in Contemporary Design,” and has served as a contributor and design editor to architectural trade magazines. She is a graduate of the Bard Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts.

 

Collaboration Required: Reimagining the Loews Regency Hotel, New York

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Luke Barr (moderator), news director, Travel + Leisure

Luke Barr is an editor and news director at Travel + Leisure magazine. A grandnephew of M. F. K. Fisher, he grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Switzerland. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, architect Yumi Moriwaki, and their two daughters.

Gray Davis, principal, Meyer Davis Studio Inc.

Gray Davis, principal, Meyer Davis Studio Inc.

Gray Davis is founder and principal at Meyer Davis Studio Inc. - a New York City-based design boutique specializing in residential, hospitality, retail, and workplace environments. Founded in 1999 with Will Meyer, the firm has established itself at the forefront of the nation’s high end residential and commercial design practices. Meyer Davis has become a definitive fixture in the design world, having received numerous awards and regular features in prestigious design publications. The design studio believes in the importance of a wide scope and, as such, has garnered attention for a large variety of projects, ranging from residential to retail, from hospitality to workplace. Not ones to chase trends, Meyer Davis enjoys seeking new and unexpected solutions, values lasting impact over flash, and believes in the power of restraint. Their work proves that intelligent subtraction often yields the greatest results.

Will Meyer, principal, Meyer Davis Studio Inc.

Will Meyer, principal, Meyer Davis Studio Inc.

Will Meyer is founder and principal at Meyer Davis Studio Inc. - a New York City-based design boutique specializing in residential, hospitality, retail, and workplace environments. Founded in 1999 with Gray Davis, the firm has established itself at the forefront of the nation’s high end residential and commercial design practices. Meyer Davis has become a definitive fixture in the design world, having received numerous awards and regular features in prestigious design publications. The design studio believes in the importance of a wide scope and, as such, has garnered attention for a large variety of projects, ranging from residential to retail, from hospitality to workplace. Not ones to chase trends, Meyer Davis enjoys seeking new and unexpected solutions, values lasting impact over flash, and believes in the power of restraint. Their work proves that intelligent subtraction often yields the greatest results.

Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, principal and president, Rottet Studio

Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA, principal and president, Rottet Studio

Lauren Rottet is one of the most-celebrated designers of our generation. With an extraordinary record of awards, publications, lectures, juries and honors over the past 25 years, Rottet has helped shape how we interpret modern design and continues to set the standard for interior design through her interior designs, furniture lines and art curation. Rottet is the only woman in history to be recognized as a Fellow Member by both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association. She was named Boutique Design Designer of the Year, Interiors Designer of the Year and holds Lifetime Appointment to the U.S. General Services Administration’s National Register of Peer Professionals for Design Excellence. Rottet also is an inaugural member of the Women in Design Hall of Fame and a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

 

The Power of Pro Bono: How Designers Brought New Life to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

Anthony Baratta, principal, Anthony Baratta LLC

Anthony Baratta, principal, Anthony Baratta LLC

Anthony Baratta began his design career more than 30 years ago after graduating from Fordham University with a degree in Art History. Baratta’s work has been featured worldwide on more than 40 magazine covers, including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Cottages & Gardens (Hamptons and Connecticut) and The New York Times. Additionally, Baratta has published two books and has multiple fabric and carpet collections with Lee Jofa and Stark Carpet. Last summer he opened his first shop in Westhampton Beach.

Matthew Campo, executive director, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

Matthew Campo, executive director, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island

Matthew Campo has been the executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMHLI) since 2010 after previously serving as director of Development and Communications for the organization. Leading one of Long Island’s most beloved not-for-profits into its 28th year, Campo has focused much of his energy on expanding the organization’s services across Long Island, developing new relationships, creatively engaging young donors and strengthening existing relationships.Before joining the RMH, Campo was director of Development at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, N.Y., as well as previous positions at the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Helen Keller National Center. He began his career as associate director of Development & Alumni Relations at Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus, where he studied arts management.

Beth Kimless Greene, executive vice president, Kravet Inc.

Beth Kimless Greene, executive vice president, Kravet Inc.

Beth Kimless Greene is the executive vice president of Marketing and Strategic Branding at Kravet Inc. After joining Kravet more than 22 years ago to create the in-house marketing department, Greene is responsible for all corporate marketing and communication efforts, including advertising, digital, licensing, visual marketing and special events. She has led the company to an award-winning print advertising campaign for the Kravet brand and has spearheaded special projects and events, such as Blogfest. She continues to be the voice of the Kravet Inc. organization and works diligently to keep the branding of Kravet, Lee Jofa and now Brunschwig and Fils consistent and relevant. Before joining Kravet, Greene was director of new business at Warwick Advertising where she managed the Schumacher and Waverly accounts. Prior to that she worked at Scali, McCabe, Sloves, Revlon Inc. and Bloomingdales

Marianne Howatson (moderator), CEO and owner, Cottages & Gardens Publications

Marianne Howatson, CEO and Owner at Cottages & Gardens Publications, is a career media executive with broad experience in magazines and the Internet. Howatson has published some of the country's finest magazines, including Travel + Leisure and Self magazines, where she was the first female publisher at both Condé Nast and American Express Publishing. Subsequently, as Group Publisher at Gruner+Jahr USA, a division of Bertelsmann, she oversaw the growth and strategic positioning of Parents, YM, Expecting, Baby Care and the Ser Padres network of Spanish language publications. During the Internet boom, Howatson was a founding member of ScreamingMedia/Pinnacor (acquired by MarketWatch in 2005), which streamed content solutions and syndication services to Fortune 1000 companies, portals and wireless networks in seven languages.

Drew McGukin, Allied ASID, principal, Drew McGukin Interiors

Drew McGukin, Allied ASID, principal, Drew McGukin Interiors

Drew McGukin, principal of Drew McGukin Interiors, tackles the interior design world with a unique level of energy, great pace and integrity. His designs are known to incorporate the unexpected with beautiful textures and bold patterns. McGukin graduated from The New York School of Interior Design in May 2010, and began his own New York-based firm after a year-long stint with Matthew Yee Interiors. He served on the Board of Directors for ASID NY Metro from 2009–2011, while simultaneously sitting on the 2011 ASID Student Advisory Council. Soon after graduation, McGukin was selected by The New York Design Center as one of 30 founding designers set to launch Access to Design™ — a concierge service providing accessibility for consumers. The New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) named McGukin a “Rising Star” in 2012. Houzz.com recently honored Drew with a “Best of Houzz 2013” distinction in design.

 

A New Spirit for a Worklife Place

Amy Chender, chief operating officer, abc home

Amy Chender, chief operating officer, ABC Home

As chief operating officer and director of Social Responsibility at ABC Home, Amy Chender oversees operations at all four ABC stores and critical initiatives, such as ABC Kitchen with Jean-Georges, the farm-to-table restaurant, and Deepak HomeBase. Chender has conceptualized and implemented socially responsible initiatives that are critical to the core mission of ABC Home, including an internal green audit, a vendor code of conduct, an audit of wood purchases, and a set of ABC standards (e.g., abc Goodwood and abc Goodthread). In addition, Chender co- developed and launched the ABC Home & Planet Foundation’s program MISSIONmarket. Chender is a co-founder of the Sustainable Furnishings Council and previously served as director of the NY Shambhala Center, the José Limón Dance Company, and Greyston Foundation, and she continues to serve as director of ABC Home & Planet Foundation.

Sonya Dufner, FASID, principal, Gensler

Sonya Dufner, FASID, principal, Gensler

Sonya Dufner is a director of Workplace Strategy in Gensler’s New York office and a regional client relationship leader. In her current role, Dufner works with national and global clients to rethink their workflow, technology, and its influence on company culture, productivity, and attracting the best talent. She is an active member of CoreNet New York, the Association of Real Estate Women and was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Interior Designers. She served on the board of ASID and is currently on the advisory board of Design Ignites Change. Dufner’s notable projects include work with L’Oreal USA, United Nations, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Thomson Reuters, Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, Crain Communications and Warner Music Group.

Ken Pilot, president, abc home

Ken Pilot, president, ABC Home

Ken Pilot is president of ABC Home, a design destination that integrates elements of healing, education, theater, and art. In his role, Pilot works closely with ABC Home’s CEO and creative director overseeing the select merchandising plans and new business opportunities. In addition, Pilot leads efforts around commercial and contract sales, focused on delivering ABC’s mission-based approach and responsible sourcing to the workplace. Prior to ABC, Pilot served in a number of positions with retailers, including Gap, J.Crew, Ralph Lauren and American Eagle, where he was responsible for merchandising, stores, operations, finance and planning.

Thomas Vecchione, director of Workplace Strategy and Headquarters Planning, Gensler

Thomas Vecchione, director of Workplace Strategy and Headquarters Planning, Gensler

Tom Vecchione is a director of Workplace Strategy and Headquarters Planning in Gensler’s New York office. Vecchione has developed an international portfolio of workplaces and corporate campuses for top performing companies, including IBM, Novartis, Adidas, Blackstone, Staples and British Airways. His progressive approach to real estate strategy is informed by his background and education in urban design, mixed-use planning and architecture. Vecchione leverages his research, best practices and emerging trends to create user-centric environments that align a business’ organizational needs with design. He currently serves on the boards of the Municipal Art Society of New York, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Foundation and the Center for an Urban Future in New York City.

 

A Conversation with Contract Magazine’s 2014 Designer of the Year: Krista Ninivaggi

John Czarnecki, Assoc. AIA, Hon. AIA, editor-in-chief, Contract magazine

John Czarnecki, Assoc. AIA, Hon. IIDA, editor-in-chief, Contract magazine

John Czarnecki has been the editor-in-chief of Contract magazine, a 54-year-old magazine covering commercial interiors and architecture, since May 2011. In this role, he oversees the monthly magazine and its awards programs, including the Interiors Awards and the Best of NeoCon Award. Prior to joining Contract, he was senior acquisitions editor of architecture and design books at John Wiley & Sons for eight years. Previously, Czarnecki was an associate editor for Architectural Record, and prior to that he was an urban designer with Urban Strategies, an urban design firm, and also practiced architecture with firms in Milwaukee and Madison, Wis. Czarnecki holds a master’s degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee (UWM). He is chair of the AIA Convention Advisory Committee for the 2014 AIA National Convention.

Krista Ninivaggi, director, Interior Design Group at SHoP ArchitectsPhoto Credit: Michael Nagle

Krista Ninivaggi, director, Interior Design Group at SHoP Architects

Krista Ninivaggi is director of the Interior Design Group at SHoP Architects. She joined SHoP in 2011 and has quickly grown the studio from one to 20 people. She has worked with her team to expand SHoP's offerings to provide full-service interiors and furniture design. She has completed interiors for Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Google's executive offices, in Mountain View, Calif.; and the award-winning New York Corporate office of Shopbop. Prior to joining SHoP, Ninivaggi began her career at the Rockwell Group, where she gained experience in the areas of hospitality design and environmental branding, and she continued at the firm AvroKO. Ninivaggi is a part-time faculty member at Parsons The New School for Design. In 2013, she was honored with the title of "Young Gun" by Curbed.com. Ninivaggi received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Bachelor of Architecture degree, both from The Rhode Island School of Design.

 

Mastering Presentations in the Workplace

Jen Bruno, ASID Industry Partner Representative, national business development manager, Hansgrohe

Jen Bruno, ASID Industry Partner Representative, national business development manager, Hansgrohe

Jen Bruno is the national business development manager at Hansgrohe and an active ASID member. Bruno has been working as a training manager, instructional designer and presenter for more than 20 years. Sharing information is her passion. From the creative environment of Walt Disney World Orlando to the excitement of the NASCAR racetracks, she has spent her entire career educating business people to help drive their success. A certified Six Sigma Green Belt and an avid community volunteer, her personal and business experiences lend to her genuine style and down to earth approach in her presentations.

 

Using Knowledge to Innovate with Environmental Psychology

Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC, president and principal interior designer, CAMA, Inc.

Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC, president and principal interior designer, CAMA, Inc.

Rosalyn Cama is the president and principal interior designer of the evidence-based planning and design firm CAMA, Inc. in New Haven, Conn. She served as the 24th President of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and currently serves as chair of the board for The Center for Health Design. Cama authored Evidence-Based Healthcare Design and frequently writes and lectures on the topic. Healthcare Design Magazine has recognized Cama as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Healthcare Design, and ASID has honored her achievements as the recipient of the Designer of Distinction Award. Clients nationwide, including Yale-New Haven Health System, Princeton Healthcare System, OhioHealth, Medical College of Georgia Health, University of Kansas Health System, and The University Medical Center of El Paso, use Cama’s deep understanding of how thoughtful design creates interior environments that improve outcomes.

Elizabeth Oshana, Allied ASID, designer, CAMA Inc.

Elizabeth Oshana, Allied ASID, designer, CAMA Inc.

Elizabeth Oshana studied interior design at Cornell University’s Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, earning a master's degree in interior design in 2005, for her contribution to the Interior Archetypes Research and Teaching Project (intypes.cornell.edu). Upon graduation, Oshana joined CAMA Inc. and, for the past seven years, has immersed herself in the process of evidence-based healthcare design. Recent work includes outcome-based design direction for the El Paso Children’s Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital Lobby renovation, the evidence-based design checklist and the healing arts program for the University Medical Center at Princeton of Plainsboro, Baystate Health System’s Wayfinding and Branding analysis for its Children’s Hospital within a Hospital, Medical College of Georgia’s modernization’s design standardization and the development effort to imagine new and innovative medical simulation environments for the Mid-Continent Medical Simulation Center at the University of Kansas.

Erin Peavey, Associate AIA, LEED AP BC+D, EDAC, medical planner and lead researcher, HOK Health Care Group

Erin Peavey, Associate AIA, LEED AP BC+D, EDAC, medical planner and lead researcher, HOK Health Care Group

Erin Peavey is a medical planner and the lead researcher with HOK’s Health Care group. Her research findings on healthcare environments and architecture practice can be found in Healthcare Design Magazine, The AIA Handbook of Professional Practice, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, and the Journal of Nursing Administration. Peavey is an active member of the healthcare design community as a trustee of the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation (AAHF), and she is a member of the graduate faculty at the New York School of Interior Design and Pratt Institute. She serves on the advisory board for the Center for Health Design’s Knowledge Repository and the Environmental Design Research Association’s EDRA CORE committee. Her areas of focus include healthcare design, environmental psychology, culture change, interdisciplinary collaboration and healthcare improvement.

Thank you to our Program Sponsor:Program Sponsor: Lutron