ASID President Elect Keynotes Exclusive Arc-Interiors Forum

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Michael A. Thomas, FASID, CAPS to address strategies for sustaining the design client, the business and the world

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 17, 2009) | For the second year in a row, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) keynotes the invite-only Arc-Interiors Forum in Miami Beach, Sept. 24 – 27, 2009. Unlike traditional conferences, Arc-Interiors is an exclusive event that allows North America’s largest architecture and design firms to meet with board-level executives of supplier and solution provider companies in one-on-one scheduled meetings.  Instead of browsing industry trade booths, design principals conduct six to 12 meetings with supplier companies to discuss important design developments around the world and talk about the latest issues affecting the industry.

In addition to power networking, over the three days attendees will take part in seminars, cocktail receptions and a keynote presented by ASID President-elect-elect Michael A.Thomas, FASID, CAPS. Thomas will address strategies for sustaining the design client, the business and the world.

“The design community is indeed at a threshold of professional evolution as we contemplate our true relevance and value to clients, the future of the interiors profession, and an inherent responsibility to sustain world resources,” says Thomas. “As creators of the built environment, designers are also in a unique position to assume a role as ‘change agents,’ providing stewardship to the socioeconomic challenges of global warming and global aging.”

Arc-Interiors seminars, co-presented by ASID and Bond Events, Ltd., will include:

Fri., Sept. 25

A Sense of Purpose: The New Reality for Architecture Firms and How Principals will Need to Adapt

David Koren, associate principal/director of marketing, Perkins Eastman

Nanotechnology for Green Interior Design. Tomorrows Technologies Today

Prof. George Elvin, associate professor, Ball State University; director, green technology forum

Sat., Sept. 26

Reaching and Retaining Next Generation Talent Or Do you have to Get Crazy to Get Talent?

Marsha Littell, dean, HOK University

Biophillic Design: Sustainable Design Inspired by Nature

Professor Stephen Kellert, professor of social ecology, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

For more information on the Arc-Interiors Forum, please visit For more information on ASID involvement in the show, contact

  About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 40,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

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