Emerging Trends

Presentation: "Environmental Psychology and Interior Design: A Meaningful Collaboration"

Dak KopecPresented by: DAK Kopec, Ph.D.
Available CEUs: 0.2 Basic
Designation: Health/Safety/Welfare (HSW)
Subject Index: Interior Design: Sustainable and/or Environmental Design (2.12)

Our environment contains a variety of components that people use in their classification and comprehension of surroundings. These components relate to a person's interpretation and appraisal of a given environment. Environmental psychology is the science that analyzes the symbiotic relationship between how people interpret and classify environmental components, and how they then classify those components into likes and dislikes. Given that interior designers are leaders in the field of environmental design, the further collaboration between environmental psychologists and interior designers will help to facilitate a greater understanding between the environment and human responses.


Presentation: "At Home/At Work: The Trends Driving Residential and Commercial Design"

Paul TaylorPresented by: Paul Taylor
Available CEUs: 0.2 Basic
Designation: General (G)
Subject Index: Interior Design: Design Trends (2.3)

Residential and commercial design are usually thought of as separate disciplines. But in reality, ideas and applications that surface in each of these markets are often re-interpreted and crossover from one to the other.

In this fast-paced and highly visual presentation, Trends editorial director Paul Taylor draws on his editorial team’s international research and extensive image library to illustrate the effects of that interaction. Areas covered include energy efficiency and sustainability, materials, the kitchen/cafe hub, influences on residential and commercial bathroom design, technological developments, multi-use spaces and more.


Presentation: Bright Ideas: Lighting, Well-Being and Visual Perfection

Presented by: Steve Klein, IALD, LC, MIES
Available CEUs: 0.2 Intermediate
Designation: General (G)
Subject Index: Interior Design: Lighting Design (2.8)

This lighting workshop is a content-rich explanation of the current thinking on lighting from no less than four professional perspectives: philosophical, neurological, radio-metrical and physiological. A thoroughly researched explanation of lighting and health is presented in detail and humor considering the semantic differences in understanding technical language. Stunning visual examples of lighting technique in real jobs will illustrate the subtleties of architectural integration and the benefits of increased productivity and greater worker satisfaction. There are many extremely satisfying residential projects, all expanded into constituent components. With an emphasis on what to do and why to do it, the participant will come away with great new insight and enthusiasm. Lighting has never been more fun to learn about.


Presentation: "Ethical Design: How can you tell?"

Susan SzenasyPresented by: Susan Szenasy
Available CEUs: 0.2 Basic
Designation: Health/Safety/Welfare (HSW)
Subject Index: Business & Professional Practice: Ethics (8.3)

How do environmental sustainability and social justice issues relate to the practice of interior design? From the responsibilities of safe material specification to considerations of the needs of people with varying abilities, the interior designer makes ethical judgments every day. How aware is the profession of such responsibilities? Who are the best collaborators in other design professions, as well as in non-design specialties who could help in this endeavor.


Presentation: "Using Design Psychology to Create Ideal Places"

Toby IsrealPresented by: Toby Israel, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Available CEUs: 0.2 Basic
Designation: Health/Safety/Welfare (HSW)
Subject Index: Interior Design: Design Processes (2.2)

How can Design Psychology be used to create authentic, fulfilling places for designers, clients and users? Dr. Israel introduces this new field, defined as "the practice of architecture, planning and interior design in which psychology is the principal design tool." She gives examples of how the Design Psychology process can be applied to real projects, including residential, institutional and corporate projects. Participants complete hands-on exercises from the "Design Psychology Toolbox" - - exercises that can be used to help designers create ideal places.


Presentation: "Designs for Dignity, Making a Difference by Design"

Presented by: Susan Fredman
Available CEUs: 0.2 Basic
Designation: General (G)
Subject Index: Theory & Creativity: Design Creativity (1.2)

The budgets of many nonprofits don’t often include resources for renovations or improvements that would allow them to better serve those in need, despite the distinct connection between the emotional, physical and spiritual health of an individual and his/her surroundings. Designs for Dignity, founded by interior designer Susan Fredman, ASID, responds to this need by transforming the existing spaces of nonprofits through pro bono design services and in-kind donations, allowing them to provide comfortable, supportive, and healing physical environments. This session provides a detailed overview of the program and steps for helping to make a difference through design.