Speakers


 

 

Jean Anderson, Consumer Products Practice Area Leader, Senior Associate, Gensler

Jean Anderson
Senior Associate,
Gensler

Carolyn BaRoss, ASID, LEED AP, Principal, Firmwide Healthcare Interior Design Director, Perkins+Will

Carolyn BaRoss,
ASID, LEED AP

Principal
Perkins+Will

Lisa Blecker, Director of Marketing, Resource Furniture

Lisa Blecker
Director of Marketing,
Resource Furniture

Andrew Bledsoe, Stage 3 Properties, LLC

Andrew Bledsoe
Co-founder,
Stage 3 Properties, LLC,

Christopher Bledsoe, Stage 3 Properties, LLC

Christopher Bledsoe
Co-founder,
Stage 3 Properties, LLC,

Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC, President, Cama Inc.

Rosalyn Cama,
FASID, EDAC,

President,
Cama Inc.

Jamie Drake, FASID, Principal, Drake Design Associates

Jamie Drake,
FASID,

Principal,
Drake Design Associates

Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, CID, Design Concepts Interiors

Phyllis Harbinger,
ASID, CID,

Design Concepts Interiors

Grace Jeffers, Materials Historian and Specialist

Grace Jeffers,
Materials Historian and Specialist

Drew McGukin, Allied ASID, Principal and Founder, Drew McGukin Interiors

Drew McGukin,
Allied ASID

Principal and Founder,
Drew McGukin Interiors

Krista Ninivaggi, Allied ASID, K&Co

Krista Ninivaggi,
Allied ASID,
K&Co

Daniel Park, Allied ASID, Principal and Founder, Daniel Park Design

Daniel Park,
Allied ASID

Principal and Founder,
Daniel Park Design

Laurie Pressman, Vice President, Pantone

Laurie Pressman,
Vice President,
Pantone

Toni Sikes, Founder and CEO, CODAworx

Toni Sikes
Founder and CEO,
CODAworx

Susan S. Szenasy, Publisher and Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine

Susan S. Szenasy,
Publisher and Editor in Chief,
Metropolis Magazine

HEIDI THEUNISSEN

Heidi Theunissen,
Project Architect,
ODA

Catie Ryan, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Manager, Terrapin Bright Green

Catie Ryan
LEED AP BD+C,
Senior Project Manager,
Terrapin Bright Green

Jean Anderson

Jean Anderson
Senior Associate, Consumer Products Practice Area Leader, Gensler

Jean brings solid experience and expertise to her role as a Firmwide Consumer Products Practice Area Leader. As a Design Director in our New York office, Jean adheres to the philosophy that all aspects of the project – real estate selection, workplace strategy, architectural vocabulary, furniture and graphics – should embody the character and spirit of her client’s brand and vision.

Her breadth of project work showcases her ability to create signature spaces that feature the individuality of each client organization. A Gensler Senior Associate, Jean holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Cornell University.

 

Carolyn BaRoss, ASID, LEED AP, Principal

Carolyn BaRoss, ASID, LEED AP
Principal, Firmwide Healthcare Interior Design Director, Perkins+Will

Carolyn BaRoss, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP, Principal, Perkins+Will is the Firmwide Healthcare Interior Design Director, She has dedicated her career to the design of innovative and healing spaces for hospitals and clinics across the United States and internationally, and has worked with some of the leading healthcare institutions in the world. She has taught, engaged in public speaking, and has had her award-winning work or articles published articles in Architectural Record, Contract, Interior Design Magazine, Buildings Magazine, and other trade publications. 

Carolyn was the 2014 HCD 10 Interior Designer as recognized by Healthcare Design Magazine.

 

 

Lisa Blecker
Director of Marketing, Resource Furniture

With more than two decades of design and marketing experience, Lisa Blecker leads the Resource Furniture marketing team, North America’s largest retailer of transforming and space-saving furniture.

Resource Furniture’s non-traditional marketing approach has focused on educating end-users and members of the trade on the benefits of flexible, efficient living, while providing funding and/or support to an increasing number of non-profit and academic initiatives that promote sustainable living and intelligent design. As a sponsor of the 2013 exhibition "Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers" at the Museum of the City of New York, Resource Furniture and Clei, s.r.l. designed and built the hyper-functional, 325 square foot micro-apartment, the centerpiece of the exhibition. As the micro-apartment project manager, Lisa spoke regularly about challenging the traditional floor plan and the increasing desire and demand for flexible, smaller-footprint living across all market and demographic segments. Lisa is a member of the board of Citizens Housing & Planning Council.

 

Andrew Bledsoe, Stage 3 Properties, LLC

Andrew Bledsoe
Stage 3 Properties, LLC

Andrew is a founding partner of Stage 3 Properties. In 2011, Andrew left his career after seven years in investment banking to join his brother Chris in their shared goal of proliferating micro-housing units throughout New York City and beyond. After first conceiving of the idea for a microsuite in 2005, the brothers designed a prototype unit which successfully operated for five years in New York’s Financial District. The lessons learned from living in and operating the prototype formed the foundation for the rollout strategy of Stage 3’s modern day, fully code compliant microsuite.

Before 2011, Andrew served as Managing Director for Oppenheimer Investments where he advised multi-national industry leaders on how to access the capital markets using a proprietary non-recourse structured finance mechanism. While at Oppenheimer, and for a nine month period leading up to the 2008 Summer Olympics, Andrew relocated to Beijing where he was tasked with originating a first-of-its-kind cross border transaction for a public/private joint-venture with a Chinese state owned entity.

Andrew holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from the University of Central Florida.

 

Christopher Bledsoe, Stage 3 Properties, LLC

Christopher Bledsoe,
Stage 3 Properties, LLC

Chris is a founding partner of Stage 3 Properties, LLC, a Simon Baron portfolio company. He left his career in finance to pursue his passion for the development of micro-housing, joined by his brother and co-founding partner, Andrew. Chris' prior experience as both an institutional investor and an angel investor in the consumer packaged goods sector fuel his understanding of insight-driven segmentation strategies, and in turn, his determination to re-imagine the multi-family housing sector for the often overlooked tenant base of first-time renters.

Before making the entrepreneurial leap into micro-housing, Chris was a consumer staples analyst with Chicago-based hedge fund Citadel Investment Group, which he joined in 2009 following six years in New York as a sell-side equity research analyst, initially covering the packaged food industry for JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers, then as Senior Agribusiness Analyst for Barclays Capital.

Chris graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, where he studied Marketing and New Business Management.

 

Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC, President, Cama Inc.

Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC,
President, Cama Inc.

Roz Cama is President and Principal Interior Designer of the evidence-based planning and design firm CAMA, Inc., in New Haven, CT. The firm’s mission is to partner with its clients in support of their strategic plan to create interior environments that improve outcomes. Founded in 1983, CAMA, Inc. has completed design work for many clients nationwide in the area of healthcare and academic settings for higher education. Cama has served as national president of ASID and currently serves as Chair of the Board for the Center for Health Design. Cama holds a BS degree with distinction in Interior Design and Textiles from the University of Connecticut. She is a frequent writer and lecturer on the topic of evidence-based healthcare design, and authored Evidence-Based Healthcare Design (Wiley, 2009). Roz Cama is President and Principal Interior Designer of the evidence-based planning and design firm CAMA, Inc., in New Haven, CT. The firm’s mission is to partner with its clients in support of their strategic plan to create interior environments that improve outcomes. Founded in 1983, CAMA, Inc. has completed design work for many clients nationwide in the area of healthcare and academic settings for higher education. Cama has served as national president of ASID and currently serves as Chair of the Board for the Center for Health Design. Cama holds a BS degree with distinction in Interior Design and Textiles from the University of Connecticut. She is a frequent writer and lecturer on the topic of evidence-based healthcare design, and authored Evidence-Based Healthcare Design (Wiley, 2009).

 

Jamie Drake, FASID, Principal, Drake Design Associates

Jamie Drake, FASID,
Principal, Drake Design Associates

Author of some of this country’s most glamorous spaces, New York-based designer Jamie Drake believes that the best décor expresses personality and place. Renowned for his exuberant color sense, his eye for the unique and telling detail, his practical approach to planning, and his equal facility in traditional and modern styles, Drake creates inviting, delightful, and resolutely livable environments.

While attending Parson’s, he interned in Angelo Donghia’s office. He launched his namesake, multi-discipline firm, Drake Design Associates, immediately after graduation. In the thirty-plus years since, he has completed countless interiors for an impressive roster of clients. Notable residences include a Los Angeles showplace for Madonna, apartments in the Dakota and other historic New York landmark buildings, and multiple projects for his longtime client, former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, including the renovation of Gracie Mansion, the Mayor’s ceremonial residence, and various rooms at City Hall. Recent commercial work includes a from-the-ground-up medical facility in Florida and a private foundation in New York City.

Drake has masterminded rug collections for Roubini and Safavieh, a furniture line for Lewis Mittman, bathroom fixtures for THG, fabrics for Schumacher, sinks for Elkay, bath accessories for Labrazel, light fixtures for Boyd Lighting, and has recently collaborated with Theodore Alexander on a furniture line, as well as a rug collection for Stark Carpet.

Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, CID, Design Concepts Interiors

Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, CID,
Design Concepts Interiors

Phyllis Harbinger, ASID, CID, NCIDQ, is an award-winning professional interior designer, author, speaker, and professor. She heads one of the region’s most successful and versatile full service design firms in addition to coaching and mentoring other designers and industry professionals in best practices. Phyllis is a tenured professor on the interior design faculty at FIT in New York City.

Ms. Harbinger is a Certified Feng Shui practitioner, which enables her to integrate Eastern methods and theories of design and balance into her practice. She is a professional member of ASID, currently serving as president of the NY Metro Chapter Board of Directors.Harbinger has had multiple appearances on HGTV, and her living room design graced the cover of Westchester Magazine as the award-winning entry in the 2012 Inaugural Design Contest.

Her most recent feat is completing her first book, The Interior Design Productivity Toolbox, an accountability workbook for design and building professionals published in August 2014 by Wiley & Sons.

 

Grace Jeffers, Materials Historian and Specialist

Grace Jeffers,
Materials Historian and Specialist

Grace Jeffers is an esteemed 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. A graduate of the prestigious Bard Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts, she is a pioneer in her industry because of her focus on actual materials, rather than the objects they become.

As a curator, Jeffers is best known for her work restoring and preserving the Ralph and Sunny Wilson House in Temple, Texas, for which she received the prestigious Merit Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She successfully argued that the use of modern materials in architecture warrants recognition. To date, the Ralph Wilson House is the only structure in the National Register of Historic Places listed due to its use of material.

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 for seventeen years. On a personal note, for fun, she is studying mounted archery on both horses and camels. 

 

Martin Lesjak, CEO and Creative Director, INNOCAD

Martin Lesjak,
CEO and Creative Director, INNOCAD

Martin Lesjak is the CEO and Creative Director of Austrian-based INNOCAD Architecture and co-founder of 13&9 Design, a product design collective.

The visionary behind INNOCAD, Lesjak’s foresight and expertise in architecture, design, and craft, and an affinity for art, has led the award-winning firm in innovative directions globally. Together with INNOCAD’s partners, Lesjak has overseen residential, office, hospitality, healthcare, mixed-use retail, and interiors projects. Recently, INNOCAD received accolades for its design of the Microsoft Headquarters in Vienna. INNOCAD has earned a global following with projects in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Italy, Vienna, New York City, and Graz, Austria. Lesjak is recognized as an educator and thought leader. He is a frequent lecturer at regional universities and speaks around the world representing INNOCAD, 13&9, and his home city of Graz as a UNESCO City of Design. Lesjak communicates the creative and economic effects of the interdisciplinary approach at a regional and international level.

In addition to his numerous international awards, Lesjak was most recently named the 2015 Designer of the Year by Contract Magazine.

Drew McGukin, Allied ASID

Drew McGukin, Allied ASID
Principal and Founder, Drew McGukin Interiors

Drew McGukin tackles the interior design world with a unique level of energy, great pace and integrity. He is known for a touch of the ‘unexpected,’ combined with beautiful textures and bold patterns that vibrate with the perfect amount of sophistication, warmth, innovation, style and approachability.

Drew graduated from The New York School of Interior Design in May 2010, and kicked off as lead designer in 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 Student Advisory Council for ASID National.

 

Krista Ninivaggi, Allied ASID, K&Co

Krista Ninivaggi, Allied ASID
K&Co

In her newest venture, K&CO, Krista Ninivaggi strives to encapsulate all of her design experiences to fully serve her clients. Before starting K&CO, she served as director of SHoP Architects’ Interior Design Group. While there, she completed interiors for Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Google's executive offices, and the award-winning New York corporate office of Shopbop. 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.

Daniel Park, Allied ASID

Daniel Park, Allied ASID
Principal and Founder, Daniel Park Design

Daniel Park is principal and founder of DANIEL PARK DESIGN in New York. After a successful career performing on Broadway, Daniel earned a BFA at the New York School of Interior Design, where he was awarded the 2009 Angelo Donghia Foundation Senior Scholarship Award.

Before launching out to start his own full-service design firm, Daniel designed for several of New York City’s top award-winning hospitality design firms, including Tony Chi and Associates, Rockwell Group, and Jeffrey Beers International. He has also created exclusive luxury furniture, lighting and accessories for Lorin Marsh, where he served as design director. Daniel has been published in Interior Design, and he was featured on NBC’s “Open House NYC,” New York’s guide to the city more luxurious real estate.

 

Laurie Pressman, Vice President, Pantone

Laurie Pressman
Vice President, Pantone

Laurie Pressman is the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute, the world’s most comprehensive destination to gain intelligence, insight, and implications on the science and emotions of color. With over 20 years of experience in product development and merchandising for the fashion and home furnishings markets, Laurie recognizes that color is the most powerful communication tool, and as an intrinsic part of people’s immediate visual experience, plays a significant role in space design, consumer purchasing decisions, and effective brand management. She is involved in the development of Pantone’s color research and color trend forecasting products, and sits on the Home Products Board at Fashion Institute of Technology and the Fashion Advisory Board at Savannah College of Art and Design.

Toni Sikes, Founder and CEO, CODAworx

Toni Sikes, Founder and CEO
CODAworx

Toni Sikes is Founder and CEO of CODAworx, the global online community that showcases and celebrates design projects featuring commissioned artwork in interior and architectural spaces. Designed for use by artists, design professionals, and industry resources, CODAworx provides members with a platform to showcase their design and art projects, connect and collaborate with other members of the creative community, and earn recognition for these collaborations.

Sikes has spent her 30-year career connecting artists to their best markets. In 1985, she founded The Guild Sourcebooks as a publisher of directories to connect artists with design professionals and help those artists find greater markets for their work. In 1998, she founded Artful Home, a pioneer ecommerce company that brings the work of artists directly to consumers. Today, Artful Home is the largest retailer of artist-created home furnishings in the U.S.

In 2007, Sikes authored The Artful Home: Using Art & Craft to Create Living Spaces You’ll Love. Published by Lark Books, a division of Sterling Publishing Company, this book established her as a national expert in the area of artful living. Sikes is also well-known in the arts arena as an advocate for artists, is widely quoted in art and direct marketing publications, frequently lectures on marketing the arts, and juries art shows and exhibitions around the United States.

Susan S. Szenasy, Publisher and Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine

Susan S. Szenasy
Publisher and Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine

Susan S. Szenasy is publisher and editor in chief of Metropolis, the award-winning New York City–based magazine of architecture and design. Since 1985, she has led the magazine in landmark design journalism, achieving international recognition. A respected authority on sustainability and design, she served two terms on the boards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the Landscape Architecture Foundation, as well as on the FIT Interior Design board and the NYC Center for Architecture advisory board. She has received two IIDA Presidential Commendations, is an honorary member of the ASLA and AIA NYC, and the 2008 recipient of the ASID Patron’s Prize and Presidential Commendation.

Along with Metropolis magazine publisher Horace Havemeyer III, Szenasy received the 2007 Civitas August Heckscher Award for Community Service and Excellence. She holds an M.A. from Rutgers University and honorary doctorates from the Art Center College of Design, Kendall College of Art and Design, the New York School of Interior Design, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

 

Heidi Theunissen, Project Architect, ODA

Heidi Theunissen,Project Architect
ODA

Heidi Theunissen grew up in South Africa where she studied and worked before moving to the U.S. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University. Before joining ODA as project architect, she worked at COOKFOX as an architectural researcher and designer on projects ranging from art installations to large mixed-use developments, infrastructure projects, schools, and high-end single and multifamily residences. Her design work is informed by ideas on biophilia and biomimicry, and attempts to restore the relationship with the natural world within the built environment. She is an adjunct professor at the New York Institute of Technology, where she teaches Architectural History. In her free time, she experiments with growing food and keeping bees in the city.

Catie Ryan, Senior Project Manager, Terrapin Bright Green

Catie Ryan, Senior Project Manager
Terrapin Bright Green

Catie is a senior project manager at Terrapin Bright Green. Since joining Terrapin’s staff in 2008, she has been responsible for developing green guidelines, recommendations, manuals, and reports on environmental sustainability and human health in the built environment. In this capacity, Catie has worked with several clients on biophilic design strategy and implementation, including the development of biophilic design metrics for Google’s global Owner Project Requirements. She was a co-author of 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design (2014), and the award-winning publication, The Economics of Biophilia (2012), a seminal piece on the direction of the industry and business case for designing with nature in mind. She has also published on biophilia in Interface’s Human Spaces blog, Landscape Architecture Frontiers, and the International Journal of Architectural Research, and is the LEED coordinator for a proposed 118-story tower in Malaysia. Catie’s interests lie in the intersections of neuroscience and design as they pertain to integrative urban infrastructure and human health, well-being, and performance.