SCALEX at Woodbury University


Get a leg up on the competition and leverage your professional development by attending SCALEX. Developed as a local version of SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit, SCALEX is a full day event, designed to bring innovative topics and discussions from renowned speakers directly to you.

SCALEX is an opportunity to hear from experts on topics that expand on what you’re currently learning in the classroom. With real-life scenarios and expert-led panels, SCALEX will prepare you for a career in design.

SCALEX is for interior design students and educators who believe in the impact of design to transform lives. By attending SCALEX, students will  prepared to take on their first professional role.

Date and Time

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM


Woodbury University
7500 N Glenoaks Blvd
Burbank, CA 91504
United States




Get inspired by ways to make a difference on the human experience.

Advance yourself as an individual, present yourself as a leader.

Hear from the pros about real-life design projects.

Learn business skills that will impress first job managers.

Mark your calendars and register today. You can NOT afford to miss this opportunity.

SCALEX Program Schedule

9 – 9:30 a.m. | Registration & Light Breakfast

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. | Welcoming Message

Speakers: Jon Strassner, LEED AP, Director of Workplace Strategy, Humanscale
Christoph Korner, MArch, Dipl Ing Arch, NCIDQ, IIDA, IDEC, Chair of Interior Architecture, Woodbury University

Kick off your SCALE X experience with a welcome from your hosts followed by the event keynote.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. | Impact of Design Keynote

Speakers: Joey Shimoda,FAIA, FIIDA, and Susan Chang, AIA, Founders, Shimoda Design Group

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. | Break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. | Practice of Design Panel: Make-up of the Project Team

After graduating, your role and experience on a project team changes. Project teams can be very complicated and their structure may differ from firm to firm. Not only does the design team within the firm need to work together, other stakeholders including consultants, manufacturers, and contractors will be involved. How do you identify your role and most effectively contribute to the project? This panel discussion will provide insight from various team member perspectives to help you prepare for your first professional role.

11:45 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. | Lunch and Networking

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Leadership Development Panel: Professional Communications

While you learn how to communicate your design intent in school, you must also learn to communicate in the workplace. Before you are hired, you build your reputation by how you communicate: your presence on social media,; professionalism in emails; and how you handle yourself in conversation. Hear from leaders who must effectively communicate in their professional roles every day to help you formulate your communication strategy.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. | Break

2:45 – 4:30 p.m. | Remarks and Business of Design: Portfolio Review

Speakers: Jon Strassner, LEED AP, Director of Workplace Strategy, Humanscale
Christoph Korner, MArch, Dipl Ing Arch, NCIDQ, IIDA, IDEC, Chair of Interior Architecture, Woodbury University



Matthew DeGeeter, ASID
Matthew DeGeeter, ASID

Vice President, Education and Engagement, American Society of Interior Designers

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Christoph Korner, MArch, Dipl Ing Arch, NCIDQ, IIDA, IDEC
Christoph Korner, MArch, Dipl Ing Arch, NCIDQ, IIDA, IDEC

Chair of Interior Architecture, Woodbury Unviersity

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Jon Strassner, LEED AP
Jon Strassner, LEED AP

Director of Workplace Strategy, Humanscale

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Matthew DeGeeter, ASID

As vice president of Education and Engagement at the American Society of Interior Designers, Matthew DeGeeter, ASID, LEED AP, brings his background as a professional interior designer at a top-tier firm and as a past volunteer leader of ASID to develop meaningful experiences.  

Matthew established the career stage program strategy for ASID, mapping together events, awards, and education opportunities to engage members and customers throughout all career stages and market sectors. The result launched a portfolio of ASID programs including SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit, the ASID Student Portfolio Competition, The Leadership Experience: Presented by ASID, the Ones to Watch Awards and Scholars program, and Platform: A Retreat for Design Visionaries.

Overseeing education and learning, Matthew developed the ASID content areas to organize interior design skills and competencies within the categories of Impact of Design, Business of Design, Practice of Design, and Leadership Development. The content framework guides all education programs for ASID national events, partner event education, and online learning.

To support programs and education, Matthew launched the Education Advisory Council, the national volunteer group that provides strategy and direction on the portfolio of ASID national professional development programs, events, and products that contribute to the ASID experience. Council members are also connected to project committees to engage key audiences and guide content.

Previously, Matthew worked at the Washington, D.C. office of Perkins+Will where his design work focused on healthcare projects. Using his knowledge of design, branding, and strategy, Matthew developed informed solutions to recognize the larger vision of client goals in addition to being spaces of healing and wellness. As part of local and national design teams, Matthew’s projects received numerous awards and were featured in publications such as Interior Design, Interiors & Sources, and Contract. Additionally, Matthew authored numerous articles and presented at major industry conferences.

As a volunteer leader with ASID, Matthew served as a director-at-large on the ASID National Board of Directors, was a two-term chair for the Emerging Professionals Advisory Council, and held various chapter positions. Additionally, Matthew consulted as a brand manager for The Global Good Fund, a non-profit that links social investors to high potential young leaders.

Christoph Korner, MArch, Dipl Ing Arch, NCIDQ, IIDA, IDEC

Christoph Korner received his degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany, followed by a MArch from UCLA with an emphasis on History and Theory. Since then he has been a part of GRAFT, an award-winning design firm with offices in Los Angeles, Berlin, and Beijing. Projects range from Master Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Exhibition Design, to Product Design. In addition his work has been exhibited and published on several occasions and he authored articles and books. In recent years his dedication gravitated increasingly towards teaching and academia, culminating in his current position as Chair of Interior Architecture at Woodbury University in Los Angeles.

Jon Strassner, LEED AP

Jon has been with Humanscale since 1996 and has enjoyed being a part of the company’s progression as an industry leader in people, productivity, and workstation functionality. In his 20 years with Humanscale, Jon has served as Canadian sales director and North American director of A&D. In his current role as director of Workplace Strategy, Jon works to ensure the Humanscale brand remains top of mind and relevant. His deep involvement in the design industry informs the company’s understanding of industry trends, salient conversations, and inspiring stories.

A LEED Accredited Professional, Jon is passionate about the role Humanscale can play in the Net Positive Movement and in creating healthy and restorative places to work and live.

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