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2019 Workplace & Interior Architecture Conference and Expo

May 13, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 11:45 am

Workplace & Interior Architecture Conference and Expo CREJ Colorado Real Estate Journal Conference


Kimpton Hotel Born 1600 Wewatta Street Denver, CO 80202 United States

4 hours of real estate continuing education credit have been approved.
4 hours of CEU credits by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) have been approved.

We anticipate this to be the largest workplace conference of the year in Colorado with more than 300 interior designers and other related professionals.



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Conference Agenda

7:00 - 7:25 a.m.
Registration, Check-in and Networking
7:25 - 7:30 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Gillian Hallock Johnson, LEED® AP ID+C - Principal, EUA
7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Emerging Advancements in Workplace Furniture Design. The Future of Workplace Furniture Design, Use, and Configuration.

This panel of established furniture dealerships will discuss how the demands of changing workplace requirements are driving manufacturers to explore new solutions for open areas, focus vs. collective thinking spaces, private offices and different styles of conferencing. They will also discuss the primary drivers and metrics that are influencing furniture design shifts, and what are the most progressive new wall systems or furniture items out there today and in the making?

Carla Dore - President & CEO, Workplace Resource
Bob Deibel - CEO & Owner, OfficeScapes
Matt Magrann - Co-Founder & CEO, Projex Inc.
Katie Winter - Design Director, KIEDING
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
From Beginning to End. Brokers and End-Users – Today’s Priorities for the Ideal Real Estate Solution.

This broker and end-user panel will discuss their immediate and emerging priorities as they embark on researching the ideal real estate solution. The discussion will cover such items as how to balance a company’s cultural equation against their financial/real estate equation, the broker’s perspective on the attributes of specific Denver locations such as Uptown, CBD, LODO, RINO, Platte Valley, Highland and Tech Center. End users will discuss the reasoning behind their final real estate decision and how it is impacting their workplace.

M. Gregory Bante - Executive Managing Director, Savills
Melissa Clayton - Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management, Mercy Housing
David T. Roberts - Chief Executive Officer, SurveyGizmo
Rick Door - Managing Principal, Cresa Global Inc.
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Branding + Differentiation. How are Branding and Differentiation a Corporate Strategy to Create Inclusivity, Promote Diversity and Generate Employee Engagement?

This Interior Architecture panel will look at the critical role that branding and differentiation can play in employee engagement. Never has the workplace been so human-centered and culturally driven with buy in to company values. Originality, ingenuity, and great design have become mission critical to companies concerned with the attraction, retention, and collective thought exchange in their workplace. Authentic employee engagement will attract and retain quality talent, and in return impact the performance and bottom line of a company.

Gillian Hallock Johnson, LEED® AP ID+C - Principal, EUA
Kacie Farrar - Designer, Gensler
Abigail Plonkey - Founder, Chief Experience Curator, Maximalist
Drew Marlow, AIA, LEED® AP - Principal, Acquilano
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Networking + Nutrition! Food and Beverage in the Expo Hall
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Defining the Ideal Project Process for the “Perfect” Project Outcome. PMs and GCs Discuss Best Practices That Lead to Smooth and Profitable Projects for Everyone Involved.

This panel of highly experienced Project Managers and General Contractors will compare their experiences about the structural underpinnings that establish a successful project process from start to finish. Each one will discuss their number one contributing factor to success, and compare notes on the best ways to integrate the client, design team, GC, and PM for a successful project outcome.

Heather Leslie - Principal, Task PM
Lynn Deegan - Managing Director, Project Management, CBRE
Iris Foster - Vice President, Project Management, Cresa Denver
Pete Gillespie - President, EJCM, LLC
Jim Boots - President, Boots Construction Company
Kindell Williams, LEED AP BD+C - Managing Principal, IA Interior Architects
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Cutting Edge Technology + Hot New Products

This panel of young interior designers will showcase their personal favorites as it relates to new cutting edge furniture solutions, technology, apps, and other hot new products or tools that have inspired them, impacted their clients, or enabled them to find new ways to visually communicate design ideas both within their studios and to their clients.

Rachel Sivak, NCIDQ, LEED Green Associate - Project Manager / Designer, Acquilano
Abbie Reece - Designer, open studio | architecture
David Key, LEED AP - Senior Designer, Associate, IA Interior Architects
Jon Brooks P.E., IALD, LEED BD+C, CxA - Principal, AE Design Group
Steve Johnson - Principal, ADI Workplace Acoustics
Martin Goldstein - Principal Architect, Venture Architecture
10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
Beyond Binary: Including the Ungendered and Gender-fluid Population in Your Workplace

As Vice President of Strategy and Operations at SE2, Brandon Zelasko and his company are at the forefront of identifying societal shifts and cultural patterns that represent a powerful impact on how companies and manufacturers should be directing their advertising. Our world today is beyond gender binary, and the most progressive companies are in the process of acknowledging this shift through internal initiatives. Brandon will outline the societal shifts as they relate to the ungendered and gender-fluid population, raising the question: How can interior architecture recognize this shift, and help promote inclusivity and diversity in the workplace?

Brandon Zelasko - VP of Strategy and Operations, SE2 Communications
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Thought Leadership Panel: Societal Shifts and How They are Manifested in the Workplace Today, and What is the Trajectory for the Future.

This panel of leading Denver designers/thought leaders will discuss how cultural shifts surrounding gender, wellness, balance, innovation, community, and differentiation are shaping and informing workplace design. They will discuss how the balance of internal company initiatives together with inspirational space can cultivate an overall sense of happiness, productivity, and convey a powerful company identity around which their workforce can gather and thrive.

Lynn Coit, ASID - President, Elsy Studios
Angela Castleton - Principal, Global Workplace Leader, DLR Group
Susan Kohuth, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP - Principal, Interiors, OZ Architecture
Janette Ray, ASID, AAHID, EDAC, CHID, LEED AP ID+C, NCIDQ - Principal, Davis Partnership Architects
Richard Moore LEED AP - Founder and President, Kestrel Design Group
Michelle Liebling, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED® AP - Studio Director, Principal, Gensler
Gillian Hallock Johnson, LEED® AP ID+C - Principal, EUA