Throughout June, NeoConnect will offer resources, news, programming and events from NeoCon, their exhibitors and media and association partners—designed to virtually connect the industry.  

Check out what’s new and newsworthy from NeoCon exhibitors and enjoy the week of June 1-5’s lineup of programming and content. Plus preview and plan ahead for Week 2, June 8-12.

Designing for Purpose
Monday June 1 • 10–11 a.m. CDT
Contract Magazine’s Paul Makovsky speaks with Studio O+A’s Primo Orpilla and KI’s Jonathan Webb about designing workplaces that allow individuals to be truly happy, have purpose and still be productive.

Wisdumb: How Embedded Stupidity is Destroying Your Business
Tuesday, June 2 • 10–11 a.m. CDT
Learn how to identify top obstacles to growth and change, and develop a plan forward to innovate and transform your projects and business.

Surface Materials Influence on MRSA Contamination
Wednesday, June 3 • 10–11 a.m. CDT
This session reveals a health danger in materials that designers should fully understand and offers a review of surfaces used in healthcare and other institutional indoor environments which may have advantages in minimizing risk of Hospital Acquired Infections.

Creating a Strategy for a Cohesive Future: at the Intersection of Real Estate and Design
Thursday, June 4 • 10–11 a.m. CDT
A case study of a corporation seeking to not only gain efficiency in real estate, but also to create better alignment between business, people and workplace design.

AIA Chicago Small Project Awards // Large Virtual Party
Thursday, June 4 • 5:30–7 p.m. CDT
Celebrate the winners of the 2020 Small Project Awards and the program's first ten amazing years.

The 21st Century Classroom: a Case Study in Collaboration
Friday, June 5 • 10–11 a.m.CDT
A holistic approach to integrating architecture, interior design, sustainability, technology and furniture led to a new academic environment.

Design 2030: the Next Next
Monday, June 8, 10–11 a.m. CDT
IIDA’s Cheryl Durst and a panel of design industry leaders discuss collaboration across design disciplines-- driving culture, sparking creativity and collaboration, and offering clarity and coherence for teams.

Design Speaks Editorial Webinar
Monday, June 8, 2-3 p.m. CDT
Join the editors of Contract, Healthcare Design, Hospitality Design, and design:retail as they highlight key global design trends and opportunities in their respective markets.

Neurodiversity and Workplace Inclusivity
Tuesday, June 9, 10–11 a.m. CDT
This session explores opportunities to rethink the physical design of workplaces to improve the experience for neurodivergents as well as the benefits of inclusive organizational and workplace design.

Experience: Art, Culture, Design | Presented by IIDA
Tuesday, June 9, 2–3 p.m. CDT
IIDA’s Cheryl Durst speaks with artist and architect Amanda Williams, and MCA director Madeleine Grynsztejn about art in the time of COVID; how museums, galleries, and DIY spaces will continue to adapt for the future; and the ways we can let society know that creativity can’t be canceled.

Healthy People, Healthy Planet
Tuesday, June 9, 3–4 p.m. CDT
Due to the global pandemic, 2020 is a watershed moment for wellness and sustainability. How can designers navigate the challenge to create healthier, more sustainable spaces?

Ready to Reoccupy? Assessing Workplaces for Ourselves and Our Clients
Wednesday, June 10, 10–11 a.m. CDT
Join AIA Chicago's exploration into a post COVID-19 workplace including an introduction to AIA's Reoccupancy Assessment Tool.This session reveals a health danger in materials that designers should fully understand and offers a review of surfaces used in healthcare and other institutional indoor environments which may have advantages in minimizing risk of Hospital Acquired Infections.

Get to the Point: A Rapid-Fire Discussion About Careers in Design | Presented by IIDA
Wednesday, June 10, 2–3:30 p.m. CDT
Join IIDA and a panel of industry veterans, human resource specialists, career counselors, and recruiters as they answer students’ and young professionals’ questions about the state of the industry.

New Lighting Design Trends in Wellness and Hospitality
Wednesday, June 10, 3–4 p.m. CDT
The lighting design process from the eyes of a hospitality design architect and a look at the versatility and quality of current lighting technologies to emphasize the elements of new design trends.

Your Goldilocks Moment: Getting Amenities Just Right!
Thursday, June 11, 10–11 a.m. CDT
Perspectives from a designer, a building developer, and a real estate broker on the changing landscape of work and what changes we might see in the workplace to enhance experience in a post-pandemic world.

Collective D(esign): Women Lead Design | The NeoConnect Edition
Thursday, June 11, 2–3:00 p.m. CDT
Join IIDA’s Cheryl Durst for a special edition of Collective D(esign) in dialogue with female design leaders, to discuss the urgency of this current moment, what’s next for design, and how a diversity of design thought is more crucial than ever.

From Ocean to Office: a New Path for Plastic
Friday, June 12, 10–11 a.m. CDT
New concepts on how to source materials and the social, environmental and economic impact of designing with sustainability as a foundation.

Virtual HiP Awards: HiP Products
Friday, June 12, 12–1 p.m. CDT
Join in on Interior Design’s 7th annual HiP Awards, honoring industry people and innovative products – the HiPpest in the industry. 

We Need to Talk… About Materiality and Wellness (Part 1 of 3)
Friday, June 12, 2–3 p.m. CDT
Learning from Healthcare: Adapting to a post-pandemic world: Contract Magazine takes a look at the expert knowledge and practices in healthcare that we can apply to other sectors like workplace and hospitality.

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