Sep 07, 2021 By IIDA HQ
IIDA at NeoCon 2021
Join IIDA this October as the industry returns to Chicago for NeoCon to celebrate and preview the best in design and thought leadership.
By IIDA HQ Sep 07, 2021
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Join IIDA for keynotes, panels, and celebrations during NeoCon 2021 in Chicago. We bring together leaders from across design fields for discussions examining what it really means to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and public and private spaces—we'll also celebrate our IIDA community for their achievements, awards, and honors accomplished over the past year.

Sunday October 5

Honoring originality of design and visual impact of showrooms and booths at NeoCon, emphasizing use of materials, space, color, texture, lighting, and graphics—IIDA Showroom & Booth Design Competition winners announced in person at NeoCon 2021.

Monday, October 4

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Central | Keynote Presentation

Furniture for the City: Recasting Urban Design through Micro-Activation with Jeanne Gang, Founding Partner, Studio Gang
Presented by IIDA

The past year has underscored the vital importance of urban public space for sustaining individual wellness, building and maintaining community connections, and enhancing the livability of our cities. Through an exploration of a diverse set of Studio Gang’s projects—ranging from large-scale residential work, like the Mission Rock development in San Francisco, to in-depth community engagement and planning efforts in Chicago. Founding Partner of Studio Gang, Jeanne Gang, will demonstrate how we can rethink design strategies to make cities more inclusive and equitable. In particular, she will discuss how principals regularly applied at the furniture scale foster a greater sense of welcoming, inclusivity, and comfort for all citizens when deployed on the urban scale. IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, moderates the conversation.

Register today to attend in-person at theMart or virtually

3-4 p.m. Central | Virtual Programming

IIDA’s Celebration of Design Leaders

Each year IIDA celebrates design leaders who enhance the profession through their leadership, mentorship, advocacy, and support of both their local design community and the industry at large. Join IIDA in honoring these individuals who are defining interior design excellence as they share words of wisdom, encouragement, and insight. Featuring the 2021 recipients of the IIDA College of Fellows, IIDA Educator of the Year Award sponsored by KI, IIDA Member of the Year Award, Anna Hernandez/Luna Textiles Visionary Award and Education Fund.

Register today to attend virtually

Tuesday, October 5

8-9:30 a.m. Central | In-Person at theMart: KI Showroom #1181

Coffee with Cheryl S. Durst: A Conversation on Workplace, Reimagined

IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, and esteemed industry leaders explore today’s rapidly-evolving needs of workplace design over coffee in the KI showroom at theMart. Panelists and full details to be announced.

Registration available soon to attend in-person at theMart

12-1 p.m. Central | Virtual CEU Programming

Enabling the Future: How to Design a More Equitable Talent Pipeline

Design is all about intentionality—how can we apply design principles and thoughtful design to the creation of a talent pipeline to infuse our industry with a rich, wide-ranging supply of diverse talent? We’re starting from the ground floor—yes, kindergarten—to build a robust pipeline for the designers of tomorrow. Many of us in design are confronting the profession's lack of diversity and wondering how we can effect change. Through an open, revealing discussion with three speakers at the heart of our industry who are also at the forefront of working for greater inclusion in the design world, this session will examine key aspects of the challenge and explore real-world, actionable solutions.

Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA


  • Akilah Halley, Executive Director, Marwen
  • Angelita Scott, PhD, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, Georgia Southern University; Director Standards Development, Community Concept Lead, WELL Building Institute

Registration today to attend virtually

4-6 pm Central | In-Person at theMart: Marshall's Landing, and via livestream

IIDA Design Your World Video Premier

Take a look behind the scenes of the inaugural IIDA Design Your World education pipeline program for high school students, brought to you by IIDA and OFS. Network with peers, learn how to get involved with this groundbreaking educational program, and screen the video premiere for Design Your World. More information here

Wednesday, October 6

3-4 p.m. Central (time subject to change) | Virtual Programming

IIDA Student Design Showcase

Join IIDA for a student-focused celebration featuring the 2021 IIDA Student of the Year and winners of the IA Interior Architects Diversity in Design Scholarship, and the Wilsonart Essay Competition. Up-and-coming designers will share their outstanding projects, essays, and videos, and hopes to inspire positive change in our industry, the world, and in ourselves.

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For more information about IIDA's upcoming events and programming, visit our events page.

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