Join us for a dynamic virtual conversation series focused around this years common theme of Designing for Dignity.

About This Series

Forums is an annual conversation series that takes place across the Northern California Chapter.  These dynamic discussions unite and inspire our design community while engaging the broader communities we live and work in. All COnversations in our 2020 virtual series are free to attend and are eligible for CEU credit for our professional members. Join us for a live session by RSVPing for any of the series to the right, or enjoy one of our previously recorded sessions below.

Vice President: Stephen Kolacki
Assistant: Anne Lawrence

CEU Accredited FORUMs videos

Design for Dignity: Constructing the Future

Moderator: Jenny Hastings, Boulder Associates Architects, Principal Panelists: Jenna Abbot, The River District, Executive Director Shannon O'Donnell, Knoll, Inc., Territory Sales Manger Emilie Camerson, Downtwon Sacramento Partnership, Puplic affairs & Communications Director

Design for Dignity: A Shortage of Shelter

Moderator: Rebecca Hathorn – Executive Director, Side By Side, Alameda County Panelists: Andrea Urton – CEO, HomeFirst Daniel Cooperman – Director of Programs, Bay Area Community Services Seth Orgain – Gensler, Architect, Senior Associate Libby Schaaf – Mayor of Oakland

Design for Dignity: Future Tense, Maintaining Human Dignity in the Age of Technology

Moderator: Meg Ryan - TWO Director of Client Experiance Panelist: Sharawn Connors - Micron Technology, Diversity and Inclustion Vice President Dave Evans - Samsung, Designer & Engineer Mike Godlewski - IDEO, Interaction Designer Karen Stolzendberg - Magic Leap, Senior Interaction Designer Link

Design for the Future: What’s Your Impact?

Moderator: Trevo Croghan, One Workplace, General Manger Veritcal Markets Panelists: Emily Pilloton, Girls Garage & Project H, Founder & Executive Director Deanna Van Buren, Designing Justice +Designing Space, Desin Director & Co-Founder of BIG Oakland Oscia Wilson, Google, Real Estate Project Executive & Co-Founder of BIG Oakland  

Design for the Future: Next Generation Workplaces

Moderator: Mindy Weichman, Studio O+A Panelists: Danielle Stroble, Keller Street CoWork Karen Heints, CBRE Danielle O'Leary, City of San Rafael

Design for the Future: Space Unprecedented

Moderator: Brian Stromquist, Region Technology Workplace Practice Leader, Gensler Panelists: Melodie Yasharm Co-Founder at SEArch + Space Exploration Architecture Director Robert Kett, Anthropologist, Curator of Design Isabel Torron, UX Designer, NASA Ames Research Center Tiffany Chen, Design Lead, IDEO

Design for the Future: The Future of Food

Moderator: Christopher Good, Creative Director, One Workplace Panelists: Severine Secret, Prinipal Designer & Sustanability Consultatn, G02 Design Studio Cayce Hill, Executive Director, Veggielution Kevin O'Mara, Former Sr. Operations Manger, Cffee Macs, Apple Inc.

Design for Wellness: Building a Healthier Future

Moderator: Laura Guido-Clark, LG-C Design & Project Color Corps Panelists: Alicia Parker, City of Oakland Stephen Wong, Kaiser Permanente Adam Winig, Arcsine

Design for Wellness: Nutrition in the Workplace

Moderator: Richman Neumann Leed, AIA, Leed AP founder and CEO of Modumate. Panelists: Cayce Hill, Executive Director, Veggielution Natalie Engels, IIDA, Principal, Gensler Stephanie Ivanick, Global Programming Break Room Manager, LinkedIn

Perspectives on Wellness: Defined & Decoded

Moderator: Lisa Bottom, LEED AP, IIDA Vice President, Principal, Corporate Market Sector Leader, Buildings + Places, AECOM Panelists: MARA BAUM AIA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, WELL Faculty Vice President and Sustainable Design Leader, Health and Wellness, HOK Cristina Banks: Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces Becky Laden: Sr. Global Workplace Innovation Program Development Manager, Symantec Mark Strauss: Senior Strategic Advisor, International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™)

Design for Wellness: Hopeful & Mindful

Moderator: Sam Nickel, Operations Manager, Palm Tile Panelists: Bill Ryland, Director, Koinoma Camille Ryland, Director Community Outreach, Koinoma Krystal Dennis, Advisory Board, Koinoma Kira Stewart, Principal, Art Consulting Services

Design for Wellness: Revisioning Suburbia – Challenging Our Notion of Density and Scale

Moderator: Aaron Jobson, Quattrochi Architects Panelists: Robin Stephani, 8th Ware Paul Fritz, Fritz Architecture-Urbanism Shirlee Zane, Sonoma County District 3 Supervisor

Design for Humanity – The Influence of Art + Design on At-Risk Youth

As design professionals, we have a great opportunity and responsibility to our communities to help positively impact the next generation thru our creative work. Join us as we discuss with local artists, designers, educators and youth advocates how our industry can inspire young people struggling with social, economic and educational challenges through integration of art in interior environments.

Human Centered Design – An Exploration of Biophilia and Experience Design

Immersive, life-changing design is all around us; whether we recognize it or not, may just be the difference it takes to be a successful designer. Join us as we explore the many facets of Human Centered Design and the ways in which we craft experiences that impact, influence, and improve the human reality.
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