The Forums program is a series of discussions, performed in each city center throughout the calendar year, that focus on one central topic which impacts our design community at large.


The Forums goal is to define, engage, and challenge our community of designers, dealers, builders, and beyond. By re-interpreting the central theme to fit each City Center’s unique perspective, we both unite our Chapter and highlight the differences that make us such a rich and vibrant community. Forums are eligible for CEU credit. To find out which Forum is happening in your City Center next, please visit the calendar of events and join us!

Vice President: Kirsten Fordyce-Wheeler

FORUM videos

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 CEU Credit: Online Quiz

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, IWBI CEU Credit: Online Quiz 

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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