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NeoCon 2018

 

NeoCon 2018

 

NeoCon 50: Celebrating 50 Years
The Merchandise Mart, Chicago – June 11 - 13, 2018

Held every June at theMART in Chicago since 1969, NeoCon serves as the commercial design industry’s launch pad for innovation — offering ideas and introductions that shape the built environment today and into the future.

Learn more about NeoCon 2018.


DESIGN IS EVERYWHERE. WE ARE DESIGN.

Good design isn’t precious and inaccessible. It’s personal, participatory, and provoking while it also excites and exalts. Interactive and intuitive, good design at its core is human-centric.

As the commercial interior design association, we’ll be connecting the design profession everywhere before and during NeoCon. This year, IIDA is taking it to the streets. We’re going mobile. Look for the IIDA truck wherever you are for NeoCon!

Follow IIDA on your favorite social channel to stay ahead of the curve, to know the latest happenings, and to see where the IIDA truck will be next. We’ll be posting contests, customized giveaways, and exclusive opportunities to be featured on our channels to IIDA social media followers.

So, join us on the streets and be the first in line at the IIDA truck to snag Instagram-worthy swag.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10

IIDA/CONTRACT MAGAZINE SHOWROOM & BOOTH DESIGN COMPETITION

Created to honor originality of design, visual impact, and effective use of materials in showrooms and booths at NeoCon each year, this award recognizes outstanding and innovative corporate branding initiatives. The competition closes June 4 and winners will be announced Sunday, June 10. Winners will be featured on the IIDA and Contract magazine websites. View the 2017 winners.

2018 IIDA ANNUAL MEETING
TIME: 1 - 2:30 p.m. 
LOCATION: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, Illinois

Current IIDA members and their guests are invited to attend the 2018 IIDA Annual Meeting. Jumpstart NeoCon 50 by joining us as we honor the 2018-2019 International Board of Directors, the 2018 College of Fellows inductees, the recipients of the Star and Titan awards, and the Educator, Member, and Student of the Year. A VIP reception, sponsored by Vitra, is to follow. Space is limited.

IIDA COOL AWARDS GALA
TIME: 7 - 11:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St., Chicago, Illinois

Join IIDA, prominent international interior designers, and global design manufacturers for an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing in the Grand Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton to honor the winners of the 45th annual Interior Design Competition and 26th annual Will Ching Design Competition.  

Purchase your tickets today. For sponsorship information or questions about COOL, contact Aisha Williams, senior director of industry relations and special events, at awilliams@iida.org.

MONDAY, JUNE 11

UNANTICIPATED OPPORTUNITIES - A CONVERSATION BETWEEN ART GENSLER AND CHERYL DURST
Presented by Aspecta and IIDA
TIME: 8 - 9 a.m.
LOCATION: The Merchandise Mart, NeoCon Theater, Motorola, Floor 19, Chicago, Illinois

To be the best entrepreneur, you must trust your gut, take risks, and embrace opportunity by interacting with chance encounters and keeping a constant eye on what could be. It’s astonishing how often unanticipated opportunities happen and the amazing places they take us. Art Gensler, FIIDA, FAIA, RIBA, will sit down with Cheryl Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, executive vice president and CEO at IIDA, to share some of the unanticipated opportunities that have helped shape his career. Exclusive, invite only meet and greet to follow. Registration for the keynote does not guarantee entry. Registration is currently closed. Watch the livestream from the Grand Staircase inside the Mart.

A DESIGN DIALOGUE: CLIVE WILKINSON IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN CZARNECKI
TIME: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Ligne Roset Showroom, 440 North Wells Street, Chicago, Illinois

Acclaimed Los Angeles-based architect and designer Clive Wilkinson, FIIDA, FAIA, RIBA, will sit down for a candid conversation about his career, his work, and his design approach with John Czarnecki, Hon. IIDA, Assoc. AIA, deputy director and senior vice president of IIDA. Wilkinson, who is being honored as a new IIDA Fellow in 2018, has designed numerous award-winning buildings and interiors across the U.S., including notable workplaces for clients such as Intuit, Publicis, Google, as well as his firm’s most recent collaboration for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago. RSVP to lignerosetchi@bdeonline.biz by June 8. 

IIDA + IDEAPAINT STUDENT GRAFFITI CHALLENGE
TIME: 1:30 – 3 p.m. 
LOCATION: IIDA Headquarters, 111 E. Wacker Drive, Floor 2, Suite 222, Chicago, Illinois

IIDA and IdeaPaint invite IIDA student members to participate in the IIDA + IdeaPaint Student Graffiti Challenge. Students will channel their creativity while using IdeaPaint products to hand draw graffiti on designated surfaces of the IIDA HQ office. It’s the perfect opportunity for students to network with their peers, win raffle prizes, and meet with IdeaPaint representatives as well as Primo Orpilla, FIIDA, IIDA Global Chair of Student Experience, and founder of Studio O+A. After the event, students will gain early access to the IIDA Monday Party where their hand-drawn artwork will be displayed to over 300+ industry professionals.

RSVP to Ryan Ben at rben@iida.org. Students are accepted on a first come first served basis with a maximum of three students from each school. Limited spots available. 

IIDA MONDAY PARTY
TIME: 3 - 6 p.m. 
LOCATION: IIDA Headquarters, 111 E. Wacker Drive, Floor 2, Suite 222, Chicago, Illinois

Join the IIDA International Board of Directors, Headquarters staff, and industry colleagues for an exclusive IIDA NeoCon party. Nosh on hors d'oeuvres and sip on frosé and have a good time mingling in the thoughtfully designed IIDA workspace.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12

IIDA STUDENT DESIGN CHARETTE
Sponsored by Herman Miller and Wallcoverings Asssociation
TIME
: Charette: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Charette judging: 3 - 5 p.m. 
LOCATION: The Merchandise Mart, Suite 622, Chicago, Illinois

School-nominated, IIDA Student Members from around the country will compete in this live, onsite annual design competition during NeoCon. Students have less than six hours to determine a design solution, develop a presentation, and pitch their concept to a panel of esteemed judges. NeoCon attendees are encouraged to observe the students during the creative and presentation process. Final presentations will take place on Tues., June 12 at 3 p.m., with winners announced at the Winners Reception on Wed., June 13. This year’s program was created in conjunction with charette sponsors Herman Miller.

EVERY WHERE HAS A WHY: HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN FOR TODAY’S TECH-ENABLED WORKER
TIME: 1  - 2 p.m. 
LOCATION: The Merchandise Mart, Room 6-182, Chicago, Illinois

Although technology has given us the freedom to work from almost anywhere, many employees still desire a strong sense of place. Successful organizations realize the centrality of place in their corporate cultures. IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, will facilitate a conversation with Jan Johnson, FIIDA, vice president of design and workplace resources, Allsteel, Muscatine, IA, and Todd Heiser, IIDA, principal and creative director, Gensler, Chicago. Attendees will learn how workplace designers are creating both low- and high-tech spaces. The intersection of people, place, purpose, as well as the designer’s key role in creating spaces that take human-centered design to a new and winning level will be discussed. Register to the seminar. 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 

IIDA CAREER BOOTCAMP™ TOWN HALL: DESIGNING FOR NOW
Sponsored by OFS
TIME: 10:30 a.m. - Noon
LOCATION: The Merchandise Mart, 6th Floor, Suite 622, Chicago, Illinois

Starting your career in interior design may sound daunting. But it doesn’t have to be.

Join IIDA for our first IIDA Career Bootcamp Town Hall where four IIDA Student of the Year recipients, including this year's Student of the Year, will share how they came to interior design and lessons learned since starting their design careers. We will begin by asking panelists Lindzey Duval, Student IIDA; Amy Hufford, Associate IIDA; Tara Headley, Associate IIDA; and this year’s recipient, to share their stories. We’ll then open the conversation to the room and encourage attendees to questions. Together, we’ll give students and recent graduates the tools for a successful design career. Attend the event by registering to NeoCon. 

IIDA STUDENT DESIGN CHARETTE WINNERS RECEPTION
Sponsored by DIRTT
TIME: 3 - 5 p.m.
LOCATION: DIRTT, 325 N. Wells St., Chicago, Illinois

Join IIDA, the charette participants and judges at the Charette Winner’s Reception where the winners of the Student Design Charette and People’s Choice winner will be announced. Light bites and beverages will be served (valid ID required).

NeoCon 2018