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IIDA IS POWERED BY DESIGN.

 

Everything that drives, fuels, inspires, and ultimately powers you, is made possible by design. That includes not only what you use, but what you buy, what you read, what you see, and how you feel.

IIDA is the commercial interior design association (and has been for 25 years), and we know about design. We know that at its core, design is interconnected to the human experience, and one can’t thrive, evolve, or advance without the other. That’s why we as designers and design professionals are straightforward about who we are, what we do, and the processes that allow us to do it.

This year at NeoCon, IIDA is bringing design to the streets and humans of Chicago through moments of unexpected inspiration, joy, and shared public experiences. These moments, made possible by design. 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 9

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 9. Winners will be featured on the IIDA and Contract magazine websites.

View the 2018 winners

2019 IIDA ANNUAL MEETING
TIME: Noon–3:30 p.m. 
LOCATION: Venue SIX10, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Current IIDA members and their guests are invited to attend the 2019 IIDA Annual Meeting. Jumpstart NeoCon by joining us as we honor the 2019-2020 International Board of Directors, the 2019 College of Fellows inductees, the recipients of the Star and Titan awards, and the Member and Student of the Year. A pre-event networking reception, sponsored by Vitra, will begin at noon with the Annual Meeting starting promptly at 1 p.m., followed by a post-event champagne toast reception sponsored by Poppin.

RSVP by May 31. Space is limited. 

SILVER: THE IIDA GALA
TIME: 7–11:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St., Chicago

In celebration of 25 years of IIDA, this year’s Gala will take on the theme of silver. IIDA leadership, prominent international interior designers, and global design manufacturers will gather for an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton to celebrate the milestone as well as honor the winners of the 46th annual Interior Design Competition and 27th annual Will Ching Design Competition. This year’s generous Host Sponsor for the IIDA Gala is Tarkett. For sponsorship information or questions about the IIDA Gala, contact Aisha Williams, senior director of industry relations and special events, at awilliams@iida.org

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MONDAY, JUNE 10

NEOCON KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 
Presented by IIDA
TIME: 8–9 a.m.
LOCATION: The Merchandise Mart, NeoCon Theater, Motorola, Floor 19, Chicago

Join IIDA for The Familiar and Unusual: An Investigation of Balance and Experience in Design with Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, Founders of Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors. Having first worked together designing sets for Hollywood films, Standefer and Alesch founded Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors in 2002 and have forged an ability to create projects without boundaries or borders, employing a range of materials, objects, and references. 

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INSIDE DESIGN TOUR: LINKEDIN – SOLD OUT 
TIME: 10 a.m.–Noon
LOCATION: LinkedIn Offices, 525 W. Monroe St., Chicago 

Gensler has designed an additional 40,000-square-foot expansion to LinkedIn’s Chicago office that will be freshly completed in early June 2019. With an interconnecting stairway, unique amenities, and an open creative office, LinkedIn is focused on having a dynamic workplace that is infused with its brand story and closely connected to the energy of Chicago.

WHAT CLIENTS WANT: ESSENTIAL DESIGN CONVERSATIONS
TIME: 11 a.m.–Noon
LOCATION: NeoCon Theater, 19th floor, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago 

Join IIDA CEO and Executive Vice President Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA; Robin Klehr Avia, FIIDA, regional managing principal, Gensler; and Neil Schneider, IIDA, design director, IA Interior Architects, to explore the challenges of designing today’s hospitality environments and asses what clients really want. 

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A DESIGN DIALOGUE: JULIA MONK AND TOM POLUCCI IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN CZARNECKI, TWO HOK SENIOR PRINCIPALS, NEWLY ELEVATED INTO THE IIDA COLLEGE OF FELLOWS   
TIME: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Ligne Roset Showroom, 440 N. Wells St., Chicago

Hear from Julia Monk, FIIDA, FAIA, the Hong Kong-based HOK director of hospitality; and Tom Polucci, FIIDA, AIA, the New York-based HOK director of interiors, in a conversation that will highlight a global perspective of design. IIDA Deputy Director and Senior Vice President John Czarnecki, Hon. IIDA, Assoc. AIA, will moderate. Light lunch will be served.

Register via email to events@lignerosetcontract.com by June 4.

INSIDE DESIGN TOUR: C.H. ROBINSON CHICAGO – SOLD OUT 
TIME: 2–3:30 p.m. 
LOCATION: C.H. Robinson Chicago, 515 W. Webster Ave., Chicago

Vocon’s tenant fit-out for C.H. Robinson evokes a warehouse loft with exposed structure and utilities, metal mesh railings, and exposed concrete floors. The 4-story center atrium with open metal stairs serves as a ‘town square’ for the company, making the space visually and physically accessible throughout. C. H. Robinson’s personality is on full display in this office space, featuring a model truck case, exciting brand graphics, a cafe, and a roof terrace with city views. 

MOHAWK GROUP CELEBRATION AT IIDA
TIME: 7–10 p.m
LOCATION: TBA

Celebrate design innovation and IIDA’s 25th anniversary on Chicago’s iconic Mag Mile with Mohawk Group. Mix, mingle, and unwind with cocktails and live music at IIDA Headquarters. Invitation only. 


TUESDAY, JUNE 11

IIDA STUDENT DESIGN CHARETTE
TIME: Charette: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Charette judging: 3–5 p.m. 
LOCATION: The Merchandise Mart, 6th floor, Space 613, Chicago

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 at 3:00 p.m., with winners announced at the Winners Reception on Wednesday, June 12. Sponsored by Herman Miller. Additional sponsors include Breakfast Host Benjamin Moore and Supporter Wallcoverings Association.

INSIDE DESIGN TOUR: WILLIS TOWER CATALOG AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEM'S DESIGN, INC. (ESD) – SOLD OUT
TIME: 10 a.m.–Noon  
LOCATION: Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago

The Willis Tower captures the vibrancy of Chicago under one roof. From street to sky, it provides inviting hospitality and memorable experiences. This tour, led by Gensler, will give a glimpse into "Catalog", the new, five-levels of dining, shopping, and immersive experience at the base of the tower, followed by a look at the amenity spaces at the tower's transfer floors, before heading upstairs to Environmental System's Design, Inc. (ESD). A new headquarters for this engineering company, space seamlessly integrates a professional service company with a living lab for engineers. Embracing a "no more, no less" tenet of engineering, every element is designed to make an impact.

INSIDE DESIGN TOUR: HOTEL ESSEX – SOLD OUT 
TIME: 1–3 p.m.  
LOCATION: Hotel Essex, 800 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago 

One of Chicago’s historic landmark buildings, the original 14-story Essex Inn was designed by A. Epstein and Sons. The building’s exterior architecture, including the steel and glass façade and the iconic rooftop “Essex Inn” sign, will be restored and retained. The interior renovation and redesign of the historic Hotel Essex is led by Chicago-based design firm The Gettys Group and is influenced by the original hotel’s Mid-Century Modern roots.

INSIDE DESIGN TOUR: TAO – SOLD OUT 
TIME: 5–6 p.m.  
LOCATION: TAO Chicago, 632 N. Dearborn St., Chicago  

Join Rockwell Group on a tour of the four-story restaurant and nightclub TAO Chicago, the architecture and design firm's 15th collaboration with TAO Group. Working within a historic 1892 landmark in downtown Chicago, Rockwell Group maintained the structure's soaring brick-walled spaces, arched windows, and special geometry and sight lines, adding TAO's Asian-influenced DNA.


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 

INSIDE DESIGN TOUR: MCDONALD’S HEADQUARTERS – SOLD OUT
TIME: 9–10 a.m.  
LOCATION: McDonald’s Global Headquarters, 1035 W. Randolph St., Chicago

Join the McDonald’s Global Design group, responsible for creating new restaurant experiences around the world, for a tour of the new McDonald’s corporate headquarters.  In 2018, McDonald’s opened its centralized, global headquarters in the emergent Fulton Market district. This new space is reflective of McDonald’s innovative culture and brings together all employees, from the company president to Hamburger University trainees, under one roof. The building was developed by Sterling Bay and designed by Gensler, with IA Interior Architects Studio O+A leading the interior design and buildout.

IIDA STUDENT TOUR: MCDONALD'S HEADQUARTERS – SOLD OUT
TIME: 12:30–1:45 p.m.
LOCATION: McDonald’s Global Headquarters, 1035 W. Randolph St., Chicago

Available only to students attending NeoCon, join the McDonald’s Global Design group, responsible for creating new restaurant experiences around the world, for a tour of the new McDonald’s corporate headquarters. Shuttle service from The Mart to the tour location will leave at noon. 

POWERED BY DESIGN: AN IIDA BOOTCAMP PROGRAM – SOLD OUT 
TIME: 2–3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: McDonald’s Global Headquarters, 1035 W. Randolph St., Chicago

Join IIDA and veteran designers for an energized and engaging design seminar. Each speaker will have ten minutes to share with attendees a robust, fast-paced tour of their design topic. Featured speakers are Verda Alexander, IIDA, founder, Studio O+A; Tamie Glass, IIDA, associate professor, University of Texas, Austin, author of Prompt: Socially Engaging Objects and Environments; Carl Gustav Magnusson, founder, Carl Gustav Magnusson Design LLC; and Primo Orpilla, FIIDA, principal and co-founder, Studio O+A. This program is open to students and emerging professionals in their first one-to-three years out of school. Sponsored by OFS and McDonald’s

This program is open to student registrants of NeoCon, with a limited number of additional spaces being held for emerging professionals (graduates in the first three years of their career). Included in registration is access to the Student Charette Reception immediately following.

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IIDA STUDENT DESIGN CHARETTE WINNERS RECEPTION
TIME: 3:30–5 p.m.
LOCATION: McDonald’s Global Headquarters, 1035 W. Randolph St., Chicago

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

Invitation only. Valid ID required to attend.

Held every June at The Mart 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.