2016 East Regional Conference

Exploring the Design Process: Teaching, Cultivating, Inspiring

October 13 - 15, 2016
Boston, MA
Hosted by Suffolk University, Boston Architectural College, & Wentworth Institute of Technology

Neurologists typically portray the act of designing as a cyclical as well as an iterative process. We imagine alternative solutions, represent them two- or three- dimensionally, and test them by presenting them to our clients. The feedback that they provide sometimes requires us to reconsider our initial presumptions and sends us “back to the drawing board” for a second and sometimes a third iteration. This model has been recently questioned.

Many believe that design is an inherent human capability. Historically cities have grown organically, but today it has become increasingly necessary for professional designers to identify and address emerging problems by pursuing a plurality of design philosophies and methodologies. The IDEC East Regional Conference proposes to explore the many possible interpretations of the design process, of which the host city of Boston provides an outstanding example.


Conference Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 13
5:00PM Early Registration at the Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza, Boston, 02116, Meet in the Lobby Library
             Tour by of the Park Plaza Hotel, by Parker Torres Design LLC
             Tour of New England School of Art & Design/Suffolk University
             Dinner on your own
Friday, Oct. 14  Wentworth Institute of Technology,  550 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115
8:30-9:15AM   Registration & Light Breakfast, Wentworth Library, Douglas D. Schumann Library and Learning Center, Room M204, 2nd Floor,  
                       Sponsored by ASIDNE
Presentations: 9:30-12:00 Wentworth Library, Room M204, Second Floor
9:30-10:00 The Design of Everything, Nancy Hackett, NESAD at Suffolk University
10:00-10:30 The Design Process through the Taxony of Significant Learning: International Charette to Cultivate Multicultural Collaboration,
                 Heidi  Schlegel,  Rochester Institute of Technology
10:45-11:15 Library Design: Maintaining relevance of a building typology in a technology revolution and an exploration of user observation
                   driving empathy, Jamie Slenker, University of New Haven
11:15-11:45 The Difference Between Seeing and Being, Peter Greenberg, Wentworth Institute of Technology
12:15 - 1:00 LUNCH, Watson Building Room 001, Sponsored by Wentworth Institute of Technology
1:00-2:00 Keynote Speaker: Edward Clapp, Watson Building, Room 001
Presentations: 2:15- 4:30 Wentworth Library, Room M204 Second Floor 
2:15- 2:45  Reforming Design Process: Alternative Scenarios for Creative Collaboration, Mark Brus, NESAD at Suffolk University
2:45 -3:15 Closing the Thesis Synthesis Gap Through Investigative Modeling, Jennifer Sarabia, Wentworth Institute of Technology
3:30- 4:30 Undergraduate Research as an Experiential Form for Exploring the Design Process: A Panel Discussion of Pedagogical
                 Methodology, Outcomes and Student Perspectives, Mary Golden, Rochester Institute of Technology
4:45PM    Trolley Bus to STA Design Firm  - Meet at the West Lot
5:30PM    Reception at Silverman, Trykowsi Associates, Inc.
                125 Broad St. Boston, MA 02110     www.sta-design.com, Sponsored by Silverman Trykowski Associates and  IIDANE
                Dinner on own
SATURDAY, Oct. 15   Boston Architectural College, 951 Boylston St., Meeting Room/Lecture Hall “the Beehive”
8:00-9:00AM  Light Breakfast, Boston Architectural College, 951 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02115,  Sponsored by Benjamin Moore Paint
Presentations: Meeting Room/Lecture Hall “the Beehive”
9:00 -9:30 The Iterative Process Learned through Prescriptive Model Making, Jennifer Sarabia and Lynette Panarelli, Wentworth Institute
9:30-10:00- Impact of Design- Designing through the Veil- A Visual Representation, Jacqueline Carmichael, Howard University
10:15-10:45 Engaging with Public Health to Produce Structured Research Outcomes in Design, Debra Ruben and Yvonne Michael, Drexel University
10:45-11:15 Integrating consensus building into the classroom- demystifying the designer-client relationship, Lynette Panarelli, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Rachel Woodhouse Principal Dyer Brown                  
11:30-12:30  Bootstrapping Creative Learning through Collaborative Design, Ilona Anderson, Susan Nichter, Dominic Thomas NESAD at Suffolk       University & Suffolk University Business School
LUNCH 12:30-1:30PM   951 Boylston St.  Meeting Area, East Regional Meeting, Sponsored by Steelcase Education
2:30PM TOUR of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. MA 02116, Meet at the  McKim Building vestibule, just through the Dartmouth St. entrance.




Member: $175
Non-Member: $200
Student: $100
One-day Member: $135
One-day Non-Member: $160
One-day Student: $50

Conference Hotel - Rate expires Monday, September 26

The Colonnade Hotel

120 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 424-7000

To book: IDEC East Conference - Booking Link

Keynote Speaker

Edward P. Clapp is a senior research manager and a member of the core research team working on the Agency by Design (AbD) initiative—an investigation of the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning—at Project Zero, an educational research center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Edward’s current research interests include creativity and innovation, “maker” education, design thinking, and contemporary approaches to arts teaching and learning.

Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our Annual Sponsors

Visionary Partners
Premier Partners
Regional Sponsors

For further opportunities , please contact Kelly Smykal at ksmykal@idec.org or 847-686-2323.

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