2019 East Regional Conference

The Buffalo Connection: From Early Modernism to Design Ideas for Tomorrow
October 17-19,

Buffalo, New York

Let’s set the stage for an inspirational and exciting regional conference.  Buffalo has been making architectural history from the 1800’s.  From Louis Sullivan’s Guaranty Building to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House Complex, Eero and Eliel Saarinen’s Kleinhans Music Hall and Louise Bethune’s Hotel Lafayette.  As masters of restoration and repurposing, H.H. Richardson’s Buffalo Psychiatric Center is now home to the fashionable Hotel Henry and Shea’s Performing Arts Center has been returned to the original glory of its Louis Comfort Tiffany grand interior.  The city with history is now a region that’s re-imagining its future through design.  This is the backdrop for presentations and conversations in a border city that celebrates its architecture, its international connections and its cuisine.

Tentative Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 17

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration & Reception
Location TBD


Friday, October 18

8:30 am - 9:15 am Registration & Breakfast
9:15 am - 9:30 am Tour of Villa Maria College
9:30 am - 10:00 am Welcome and Regional Meeting
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Shifting Realities: A Survey About Perceptual Reasoners
Shai Yeshayahu, Ryerson University

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Focus on Building Relationships
Lisa Phillips, Thomas Jefferson University

11:00 am - 11:30 am Question Everything! Driving Passion, Values and Programmatic Intelligence through Writing Intensive Foundations
Heidi E. Schlegel, Rochester Institute of Technology
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Developing Observation Skills as the Segue to Design
Martha  Anez, Thomas Jefferson University
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch and Learn with Cambria Countertops
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Keynote Speaker
Viktors Jaunkalns, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Pedagogy for Autonomy and Consciousness Raising: The Balance between Empowerment and Chaos
Heidi E. Schlegel and Rim Fathallah, Rochester Institute of Technology
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Interdisciplinary Engagement between Interior Design and Graphic Design Students to Foster Effective Collaboration
Sandra Reicis, Veronica Ryskalczyk, and Julie Zack, Villa Maria College
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Explorations of 3D Ceramic Material Systems for Interior Environments

Catherine Dowling, Ryerson University

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Re-imagining the Modern Interior: Adaptive Reuse as a Device for Cross-Disciplinary Design in Urban Realms
Patrizio M. Martinelli, John Blake, Miami University
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Academic Library Uses and Social Styles
Seunghae Lee, Wentworth Institute of Technology
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm End of Friday Session
Travel to Reception
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Frank Lloyd Wright’s DARWIN MARTIN HOUSE, Tour and Reception

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10:00 am - 10:30 am Breakfast
10:30 am - 11:00 am My Boudoir, a Room for Narrative Place-Making
Natalia  Vlachopoulou, Parsons, The New School
11:00 am - 11:30 am Visual Versus Actual Facts: Strategies for Prototyping Interior Environments in SketchUp Pro from Imperfect AutoCAD Existing Conditions documentation
Sandro Carella, Suffolk University
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Bringing Daycare Centers into the Workplace in China
Zhuoli Dong, Savannah College of Art and Design
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Optional Tour - TBD


Conference Fees

  Member Non-Member Student
Full Conference $150 $200 $75
Friday Only $125 $150


Saturday Only $100 $125 $25
Keynote Only $10 $10 $10


Register for the 2019 East Regional Conference here.

Hotel Accommodations - Rates Expire September 17, 2019

Millennium Buffalo
2040 Walden Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14225

To make a reservation, call 716-681-2400 and reference IDEC. Please follow these steps to register online (Google Chrome or Firefox recommended browsers: 

1) Access the hotel's website: https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/buffalo/millennium-buffalo/

2) Select your check-in and check-out dates and hit "advanced search" (not "Book Now")

3) Enter "1910IDECRC" in the "Use a Group Code" box

4) Select "Book Now" to see IDEC's rates and room types. The screen should read INTERIOR DESIGN EDUCATORS COUN and you will see IDEC's rates. 

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