Communication & Collaboration in Today’s Multi-Generational Workplace: Transferring Skills Learned in the Classroom into Professional Practice

October 5-6 2017, Dallas, TX
Hosted by 
Allsteel, Kitchen Source, Steelcase, IIDA TX Ok Chapter, Texas Gulf Coast ASID Chapter, & Interface

Welcome to the 2017 IDEC SW Regional Conference.  We have packed the conference into two full days.  We hope that you will support each of the presenters by attending the full conference and networking with those who attend.  Please let us know if you have any question.


Conference Agenda

Shuttle departs Thursday at 8:00 & 8:15 a.m.   Parking available at Allsteel if you prefer

Conference will be held at ALLSTEEL showroom.   

8:00am  Check- In
8:30 -9:00 a.m
. Welcome Sally Ann & Amy
9:00-9:30 a.m.   Presentation #1, Preliminary Results of a Case Study Examining Teacher Attitudes about their Classroom Physical Environment
Presented by:  Alana Pulay, Paula J. Tripp, Tilanka Chandrasekera, and Tutaleni l. Asino – University of Oklahoma
9:30-10:00 a.m. Presentation #2, Students’ perception of classroom design and teaching method in higher education institution: An evaluate case-study.
Presented by:  Amanda Arshard – University of Oklahoma
10:00-:10:30 a.m. Posters and Break – Snacks provided by Allsteel

Presented by: Maryan Hosseinioun – Texas Tech University – Grad Student
Poster #2 – Blue space as a therapeutic concept: The applicability in healthcare environments
Presented by: Fares Alsaygh – Texas Tech University – Grad Student

10:30-11:00 a.m. Presentation #3, A mixed-methods study: investigating the role of environment-behavior (E-B) attributes upon faculty’s instructional methods in higher education. Presented by:  Ammara Arshad
11:00 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Presentation #4  Impact of Physical-Digital Hybrid Environments on the Human Experience.
Presented by: Amy Roehl – Texas Christian University
11:45 a.m.  Depart for Steelcase for Lunch, Keynote speaker: Anita Howard: Topic:
1:45 p.m.  – Return to Allsteel
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Presentation #5, Playground design for enhancing cooperative behavior among children.
Presented by: Sahand Abbasi, Michelle Pearson & Kristi Gaines – Texas Tech University
2:30-3:00 p.m.   Presentation #6, The Relation of Occupants Psychosocial and Demographic Characteristics with Designed Indoor Environment.
Presented by: Suchismita Bhattacharjee University of Oklahoma
3:00-3:30 p.m. Presentation #7, Designing for the Millennial Generation and Beyond.
Presented by: Shelby Brock – Sam Houston State University.
3:30-4:00 p.m. Break and Poster Presentations – Snacks provided by Allsteel

Poster #3 – A Mobile Environment for Children to Feel Sense of Place Attachment.
Presented by Saman Jamshidi – Texas Tech University – Grad Student
Poster #4 – Need for Access to Nature in Nurses Work Environments.
Presented by  Apoorva Rane Research Assistant – Texas Tech University

4:00-4:30 p.m.   Presentation #8, Entry level practitioner preparedness: Evaluation of CIDA standards by beginning interior design process.
Presented by: Natalie Ellis  and  Elizabeth Pober – University of Oklahoma
4:30- 5:00 p.m. Presentation #9, Towards a Design-Build Education: Seven Projects, Seven Points.
Presented by: Albert Marichal – Texas Christian University
5:30-7:30 p.m.   Reception that evening at Kitchen Source, 1500 Slocum Drive (Heavy Hors d’oeuvres)  Co-sponsors Interface & Kitchen Source

Friday:  Shuttle departs Hotel at 7:45 a.m. & 8:00 a.m.    

8:00 am Check-in
8:15 a.m.  
Housekeeping & Welcome Back: Sally Ann & Amy
8:30:-9:00 a.m. Presentation #10, Immersive Cohabitation Design Critiques:  The Integration of Virtual Reality Platforms into an Interior Design Capstone Studio Presented by Elizabeth Pober and Matthew Cook – University of Oklahoma
9:00-9:30 a.m.  Presentation #11, Sensory Design Recommendations for Visual Inclusion.
Presented by Kristi Gaines, Michelle Pearson, Angela Bourne & Huili Wang – Texas Tech University
9:30-10:00 a.m.  Presentation #12, Design Studio Fosters Social and Cultural Awareness: A Transformative Experience.
Presented by:  Silvana Polgar – California State University Fresno
10:00 -10:30 a.m. Presentation #13, Collaborating to Benefit the Homeless: Transferring Skills Learned in the Classroom into Profession.
Presented by: Sally Ann Swearingen, Mitzi Perritt, and Leisha Bridwell

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Break (Refreshments sponsored by ALLSTEEL)

11-00-11:30 a.m. Presentation #14,   “You Can’t Win if You Don’t Play”: Integrating Competitions into the Interior Design Curriculum.
Presented by Valerie Settles. University of Central Oklahoma
11:30-12:30 p.m. Presentation #15, Towards ‘Positive’ Interior Design Education: Examining Conflict, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity.
Presented by: Laura Malinin – Colorado State University
12:00-12:30 p.m. Presentation #16, Speech Intelligibility for a Speech-Language Therapy Clinic.
Presented by: Michelle Pearson – Texas Tech University

12:30-1:30 p.m.  Lunch provided by IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter and Presentation

1:30-1:45 p.m.  Voting on Presentation
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Tour of Allsteel and desert provided by Allsteel & Wilson Furniture
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Business meeting – Kristi Gaines
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.  Wrap up and Awards – Amy & Sally Ann
4:30-5:00 p.m. Arrive back at Hotel or depart
6:30 p.m. Depart from hotel for Bishop Arts Historic District (optional – about 10 minute drive from the hotel)

Friday evening – Bishop Arts
Join us for an evening in the Bishop Arts District, a walkable historic district with a lot of shops and restaurants.

Saturday: Optional Excursions
Arts District tour led by the Dallas Center for Architecture. There is a standing architectural walking tour that starts at 10:00 am and ends at 11:30 a.m.. The cost is $10 per person, $5 for students. You may register for the tour online through Dallas Center for Architecture – it is the first tour listed under this link:

After the tour we will explore Klyde Warren Park which is a new park built over the freeway. We will meet for lunch there at 11:45 a.m. at the food trucks lining the park.

Afternoon Optional Excursions on your own
Within a 5 minute walk from Klyde Warren Park are several museums including: Dallas Museum of Art, The Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Crow Collection of Asian Art.

Dallas Museum of Art
Opens 11:00 am
General Admission is free

Nasher Sculpture Center
Opens 11:00 a.m.
$10 entry, $5 student with ID
The major exhibit will be Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony

Crow Collection of Asian Art
Opens 10:00 a.m.
Admission is free

SW Regional Conference Committee:  Sally Ann Swearingen, Amy Roehl, Healther Carter, Mitzi Perritt & Leisha Bridwell
Thank you to our sponsors:  MetroCon, Allsteel, Kitchen Source, Steelcase, Interface, Herman Miller. Texas Oklahoma IIDA & Texas Gulf Coast ASID.
University host: Stephen F Austin, TCU and Art Institute Dallas





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Conference Hotel

DEADLINE – Rates expire September 20, 2017

Fairfield INN & Suites Dallas Medical/ Market Center
2110 Market Center Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75207

Call: 1-800-228-2800 Ask for the IDEC – Interior Design Educators Council group block
Link: IDEC SW Regional Conference

Room Rates: $149.00 per night