Making Community

November 1-2
Hosted by University of Kentucky, Lexington KY




The theme of the gathering MAKING COMMUNITY invites speculative and developmental ideas on the topics of both MAKING and COMMUNITY.  The conference committee envisions a rich series of engagements for participants including traditional presentations, digital and physical posters, conversation groups, and more.

Join us in Lexington, KY, the heart of the Bluegrass, at the brand new addition to the University of Kentucky $200 million Gatton Student Center, which marries the original 1938 building to a state of the art complex which will serve as our home base for the 2- day conference, Nov 1 and 2nd. Our theme this year is Making Community, where we celebrate how interior design brings together craft and technology with the past and the future.  Along with peer reviewed presentations, our keynote speakers will be Chris Stulpin, VP of Chief Creative Officer from Tarkett and Eileen Jones, LEED AP, AIGA, SEGD, principal and Branded Environments Global Leader of Perkins & Will. Included in the conference will be a lovely supper at a historic southern home, a walking tour of the sights of Lexington, a bourbon tasting tour of the nearby Distillery District. On Friday, there will be a presentation on Designing for the 21st student and a special CEU will be presented on the Town Branch project in Lexington where we will learn how the new park will transform acres of asphalt into an unprecedented signature park in the heart of downtown.

  • Cost for the conference is $140 for members, $175 for non-members.
  • one-day rate is $75 for members and $100 for non-members; each day includes 4 CEU’s.
  • Individual CEU’s for Thursday keynote will be $20 which includes community dinner, and $30 for Friday afternoon Keynote CEUs and distillery tour on Friday afternoon.

Keynote Speakers:

Thursday, November 1

Chris Stulpin
VP of Creative Creative Officer from Tarkett

Friday, November 2

Eileen Jones, LEED AP, AIGA, SEGD
Principal and Branded Environments Global Leader of Perkins & Will

Conference Agenda


Activity Location Details
8 a.m. –
9 a.m.
Registration/Coffee/rolls Senate Chambers Sponsored by Patcraft
9 a.m. –
9:15 a.m.
Opening remarks Senate Chambers Chris Birkentall & Patrick Lee Lucas  welcome
9:15 a.m. –
9:35 a.m.
1st scholarly Senate Chambers #794995-Immaterial Material: hybridizing and digitizing a finish materials course
9:35 a.m. –
9:55 a.m.
2nd Senate Chambers #795198-Where making and emotion meet in embedded memories
9:55 a.m. –
10:15 a.m.
Discussion Senate Chambers  
10:15 a.m. –
10:35 a.m.
3rd Senate Chambers #795050- Cross-class Curricular and Co-curricular Interactivity to Foster Community
10:35 a.m. –
10:55 a.m.
4th Senate Chambers #795105- Enhancing Student’s Cognitive and Affective Learning in Design Studios Through Peer Assessment and Cohort Groups
10:55 a.m. –
11:15 a.m.
5th Senate Chambers #795138- Balance in meeting educational goals and community goals through engaged projects: Reciprocity in a second year design studio
11:15 a.m. –
11:35 a.m.
Discussion Senate Chambers  
11:35 a.m. –
11:50 a.m.
Walk to Boone Center    
11:50 a.m. –
1 p.m.
Lunch Boone Center Sponsored by Mohawk, Nora, ID&A, University of Kentucky College of Design
1 p.m. –
2 p.m.
Campus Tour Walking Pence Shop, First floor Funkhouser, review grad studio
2 p.m. –
2:20 p.m.
6th scholarly Senate Chambers #795232- It’s Not a Doll House! Use of 3-D Printing in Professional Interior Design Models
2:20 p.m. –
2:40 p.m.
7th scholarly presentation Senate Chambers #794994- Turning the Inside Out: transformative sustainability learning in the design studio
2:40 p.m. –
3 p.m.
Discussion Senate .Chambers  
3 p.m. –
3:15 p.m.
8th scholarly presentation Senate Chambers #795104-A Center for Wellness: An Exploratory Investigation of Student Perceptions
3:15 p.m. –
3:35 p.m.
9th scholarly presentation Senate Chambers #795125- Advancing Healthcare Design Pedagogy: A Comparison of Two Healthcare Design Studios
3:35 p.m.-
4 p.m.
Discussion Senate Chambers  
4 p.m. –
5:15 p.m.
Break/tour Student center  Time to tour student center and campus or freshen up at hotel
5:15 p.m. –
6:45 p.m.
Keynote speaker Kentucky State Theatre- 214 E. Main Street CEU presented by Chris Stulpin, Chief Creative Officer for Tarkett North America

Neoculture: The Blend of Cultural Landscapes

7 p.m. –
9 p.m.
Community dinner Historic Home Elsmere Park Sponsors for dinner: Tarkett and Dan Binford & Associates

Drinks sponsored by IIDA Louisville Lexington chapter



Activity Location Details
7 a.m. –
8 a.m.
Breakfast On own at hotel  
8 a.m. –
9 a.m.
Walking tour Gratz Park Led by Patrick Lee Lucas
9 a.m. –
9:20 a.m.
10th Scholarly Presentation Student center 330AB #795052 -Connecting the Universal to the Local: History-Theory Case Studies as Community Builders
9:20 a.m. –
9:40 a.m.
11th Scholarly 330AB #795180 -History-based programming: A critical heritage approach to community design
9:40 a.m. –
10 a.m.
12th   Creative Presentation 330AB #795147- Community through Trauma
10 a.m. –
10:20 a.m.
Discussion 330AB  
10:20 a.m. –
10:40 a.m.
13th presentation 330AB #794692 – International Design Collaboration: Building Blocks for a Renewed Global Village
10:40 a.m. –
11 a.m.
14th presentation 330AB #795092 -Thinking Global? Authentic Engagement Drives Culturally Competent Designers
11 a.m. –
11:20 a.m.
Discussion 330AB  
11:20 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Business Meeting 330AB Chris Birkentall, Midwest Director. Announcement for next year’s conference
11:45 a.m. –
1 p.m.
Lunch Champions Ct Sponsor:  Dan Binford & Associates
1 p.m. –
1:45 p.m.
Keynote Speaker Cinema CEU presented by Eileen Jones Perkins &Will   Thinking Big to Think Small: The Power of Individuality within Shared Perspectives
1:45 p.m. –
2:05 p.m.
How to design for the 21st Century student? Cinema Presented by Mike Jacobs, principal of Omni Architects      How a community design connects the history of place to the future
2:05 p.m. –
2:45 p.m.
Town Branch Project Hannah O’Leary, Doug Appler Cinema CEU presented by Hannah O’Leary and Assoc. Prof. Doug Appler      Making Community: Uncovering the Past to Connect to the Future
2:45 p.m. –
3:15 p.m.
Travel to Distillery District   Manchester Street
3:15 p.m. –
4:30 p.m.
Tour of Pepper Distillery   Limited to 20 at James Pepper; overflow to Town Branch Distillery
4:30 p.m. –
6 p.m.
Happy Hour: Goodfellas pizza   See the Things to Do in KY flyer for places to go and see before you leave KY!


Member Non-Member Student
Full Conference $140 $175 $60
One Day $75 $100 $30
Thursday Keynote Speaker ONLY $20 $20 $20
Friday Keynote Speaker ONLY $30 $30 $30
Tour of Pepper Distillery*
Limited spots available – RSVP required
incl. incl. incl.

Six student member scholarship grants are available to help pay for the 2018 Midwest Regional Conference. Send applications to cbi233@UKY.EDU.

Conference Hotel Information

Deadline: October 10

Holiday Inn Express
Lexington Downtown at the University
1000 Export Street,
Lexington, KY 40504
1-800-315-2621 (Reference IDEC for contracted room rate)
Holiday Inn Express IDEC Hotel Link
Room Rate:  $115 – includes complimentary high-speed internet access in guest rooms and common areas.
Cancellation Policy: 24 hours prior to arrival date