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
Sponsored by Buffalo State College and Reicis & Associates

Millington Lockwood
3901 Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY 14225

Friday, October 18

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration & Breakfast
Villa Maria College Library North Room
9:00 am – 9:30 am Welcome and Regional Meeting
Villa Maria College Library North Room
9:30 am – 10:00 am Shifting Realities: A Survey About Perceptual Reasoners
Shai Yeshayahu, Ryerson University
Recital Hall
10:00 am – 10:30 am Interdisciplinary Collaboration: A Focus on Building Relationships
Lisa Phillips, Thomas Jefferson University
Recital Hall
10:30 am – 11:00 am Break and Tours of Villa Maria College
Sponsored by the IDA of WNY

West Reception Room Main Lobby
11:00 am – 11:30 am The Bennitt Street Neighborhood: An Architectural Community Worthy of Recognition
Renee Pratt, Villa Maria College
Recital Hall
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Developing Observation Skills as the Segue to Design
Martha  Anez, Thomas Jefferson University
Recital Hall
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch and Learn with Cambria
Library North Room
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Keynote Speaker
Viktors Jaunkalns, Founding Partner MJMA, Toronto CA

Recital Hall
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Explorations of 3D Ceramic Material Systems for Interior Environments
Catherine Dowling, Ryerson University
M&T Conference Room
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
M&T Conference Room
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break
Sponsored by the IDA of WNY

Paul William Beltz Art Gallery
3:30 pm – 4:00 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
Paul William Beltz Art Gallery
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Academic Library Uses and Social Styles
Seunghae Lee, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Paul William Beltz Art Gallery
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Travel Time to Evening Reception
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Cocktail Party Reception – Barton House
Including Tours of Darwin Martin House

Sponsored by Steelcase, DesignNY Magazine, Villa IN Club
118 Summit Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
7:30 pm Dinner on Your Own



10:00 am – 10:30 am Breakfast
West Reception Room/Main Foyer
10:30 am – 11:00 am My Boudoir, a Room for Narrative Place-Making
Natalia  Vlachopoulou, Parsons, The New School
M&T Conference Room
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
M&T Conference Room
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Bringing Daycare Centers into the Workplace in China
Zhuoli Dong, Savannah College of Art and Design
M&T Conference Room
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
West Reception Room/Main Foyer
1:00 pm Tour Opportunities


Conference Fees

Member Non-Member Student
Full Conference $150 $200 $75
Friday Only $125 $150 $50
Saturday Only $100 $125 $25
Keynote Only $10 $10 $10

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:

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.

Conference Sponsors