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IDEC Midwest Regional Conference
September 28th – 29th, 2023                                                                        
Milwaukee, WI


HGA Architects

333 E Erie St

Milwaukee, WI


Conference Hotels:

No official conference rooms; suggested options for hotels near HGA

  • Hilton Garden Inn (611 Broadway Street | 0.7 mi distance)
  • Marriot Milwaukee Downtown (625 N. Milwaukee Street | 0.6 mi distance)
  • Homewood Suites (500 N. Water Street | 0.5 mi distance)
  • The Westin Milwaukee (550 N. Van Buren Street | 0.7 mi distance)
  • The Iron Horse Hotel (500 W. Florida Street | 0.8 mi distance)

NOTE: Parking options will vary, consider using the app SpotHero to help find parking.

Registration Cost:

$145 for Members & Non-Members

$75 for Graduate Student Members & Non-Members (remember you can join IDEC free as a student)

Deadline to Register:

September 15, 2023 @ 11:59 pm PST

Cancellation Policy:

100% Refund of Registration Fee if canceling on or before:         9/11/2023

50% Refund of Registration Fee if canceling on or before:           9/22/2023

No Refunds of Registration Fees if canceling after:                     9/22/2023 @ 11:59 pm PST

Midwest Regional Conference Agenda:

Please note that to obtain a CEU credit you must stay for all three (3) presentations within a single session. CEU credit may also be earned for the Evidence-Based Design workshop.


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH Pre-conference Event

Tour of Milwaukee Art Museum, Santiago Calatrava addition*

3:45 pm Arrive at the lobby for the MAM tour  
4:00 – 5:00 pm Guided architectural tour of MAM addition  
5:00 – No-host happy hour and dinner at The Harbor Restaurant  
*NOTE: Pre-registration is required for this event. The cost is $17 per person. Please register on the IDEC Midwest Conference website by 9/15/2023. No refunds will be issued for cancelation.







8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast:

Sponsor: Forward Space and Steelcase

8:00 – 9:00 am Registration + Breakfast (Ice breaker-discussion topics on tables: AI, Foundation Studios, Student Mental Health & Resilience, Capstone Studio, Studio Culture & Attendance, Free for All,) The Dock
9:00 – 10:00 am HGA: Welcome, Tour, Virtual reality lab & REVIT integration into the design process

Kate Bautista, HGA

10:00 – 10:15 am Break – beverages and snacks

Sponsor: HGA

The Dock
10:15 – 11:25 am


Session 1


Using Design Thinking to Foster Collaboration: A Transdisciplinary Design Studio

Aanya Chugh


Food on the Prairie—The Preservation of Culinary Heritage in the Studio

Sonya Turkman


Civic Engagement that Makes Wishes Come True

Connie Dyar and Janet Glavn (Zoom)


Riverside (30)
11:25 – 12:35 pm


Session 2


Older adult possession management: Rightsizing home while upsizing well-being

Heather Carter


Smart Sustainable Housing: Improving social issues with residential design

Casey Franklin and Ann Hossler


A Coffee Shop Environments’ Impact on Work Behavior: Perceptions of Working Patrons

Haley Gwin and Elke Attenburger, Ph.D.


Riverside (30)
12:35 – 2:00 pm Lunch & IDEC Midwest Region Business Mtg.

Sponsor: All Steel & Henrickson (1:00 – 1:40)

The Dock
2:15 pm – 2:45


Session 3A – Poster Session


Design for Aging-in-Place Using Mixed Reality

Jacque Dehart and Gabriela Fonseca Pereira, Ph. D


Viewing aging-in-place design solutions through the use of mixed reality: A case study

Monica Lazaro and Gabriela Fonseca Pereira, Ph.D.


The Dock
2:15 pm – 2:45


Session 3B – Creative Scholarship Presentation


Ephemeral Interiorities

Nathan Smith


Riverside (30)
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break – beverages and snacks

Sponsor: HGA

The Dock
3:00 – 5:00 pm (option 1) Accreditation Workshop:

Presentation & Panel Discussion


Preparing for an accreditation visit: Best practices


Kristi Julian, Middle Tennessee University

Sarah Alfaro, Ball State University

Connie Dyar, Illinois State University



The Dock
3:00 – 5:00 pm (option 2) NeoConsin – (“NeoCon in Wisconsin”) Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
5:00 – 7:00 pm Happy Hour at NeoConsin (IIDA/ASID sponsored)
7:00 pm Dinner on your own
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast:

Sponsor: Interface

 The Dock
9:00 – 10:30 am Evidence-Based Design Research Workshop

Establishing Practice-based Research in a Full-Service A/E/I Firm

Terri Zborowsky, HGA

The Dock
10:30 – 10:45 am Break – HGA water/coffee/snacks


 The Dock
10:45 – 11:55 am


Session 4


The Lost Narrative of Jack Lenor Larsen and His Commission for The Filene Theater Curtain

Stephanie Zollinger


Testing Antimicrobial Properties in Interior Design Building Materials

Nicolette Brehm


Expressions of Interiority in the Landscape: Understanding the “Modifying Elements”

Rebecca Midden


Riverside (30)
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch –

Sponsor: BSI and Miller-Knoll – Modularity in Healthcare


The Dock
1:00 pm Conference Concludes


Explore Milwaukee:

Harley-Davidson Museum


Boat Tour

Brewery Tour