2018 Midwest Regional Conference

Making Community

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.
November 1-2, 2018
Chris Stulpin
Eileen Jones, LEED AP, AIGA, SEGD
Chris Stulpin headshot
VP of Creative Creative Officer from Tarkett

Chris Stulpin

Eileen Jones headshot
Principal and Branded Environments Global Leader of Perkins & Will

Eileen Jones, LEED AP, AIGA, SEGD

Conference Schedule

Photo of people inside a half circle shape and green and yellow triangles
8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

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 scholarly
Senate Chambers
#795198-Where making and emotion meet in embedded memories

9:55 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Senate Chambers

10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

3rd scholarly
Senate Chambers
#795050- Cross-class Curricular and Co-curricular Interactivity to Foster Community

10:35 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

4th scholarly
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 scholarly
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.

Senate Chambers

11:35 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Walk to Boone Center

11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Boone Center
Sponsored by Mohawk, Nora, ID&A, University of Kentucky College of Design

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Campus Tour
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.

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.

Senate Chambers

4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

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

7 a.m. – 8 a.m.

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
#795180 -History-based programming: A critical heritage approach to community design

9:40 a.m. – 10 a.m.

12th Creative Presentation
#795147- Community through Trauma

10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.


10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

13th presentation
#794692 – International Design Collaboration: Building Blocks for a Renewed Global Village

10:40 a.m. – 11 a.m.

14th presentation
#795092 -Thinking Global? Authentic Engagement Drives Culturally Competent Designers

11 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.


11:20 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Business Meeting
Chris Birkentall, Midwest Director. Announcement for next year’s conference

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Champions Ct
Sponsor: Dan Binford & Associates

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

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?

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

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!

Registration Fees

Full Conference
One Day
Thursday Keynote Speaker ONLY
Friday Keynote Speaker ONLY
Tour of Pepper Distillery*
Limited spots available – RSVP required

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

Hotel information

Busy downtown street
Black suitcase in a bright hotel room
Holiday Inn Express

Lexington Downtown at the University
1000 Export Street,
Lexington, KY 40504
1-800-315-2621 (Reference IDEC for contracted room rate)

Room Rate: $115 – includes complimentary high-speed internet access in guest rooms and common areas.

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