New Jersey ASID chapter holds successful symposium

The New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) held The Science of Design: A Design Collaborative Symposium at Jersey City’s Liberty Science Center on Monday, September 25.  The stimulating day-long event was attended by a range of chapter members and other interior designers, architects, design students, media and Industry Partners.

Keynote luncheon speaker Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID, CEO of ASID National, presented a CEU with Susan MacMurchy, Delos Consultant, who spoke on behalf of the International WELL Building Institute.  Called the WELL Roadshow, the initiative is based on the research that humans spend 93 percent of their time indoors. The course detailed how to ensure that indoor spaces are contributing to a person’s well-being rather than harming it and the specifics of the WELL Building Standard. Interior designers play a vital role in the health and wellness of an environment and help implement the seven concepts that comprise the standard: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. The new ASID National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the first LEED Platinum and WELL Platinum v1 space in the World, was used as an example.

Attendees also enjoyed a CEU on the interactive Skyscraper exhibit currently at the Liberty Science with its four distinct areas: Skyscrapers with an overview of the short but impressive history, as no buildings were taller than 10 stories before the late 19th century; Design & Planning — including a real wind tunnel where ASID participants experienced 100 mph winds and wet that are used to test curtain walls; Construction, where a small crane and real-life stories were among the features; and Living, showing the impact of the skyscaper on modern life and even local weather patterns.

The trade show floor with resources for every segment of the industry was on the agenda from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and proved very productive for both attendees and exhibitors. “We welcomed the opportunity to connect with ASID designers and others in the industry.  It was a terrific experience. An active display environment with personal interactions builds relationships,” said David Lyon, vice president of retail for Blackman, a leader in decorative plumbing fixtures, lighting, tile and stone, and a Platinum event sponsor.

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The afternoon CEU, DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World, an IMAX movie and panel discussion celebrated the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small and focused on the work of five engineers. One of them, Avery Bang, is founder of a nonprofit that builds bridges in Third World countries. Another, Steven Burrows, is a structural engineer who uses cutting-edge technology to uncover the past (who knew that one of the adhesives used in the Great Wall of China was cooked rice?) and construct the future in San Francisco.

“The Science of Design allowed attendees to gain new insights in the field of design, cultivate new relationships and discover new products and resources in a stimulating, interactive environment,” said Anna Maria Mannarino, president of the New Jersey Chapter of ASID.  “It was also a great opportunity for our Industry Partners and others to exhibit their latest innovations to a receptive audience and to gain visibility and strengthen connections within the design community.”