Speakers



June 2019

June 19-21, 2019

Swissotel Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Keynote Speaker

LaChance.pngJanice LaChance
Executive Vice President, Strategic & Organizational Excellence

American Geophysical Union

Optimizing for Tomorrow: a focus on how the American Geophysical Union is renovating its office space to prepare for the future and achieve Net Zero Energy 

Lachance will explain that by living its mission of science for the benefit of humanity, AGU made the decision to renovate its existing 62,000-square-foot headquarters building to be a showcase for real-world scientific advancement through innovative, sustainable technology. She will discuss the decision-making process and a number of the design and energy features that will make this the first Net Zero Energy commercial renovation in Washington DC.

Lachance brings an extensive record of executive leadership accomplishments and board service in professional membership societies and government organizations to AGU, where her portfolio includes: AGU’s Centennial, International Programs, Finance, Human Resources, Information Services, the Executive Office, Governance and Leadership Development, the Project Management Office, and Affiliation and Engagement. In addition, she manages the building renovation.

Prior to her work in the not-for-profit sector, Lachance was nominated by President William Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Cabinet-ranked Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal government’s independent human resources agency responsible for all policy and programs affecting the 2.1 million members of the nation’s civil service.

A graduate of Tulane University School of Law, Lachance is a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, member of the Board of Directors of the Wise Giving Alliance and Past President of the American Society for Public Administration.

In addition to Lachance’s plenary keynote, Building Innovation 2019 will include 18 educational sessions featuring 38 presentations by 60 expert speakers. The National Institute of Building Sciences is an American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Provider and an International Code Council Preferred Education Provider. 

On Monday, participants will get a first-hand view of how the Institute works to improve the built environment and find ways to get involved in the process by attending leadership meetings. Other opportunities to hear from industry leaders include the Tuesday Opening Keynote Breakfast and the Wednesday FEDCon® Keynote Breakfast. During the Tuesday Exhibit Hall Walking Lunch and Exhibitors’ Reception, attendees will see the latest industry technologies as exhibitors present in the Exhibit Hall. The Institute will recognize industry leaders with Institute awards and Beyond Green™ Awards during the Institute’s Annual Reception and Awards Banquet.



Educational Sessions

Darnstadt.pngKatherine Darnstadt, AIA
Founder of Latent Design

“How-To” regarding innovative small scale development, design and construction

Our cities are rooted in their neighborhoods, public spaces, and infrastructure. When neglected, these vacancies, whether strategic or accidental, are detrimental to neighborhood health and vitality. Design can bring an awareness of the informal economies that arise from these gaps, which only highlight how poorly our formal systems are working. While you may have been taught that the design of a building is apolitical, the process of building is not. There is a subversive cartography of power that overlays our cities, which are built on a series of collaborative collusions. 

Architect and educator Katherine Darnstadt is the founder and principal of Latent Design, a collaborative of individuals whose projects focus on social, economic and environmental impact beyond the building. Katherine brings innovative design to those in resource and budget limited environments through a holistic, creative approach to design driven by community needs that leverages other partners and assets to address project challenges. Her passion for public interest design through participatory strategies and diverse background have allowed her to collaborate with change agents in design, science, arts and philosophy. Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have been recognized as an emerging leader in the architecture profession and have been published, exhibited and featured widely, most notably at the International Venice Biennale, Core 77 Design Awards, Architizer A+ Awards, Chicago Ideas Week, NPR, and as the 2013 American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award winner.



Darnstadt.pngRandy W. Fiser, Hon. FASID
CEO, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

Measuring Outcomes of Design: ASID HQ Living Laboratory Research

As we spend over 90 percent of our time indoors, our physical surroundings have a significant impact on our lives – how we live, work, play, learn, and heal. With work changing rapidly and consuming a substantial part of our lives, the physical workplace plays a critical role that can lead to outcomes such as, health, wellness, productivity, and engagement. These outcomes are not limited to just workplace design but may have subsequent effects in other environments. Using ongoing research conducted at the ASID HQ living laboratory, explore the principles to creating healthy spaces, the protocols and culture needed to achieve wellness, and the measures for demonstrating the impact of design.

• Explain the impact design has on our lives
• Identify design principles/practices that promote health and wellness
• Review a case study using design and research to demonstrate outcomes of design
• Apply findings from research and design to various design sectors