The design of interiors affects everything we do. This interactive, in-person program asks: How do we feel in an interior and why do we feel that way? What elements make us feel safe or seen, productive or inhibited, happy or harmed? Knowing this, how do we design spaces to accommodate—and celebrate—different sensory needs where we work, where we learn, and where we live? Panelists will focus on lived experiences and design principles to create meaningful sensory spaces for all needs. Then we will form small breakout groups to conceptually redesign the Center for Architecture’s Tafel Hall to accommodate neurodiverse needs.
6:00 – 6:15 pm – Arrival and greetings
6:15 – 6:45pm – Panel discussion
6:45 – 7:15 pm – Breakout sessions
7:15- 7:30 pm – Shared findings
7:30 – 8:00pm – Networking and debrief
Cait Rosica, OTD, OTR/L, Director of the Neurodiversity Employment Network: Philadelphia
Rachel Updegrove, Laboratory Planner, HERA Inc.
Evander “Ev” Smith, DEI Specialist, A Step Up Academy
Jennifer Carpenter, Principal, Verona Carpenter Architects