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The Business Path: How Will You Design Yours?
An ASID Emerging Professional Town Hall
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | NeoCon
Atelier Lapchi Showroom | 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 6-160
Cost to attend: This event is free! Please join us for a networking reception immediately following the presentation.
ASID and Industry Partner Atelier Lapchi will host an open floor discussion on building your own interior design business from the ground up — a professional path which is growing in popularity for designers in their first years of practice. Attendees will hear from a panel of emerging and established professionals who have decided to be their own boss, discussing how this choice has impacted their career in design as a sole proprietor in today’s market. From lessons learned, to the moment a business owner realizes they have “made it,” attendees will enjoy listening to real-life stories from designers who have taken risks and trusted their instincts.
If you have owned your own company or freelanced, is there still a home for you with the larger industry corporations? Was the business of owning your own firm part of your design education?
Learn from others’ experiences! Bring your questions and comments to the floor and contribute to a conversation shaped by the next generation of design industry leaders! Enjoy refreshments during an opening cocktail reception as you network with peers and pros! This event is free to attend, but space is limited- please reserve your seat today!
This event features:
Moderator- Bridget McMullin, ASID, CID, CAPS, owner of The McMullin Design Group
Bridget McMullin, ASID, CID, CAPS is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Interior Design and a Minor in Art History. She passed her National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam in 2005. She has been Certified Interior Designer in the State of New Jersey since 2007 and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) since 2009. Bridget is a former board member of the American Society of Interior Designer’s National Board and is a former president of American Society of Interior Designer Pennsylvania East Chapter. Bridget also sits on the Interior Design Advisory Board at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and has been an instructor of Business for Interiors at Moore College of Art & Design.
Drew McGukin, Allied ASID, owner of Drew McGukin Interiors
Drew tackles the interior design world with a unique level of energy, great pace and integrity. He is known for a touch of the ‘unexpected,’ combined with beautiful textures and bold patterns that vibrate with the perfect amount of sophistication, warmth, innovation, style and approachability. Drew graduated from The New York School of Interior Design in May 2010, and kicked off as lead designer in his own New York-based firm after a year-long stint with Matthew Yee Interiors. He served on the Board of Directors for ASID NY Metro from 2009-2011, while simultaneously sitting on the 2011 Student Advisory Council for ASID National. Drew was recently selected by The New York Design Center as one of 30 designers set to launch Access to Design™—a concierge service providing accessibility for consumers to the industry’s top design talents and product offerings through NYDC. Drew McGukin Interiors is established as a professional firm delivering a level of expertise that is not only innovative, but also classically trained. His offices are located in the Flatiron District and the team is currently working on projects in and around Manhattan, the Hamptons, Boston, and Atlanta.
Bonnie Casamassima, Senior Application Consultant for Steelcase
Bonnie has worked in architectural design firms focusing on healthcare and workplace design, and has helped teach undergraduate interior design courses. She holds her Master of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA. Her thesis research was based in environmental psychology and investigated the decreased communication and increased stress caused by multiple generations in the American office environment. Through this investigation, she developed a prescriptive set of interior design guidelines using restorative design applications as a catalyst for improved communication and decreased stress in the multi-generational workplace. She received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Bonnie is extremely passionate about the built environment's ability to impact its end-user. She believes that design solutions should be based on research supported evidence, and should enhance the overall well-being of its users while creating a strong connection between our natural and built environments.
Steve Kadlec- Principal at Kadlec Architecture + Design
Steve Kadlec is a registered architect with over 20 years experience in residential architecture and interior design, having left Gary Lee Partners in 2004 after nine years as an Associate and Studio Director for the residential design practice. Mr. Kadlec is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, the International Interior Design Association as well as a board member of DIFFA Chicago, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids. In addition, Steve has served as a juror for various NEOCON product competitions and as guest juror for student work at the University of Illinois Chicago, Harrington Institute, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Any questions about this event can be directed to Lindsay Marshall at email@example.com.
Photos from the 2012 ASID Emering Professional Town Hall Event