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Expand Your Perspective At Platform

Platform: A Retreat for Design Visionaries, September 18-20, 2019 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, will spark your curiosity and challenge your perspective by providing the opportunity to break away from your daily routine and engage with fellow leaders in the design profession. Specifically designed for the principals, partners, and owners (PPOs) of design firms, Platform convenes the best of the best, the true visionaries of the design community, for a summit that provides an arena for relationship building, interaction, and idea sharing that moves the entire industry forward as a united community. Platform is a catalyst for innovation and collaboration, and explores leadership through the viewpoints of influencers in business, technology, entrepreneurship, public affairs, and more, providing a forum for conversation about the future of design.

SEPTEMBER 18-20, 2019

Platform is intended for design principals, partners, and owners – those in decision making and influential positions within their organizations. To register to attend Platform, you must have an access code. If you do not have an access code, please apply here.



A highly curated roster of speakers will bring fresh perspectives in interactive ways.

Singer | Beatboxer
Songwriter | Musician

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
Author, “Everybody Lies”
Former Google Data Scientist
The New York Times Opinion Writer


When you attend Platform in San Diego, you’ll be among fellow visionaries and design industry thought leaders, building the relationships necessary to move a united design industry forward. Your curated experience will provide moments of meaningful engagement with peers and speakers, while unique dining events and intentional small group forums will encourage thought provoking discussions.

“Platform gave me a rare opportunity – a focused moment to reenergize with other leaders in the design industry, to reflect on my role as a designer, and to forge new relationships and partnerships to last beyond our time together.”

–Elizabeth Von Lehe, Allied ASID, Design + Brand Strategy Principal, HDR

“Platform was a breath of fresh inspiration. It was truly a retreat in that it allowed me to reset my creative energies, but it was also a phenomenal opportunity to connect with top talent and top thinkers. I learned a great deal about the big ideas impacting design today and made fabulous connections that I hope to maintain throughout my career.”

–John Cialone, ASID, NCIDQ | Design Director, Vice President, and Partner, Tom Stringer Design Partners


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Tamie Glass, ASID
Interior Design Program Director
Tamie Glass, ASID
Interior Design Program Director
Tamie Glass, ASID
Interior Design Program Director


Entice your curiosity and be exposed to the topics that will shape the future of your profession. Be ahead of what’s next and challenge yourself to take what you learn to your practice.



Experience the rolling hills and beautiful seashore of San Diego, home to some of the best weather in the United States. Your home in San Diego will be the spectacular Rancho Bernardo Inn, a destination that will provide memorable experiences for you and your fellow Platform attendees. A place to play, relax, unwind, reconnect, and find a little time for yourself, every element, experience, and detail has been calculated to perfection at the warm and welcoming Rancho Bernardo Inn.







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Benjamin Moore=
Signature Kitchen Suite

Media Sponsor


David Levo
Principal and Board Director, Perkins Eastman

Ken Wilson, ASID, AIA
Design Principal, Perkins+Will

Patty Dominguez
Vice President, Architect and Design Sales, Cosentino

Zach Elkin
General Manager and Senior Director, Signature Kitchen Suite

Christine Handy
Director, Architect and Designer Segment, Benjamin Moore & Co.

A.J. Paron-Wildes, Allied ASID, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP
National Architectural and Design Manager, Allsteel

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, LEED Fellow
Senior Associate, MSR Design 

  • When

  • September 18, 2019 – September 20, 2019
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  • Rancho Bernardo Inn
    17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr
    San Diego, CA 92128
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Tamie Glass, ASID
Interior Design Program Director
Tamie Glass, ASID
Interior Design Program Director

Tamie Glass, ASID
Interior Design Program Director


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ASID Events- IWBI Wellness Summit

IWBI Wellness Summit


Join world-class leaders of health and well-being across all sectors as we explore how to transform the workplace into a place where employees thrive.

IWBI recommends that attendees meet the following:

  • Have direct experience leading or championing health and wellness, sustainability and/or mindfulness-based initiatives in an organization.
  • Maintain a leadership role in which they are deeply committed to creating a healthy, thriving culture and enhancing well-being in workplaces or communities.
  • Are looking to build relationships with peers, share best practices, and learn from other leaders and innovators from companies including WeWork, Structure Tone, Compass Group, and Walmart.

The cost to attend the Summit is $950 per person, which includes all sustainably sourced meals, programming, wellness-focused activities, and accommodations at Garrison Institute. WELL APs can access tickets at a discounted price of $855 per person. Email wwls@wellcertified.com to access your promo code.


2:00 PM
5/21/2019 – 5/23/2019


Garrison Institute
14 Mary’s Way
Route 9D
Garrison, NY
United States



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I’m Over Open-Concept Design

CreditTrisha Krauss


At some point, the previous owners of my house decided to take down the wall separating the living room from the dining room, creating an open space that, in theory, was a good idea. But in reality, it seemed to me, it didn’t make any sense.

The dining room felt like an awkward, disjointed extension of the living room, not quite private enough to be its own space, but not fully integrated, either. And with the living room missing a key wall, figuring out how to logically furnish it was no easy feat.

And so, about a month ago, I hired a carpenter to restore part of the wall. By partially closing off the space, I aimed to create a separate dining area with its own mood, and to restore the original dimensions of the living room.

When I told the carpenter what I wanted, he stared at me blankly, like he’d heard me wrong. “But people like the walls open,” he said.

In the weeks before the work was done, I avoided telling friends, worried that they, too, might think I was nuts. The few I did tell mostly seemed confused. In the age of open-concept design, who builds a wall?

The trend toward an open-concept floor plan — where few, if any, walls separate the spaces where we eat from those where we lounge — has become so commonplace it’s hard to imagine an alternative.

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The idea of togetherness drives the design, creating a setup where a parent can simultaneously make an omelet and watch the children play in the living room because, apparently, no one wants to be alone. Or guests can move freely from the giant kitchen island to the living room sofa, unencumbered by obstacles like doorways. The design style has become the liturgy of home-improvement shows, with HGTV stars like Joanna Gaines catapulting to fame largely because of her uncanny ability to transform rundown farmhouses into loft-like showrooms.

In the city, that ethos translates easily because space is tight and lofts are a genuine home style. Remove the walls in a galley kitchen and suddenly a tiny cooking space can feel larger and lighter. With an island instead of a wall, you might actually have a place to sit. New developments are invariably designed with open floor plans, a trend that’s reinforced by ever-shrinking apartments. Without any walls, a prospective tenant might not realize how small the space really is.

Developers claim the tenants like it. “Many new renters and buyers are embracing the open concept,” said Chris Schmidt, a senior vice president for Related Companies who oversees the developer’s rental portfolio. “It allows, certainly, the flexibility for entertaining and cooking.”

Mr. Schmidt pointed to millennials in particular as a “generation who crave that social interaction,” and so “are going to crave that open concept versus walling everything off.”

Owners of older apartments also see the potential in a sledgehammer, with an enthusiasm fueled not only by HGTV, but by home-improvement design websites like Houzz, which features endless images of Instagram-ready open living spaces.

“People walk into every space, regardless of the condition, and want to make an adjustment,” said Sydney Blumstein, an associate broker with Corcoran. People “feel like they must personalize a space to make it theirs, and that goes beyond home décor.”

And what better way to personalize than to make yours look like everyone else’s?

The fixation with openness extends to the suburbs, where buyers eagerly take down walls in the kitchen and living room, and widen doorways. “People are definitely looking at the floor plans,” said Judith Daniels, a sales associate with Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, who works frequently with first-time buyers moving from the city to Summit, Short Hills, Maplewood and South Orange — New Jersey towns with large, colonial homes that weren’t originally designed to look like lofts. “They’re looking for openness that’s already there or the ability to do it, just by opening the wall.”

But do we really need so much togetherness? That fabulous dinner party where guests wander endlessly from the kitchen to the living room feels far less glamorous with everyone staring at a sink full of dirty pots, or smelling the burned soufflé in the oven. Sure, the idea of watching your children play while you make dinner sounds great, but only until you’re trying to listen to Terry Gross on NPR while an episode of “Peppa Pig” blasts from the other side of what used to be a wall.

Then, of course, there are all those Houzz pictures. None of them show what it’s like when you haven’t tidied up in a week and you’re left staring at the living room clutter while you eat breakfast. With no walls, there’s nowhere to hide.

“It went so far about opening everything up,” said Jade Joyner, the chief creative officer of Metal + Petal, an interior design firm in Athens, Ga. “There’s something nice about privacy and having your own space.” In the last year, she’s noticed the beginnings of a pushback against the doctrine of openness. Clients have been asking for media rooms, libraries and playrooms set off from the main living area. A quiet den means you can come home from work and not immediately join the family, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. “It’s been indoctrinated that walls are bad, but they’re not,” Ms. Joyner said.

A home designed for entertaining does not necessarily take into account that most of the time you’re not entertaining. Mostly, you’re just living there, trying to read a book while your son practices the piano.

It also can be difficult to decorate an endless expanse of space. “My biggest issue with an open floor plan is lack of wall space. Where do you hang things?” said Abbe Fenimore, a Dallas-based interior designer who otherwise embraces open concept.

After the carpenter rebuilt my wall, I painted the dining room a deep teal, and the living room white. The two spaces, which once felt like they competed with each other for attention, now seem more defined. If the children’s homework is spread out on the dining table, I don’t have to look at it from the sofa anymore and wonder when it will get finished.

As for my friends, when I had a few of them over for dinner to celebrate the redecorated space, no one even noticed the wall. It was like it had always been there.

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An earlier version of this article misstated the name of an interior design firm in Athens, Ga. It is Metal + Petal, not Petal and Metal.

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page RE4 of the New York edition with the headline: I’m So Over Open-Concept Design. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe
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