Enabling emerging designers to gain the knowledge and opportunities to meet today’s design and business challenges is crucial. With that in mind, Contract was very pleased to sponsor ASID‘s second annual GO PRO: NYC event this past weekend. The event, specifically geared to ASID emerging professionals, drew designers from 23 states to New York City for a week of learning, inspiration, and networking among peers and leading professionals. The designers, all of whom had graduated from an interior design program within the last five years, took part in a variety of design-focused events, from tours to presentations to industry receptions.
On Saturday, the designers toured the recently completed beautiful renovation of The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. That same day, Tama Duffy Day, FASID, FIIDA, Principal and National Interior Design Healthcare Practice Leader at Perkins+Will, spoke to the designers about the concept of generative space design. A member of Contract’s editorial advisory board, Duffy Day showed how physical and social space can be re-envisioned during the programming process. The program concluded with a presentation by Contract’s 2012 Designers of the Year, Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks of MASS Design Group. Murphy and Ricks showed the audience multiple images of the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda that they designed, and explained how their nascent model of designing for health is helping to change the paradigm.
“This event is about the future of design and the future of the profession,” said ASID Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer Randy Fiser in his closing remarks, while also acknowledging the sponsors and industry partners. “This whole network of relationships is incredibly important.”