UI Continuing Education for Professionals: "The Power of Integrated Design"

Thursday, October 17 2013


COEUR D’ ALENE, Idaho – The University of Idaho will host “The Power of Integrated Design” at the Coeur d’Alene Resort on Thursday, Nov. 21. The one-day continuing education event will feature a multi-track talk series focused on integrated design thinking, energy-efficient buildings and high performance landscapes.

“The Power of Integrated Design” was developed for practicing architects, engineers, landscape architects, interior designers, urban planners and real estate professionals, and has relevance to anyone in related industries.

“With an industry working towards the shared goals of a sustainable built environment, it is crucial for us to leverage the interdisciplinary tools available within our professions to transform practice and make this a reality,” said Mark Hoversten, dean of the University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture.

The event begins at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, with a welcome reception and plenary session led by Ron Walters, independent strategy consultant and expert on design thinking. The introductory session will engage participants in a cross- disciplinary exercise that explores each profession's sustainable design focus and highlights the power of integrated design collaboration.

“As designers, our job is to extend the boundaries of thought, generate new options and ultimately create value," said Walters. "The power of integrated design is realized when we collaborate across disciplines with an openness to imagine that which does not exist.”

A two-talk schedule will occur simultaneously throughout the day allowing professionals to fine-tune their schedule based on interest and need. The lunch plenary session, “10 Steps to Daylighting Success” presented by Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, director of the Integrated Design Lab in Boise, includes detailed take-aways that designers can incorporate into current practices.

The day closes at 4:30 p.m. with Walters’ follow-up plenary session where participants define the value of integrated design collaboration within their practices as well as on client, community and global scales.

Continuing education credit is available to architects through AIA and engineers through governing state agencies in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Credit is pending for Idaho realtors.

“This event provides a unique opportunity for leaders in the design and development industries to come together before a panel of sustainability and energy experts to share knowledge,” said Hoversten.

For talk descriptions, speaker biographies and registration, visit www.uidaho.edu/caa/integrated/.
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