interiors+sources is hosting a panel discussion of industry thought leaders to answer questions surrounding COVID-19 and the built environment: How is the coronavirus pandemic impacting the design community right now? What lessons are we learning about the way we design interiors to keep occupants safe? Can buildings really help prevent the spread of infection?
Panelists will offer their insights into how interior designers can prepare for life after the pandemic and how the profession will change as a result.
- Describe the economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the design industry.
- Explain how buildings and interiors can help prevent the spread of infection.
- Apply best practices from lessons learned about how to design for human health and safety.
- Identify steps to prepare for business after the pandemic subsides.
WELL Building Institute (IWBI)
Rachel Gutter is President of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation with a mission to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. In 2016, as IWBI’s Chief Product Officer, Rachel expanded the WELL Building Standard to address all building types, as well as whole districts and communities. Becoming President in 2018, she led the effort to bring a new version of WELL to market, shaped IWBI’s research and education platforms to accelerate market transformation, and developed the WELL Portfolio program and IWBI Membership platform.
Rachel came to IWBI after nearly a decade at the U.S. Green Building Council, where she served as Senior Vice President of Knowledge and was Founding Director of the Center for Green Schools.
A widely sought after expert and inspiring speaker, Rachel’s game-changing contributions to sustainable building have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, FOX News, and CNN, as well as in leading industry publications including Fast Company, Metropolis, Grist and GreenBIZ.
Randy Fiser spreads the mission of “Design Impacts Life” through his work as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) chief executive officer. As ASID CEO, Fiser leads the Society’s 25,000+ members from commercial and residential sectors across North America to advance the profession and communicate the transformative power of design on people’s lives.
Since being named CEO in 2012, Fiser has inspired change, playing a key role in advancing the interior design profession and the organization. He has invested heavily in research, enhanced ASID’s reach through new partnerships with organizations like the Clinton Global Initiative, Delos, and the International WELL Building Institute, secured crucial practice rights victories in Massachusetts, and moved ASID headquarters into an award-winning “living laboratory” studying the impact of design in the workplace. His mission and message is evident in all that he does – to demonstrate that hiring an interior designer is not only a good return on investment but a decision that transforms lives.
Fiser’s career has been built on his passion for making the world a better place. From K-12 education reform to leading advancements in work life balance to working on rebuilding communities in need with design-forward thinking, Fiser’s past experiences leading him to ASID are proof of his power as a transformational leader with a continued drive for positive change.
Executive Vice President
An exceptional communicator, innovator, and visionary leader, Cheryl Durst has spurred progress, driven change, and encouraged the expansion of the Interior Design industry. As the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Cheryl is committed to achieving broad recognition for the value of design and its significant role in society through both functionality and engagement in every day work spaces and the built environment. Demonstrated by her active involvement in connecting industry professionals, including designers, manufacturers, clients, end users, and employers, she has worked to promote an understanding of how design impacts human behavior and affects all aspects of shared spaces.
In 1997, Cheryl joined IIDA as the Senior Director of Education and Professional Development. Promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer in 1998, she began the task of rebuilding and redefining the organization, which was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and closure due to organizational mismanagement. Despite this significant challenge, Cheryl implemented an aggressive fiscal redevelopment and turnaround strategy. Through her efforts, she revived the association and repositioned it as a profitable enterprise, integral to the interior design community and dedicated to furthering the profession of interior design.
Today, with 15,000 members across 58 countries, Cheryl oversees the strategic direction of IIDA, curates and publishes Perspective, the association’s thought-leadership journal, manages a team of 25 professional staff members, leads the 10-member International Board of Directors, and directs all outreach and programmatic efforts, including more than a dozen global design competitions, which recognize worldwide excellence in interior design.