ICFF Talks

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ICFF Miami Talks 2016

ICFF sets the stage for a remarkable education component with its series of ICFF Talks. 

Talks Schedule: Wednesday, October 5

Design Leadership; vision, communication and strategy for women leaders

Speakers: Kim Kuhteubl, producer, author and founder of Me by Design, and Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA


When Elsie de Wolfe created the profession of interior design in 1905, it was in part because she wanted women to have personal economy. Interestingly, over 100 years later, 69-percent of interior designers are women. Although a generation of women worked to take gender out of the conversation, especially in architecture, a traditionally male-dominant field of design, studies are proving that women apply a different psychological framework to decision-making in establishing a design approach and that they do lead differently. In fact, more women in C-suite positions has been shown to result in higher profits. In this candid conversation, Kim Kuhteubl and Lauren Rottet discuss vision, communication and strategy for women leaders.

Manufacturing Design: architects turned makers

Speaker: Arthur Lasky, R.A., MCARB; principal at Silberstang Lasky Architects, P.C. and Co-founder and president of HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces


Practicing architect and maker of HearthCabinet Ventless Fireplaces, Arthur Lasky, will outline how to take a product design idea and turn it into a business by leveraging the skills that architects already possess.  Lasky will discuss how creative collaboration with a great team helped him to reach his vision of designing a high-end quality product for residential and commercial properties. He’ll discuss how to select a manufacturing facility, hire craftsman, determine costs and turnaround time for a product, and the process of commercial and residential installations.


Leading Miami Voices in Commercial Design

Speakers: John Czarnecki, editor-in-chief of Contract Magazine

Elina Cardet, Assoc. AIA, design director of interiors and associate principal at Perkins+Will

Marlene Liriano, IIDA, managing director of the Miami office of IA Interior Architects, 2016-2017, international president of IIDA

Anabella Smith, partner and director of interior architecture at Zyscovich Architects


Three leading Miami-based designers of interiors for workplace, education, retail, civic, and healthcare will discuss the current outlook in commercial design. All three designers are engaged in workplace interiors, and each are in leadership positions directing interior design and strategy for major Miami firms. The designers will discuss process, from collaborating with clients to executing beautiful, innovative, and healthy interiors. How is hospitality influencing the design of other commercial interiors? How do designers meet client expectations in an increasingly competitive environment? How is excellence in design achieved without compromising the creative process with the pressures of time and budget? What are the forces shaping the Miami commercial design market as it extends to the Caribbean and South America? The discussion will be led by John Czarnecki of Contract Magazine.

Shifting Spaces; space planning through multi-tasking amenity spaces

Speaker: Susan LaFleur, director of hospitality, Stantec


As a designer of public spaces, it’s important to not only design an aesthetically pleasing and functional space, but to also remember that space is expensive. We need to be thoughtful about how it is used. Multi-functional spaces can help shrink your client’s footprint, saving money. However, knowing where to draw the line for multi-purpose spaces and understanding how to integrate them fluidly as you move through a space is critical.  In this Talk, Susan LeFleur of Stantec will share her latest concepts for making it all work while still delivering that ‘wow factor.’

Talks Schedule: Thursday, October 6

Designing for Two: It’s Never About Compromise; Always Negotiation

Speaker: Christopher Grubb, IIDA, NKBA, president/