Organizers of NeoCon World’s Trade Fair, set for June 14-16 in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, have announced the roster of keynote speakers. It includes Majora Carter, former executive director and founder of the non-profit Sustainable South Bronx; Michael Graves, architect and founder of Michael Graves & Associates and Michael Graves design group; Margaret McCurry, one ofArchitectural Digest’s AD 100 Top Designers for 2010; and Yves Behar, industrial designer and founder of fuseproject.
Majora Carter,sponsored by Allsteel, presented by IIDA
8 a.m., Monday, June 14
Majora Carter was the executive director and founder of Sustainable South Bronx, a non-profit which was one of the nation's first green-collar job training and placement systems housed in one of the most environmentally and economically challenged parts of the country. Hear this pioneer’s new way of thinking green with her keynote address “Green the Ghetto and How Much it Won’t Cost Us.”
Michael Graves,sponsored by Paoli, presented by ASID
8 a.m., Tuesday, June 15
With his keynote address “A Grand Tour,” Michael Graves will give a short biographical history, which will center on key influences in his career. He will also touch on his life as a “figurative” architect and what that means to his buildings and his art.
Margaret McCurry,presented by Fine Design
1 p.m., Tuesday, June 15
Margaret McCurry believes that when it comes to designing homes, big isn’t necessarily better. During her keynote presentation “Inside Out,” McCurry will discusses her various award winning residential design projects from coast to coast and around the inland sea.
Yves Behar,sponsored by Herman Miller
Noon, Wednesday, June 16
Many consumers want products to be about personal expression and the leading edge of innovation while reflecting our 21st century values. Yves Behar’s keynote address “Design in the Age of 360°” explores how the new role of a designer is to create, and sometimes arbitrate, between the elements of contemporary culture.
In addition to the daily, top-name keynote address, this year’s NeoCon will offer more than 150 CEU-accredited seminars, industry association forums and featured programs. A Career Development Educational Track has been added to the NeoCon schedule to assist industry professionals who are looking for a job or trying to secure their current position. Attendees may view the entire listing of seminars by going towww.neocon.comand clicking on “Education.”