NeoCon East will feature exciting, world-class keynote speakers, as well as cutting-edge CEU accredited seminars for an anticipated 7,500 industry professionals.

NeoCon East’s impressive educational offerings include more than 35 CEU-accredited seminars, featuring over 65 speakers and focusing on a range of important topics, organized into 12 educational tracks:  Office Design,  Facilities Management, Facilities Construction/Renovation, Green Design, General Services Administration (GSA), Healthcare & Senior Housing,  Health, Safety & Welfare, Hospitality, Institutional, Lighting, Professional Development and Residential.  

With more than 35 CEU seminars organized into 12 specialty tracks, NeoCon East programming meets the educational needs of both private and public sector interior designers, architects and engineers with high-quality, professionally-certified seminars.

NeoCon East is the most cost effective event for attendees to enhance their expertise or earn required continuing educational credits. During the show, all 60 minute seminars are free to government employees with an employee ID and all seminars sponsored and hosted by GSA are free to all attendees. Visit for a complete listing of special exhibits and awards, association forums and special events. Following is a summary of NeoCon East seminars:

Seminar highlights include:


Wednesday, October 17 • 8:00 – 9:00 AM [W01]

Hear how an office-intensive, closed work environment can enhance communication.  Explore a solution-based approach counterintuitive to the paradigm that open office provides the only means for collaboration.  Challenge current workplace trends and a one-size-fits-all design approach.  Learn the importance of listening to clients and approaching their culture with no preconceptions. [Intermediate]

Sean Wayne, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP is the principal and director of interior design for Hickok Cole

Architects in Washington, D.C.


Wednesday, October 17 • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM [W05]

Take a look at today’s worldly social and economic shifts, creating color and design trends for 2012 and beyond. This unique session shows six personas, each conflicted with contradictory qualities, creating a new world of possibilities. Innovation and process are discovered at the mid-point of the tug-of-war. Increase your understanding of the social, political and environmental factors driving color. Discover the color trends that may be incorporated into commercial interiors. And leave with new inspiration for using color in your own design projects. Attendees will benefit from a video presentation and discussion during this seminar. [Basic]

Reesie Duncan is the creative director of Shaw Contract Group in Cartersville, Georgia. • Carrie Edwards is the director of workplace marketing for the Shaw Contract Group in Cartersville, Georgia.


Wednesday, October 17 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM [W08]

Discover the importance of measuring and optimizing real estate in order to create an efficient and effective work environment for employees. Using GSA as a case study, gain the benefit of the lessons learned and best practices used during the transition to a mobile work environment. Leave with a checklist that will help you ensure both the success of the physical environment and the best employee experience. Build your skillset now so you’re ready for the next mobile office project. [Basic] [OF] [HSW]

Tracy McMichael is senior manager of performance environments at Herman Miller in Zeeland, Michigan. • Gavin Bloch is chief asset officer of the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C.


Wednesday, October 17 • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM [W12]

We all know design is the fun part. And bringing design from concept into reality is the hard part. Learn how smart managers, owners, and executives ensure they get what they want, what they ask their design professionals to provide, their contractors to build, and their clients to embrace. Focus on the early critical factors that make or break the ability to meet project goals. Learn to identify and put into place the optimum project team. And finally, identify the biggest obstacles project managers must negotiate to complete projects on time, on budget, and on the mark!  [Advanced]

Elise Friedman Shapiro, IIDA, is a project manager at Kramer Consulting in Washington, D.C. • Jeffrey Kramer, AIA, is president of Kramer Consulting in Washington, D.C. • Timothy Jaroch is the managing general partner for David Nassif Associates in Wellesley, Massachusetts.


Wednesday, October 17   1:00 PM – 2:00 PM [W16]

New energy codes have changed the way we design lighting. Learn how to develop concepts

supporting sustainable design practices using new energy efficient light sources. Discover how to

creatively integrate lighting to make an impact on a space using LED in coves, back lit

elements. Understand how vertical illuminance differs from horizontal illuminance. Compare

LED to traditional sources with their characteristics, efficiency, challenges and surprises.

Basic terminology, practical advice and examples of lighting applications will be explained. [Intermediate]

Maureen Moran, IALD, IESNA, LC is principal and owner of MCLA Architectural Lighting Design, a 100% women-owned firm in Baltimore, Maryland.  MCLA has been certified as a DSLBD in DC, MBE by Maryland Department of Transportation and Nationally by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.