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2019 Student Programs

The student programs at NeoCon are designed exclusively for interior design and architecture students. Gain real-world exposure to the professional business of design through activities that bring you up close and personal with the industry’s top manufacturers and designers. 

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Student Programs

Seminar Discounts for Students!

Take advantage of the opportunity to sit in on a selection of NeoCon's continuing education seminars offered to industry professionals on Tuesday and Wednesday of the show. As a student, attend any one-hour CEU from top experts in the industry, offered at a discounted rate of $25 each.

Here’s how:

  • Visit Seminar Registration on the first floor of the Mart on the day in which the seminar you would like to attend takes place (Tuesday or Wednesday).
  • Check availability for each seminar and register on-site.
  • Seating is limited, arrive early!

IIDA Student Design Charette

  • Date Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Time 9 AM - 3 PM (Judging 3 PM - 5 PM)
  • Location Floor 6, Suite 613

School-nominated IIDA Student members from around the country will compete in this live, onsite annual design competition during NeoCon. Students have less than six hours to determine a design solution, develop a presentation, and pitch their concept to a panel of esteemed judges. NeoCon attendees are encouraged to observe the students during the creative and presentation process. Final presentations will take place on Tuesday, June 11 at 3:00 p.m., with winners announced at the Winners Reception on Wednesday, June 12. Sponsored by Herman Miller. Additional sponsors include Breakfast Host Sponsor Benjamin Moore and Supporter Sponsor Wallcoverings Association.

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ASID Design Pathways [SP1]

  • Date Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Time 9:30 - 10:20 AM (Tour 10:20 - Noon)
  • Location Floor 19, NeoCon Theater

Why are trade shows important to the life of an interior designer? A panel of experienced design professionals will explain why trade shows are essential to your career and why it’s imperative to attend them. Our experts will give you insight on what questions to ask, how to evaluate products, and why it is so critical to your success to make connections and establish strong vendor relationships throughout your career.

After the panel discussion, you will break into small groups and tour the show floors with one of our panelists to receive guidance on how to make the most of your time at these important professional events.

Registration is required. Register here.

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IIDA McDonald’s Headquarters Student Tour [SP2]

  • Date Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Time 12:30 - 1:45 PM
  • Location McDonald’s Global Headquarters, 110 N. Carpenter St., Chicago

Join the McDonald’s Global Design group, responsible for creating new restaurant experiences around the world, for a tour of the McDonald’s Global Headquarters. In 2018, McDonald’s opened its centralized, global headquarters in the emergent Fulton Market district. The new headquarters is reflective of McDonald’s innovative culture and brings together all employees, from the president to Hamburger University trainees, under one roof. The building was developed by Sterling Bay and designed by Gensler, with IA Interior Architects and Studio O+A leading the interior design and buildout.

Shuttle service to tour is provided. Registration is required. SOLD OUT

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Powered By Design: A Student Focused Panel [SP3][SE3]

  • Date Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Time 2 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Location McDonald’s Global Headquarters, 110 N. Carpenter St., Chicago

Join IIDA and veteran designers for an energized and engaging design seminar. Each speaker will have ten minutes to share with attendees a robust, fast-paced tour of their design topic.

Speakers include Verda Alexander, IIDA, founder of Studio O+A, Tamie Glass, IIDA, Associate Professor at The University of Texas, Austin and Author of Prompt: Socially Engaging Objects and Environments, Carl Gustav Magnusson, Founder of Carl Gustav Magnusson Design LLC and Primo Orpilla, FIIDA, Principal and CoFounder of Studio O+A.

Registration is required. Register here.

Emerging Professionals spots are SOLD OUT.

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IIDA Reception

  • Date Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Time 3:30 PM- 5:00 PM
  • Location McDonald’s Global Headquarters, 110 N. Carpenter St., Chicago

Join IIDA to celebrate Design Charette winners and interior designers at the McDonald’s Headquarters.

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