Arc Interiors 2019

The Forum for America's leading Interior Architects

September 19-22, 2019

Florida, USA


Arc Interiors is an intensive one-to-one business meetings program designed for Heads of Interior Design from America’s top A&D firms. Now in its 13th year, it is an opportunity for Designers to stay ahead of the curve and the most direct route for suppliers to introduce their products to these interior design leaders.

I truly enjoyed seeing new innovative, ready to specify products as well as specialty companies that can truly execute those small creative, specialty projects. As a new project director, I was looking to develop networking skills and contacts with upper level Supplier personnel. Arc Interiors exceeded my expectations.

Roseann Pisklak


WHR Architects


We pre-qualify designers to meet the following criteria:

1. Principal, Director, Vice President

2. Significant portfolio of interior design projects in North America

3. Top architecture/design firm

Confirmed attendees from the Top 10 architecture firms in North America include:

Paula McEvoy

Associate Principal

Perkins and Will

Stephen Knowles

Design Principal


Matt Gammel

Practice Area Lead for Interiors


Todd Buchanan

Principal & Practice Leader


Patrick Chatfield

Design Director/Senior Project Manager

IA (Interior Architects)

Sandra Cortner

Principal & Partner


Jackie Hicks

Interiors Director


Julie Hutchinson

Vice President


The one-to-one meetings were the most valuable part of Arc Interiors; being able to know who wanted to meet with you was really key. These were much more valuable than office visits.

Mike Dardashti

Director of Business Development, North America

Snowsound USA


Seminar timings and/or content may be varied at our discretion.

Thursday, September 19

Delegate Arrivals

6:30 pm Glimmer 1 & 2

Seminar - Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Wellbeing

Esther Sternberg | Director, UA Institute on Place, Wellbeing & Performance

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Design and health pioneer, Dr. Esther Sternberg, will describe her research using state-of-the-art human health wearable and real-time environmental monitoring devices to measure the impact of office environments on health, wellbeing and performance. She will describe findings from her recently published work with the U.S. General Services Administration showing the health benefits of open office design. This research, informing data-driven office space design, is capturing world-wide industry and media attention and is providing the data to inform the “smart and connected” office of the future, in which human health, wellbeing and performance are optimized through design.


Internationally recognized design and health pioneer, Dr. Esther Sternberg is a dynamic speaker who engages professional and lay audiences alike, conveying complexities of design and health in an engaging and entertaining manner. A physician and medical researcher who applies her cutting-edge research to measuring the impact of the built environment on health, wellbeing and performance, Sternberg is Founding Director of University of Arizona’s Institute on Place, Wellbeing & Performance. She is founding member of the American Institute of Architects’ Design and Health Leadership Group and AIA Design and Health Research Consortium. She has advised the US Surgeon General, US General Services Administration, US Department of Defense, US Green Building Council, Australian Green Building Council, and the Vatican on the impact of the built environment on health. She began her current work with GSA, using state-of-the-art wearables to measure the impact of office environments on health, wellbeing and performance, while a Senior Scientist and Section Chief at the National Institutes of Health (1986-2012). In recognition of her many contributions, including her pioneering work in the science of the mind-body connection, she has received the U.S. Public Health Service Superior Service Award; an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine, Trinity College Dublin; and was named by the National Library of Medicine as one of 300 Women Who Changed the Face of Medicine. She has authored more than 225 scholarly articles and two popular books including best-selling Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Wellbeing (Harvard University Press), which helped launch the design and health movement.
7:30 pm La Côte Lawn

Welcome Drinks Reception

8:00 pm La Côte Lawn

Welcome Dinner

Friday, September 20

6:00 am StripSteak

Breakfast at your leisure

8:00 am Glimmer 1 & 2

Seminar - Understanding the WELL Building Certification and The WELL Building Standard

David Sheehan | Senior Project Design Lead, CBRE|HEERY

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More information will be available soon.


David has been answering the design needs of clients for more than 20 years. His focus is always to provide spaces specific to program while remaining unique to their environment. David has provided a variety of clients with unique living, learning and working environments that accommodate the needs of daily work as well as meeting, dining and lounge activities. With his experience, David is able to create spaces that can stand up to the rigors of daily use. Providing solutions that are sustainable, healthy and comfortable are at the core of David’s work. David really loves working with clients to help them realize the spaces that speak to who they are.
9:00 am Glimmer Foyer

Collect Final Meeting Schedule

9:15 am Glimmer 3-7

One to One Meetings

12:40 pm

Delegate Photograph

12:50 pm StripSteak


1:40 pm Glimmer 3-7

One to One Meetings

5:05 pm

Free Time

7:30 pm

Drinks Reception

8:00 pm


Saturday, September 21

6:00 am StripSteak

Breakfast at your leisure

8:00 am Glimmer 1 & 2

Seminar - The Economy in 2020: Slower but Hopefully Steady Growth

Elliot Eisenberg PhD | President & Chief Economist, GraphsandLaughs, LLC

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Learn from Dr. Eisenberg how US GDP will perform in 2020 by carefully examining recent trends in household consumption, corporate investment, government spending and net exports. Considerable time will be devoted to explaining why economic growth continues to slow and what the magnitude of the next recession will be and when it may well occur.

Eisenberg will then discuss the employment situation and wage growth, household formation, the aging of America, auto sales, consumer confidence, household balance sheets, inflation and the likely path of interest rates during 19Q4 and 2020 as these variables have outsized significance for architects and designers.

Elliot will spend the rest of his talk focusing on all types of relevant construction activity including residential, commercial, industrial and public by carefully reviewing several leading and coincident economic and construction indicators and discuss the likely path of construction activity. Eisenberg will also look at sale prices by regional and property type, capitalization rates, the construction labor shortage, the changing face of retail sales and more. He will close by looking at current and future economic conditions across all 50 states.


Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed economist and public speaker specializing in making economics fun, relevant and educational.  Dr. Eisenberg earned a B.A. in economics with first class honors from McGill University in Montreal, as well as a Master and Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University.  Eisenberg is the Chief Economist for GraphsandLaughs, LLC, a Miami-based economic consultancy that serves a variety of clients across the United States.  He writes a syndicated column and authors a daily 70-word commentary on the economy that is available at

Dr. Eisenberg has spoken to hundreds of business groups and associations, serving as keynote speaker on topics including economic forecasts, economic impact of industries such as homebuilding, consequences of government regulation, and other current economic issues.  Dr. Eisenberg has been invited to testify before lawmakers and is often asked to comment on proposed legislation.  His research and opinions have been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Bureau of National Affairs, Forbes, Fortune, and many other publications.  He is a regularly featured guest on talk, and public radio.

Dr. Eisenberg was formerly a Senior Economist with the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C.  He is the creator of the multifamily stock index (the first nationally recognized index to track the total return of public firms principally involved in the ownership and management of apartments), the author of more than 100 articles, serves on the Expert Advisory Board of Mortgage Market Guide and is a regular consultant to several large real estate professional associations, financial institutions and investment advisory groups.

Elliot’s interests include walking at least five miles a day and reading as many newspapers as he can get his hands on. He loves ice hockey and talking economics with crowds large and small!

9:05 am Glimmer 3-7

One to One Meetings

12:30 pm StripSteak


1:20 pm Glimmer 1 & 2

Seminar - Stop Them in Their Tracks: A Stair Designer’s Manifesto

Shawn Christman | President, SMA

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Staircases possess the power to lift our eyes and lift our spirits. Exceptional staircase design transforms a client’s ascent of a staircase into one of being effortlessly lifted to a higher level. The prescriptive building code possesses the power to reduce staircases to a frustrating mathematical exercise in code compliance. Using “Top Down Design” will completely change your perspective on the building code it can become your ally in delivering great user experiences, rather than your enemy. Be lifted from apprehension to ambition, from ambition to inspiration, and from inspiration to the admiration and thankfulness of your clients as Shawn maps out the path for elevating your designs into the realm of drama, sensuality, and visual impact.

With over three decades of successful practice in the challenging arena of grand staircase design and fabrication, Shawn brings insight and inspiration to this technical and challenging field. In a product category that can be full of landmines and unmet potential, his guidance is pragmatic, down to earth and actionable.


Shawn F. Christman founded a custom stair fabrication and design firm in Seattle in 1978. The firm went on to contract for projects from Japan to Disney World, including landmark stair designs for Hollywood celebrities as well as Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 CEO’s. Shawn has designed staircases of note for decades to the acclaim of architects, owners and contractors, routinely eliciting such praise as, “This handrail is better than sex… Almost!“ He is a recipient of six Best Staircase awards at the annual peer judged StairCraft awards at the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association, including Best Circular Stair, Best Straight Stair and the People’s Choice award. Shawn sold his company in 2013 and now maintains a private custom stair design consultancy for architects and interior designers. He was recently honored at the annual design awards gala of the Northwest Society of Interior Designers for the Most Innovative Design Component. He is the current President of the Stairbuilders and Manufacturers Association. The SMA assists the design community and vendors in code reform, stair code interpretation and application, as well as being something of a brotherhood for the advancement of exceptional staircase design throughout the country. Fluent in French and English, Shawn has hosted numerous master craftsmen from France, known as Compagnons, from 2002 to 2015. He was a guest speaker at the National Congress of Joiners for the Compagnons in France in 2013. Shawn holds a bachelors degree in French and Education from Seattle University. Shawn gains quick access to ongoing high end design projects throughout the country piloting his Piper Jetprop, in which he is a frequent visitor to architectural firms in Telluride, Sun Valley and Lake Tahoe.
2:25 pm Glimmer 3-7

One to One Meetings

5:25 pm

Free Time

7:30 pm Ocean Lawn

Farewell Drinks Reception

8:00 pm Ocean Lawn

Farewell Dinner

Sunday, September 22

6:00 am StripSteak

Breakfast at your leisure

Delegate Departures

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Situated on oceanfront Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire’s Row, Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels on Miami Beach.

4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33140, USA

+800 548 886

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