Arc Interiors 2021

The Forum for America's leading Interior Architects

November 18-21, 2021

Arizona, 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 14th year, it is an opportunity for Designers to stay ahead of the curve and the most direct route for suppliers to introduce their solutions to these interior design leaders.

Great meetings but, most importantly, great vibes and connections. Arc Interiors is the perfect occasion to lay the foundations for long-lasting relationships, that would be profitable for mutual business.

Alessandro Lanè

Architectural Consultant

Panariagroup Industrie Ceramiche


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 for 2021 include:

Sean Kim

VP, Interior Design Studio Leader


Julie Hutchinson

Vice President


Marc Cerone

Design Director

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

Stephen Knowles

Design Principal


Paula McEvoy

Associate Principal

Perkins and Will

Scott Catallo



An event worth attending, where my time was well spent networking, learning, and socializing with inspiring quality professionals in my industry.

Julia Ventura Crawford

Vice President, Interior Designer

Grimm + Parker Architects


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

4:00 pm Satellite Desk

Delegate Registration

6:00 pm Turquoise 1

Seminar - Lead as a Creative - Manage as a CEO

Ian Jarvis

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The architecture / interior design industry is a web of small businesses run by extremely creative people many of whom never planned to lead a staff of 10- 50 or more. There is often a reluctance to risk the creative signature on the alter of a more powerful managing structure. In that vacuum however, viscosity and crisis can become the new normal, actually reducing creativity and creating a significant drag on margin and market penetration too. The problem is made more complex because generally, your clients have little experience and unrealistic expectations. Additionally the supplier base too, is largely run by people who got there via the excellence of their craft rather than business acumen. Ian Jarvis, a globally trained consultant, wants to illuminate the solutions that can both nourish creativity while instilling success, efficiency and high focus for you as well as for your team of intense and ambitious folks The takeaway will be, Management’s Ten Commandments; The Starting Point For Change.


Ian Jarvis is a proven executive; a results-oriented leader who sets goals, creates focus and drives performance. Bi-lingual and with an extensive track record throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia, Ian has a unique ability to solve problems at hi-speed and manage complex relationships near or far. Ian began his career in Paris, then moved to NYC to launch a French firm, Saint Gobain, in the highly competitive, US fragrance market. His success in New York, led to multiple offers and he ultimately transitioned to an entrepreneurial partnership in Los Angeles with heavy manufacturing responsibilities in the Pac Rim.  After selling his last firm to French multinational Pechiney, Ian turned down offers to helm several companies, electing instead to create a consulting career. Ian works with executives in industries as varied as media, law, design, automotive and mobile. Ian’s experience, from start up to global, gives him a profound perspective on the real issues we all face in driving success and satisfaction in our work and those who work for us. His focus is in depth understanding of real time company dynamics, lifting the scrim on theory, reality and old habits and bringing his clients career changing insight in their workplace and themselves. 
7:00 pm Poolside Courtyard

Welcome Drinks Reception

7:30 pm Poolside Courtyard

Welcome Dinner

6:30 am Sundance

Breakfast at your leisure

7:00 am Email from Russell Ford

Final Meeting Schedule emailed to you

8:30 am Turquoise 1

Seminar - Jack Be Nimble

David Kepron | Founder – Owner, NXTLVL Experience Design

David Kepron
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The nursery rhyme “Jack be nimble. Jack be quick. Jack jump over the candle stick” was first recorded in a manuscript around 1815. Jumping candlesticks was a form of fortune telling and a sport. If you cleared a candle without extinguishing the flame, it was said to be a sign of good luck. Today, a flame that has been flickering has been invigorated in the wake of the global pandemic. Being nimble, quick and proactive in vision-casting future need states of guests will determine a brand’s relevancy.

Cultural mindsets have been shifting over the past few years and these have been hastened in the context of the global pandemic. When brands, their goods, services and experiences, are at odds with evolving culture, they can lose their value even if their legacy stays strong. The concepts of ‘premium’ and ‘luxury’ have historically been based on the inflation of symbolic value over the functional/utility value of a brand’s goods and services. As cultural transformation happens, brands need to learn how to navigate cultural complexity and create a different future that is aligned with the pace of change. In a post-pandemic travel economy, health, safety and welfare are a baseline in the guest expectation set.

How do we keep up with the pace of change? As the pace of change speeds along how can we finding meaning in the in-between of the last and the next big thing? How can changing your mindset about change allow us to see the ‘now’ and an emergent space of creative possibility?

Big leaps over the flames of today’s candlesticks may imply ‘good luck’ but more than luck is needed.

This session will look at the power of changing your mindset and how it influences purpose and meaning of brand experience places and the use if immersive digital experiences in the making of relevant experiences in a quickly changing marketplace.


David Kepron is a multifaceted creative professional with a compulsive curiosity to understand ‘why’, ‘what’s now’ and ‘what’s next’. He brings together his background as an architect, artist, educator, author, podcast host and builder to the making of meaningful and empathically focused customer connections at brand experience places around the globe.

David is a former VP - Global Design Strategies at Marriott International. While at Marriott, his focus was on the creation of compelling customer experiences within Marriott’s “Premium Distinctive” segment which included: Westin, Renaissance, Le Meridien, Autograph Collection, Tribute Portfolio, Design Hotels and Gaylord hotels.

In 2020 Kepron founded NXTLVL Experience Design, a strategy and design consultancy, where he combines his multidisciplinary approach to the creation of relevant brand engagements with his passion for social and cultural anthropology, neuroscience and emerging digital technologies.

As a frequently requested international speaker at corporate events and international conferences focusing on CX, digital transformation, retail, hospitality, emerging technology, David shares his expertise on subjects ranging from consumer behaviors and trends, brain science and buying behavior, store design and visual merchandising, hotel design and strategy as well as creativity and innovation. In his talks, David shares visionary ideas on how brand strategy, brain science and emerging technologies are changing guest expectations about relationships they want to have with brands and how companies can remain relevant in a digitally enabled marketplace.

David currently brings his creativity and insight on brand experiences to an international audience as a member of VMSD magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board, as a Board Member of the Interactive Customer Experience Association (ICXA) and Sign Research Foundation’s (SRF) Program Committee.

In 2014 Kepron published his first book titled: “Retail (r)Evolution: Why Creating Right-Brain Stores Will Shape the Future of Shopping in a Digitally Driven World” and he is currently working on his second book to be published soon. David also writes a popular blog called “Brain Food” which is published monthly on

In September of 2020, he launched a new podcast called “NXTLVL Experience Design” which brings listeners daring and different dialogues about “DATA: Design, Architecture, Technology and the Arts.” His guests include thought leaders who are driven by a passion to create the ‘New Possible’ and promote new paradigms of experiences into the mainstream.

9:40 am Turquoise II & III

One to One Meetings

12:35 pm

Delegate Photograph

12:45 pm Epazote


1:50 pm Turquoise II & III

One to One Meetings

5:05 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm Sunset Point

Drinks Reception

7:30 pm Sunset Point


6:30 am Sundance

Breakfast at your leisure

8:15 am Turquoise I

Seminar - Aesthetic, Meaning & Vision

Robert Condia, FAIA | Professor of Architecture, Kansas State

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How do we really experience space?”  I recommend contemporary models of perception and methods of philosophy which open an acute dimension of interior design and urban strategy. In simplest terms constructed environments are an active engagement of the whole body.  The mind understands the world as opportunities for action.  As interior space presents itself as potentials for actions through its furnishing, surfaces, atmospheres read through individual experience and cultural norms. Today is about seeing our engagement with the world as a verb instead of a noun. Indeed, contemporary science argues for human awareness as a kinesthetic meeting between body and situations.  For instance, we observe differently between central vision and peripheral vision. This biology of the eye teaches we should practice a duality of vision. Design, as auditioning with one’s own body, is the best strategy to return space to its biological basis. Such a methodology is expressed through the play that vision, mood, and simulated behaviors, revealed as a multi-sensorial, re-creation of spaces. Summarily the applied nature that the duality of vision, the biology of empathy, and theory of embodied stimulation all inform an astute designer’s technique. Buildings are a full body contact sport.  


Bob Condia, FAIA, a partner with award winning Condia+Ornelas Architects and a Professor of Architecture and at Kansas State.  He teaches design as art within the biology of perception and the sensible poetics of an architectural experience. A studio critic for 33 years he was the 2017-20 Regnier Chair, a 2017 DesignIntelligence Most Admired Educator, and won the Wayne McElwee Teaching Award, 2017. Prof. Condia’s place in the neuroscience for architecture debate seeks the consequences of the applied science for architects and designers. (M.S Columbia, 1983;  BArch Cal Poly, 1980).
9:20 am Turquoise II & III

One to One Meetings

12:50 pm Epazote


1:55 pm Turquoise I

Seminar - From Lean Principles to Action

Sue Klawans | Owner, SK Lean

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Lean means many things to many people.  In this session, you will learn what Lean means in the world of planning, design and construction, and how you can put principles into action to influence any part of the system.   We’ll discuss how to apply Lean internally, to build your high performance organization.  And we’ll consider how to identify project-specific priorities for the application of Lean systems, processes and information flow.  You’ll also learn how to assess the capabilities of project partners, including owners, contractors and consultants, to embrace Lean in practical ways that will make your project – and your organization – more successful.


With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, Sue Klawans is a recognized leader, sought after to speak on high-performance teams and collaboration, Lean, technology and process innovation, productivity and prefabrication, quality, design phase, metrics and key performance indicators.  She has a background in planning, design and construction (as a general contractor, construction manager at risk, and owner’s program manager), along with proven experience and business results as a senior executive and Lean strategist.   Sue has managed and facilitated both long-term and annual strategic planning, resulting in advancements in employee development, profitability and risk management.  She created and implemented a unique, multi-dimensional Lean training and development program focused on elevating people and teams to achieve breakthroughs and reach new levels of integration and capability.  As a senior operational excellence executive, Sue provided strategic vision and leadership for programs in operational excellence, quality, knowledge sharing, innovation-into-practice, improving profitability, client feedback, process improvement, business consulting, business intelligence, playbook development and more.  Sue has held national leadership positions in organizations, including Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and its Public/Private Industry Advisory Council, a group comprised of representatives from major U.S. commercial and manufacturing firms, public owners, contractors, and designers.   She is a member of the Construction Owners’ Association of America Industry Relations Council.  Sue was a founding member of the Construction Quality Executives Council and served two terms on the National Institute of Building Sciences' Board of Directors.  She served on the core leadership group for “Integrated Project Delivery:  An Action Guide for Leaders,” a project of the Charles Pankow Foundation, IPDA and CIDCI. 
3:00 pm Turquoise II & III

One to One Meetings

5:40 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm The Last Territory

Farewell Drinks Reception

7:30 pm The Last Territory

Farewell Dinner

6:30 am

Breakfast at your leisure

Delegate departures

Hilton El Conquistador

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10000 N Oracle Road
Tucson, Arizona 85704, USA

+1 520 544 5000

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