Arc Interiors 2022

The Forum for America's leading Interior Architects

September 22-25, 2022

Florida, USA

America’s Top Interior Architects and Design Firms, all with live Commercial Projects

Getting specified for high-end commercial projects is one of life’s little challenges and you definitely can’t get there alone. Vital connections need to be made along the way.

Arc Interiors brings America’s Top 100 Interior Design Firms together with suitably qualified vendors for 3 days and 3 nights. That’s America’s busiest, most senior and difficult-to-meet interior designers and specifiers in one place, relaxed and ready to talk. May we suggest that it’s got ‘vital connections’ written all over it…

To get a proper measure of this, you need to see who comes.

Scroll down the page for a snapshot of who was with us at the last Arc Interiors event. Better still, get the full confirmed attendee list so far for this year.

Around 65 of America’s top Interior Architects and Interior Designers will be with us in Florida this September and if they don’t have live, confirmed commercial interior projects, they don’t get invited.

Now consider the time, effort and expense it would take to even try to get in front of this number and calibre of decision maker and you’ll start to appreciate what’s on offer here.

These are the people who decide who gets specified for the largest commercial projects in America and beyond. If interior design projects are important to your business, these are the people you need in your life.


Brand new attendees include:

Caitlin Turner

Senior Principal | Director of Design


Jill Wheeler

Regional Director of Interior Design

Ewing Cole

Nelson Algaze

CEO & Principal

Shlemmer Algaze Associates

Emily Mottolese

Managing Principal | Interiors Practice Leader


Amy Shavelson

Associate Principal | Workplace Leader

Perkins Eastman

John Naranjo

Associate Principal and Design Director


How it Works

So, how does it work? Like all BOND events, this is about who comes and the quality of access you have to them.

The Arc Interiors experience centres around a series of private, one-to-one meetings between America’s top interior architects, interior designers and vendors that each have selected before the event. And this is just the start: you are all together for 3 days and 3 nights, away from the distractions of project and studio environments, in a uniquely relaxed set up where you can properly get to know each other. And this is where the interior project trail really lights up. Because this goes way beyond interior project leads – this is about relationships and connections and the very real collaborative possibilities that come from them.

America’s top A&D Firms have pretty hectic schedules so they come to Arc Interiors to get away from interior design project pressures to find inspiration and to connect with solutions providers who can help them deliver something outstanding for their clients. And if you want to get a true understanding of the needs and aspirations of America’s interior design project leaders and have some interesting solutions to discuss, you will not find a better platform.

Still a bit cynical? Some testimonials might help. Or a video? Better still, have a conversation with us because it’s hard to make this real for you simply through words on our website. It’s a good idea to talk to some people who have already attended a BOND event to get things from their side and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction.

For suppliers, Arc Interiors is the best way, bar none, to win hearts and minds at America’s leading A&D firms.

For Interior Architects and Interior Designers, the value lies in re-connecting with peers and discovering the best solutions to your design challenges from the experts who will be your lifeline.

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


*Please note seminar timings maybe altered at our discretion

Thursday, September 22

1:30 pm Naples Grande Resort Lobby

Pre-Event Tour to The Baker Museum (Pre-registration required)

4:00 pm Royal Palm Foyer

Delegate Registration

6:00 pm Orchid Ballroom

Seminar - WANTED: A New Work+Place Experience

Janet Pogue | Principal, Gensler

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The pandemic has given people a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reimagine their relationship with work. As we think about the future of work, we know we’re not going back to the old ways of doing things. We have an opportunity to reimagine the new work experience to explore new possibilities, bringing the best of how we worked during the pandemic to work better moving forward. Our research is revealing stark differences in how top-performing companies view the office as well as generational differences in where and how we each work best. Policies, technology, climate action, and social equity are adding new complexities. It has never been a more exciting time to design for the human experience – to make a difference in the built environments we create and impact the communities where people live, work and play. Janet Pogue McLaurin will share the emerging influences, highlights of Gensler’s latest research findings, and project stories of how some forward-thinking clients are embracing and experimenting with new work+place experiences.


Janet Pogue McLaurin is a leader in Gensler’s global work practice areas and research initiatives.  She is the Global Director Workplace Research leading one of the six centers within the Gensler Research Institute.  Janet has been instrumental in leading workplace research including the global Workplace Surveys and the WPIx client survey which measures space effectiveness and workplace experience on projects.  She is active in developing workplace strategy and designing innovative workplace environments for a wide variety of clients including General Motors, GSA, Capital One, Gallup and Vanguard.Janet, a Principal at Gensler, has spent almost four decades in both the Denver and Washington, DC offices.  She co-founded Gensler’s Shanghai and Beijing offices and was Managing Director of the Denver office for a decade. A registered Architect, she has served on the Gensler’s Board of Directors and currently serves on Gensler’s Practice Area Management Committee for the firm. 

7:00 pm Mangrove Pool

Welcome Drinks Reception

7:30 pm Mangrove Pool

Welcome Dinner

Friday, September 23

7:00 am Aura Restaurant


7:00 am

Final Meeting Schedule emailed to you

8:30 am Orchid Ballroom

Seminar - Talking Design in the C Suite

Evelyn Lee, FAIA | Head of Workplace Strategy & Innovation, Slack Technologies

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In the blink of an eye, companies have changed how they work. Now there’s no snapping back, and people’s expectations for how and where they work have changed. Amidst the Great Resignation and the Shesession, this session will look at Slack’s conversations with its clients and potential clients at the C Suite level as they envision their organizations’ future work environment. We’ll explore those leaders views on balancing how their workforce returns to the office, their expectations of their workforce, and what it means for the future of offices and corporate real estate holdings.From the beginning, Slack’s mission has been:Make work life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. So during the pandemic, it wasn’t a surprise when they launched their Future Forum, a research-backed consortium focused on helping companies to re-imagine work in a digital-first workplace. Building upon a culture of prototyping and iteration of alternatives, Slack has been using its workforce to design new ways of working based upon the Future Forum’s findings.  The results of those design explorations have quickly gained the attention of executives from Fortune 500 companies who are all struggling with their own return to the office.In this session, we’ll take a quick look at the Future Forum’s findings and the changes we are making within Slack to implement the Forum’s findings in its own workplaces. We’ll then focus on the conversations we have with C Suite executives to engage and influence their decisions as they look to adapt to a new way of working going forward.


Evelyn Lee, FAIA, is the first-ever Global Head of Workplace Strategy and Innovation at [Slack Technologies](, Founder of the Practice of Architecture, and Co-Host on the Podcast, Practice Disrupted. Lee seamlessly integrates her business and architecture background with a qualitative and quantitative focus to build a better experience for the organization's Employees, clients, and guests.

Evelyn received her Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors in 2002 from [Drury University](, where she minored in Global Studies while playing on the Women’s Soccer Team. In 2003 she received her Masters of Architecture degree from the [Southern California Institute of Architecture]( (SCI-Arc). Most recently, in 2012, Evelyn finished a dual MPA (Masters Public Administration)/MBA (Masters Business Administration) in Sustainable Management from the [Presidio Graduate School](

She is widely published, wrote a monthly column for [Contract]( magazine for over 3 years, and now is a frequent contributor to [Architect Magazine]( Evelyn has received numerous industry awards, including 2016 40 Under 40 award for [Building Design + Construction]( and the 2014 AIA National Young Architects Award. She recently served as the first-ever female Treasurer to the AIA National Board in 2020-2021.

Evelyn has been a featured Keynote Speaker, Invited Guest, Panelist, and Moderator at national design and architecture conferences, including AIA National Convention, Dwell on Design, and Women in Green. Her topics focus on developing knowledge leadership, organizational change management, capacity building, stakeholder engagement, and strategic approaches to implement design thinking.

Evelyn has over 15 years of working with individuals, organizations, and companies interested in applying design thinking to their decision-making process.

9:40 am Royal Palm Ballroom

One to One Meetings

12:35 pm

Delegate Photograph

12:45 pm Sunset Veranda


1:50 pm Royal Palm Ballroom

One to One Meetings

5:40 pm

Free Time

6:45 pm Lobby

Meet in Lobby for Transport to Dinner

7:00 pm T-Michaels

Drinks Reception and Dinner

Saturday, September 24

7:00 am Aura Restaurant


8:00 am Orchid Ballroom

Seminar - How I got Kidnapped in Petra and What I Learned

Lisa Haisha | Author, Speaker, Life Coach/SoulBlazer, 1001 Nights Ent

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I moved to Los Angeles to be an actress and wanted to quit two years later. Before I abandoned my dream, I needed a Plan B. While binge-watching the news about the Gulf War gearing up, I was impressed with a war reporter named Christiane Amanpour. In that moment, I decided I wanted to be an international journalist and work in war zones but how do you get that job? As I kept watching the news, a report on terrorists taking hostages on the bus from Jordan to Iraq was a new thing, which sparked a plan. Get kidnapped and write a book about it. My dad was born in Baghdad so at the end of the day, I would be safe, right?

Despite my provocations, the Iraqis were unfailingly kind. Humbled, after a month exploring Iraq, I wanted to relax before heading back to LA. I hitched a ride with humanitarian workers to Jordan. The next morning, I was at the gate of Petra, when a Bedouin offered to show me the “real Petra”. I accepted. He drove me to a mountainous cave, and wouldn’t let me leave. Kidnapped, I spent 3 nights there and returned a changed woman, with life lessons to share.


Lisa is a mother, life coach, author, transformational speaker, TV host and avid traveler, with an MA in Spiritual Psychology. Her fascination with people has taken her to over 60 countries, where she has worked in everything from boardrooms to yurts helping people Make Shift Happen in their lives. Much of this humanitarian work can be found on her website She is also the Chair(wo)man of Silicon Valley’s Pitch Global L.A. chapter and frequently works with entrepreneurs helping them manifest change.


In addition to private coaching and retreats, she's interviewed and filmed dozens of movers-and-shakers and out-of-the-box thinkers to explore what makes them tick. The Legacy series led to the Amazon Originals SoulBlazing with Lisa Haisha and the latest two seasons: Conversations with Master Teachers and Encounters with Metaphysical Healers. 

Lisa just released her latest book: SoulBlazing: Transform Your Imposters into Superpowers and Live a More Purposeful, Authentic Life.

9:05 am Royal Palm Ballroom

One to One Meetings

12:35 pm Sunset Veranda


1:40 pm Orchid Ballroom

Seminar - Emotional Intelligence – It Matters More Today Than Ever

James Walbridge | Principal, HDR

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Emotional Intelligence has been a major topic and essential leadership requirement for almost thirty years. This session will review current EQ focus points in today’s business landscape, and engage the audience in street-theatre skits, radical candor, and lively discourse.


James is an architect, builder-general contractor, and craftsman with 35+ years in the architecture / engineering / construction industry. His career spans creative + design leadership, business development, operations, management, logistics, collaboration building and community outreach. His architectural project experience consists of corporate, civic, hospitality, housing, education and performing arts with roles varying from designer, project manager or principal-in-charge. His leadership skills within the profession, at local, state, and national levels in the American Institute of Architects over the past 26-years, were recognized with being elevated to the College of Fellows in the AIA. James is a nationally recognized speaker, coach, and a premier voice in the profession providing industry-leading leadership, business development, communication, and practice establishment training.

2:45 pm Royal Palm Ballroom

One to One Meetings

6:00 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm Mangrove Pool

Farewell Drinks Reception

7:30 pm Mangrove Pool

Farewell Dinner

Sunday, September 25

7:00 am Aura Restaurant


8:30 am

Delegate departures

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

The Naples Grande Beach Resort

475 Seagate Dr
Naples, Florida 34103, USA

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