The Forum for America's leading Interior Architects
April 29-May 2, 2021
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.
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.
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 2019 attendees from the Top 10 architecture firms in North America include:
Co-Director of Sustainable Design
Principal & Director of Interiors
Practice Area Lead for Interiors
Principal & Practice Leader
Design Director/Senior Project Manager
IA (Interior Architects)
Principal & Partner
An event worth attending, where my time was well spent networking, learning, and socializing with inspiring quality professionals in my industry.
Julia Ventura Crawford
Thursday, September 17
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.
BiographyIan 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.
Friday, September 18
BiographyBarbara Harwell is the President and founder of Barbara Harwell International Consultancy, a global firm that specializes in fully integrated energy and neuroscientific solutions for residential and commercial projects of all types and sizes. She is a Feng Shui Master, Licensed REALTOR®, Emotion Code Practitioner, Law of Attraction Mentor, Consultant, Teacher, Metaphysician, Speaker and Author. Known as the Real Estate Feng Shui Master, she studied with world-renown Grandmaster Lillian Too, the most prolific Feng Shui author (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). She is part of the 400-year Wu Chang Pai lineage of Grandmaster Yap Cheng Hai through her teacher Master Denise Liotta Dennis. Barbara is also a Red Ribbon Professional with the International Feng Shui Guild (IFSG) and past IFSG President of the Phoenix Chapter. She is a Master Instructor for the American College of Classical Feng Shui (ACCFS). Barbara uses all her life wisdom and knowledge to bring comprehensive experience to her clients. They often say they can feel the ‘magic’ as soon as she steps through the door. Her lifetime experiences and education make her a living treasure and gifted healer.
Saturday, September 19
This session will develop and understanding of the internal discussions regarding the design of your corporate clients.
BiographyMore information will be announced soon.
How do we stay on pace with the speed of change? Can we actually get out in front of our guests changing desires? How can design serve as a long-range strategy for growth? And, what might be the best balance of being mindful and present while vision casting the future of brand experience design business?
This session will look at the ‘power of design’ and the evolving role of the designer in the making of relevant experiences in a digitally enabled marketplace. It will ask attendees to consider their own level of adaptability in the context of a dynamic design culture where adoption of a ‘growth vs. fixed mindset’ will determine success. Our adaptability may be our saving grace as we try to remain sure footed in shifting sands.
There has been a long-held assumption that the digital world would result in stores closing as customers’ preferences shift to on-line purchases. Some have suggested that ‘virtual travel’ may become more compelling than the hassle of getting to one’s favorite vacation destination. Though the .com world has put pressure on traditional retailers to align with new shopping paradigms, and hoteliers to ‘up their game’ the end of stores has not actually come to pass and people still go away on vacation.
Equally, there is an often-cited critique of digital experiences as diminishing deep connections to other people and disconnecting us from true embodied interactions with brands in relevant places made for engagement. This too is being challenged by a wave of immersive digitally enabled experiences that are transforming data into transformative physical places that are able, despite being digitally created, to connect on a profoundly physical level with captivating sensory experiences. This session will also look at how ‘digitecture’ and other digitally immersive experiences can connect at a deeply sensory level and promote brand adoption.
The true test will not be in how we muddle through the mundane, but in how we navigate the unknown of the in-between, the uncharted and mysterious, where wonder replaces fear and a passion for discovery propels us forward without the certainty of knowing the destination.
Change is not for the faint of heart. It asks of us to ‘Be Creative. Be Brave.’
BiographyDavid Kepron is a Vice President of Design within the Global Design Strategies department at Marriott International. His focus is on the creation of compelling customer experiences within Marriott’s “Premium Distinctive” segment which includes: Westin, Renaissance, Le Meridien, Autograph Collection, Tribute Portfolio, Design Hotels and Gaylord hotels. Kepron brings 20 years of retail design expertise to the making of meaningful customer connections at hotel properties around the globe. His multidisciplinary approach to design focuses on understanding consumer behavior and the creation of relevant brand experiences at the intersection of architecture, sociology, neuroscience and emerging digital technologies. As a frequently requested speaker, David shares his expertise on subjects ranging from consumer behaviors and trends, brain science and buying behavior, store design and visual merchandising as well as creativity and innovation. 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.” David Also writes a popular blog called “Brain Food” which is published monthly on vmsd.com.
Sunday, September 20
Hilton El Conquistador
Imagine a Southwest hideaway where desert beauty embraces you, locally inspired cuisine tantalizes you, and recently remodeled guest rooms wrap you in luxury and comfort. Whether you’re in Tucson, Arizona, for business or pleasure, El Conquistador Tucson is your ultimate destination to experience the best of the Southwest. The instant you arrive, you’ll know this is a place infused with indigenous culture and connected with the surrounding natural beauty. Spanning 80 acres, our world-class resort boasts amenities you won’t find anywhere else, including our own horse stables, a mini Western village that’s perfect for private events, acclaimed Southwestern cuisine, and sparkling swimming pools.
10000 N Oracle Road
Tucson, Arizona 85704, USA
+1 520 544 5000