Designers - Interested in Attending  Design Connections?

This is a fully hosted event for you! All your costs will be covered by i+s and our generous sponsors. This includes coach airfare up to $500, transfer to/from the O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to the host hotel, The Pendry, and meals over the course of the event.  

On the content side, you will earn a continuing education unit for participation in all the general sessions. In addition to the valuable CEUs, you will also have 1-on-1 meetings with product suppliers to help you source products for your upcoming projects. And, of course, you'll enjoy all the networking, cocktail parties, and a Night of Giving.

Interested in applying?  Click the Apply to Attend button below and submit your professional information including current pipeline of projects.  Once accepted, we will send you a confirmation email and the instructions on how to register!

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Fieldman at (617) 455-8406 or

Networking & Education Opportunities

Small Focus Groups

One on One Meetings

Networking Receptions

Educational CEU Sessions

Preliminary Agenda

Monday, September 19, 2022
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

One in 7 people worldwide are estimated to have a neurodiverse condition such as ADHD, autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia and Tourette’s syndrome. In her keynote presentation, Sargent will share insights gleaned from a recent survey of 202 neurodiverse individuals to determine how the design of space impacts people who have variations in human neurocognitive functioning. Insights from the survey can help workplace designers and product manufacturers create spaces that are more supportive and inclusive for neurodiverse employees.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Clients are working to project what the next 5 or 7 years might bring in terms of work styles, user engagement, and space utilization, but if the last couple of years have taught us anything, it’s that we need to be able to adapt to any situation. Our designers are looking to find malleable solutions that meet the needs of our clients short term needs while allowing them to adapt their space as their process or needs evolve over the next few years. It is important to find flexible solutions to support our ever-changing world, but also to help our clients meet sustainability goals, foster a culture of creating less waste through thoughtful reconfigurations, and to provide varied types of environments to promote wellbeing within the built environment.

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
1:45 PM - 4:30 PM
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

All functions will take place at theMART and transportation will be provided between theMART and the Pendry Hotel throughout the event.