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    STEP Workshop Registration
    January 17, 18, 19, 2003
    Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 8-6 pm, Sunday 8-4 pm

    Location: American Intercontinental Univ.
    3330 Peachtree Road, NE
    Atlanta, GA 30326


    ASID Member #:
    Method of payment: check or charge (VISA/Mastercard only)
    Card #:

    Please register me for:
    Full workshop: Member $250
    Non-member $325

    Partial participation-multiple choice:
    Member $100
    Non-member $130

    Partial participation-practicum:
    Member $195
    Non-member $240

    Registration and payment due by Jan. 10
    Cancellation must be received in writing 15 days prior to the beginning of the workshop in order to receive a refund of fees.

    For more information:

    GA Chapter ASID Speakers Bureau
    The Georgia Chapter ASID would like to offer to all qualified professional members the opportunity to speak to various groups. This is in an effort to increase the branding of the ASID name in the community. We seek to educate the public on what qualified designers are allowed to do according to the law. Most of the public are not aware of the difference between a decorator and an interior designer. Most of our clients do not know that interior designers sit for a national board exam (NCIDQ) similar to the exams taken by architects,attorneys and CPA’s.

    We wish to connect you the professional with the appropriate audience. Speaking to groups affords you the designer the opportunity to promote ASID and yourself. To ensure the proper connection of designer to audience, take a minute to fill out the following questionaire. ASID will provide you with a few bullet points to further the ASID brand, but you should choose the subject best for you and your audience.

    Please help us establish the Speakers Bureau. Suggestions of groups to contact regarding possible engagements are welcome. Please contact Dede Gilreath, ASID with your suggestions at 404-351-0224 or email

    ASID Speakers Bureau Information Form

    Designer Name:

    Your area of expertise:

    Company Name:

    Georgia Registered Interior Designer#

    Telephone #:
    Fax #:

    Topics on which you wish to speak:

    Audience capacity for which you are comfortable:
    1. 10-20 persons
    2. 21 to 50 persons
    3. Less than 100
    4. More than 100

    Do you prefer to speak to:
    1. Garden Clubs
    2. Business organizations
    3. Charities
    4. Other (please specify)

    Are you accomplished in dealing with:
    1. Overheads
    2. Side Projectors
    3. Power Point

    Please give a brief description of previous speaking experiences below:

    Green Town Hall Meeting Recap
    A most informative evening was had on Thursday, November 21, 2002 at Emory University’s newest green building, the Mathematics and Science Center. ASID, IIDA, and the Atlanta and Georgia chapters of AIA joined forces to bring to our industry the 1st Ever Green Town Hall Meeting. By featuring as guest lecturere “green” pioneers with groundbreaking experience and international renown, these three independent groups, underwritten by KOROSEAL, and the U. S. Department of energy succeeded in bringing awareness to our industry of the cutting edge method of designing and building High Performanace Buildings. The standing room only crowd was the largest turn-out for the chapters in recent memory for a function of this kind.

    The evening began with tours of the building conducted by Cooper Carry (the building designers) and representatives for Emory University’s facilities department. The keynote speech by Art Gensler, Chairman and Founder of Gensler Architecture, Design and Planning Worldwide was salient because of his urging that High Performance Buildings aren’t merely good for the environment, but they make good business sense, and are therefore the right thing to do. A panel discussion with best in class “green” visionary speakers also covered groundbreaking territory for our industry.

    Our panelists concurred that merely using Low bid materials to capture savings in the short term cannot offset the missed opportunity to enjoy a higher rate of return on an investment through long term savings derived from environmentally and energy smart solutions.

    As professionals we owe it to our clients to inform them of these new “green” cutting edge benefits in much the same way that we would expect our physcian to inform us of long term health strategies to benefit and enrich our lives. What better time than during an economic downturn to demonstrate long term savings and increased return on investments?

    Construction contributes over $800 billion to the economy and provides about 10 million
    professional and trade jobs. When our industry professional and trade workers design and build High Performance buildings then we will be able to reduce and demand for natural resources and bring cost down for green services. This reduction in turn will lessen air pollution which contributes to global warming and our dependence on fossil fuel. It is obvious that the decisions we make today will have a ripple effect on the quality of life for our children, and theirs.

    I believe that every environmentally friendly act helps the earth to repair itself in much the same way that the human body immediately begins to self-heal when a person stops smoking, starts eating properly, and exercising. However, decisions to be environmentally responsible for our planet can be like changing the course of a river: difficult at best, but when it helps the planet it is worth the effort.

    The evening was a wake-up call for us to consider what will be accomplished as we begin to speak with one voice about the need to embrace “green” technologies. It seems clear that there is an interest in professionals collaborating toward such an effort.

    The event was captured on film and will be available for purchase on the worldwide web in January 2003.

    SAVE-THE-DATE for two important upcoming events: the GreenPrints Conference will take place February 12-15, 2003; and

    “A National Green Town Hall Meeting” in April 2003 to raise public awareness of High Performance Buildings, Schools, Homes & Automobiles which incorporate the latest energy efficient, green technologies by offering new cutting edge information to the general public. We are on the brink of a green Industrial Revolution and we must all share in the benefits of saving energy, saving money and protecting our environment. Fifty years from now we will be celebrated for how we handled this opportunity. 2M is pleased to accept sponsorship of this event for sixty (60) days beginning December 15, 2002 through February 15, 2003. Please call Belinda A. Morrow, LEED at 404-931-3888.

    Universal Design- From Designer to Designer
    by Dede Gilreath, ASID

    If you live long enough, you will have a disability. By 2020 over fifty percent of the population will be over 65 years of age. In the year 2030, eighty-five percent of the poplution will be over 65 years of age. We live 15 years longer than the previous generation. The most affordable, desirable healthcare is in the home. The government has already realized this with the increased focus on home healthcare. The cost of a nursing home is upwards of $1,500.00 per month. The mean age in a nursing home is 93.

    Residential designers and baby boomers are being faced with many new considerations in residential design. Baby boomers are being faced with retrofitting a home for a parent or are now considering their own retirement residence requirements. More people die from a broken hip after after age 65 than any other ailment. Although you need to focus a design for a particular disability, for illustration purposes a wheelchair will represent the disability constraints.

    It is more economical to build a home accessible (or easily convertible) from the onset. Usually this involves a 1-2% addition to the total cost of the construction, which is a relatively insignificant amount. After the home is constructed, it is not always possible to retrofit the dwelling for a disability, and it is certainly more expensive to do so.

    Some very basic considerations for you the designer are:

    ACCESSIBLE ENTRANCE: One step eliminates it from being accessible. A step of one-half inch or more requires a ramp. Can you open the door? No more than 8 lbs. of pressure is acceptable. Is there enough space to maneuver a wheelchair (24″ on pull side; 18″ on push side)?

    ACCESSIBLE ROUTE: Can you reach all areas necessary for daily living (eat, sleep, bathe, enter the family room and closets)? corridors need to be a minimum of 36″ wide (44″ is better); 60″ turn radiuses are required in the bath, kitchen and bedroom. No change in floor elevation greater than 1/2″.

    ACCESSIBLE KITCHEN: A 60″ turn radius is required. Can the client wash, prepare, cook and eat food from the wheelchair. A countertop area at 30″ with clear knee space underneath is necessary.

    ACCESSIBLE BEDROOM: A 60″ turn radius at the foot of the bed is necessary. Are the closet areas accessible? A lift can be installed in a closet to access items stored there. A sliding glass door is good for hospital bed and ambulance accessibility (most corridors cannot accommodate an ambulance gurney).

    The 60’s ranch and contemporary structures (without a sunken living room) is usually easily convertible. Good design benefits in comfort, affordability and resale. The biggest pay off is allowing one to remain with dignity in the comfort of familar surroundings.

    Are you designing UD spaces?

    Simple Test on Universal Design
    By definition, as registered Interior Designers in the State of Georgia, we…are to provide for the health, safety and welfare of our clients. That is by law! UD should be our minimum standard to provide for the health, safety and welfare of our client by using the UD principles. Our clients are asking for UD although they don’t really realize this. What is UD and how does it impact our client and their needs? Universal design is design for all levels of ability…usable by all…not just the elderly or person in a wheelchair. It is design for you and me and everyone no matter what the age or ability level.

    Take this simple test to see how you, the designer, know your clients’ needs. Are your spaces Universal Design?

    1. Who has more money and spends more money on their homes, offices and retirement facilities?
    a. boomers (born just after WWII)
    b. population below the boomers
    c. population above the boomers (65+)

    2. What is the average (mean) age in a retirement home?
    a. 93
    b. 75
    c. 82

    3. What is the average length of stay in a nursing home?
    a. six years
    b. six weeks or less
    c. 15 years

    4. Who has the most voting power/control over the economy in today’s society?
    a. boomers
    b. elderly (over 65)
    c. group below boomers

    5. Who has more money to hire you?
    a. boomers
    b. elderly (65+)
    c. group below boomers

    6. What is the fastest growing segment of our population?
    a. boomers
    b. that segment over 100+
    c. segment under boomers

    7. What is the leading cause of death in the home according to the CDC?
    a. cancer
    b. heart disease
    c. falls/broken hips

    8. What is the leading cause of death after 65 in the population?
    a. cancer
    b. heart attack
    c. results of broken hip

    9. Are the facilities designed by you Universal(accessible)? You must answer yes to all four to qualify as a Universal Design space
    a. no step entrance
    b. master bed room and bath on the floor for all levels of abilities
    c. accessible route to the master suite
    d. accessible kitchen

    1. a
    2. a
    3. b
    4. a
    5. a
    6. b
    7. c
    8. c
    9. Yes, yes, yes, yes!
    You apply UD!!!!