Offering an emphasis on emerging professionals, opportunities to learn and practice what you learned and inspiration to jump-start your career, while in a vibrant city that offers design lessons of its own: GO PRO/NYC is a worthwhile experience for any designer new to the field.

Join a select group of your peers who are preparing themselves for growth!

The schedule below provides the bare bones of the two-day GO PRO/NYC event. We will add more of the exciting details as they become available. So check back often, and if you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to email us at



9 – 10 a.m.

Pastries and coffee served.

ASID Chapter Leader Meeting
(This is a closed event for any current ASID leader attending GO PRO.)

Location: Teknion Showroom
641 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011

10 a.m. – Noon

State of the Industry Brief
Randy Fiser, ASID CEO
Stephanie Clemons, Ph.D., FASID, FIDEC, ASID Board Chair-Elect

PROfessional Development: The Brand of You
Aga Artka, Allied ASID, LEED AP
Jenny Schrank, Allied ASID

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

PROcess: A Career Journey
Krista Ninivaggi, founder of K&CO, Contract’s 2014 designer of the year

1:30 – 4 p.m.

PROfessional Development (continued)



Check back for more news around Thursday evening events!



8 – 9:30 a.m.

Networking breakfast with New York VIPs
Pastries and coffee served.

PRO Bono: Make It Right
Transforming Communities Through Design

Founded by Brad Pitt, Make It Right builds sustainable, well-designed homes, buildings and communities for people in need. The organization began building homes in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, the neighborhood hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. Today Make It Right is working nationwide to build sustainable homes and communities. In this session, Jordan Pollard, Make It Right's manager of Research, Design and Development, and Construction Manager Cesar Rodriguez will walk participants through the process of working with designs from architects such as Frank Gehry and Shigeru Ban to create affordable, LEED Platinum homes. Pollard and Rodriguez will discuss value engineering, materiality, innovative financing for development, and the impact of design on low-income homeowners and communities.

Speakers: Jordan Pollard, Research, Design and Development manager, Make It Right; Cesar R. Rodriguez, construction manager, Make It Right

Location: Steelcase Showroom, 4 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

9:30 – 10 a.m. Break

10 a.m  – Noon

PROduct: Biomimicry
Align Design, Business and Nature with Biomimicry

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear two Biomimicry NYC board members share their experiences. Mark Dorfman will provide an overview of biomimicry, describe the methodology he uses to find nature-inspired solutions to real-life challenges, and look at where the field is heading. Janus Welton will discuss natural designs that inspire innovation, share biomimicry products and case studies, and challenge you with a new design paradigm based on nature’s forms, processes and systems.

Speakers: Mark Dorfman, green chemist and research analyst, Biomimicry 3.8; Janus Welton, CSBA, LEED AP BD+C, AIA, president, EcoArchitecture DesignWorks, PC


Noon - 1 p.m.
Lunch (provided)

1:30 – 4 p.m.

PROject: Tour of Sandow Media Global Headquarters
1271 Avenue of the Americas
17th Floor
New York, NY 10020

5 – 7 p.m.

Closing Reception
Hors d’oeuvres and wine/beer served.

Location: AXOR Design Studio
29 Ninth Avenue
New York, New York 10014




Williams-Sonoma, Inc.



The Vinyl Institute

Lighting by Gregory