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Chicago Health Design Insights Networking Event

When: July 25, 2019
Time: 6:00pm Central
Where: Chicago, IL United States
Price: Free for Affiliate Members

These networking events feature an educational session worth 1 EDAC CEU/AIA + plenty of social time to meet the local healthcare design community.

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What’s new in healthcare design? What’s changing? Who’s doing what and where? And what do your local colleagues think about it all?

Join us to catch up on the latest industry buzz and connect with colleagues in a casual setting over wine and hors d’oeuvres. 

It will take place at the Cliff Dwellers Club, located in the 22nd floor penthouse of the former BorgWarner building at the southwest corner of Michigan Avenue at Adams Street; it is next door to Symphony Center and overlooks Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago.

5:45 PM – Doors Open
6:00 PM – Networking Reception
6:30 PM – Presentation
7:30 PM 
 Networking Reception

This event is FREE to CHD Affiliate Members, Partners, and Guests. Non-members can attend for a $65 donation which can later be applied towards membership. Contact Lynn Kenney for details, lkenney@healthdesign.org.


"Happiness by Design: Multi-sensory Wellness Spaces"

This 60-minute session looks at ways to implement a curated collection of scientific data and research from a multitude of sources such as cognitive science, attention restoration theory, color therapy, and NASA nap research to design wellness rooms for interior environments. These spaces can be used to improve people’s overall happiness and well-being by appealing to all the senses. Ideas are presented in the form of three different conceptual room models – The Light & Sound Room, The Immersion, Distraction & Reflection (IDR) Room, and the Social & Creative Space – that provide facility managers and designers with a clear outline of items to consider when implementing each room type.

With the idea of wellness and well-being becoming increasingly more important, companies will find that providing employees and end-users with stress-reducing amenities will not only assist in the reduction of a myriad of health and performance issues but will also help to create an edge in competitive markets.

A virtual reality walk through of the rooms will be available for participants at the end of the session. 


Event Venue:

The Cliff Dwellers
200 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the difference between wellness and well-being and why it’s important to focus on self-care in design.
  2. Identify the impact of positive emotions on stress and which ones can have the biggest impact on health and happiness.
  3. Illustrate some basic approaches on how to design space that engages positive emotions to allow people to rejuvenate themselves.
  4. Discuss how to determine which type of wellness space to use in your design.


Presenting Faculty

Valerie Jardon, IIDA, LEED AP IDC

Valerie Jardon is a Senior Project Manager and acting Director of Workplace Strategy for BOX Studios in Chicago, IL. She has 12 years of experience working in all phases of commercial interior design from pre-design and programming through construction administration and has spent an equal amount of time in the public and private sectors. Valerie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Illinois Institute of Art in Interior Design, is NCIDQ certified and holds her LEED AP ID+C accreditation. In addition, Valerie is a Fitwel Ambassador and has dedicated many hours to expanding her knowledge base on wellness and well-being; having completed the online MOOC The Science of Happiness through Berkley University in 2017 and recently became a member of the Global Women for Well-being organization. Valerie is also the author of a comprehensive whitepaper titled Happiness by Design: Multi-sensory wellness spaces and works directly with clients who want to implement wellness initiatives into their spaces.  In her downtime she loves traveling, finding adventures and seeking out artistic experiences. She has been married 17 years and has 2 teenage daughters that share her love for adventure and passion for life.