La Fonda on the Plaza Santa Fe, New Mexico
October 18–20, 2017


October 18th, 2017

2:30 pm Meet at La Fonda on the Plaza

Brief introduction to Forum before we begin the program!

2:45 pm Walk to Santa Fe School of Cooking
3:00-5:30 pm Santa Fe School of Cooking

Enjoy an opening gathering to meet new attendees and reconnect with old friends. Learn about this culinary school and regional cuisine, view a cooking demo, and then make salsa in a competition with teams of your fellow attendees!

5:45 pm Walk to dinner at the restaurant Eloisa
6:00 pm Reception and dinner at Eloisa

Nominated for a James Beard Award in the category of Best New Restaurant in 2016, Chef John Rivera Sedlar’s Eloisa restaurant brings old world and new world southwestern flavors together.

6:30 p.m. Dinner

October 19th, 2017

8:00-8:45 am Breakfast at La Fonda
8:45-9:00 am Introduction by Editor in Chief John Czarnecki
9:00-10:15 am Speaker Andrew Gordon

Andrew Gordon, directing animator at Pixar Animation Studios, will deliver a talk about creativity and storytelling that will inspire the attendees. In his 20 years at Pixar, Gordon was an animator for films including “A Bugs Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Monsters University,” and “WALL-E,” among many others. Through his work, Gordon has been teaching the art of creativity for decades. He has worked internationally with companies like Salesforce, Pinterest, Deloitte and IDEO to help leaders implement new processes and approaches that disrupt the norm and cultivate creative, innovative cultures. Gordon also helps organizations tell their unique stories in new and more compelling ways, helping them more effectively reach, engage, and motivate their audiences toward action.

10:15-11:00 am Mini PechaKucha

Learn a little about each of the new editorial board members

11:00-11:20 am Break
11:20-12:30 pm Speaker Ellen Dunham-Jones

A leading authority on retrofitting suburbia, Dunham-Jones and co-author June Williamson wrote the authoritative best-selling book on the subject “Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs” (Wiley, 2009, update in 2011). She is a professor of architecture at Georgia Tech, where she served as the director of the architecture program from 2001 to 2009. In solutions that encompass real estate development, urban design, architecture, and interior design, Dunham-Jones will describe numerous examples of how dead malls and dead office parks are reconsidered with new uses for a new generation.

12:30-2:00 pm Lunch at La Fonda

Lunch with informal discussion on the morning’s speaker topics

2:00-3:45 pm Free time
3:45 pm Meet at La Fonda front entrance for shuttle
4:15-6:00 pm Museum of International Folk Art

The museum’s holdings represent diverse cultures and constitute the largest collection of international folk art in the world, and attendees will have access to all of the galleries. Attendees will learn about designer Alexander Girard’s extensive folk art collection, housed exclusively here. A brief presentation will have two parts: Laura Addison, curator of U.S. collections, will provide history and context about Girard. Pamela Kelly will describe how, through licensing efforts, the museum has provided licensees design inspiration from the museum collections.

6:00 pm Dinner at The Compound

Opened in 1966, The Compound was designed by Alexander Girard with details and furnishings characterized by a rural charm. Girard focused on a folk-art-inspired style for the restaurant, applying local colors and motifs to a stark white adobe interior.

October 20th, 2017

8:00-8:45 am Breakfast at La Fonda
9:00 am Shuttle to SITE Santa Fe
9:15-10:15 am Speaker Jason Schupbach [at SITE]

Schupbach is the director of The Design School at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. He began in that role in summer 2017 after seven years as the director of design and creative place-making programs for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), where he oversaw all design-related partnerships and grants, including Our Town and Design Art Works grants, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, and the NEA’s federal agency collaborations. Schupbach’s talk will be twofold. He will describe his big-picture experience with NEA with a look to how the programs are overseen in the current administration. And now as a design school administrator, he will engage the audience to ask: What should a great design school offer today? What is important and needed in design education?

10:15-10:30 am Closing discussion
10:30-11:00 am Enjoy SITE Santa Fe

SITE Santa Fe is a highly regarded contemporary art space that has gained worldwide recognition through a series of exhibitions that have featured numerous famous artists. We will visit SITE just weeks after its new building designed by SHoP Architects opens.

11:15 am End of program at SITE and return to LaFonda on the Plaza for departures.