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Virtual Rendezvous with Neolith® – Workplace: Commercial


The company Neolith®, which produces Sintered Stone, is organising this event in a series of roundtables in different countries. The aim of these roundtables is to learn from the immediate situation we each find ourselves in currently, and begin to analyse together how the future of social and public life might unfold.There are new pressures on the way we use our homes, and challenges to using the physical spaces outdoors. As we begin to reuse schools, shops and workplaces yet more physical and social challenges will emerge. We will debate the responses in architecture, interior design and urban development in the short and medium-term.

We will first introduce ourselves and discuss how well we are handling new living and working from home situations in our own practices, and what approach we will advocate to those we will be advising on using space, based on health, social, environmental and other aspects. What solutions are architects looking at? What are the property and real estate implications in a world that is rapidly being converted to virtual events and online activities?. We trust that, together, we can contribute some positive analytical thoughts in order to find answers for the future. As this has not yet been covered, we will also look at the retail future.

Workplace - Commercial

During the shutdown we had to reinvent the job. Closed in our homes, we have learned to use video conferencing platforms for meetings; laptops, cell phones and e-mails have saved our productivity, despite the fact that this has often been done using personal resources. Only in some cases, where the company had already started implementing a smart infrastructure and organization of work, did we really work in smart working. Indeed, in most situations, we got by with home working.

And this experience has profoundly changed us, has generated new sensitivities, just as it has changed our concept of well-being at work, both from a physical, cognitive and emotional point of view. Some of us easily moved to work from home. Others fought because of inadequate space, furniture, tools or bandwidth. We will return, in some cases we are slowly returning, to changed workplaces, especially in the way we perceive them, and each with different expectations.

Anthony Carrino

I graduated from Babson College in 2001 with a love for business and a desire to be “successful”. My definition of which is one learned from watching my father; a guy who always worked for himself, hustled his ass off, gave his family everything they could want, and was always present.

While at Babson, I also discovered my creative side…after one day sitting behind the campus center desk I knew I couldn’t make money this way, so I taught myself how to design websites and by the time I graduated I was managing 30 clients and made myself a nice chunk of change in the process.
After graduating I wanted to utilize my business and
creative skills, so my father and I opened and operated a boutique design & development firm, which we ran for 12 years in Jersey City, NJ. The core strategy was the revitalization and adaptive reuse of architecturally significant, underutilized buildings within the urban core of Jersey City and Hoboken, NJ. During that time we successfully delivered over 200,000 sq feet of mixed-use and multi-family properties, winning multiple  estoration and preservation awards in the  process.

In 2011, HGTV approached my cousin, John, and me to follow us, and my development company, and thus Kitchen Cousins was born. Nine years later, I have had six show titles, and nine  successful seasons of television with a media reach that spans the globe and a viewership that is in the 100’s of millions. We are now working with the team  from Ellen DeGeneres on our second season of The Build Up, which gives back to communities in need.

IG: @carrinoanthony

Barry Goralnick

Barry Goralnick received a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. After apprenticing in Boston and Chicago, he worked for Wayne Berg Architect and Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York, where he designed and executed many award-winning projects.

Barry Goralnick Architects was founded in 1985. From its inception, BGA has specialized in both architecture and interior design. Commissions include a long roster of residential and commercial projects. Projects range from apartments, houses, executive offices, brokerage firms, to building lobbies and a synagogue. They have been located from all over the Tri-State area and New England to West Palm Beach and France.

Barry is a member of the New York Chapter of ASID, NCARB, Design Leadership Network, Designer’s Collaborative. He has also served on architectural juries and lectured at Parsons school of Design, Pratt Institute, the New School, New York University, and NEOCON in Chicago. He is a Registered Architect in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Along with his architectural degree, Barry minored in Fine Arts and received a BA in English Literature at Brandeis University and studied literature and
Baroque architecture at the University of Reading, England.

Goralnick Architecture Design Studio designs product for a variety of premiere home and hospitality companies, including Villeroy & Boch, Currey & Company, Vanguard Furniture, Visual Comfort, and Stark Carpet among others. He has been awarded the “Innovation In Design Award” from Cottages & Gardens (5-time nominee) and is a “Best of Year” Winner for product Design from Interior Design.

IG: @barry.goralnick

Gregory Hitchcock

Gregory’s style could best be described as Modern Eclectic. He looks at each project as an amalgam of raw materials that can be used to sculpt an individual space in such a way that it
meets the expectations of the client while adding significant value to the space. In other words, the material itself has a personality and feel to it.

“Texture, color, shape are all part of the raw ingredients that, if used intelligently and thoughtfully will allow me to create a beautifully functional room for you to enjoy”
As the child of a carpenter he quickly became his fathers “slave” as he would put it. Mostly doing the dirty work. Demolition, clean up, carrying materials from the truck etc… While attending school for fine arts and art history his focus gravitated towards sculpture culminating in a BFA from Albany State University.

His path to sculpture, in hindsight makes perfect sense. After graduating high school he worked in a stone quarry, quarrying bluestone from a mountain in northern PA. This would be the beginning of a lifelong love and appreciation for stone. While in college he worked as an Estate manager charged with performing all sorts of tasks from gardening to maintaining the hot tub, pool and other equipment on the estate. If something broke I had to find a way to fix it myself. As an assistant to an art work picture framer he learned the finer meticulous aspects of handling fine art pieces. Museum carpenter, plaster restoration, metal fabrication foundry work to name a few more.

Gregory’s home design experience began with kitchen design. From this baseline of knowledge he branched out into other rooms but has always been specialized in kitchen and bath design. With over 20 years of experience in the NYC luxury market Gregory has successfully completed well over 200 projects ranging from Manhattan and East Hampton to the north west down to San Francisco and surrounding bay area.

IG: @gregoryhitchcockdesign

Katie Dasgupta

With a vast portfolio and expertise honed over 15 years in Corporate Workplace, Higher Education, Retail, Healthcare and Hospitality design, Katie Trice Dasgupta has dedicated her career to cultivating relationships rooted in trust.

As Associate Principal of tvsdesign’s Workplace
practice, Katie builds upon her multi-disciplinary acumen to curate personalized, elevated experiences uniquely tailored to the needs and nuances of each client. Katie takes a holistic, big-picture approach to position projects for long term success by guiding strategic alignments and a shared vision and goals.

Katie’s philosophy as a leader and colleague maintains that remarkable design is a team effort strengthened by the variety of people, professionals and ideas that are brought to the table.

She meticulously engages an intricate web of designers, consultants, contractors, engineers, vendors and stakeholders to cohesively deliver innovative and functional solutions. Katie’s collaborative mindset and proven track record of successfully and strategically leading complex projects from initial programming into built reality make her a trusted partner for clients and her team.

IG: @tvdesign

Tonya Koerner

Tonya Koerner is the Design Director at the NELSON Alpharetta office with over 25 years of industry experience.

Her career experience spans
various areas of design for multiple market sectors with a specialty in workplace design.

She guides the design process for projects of all scales. Her team designs spaces that are bold and uniquely curated for each client. She is graduate of the University of Georgia.

IG: @nelsonworldwide

Stephen Wells

Stephen Wells is a Principal of Hendrick, an interior design firm based in Atlanta specializing in corporate environmental design. Stephen is a graduate of The Collage of Charleston with a BS in Architecture and Art History and minors in business administration, drawing and painting. He also graduated from Georgia State University with an MFA in Interior Design.

After the completion of his graduate studies at Georgia State University in Interior Design,
Stephen launched his career here in Atlanta specializing in Commercial Interior Design. His
expansive knowledge with this field has come from over twenty years of experience as both a
practitioner and an educator, allowing him to provide innovative and creative solutions for both his clients and students.

As a design leader, Stephen has assisted clients with brand development and repositioning,
market research, program development and management, and real estate strategic planning
involving him in a variety of market sectors including; Corporate Office, Retail, Hospitality, Public Assembly, Education and Product Development. His project and product development work has been recognized and published by many of the industries’ leading sources and  rganizations including Interior Design Magazine, Metropolitan Magazine, Hospitality Design Magazine, Contract Magazine, Retail Traffic Magazine, Retail Design & Visual Presentation Journal, ASID, IIDA and ICSC.

Stephen is also active in his community serving on the boards of and volunteering with
various organizations like, For the Kid in All of Us, Joining Hearts, ASID, and CREW to name a few. He finds inspiration from all around but mostly from the people he’s connects with trough being involved with these various organizations.

IG: @hendrickdesign