Work Design TALK Preview: How Residential Design is Shaping the Workplace

A shot from our previous DC TALK. Photo by Erin Kelleher.

Will you be in the DC-area on Thursday, January 22? Join us for networking and a lively panel discussion at our next Work Design TALK at Convene in Tysons Corner! Tickets are available here. The topic of the TALK is “Are We Living in the Office? How Residential Design is Shaping the Workplace,” and we are pleased to welcome an all-star panel of workplace experts who will address the reasons why the office is starting to look more like home and how you can leverage the changes to benefit your business.

Meet the panelists

Kamran Arshad, Principal Designer, Coalesse

Resized - Kamran ArshadKamran is a multidisciplinary designer with a passion for the dynamic nature of contemporary culture. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from SCI-Arc and an MFA in product design from Stanford University. Currently, he is principal designer, leading branded environments and advanced applications at Coalesse.

Ruth Jansson, Principal and Director of Interiors, Leo A Daly

Resized - Ruth JanssonRuth is a certified interior designer with over 29 years of experience covering corporate headquarters, federal clients, as well as the hospitality industry. Based in Washington, Ruth has long been considered one of the most talented colorists in D.C. by her peers as well as her clients. She has worked on a vast variety of project types—from airports, base building public spaces, law firms, an international hotel, core restrooms, fitness centers, and performing art centers. She is also a member of the Design Leadership Council of Washington, D.C.

Barbara Mullenex, Principal, Perkins Eastman

Resized - Barbara MullenexBarbara is a corporate interior design giant with over 25 years of experience. Her career has focused in the areas of hospitality, lifestyle/residential, and corporate interiors. Throughout her career, she has designed and managed numerous high-profile and complex projects. In addition to her expansive portfolio of work, Barbara has been involved in the community working with volunteer programs and non-profit organizations, helping to set a philanthropic example for the industry.

Janey Saunders, Business Development, Knoll

Resized - Janey SaundersAfter ten years of design and workplace strategy at design firms, Janey moved to the “dark side”: business development and marketing for Knoll. The same mind that developed strategies for the workplace now develops strategies for new business opportunities through research, marketing, and talking-up the relevance of good design to the real estate community. Surprisingly enough, Janey’s work at Knoll doesn’t feel all that different from her work in design, except that she gets free parking and is getting closer to finally buying a womb chair.


6:00-6:45 PM Doors open + Networking over refreshments
6:45-7:45 PM Panel discussion + Q&A
7:45-8:00 PM More networking

Bob Fox, our publisher and the founder of FOX Architects, will moderate. The event will be held at Convene, at 1800 Tysons Blvd. (Tysons II/Galleria) in McLean. Ample garage parking is available in the building, and the event is easily walkable from the Tysons Corner Metro Station (Silver Line; two blocks).

Heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks will be served. Tickets and other event details are available here.

A special thank you to our event sponsors!

Masland Contract
Division 9 Associates
FOX Architects
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