Opal Group SpArc Interiors 2024

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
March 10, 2024 - March 12, 2024

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Opal Group SpArc Interiors is an invitation-only meeting that brings together directors of interior design from the top architecture & design firms in the nation. Thought leaders will share best practices, present case study driven data and explore novel approaches that speak to the industry's most challenging topics. The intimate setting and interactive program format fosters an environment where like-minded peers can engage in thought provoking discussions around a variety of relevant industry subjects. The invaluable information shared during this three day event is sure to provide participants with the necessary resources and guidance needed to support interior design projects.

Set in Atlanta, we are sure the three days spent at the Summit will provide you invaluable information and the necessary resources to enhance your specification writing.

We look forward to collaborating with you!

The Summit Experience

Current as of March 6, 2024

2:00 pm


5:30 pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception

6:30 pm

Opening Keynote

Presented by

Howard S. Wertheimer, FAIA Emeritus, LEED AP, Former AVP Capital Planning & Space Management and Institute Architect, Georgia Institute of Technology

7:30 pm

Dinner Reception

7:15 am

Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-up

8:00 am

Track A: Panel: Industry Experts’ Insights and Predictions for 2024 


Cynthia Hawkins, ASID, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC Principal, Interiors, Cromwell

Jeff Ortman, Senior Interior Designer, METICULOUS Design + Architecture

Joe Stryker, Principal, DTJ Design

Joseph Rondinelli, Principal, DesignThink Consulting

Track B: How to Get Specified


(Manufacturer Reps ONLY) This session is designed exclusively for manufacturer reps.

Presented by

Holly A. Jordan, FCSI, CCS, LEED AP BD+C, North American Director of Specifications, Associate Principal, Perkins&Will

8:50 am

One-on-One Meetings

10:25 am

Biophilic Bliss: Bringing Nature Indoors 

Presented by

Renee Fine, Associate, Senior Interior Designer, Hord Coplan Macht

Leah Wettstein, Director of Interior Design, Hord Coplan Macht

11:15 am

One-on-One Meetings

12:45 pm


1:45 pm

Client Expectations: Effective Communication and Satisfaction

Presented by

Tabitha Fong, Project Manager, HPM

2:35 pm

One-on-One Meetings

3:40 pm

The Era of the Experience Junkie

Presented by

Meena Krenek, IIDA, ASID,LEED AP, Global Practice Director, Venues Interiors, HKS

4:30 pm

Moving from the Information Age to the Human Age: How Inclusive Design Leads to Belonging

Presented by

Melissa Malburg, LEED® AP, IIDA, Principal Consultant, Workplace Strategy & Discovery, Progressive AE

Jessica Griffis, Senior Interior Designer, Progressive AE

5:15 pm

One-on-One Meetings & Happy Hour

7:00 pm

Dinner Reception

7:45 am


8:15 am

Through the Lens; Integrating Biophilic Elements into a Nebraska Medicine Specialty Clinic in Omaha, Nebraska

Presented by

Jennifer M. Ankerson, IIDA, Associate, Senior Interior Designer, Leo A Daly

Kurt Johnson, Owner, Kurt Johnson Photography

9:05 am

One-on-One Meetings

10:40 am

Blurring the Interface Between Indoor + Out

Presented by

Todd Hill, ASLA, LEED AP, Owner + Partner Director of Design, DTJ DESIGN, Inc.

11:25 am

Home Redefined: Improving lives one home at a time

Presented by

Lisa J. Wood, Certified Living In Place, Owner / Designer, Lisa J Wood Interiors Design, Artist

12:10 pm

Closing Lunch

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
3300 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, USA

Opal Group SpArc is an invitation-only meeting for senior interior designers with projects in the US. Qualified Interior Designers receive complimentary registration to the Summit, inclusive of lodging and conference meals. Solution providers and manufacturers are able to participate through sponsorship.

For details on attending or sponsoring, contact summits@opalgroup.net
  • Overcoming Supply Chain Issues While Ensuring Quality Designs
  • Personalizing Space through Holistic Design
  • Staff Development – How Leadership Impacts Effectiveness & Quality of Team Members
  • Storytelling – Organizing the Human Experience to Provide Long-Lasting Impressions
  • Trends in Biophilic Design
  • How Culture Influences Design and Its Impact on Behavior
  • The Real ROI – Is Technology a True Investment?
  • Workplace Cultural Shifts – How Generations are Impacting the Creative Space
  • Leadership Transformation & DEI Behavior
  • Grand Ideas & Small Budgets
  • Lessons Learned: Quality, Cost & Time Management, and Quick Turnarounds
  • …And much more to be announced!
  • Prescheduled One-to-One Meetings:
    Each participating solution provider and attendees will have pre-summit access to our matching software that allows you to completely customize your meeting agenda. The password protected website provides the information needed to make your selections on who you want to meet with.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage the senior executives in attendance. The agenda incorporates cocktail receptions, networking lunches and a specially selected offsite dinner at a nearby venue. Leverage the meeting’s relaxed atmosphere and after hours networking activities to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

Attendee projects fall in the following categories:

  • Commercial
  • Federal/State/Municipal Government
  • Education
  • Entertainment/Leisure
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Industrial
  • Multi-Family
  • Religious
  • Research/Laboratories
  • Retail
  • Sports/Recreation

    Well organized. Operated on time. Well managed. Vice President


    This is my first experience. Lots of very useful information. Looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned with my office. The conference app is awesome! Director of Interiors

    Cromwell Architects Engineers

    Excellent forum and content. Director, Interior Design

    Bullock Tice Associates

    Balanced program format with speakers/presentations, roundtable discussions and one-on-one manufacturer meetings. Associate Principal

    AP+I Design

    Overall it was a great summit and in a good location. Director of Interior Design

    Moseley Architects