Announcing Spring 2019 Public Programs

New York School of Interior Design’s Spring 2019 Public Programs line-up promises to be the most exciting yet. This series of lectures and design industry star panels will engage and inspire our students and community.



Opening this season’s lectures on January 30, is editor in chief of Interior Design magazine Cindy Allen. Cindy will take attendees behind the scenes of the 34th annual Interior Design Hall of Fame, giving them an inside look in the making of the Hall of Fame documentaries and all that goes into creating the Academy Awards of our industry. Be sure to join us at this event that made The Cut.com’s list of “3 New York Design Happenings to Check Out This Week.”

On February 13, the College continues to bring its annual event, The Sally Henderson Lecture to honor the memory of Sally Henderson, who developed the College’s first course in green design. To help us celebrate her life, the U.S. Green Building Council is debuting two exciting initiatives, “Arc Skoru” and the “Living Standard.”

Following behind The Sally Henderson Lecture is a crowd favorite Wendy Goodman. The legendary design editor of New York magazine will introduce Jean Brownhill, a trained architect who founded Sweeten, a free renovation matchmaking service connecting the design trade and homeowners with vetted general contractors. This conversation will explore how “The Contractor Whisperer" (as New York calls Jean) translated her personal renovation nightmare into a dream company with $1 billion projects in the pipeline as well as what her “fairy godmother” Wendy, saw in her entrepreneurial spirit that made her an early believer.

Love the way movies and television can transport you to a totally different time and place?  Join us on March 6, as author and journalist Cathy Whitlock (Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction), set decorators Ellen Christiansen (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Sheila Bock (Madam Secretary), and Andrew Baseman (Crazy Rich Asians) as they take us behind the scenes of their highly acclaimed productions and share their design secrets. Learn what it’s like to be a designer in the film industry and the work behind the movie magic.

The College continues its dynamic line up of lectures on March 27, with What Makes Designing in New York "New York-ish"? with Wendy Moonan. New York – a city so nice they had to name it twice – is the center of many powerful industries such as finance, advertising, publishing, media, art, fashion and yes, our personal favorites, interior design and architecture. Wendy explores the relationship between architects and interior designers in New York, using examples from her book, New York Splendor: The City’s Most Memorable Rooms.

Founded by historic preservation professionals in 2015, the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is the first initiative to comprehensively document historic places connected to the LGBT community in the city's five boroughs. Sites, such as bars and clubs, educational and cultural institutions, works of public art and architecture, illustrate the richness of the city's LGBT history and the community's influence on American culture. On April 10, the project team will highlight historic places where LGBT designers have made an indelible impact on the landscape of New York City.

Being successful in interior design takes both exceptional design skills and strong business acumen — it is more than designing pretty spaces. Join Malene Barnett, cross-media artist and founder of Malene B Atelier as she moderates a conversation with Sheila Bridges, NYSID’s trustee Alexa Hampton, and Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz on how to diversify and position your business for growth on April 17.

NYSID will conclude its Spring 2019 Public Programs with its annual Alumni Lecture featuring a compelling alumnae, who has upheld a robust platform in interior design. On May 8, attendees will join alumnae Laurie Smith in an intimate conversation and look into her journey as in interior designer. As one of the first designers to hit the airwaves on TLC’s Emmy nominated show Trading Spaces in 2000, Laurie will share her personal renovation story of a contemporary home, examples from her book, Discovering Home, and answer questions about the beloved series Trading Spaces with students and alumni of her alma mater.

Phyllis Greer