Think

Little thoughts. Big ideas.

We are true “students” of the ever-changing world in which we live. That’s why we focus intensely on research that allows us to design for the future and remain on the forefront of ideas and trends.  We’re always learning, always thinking and always uncovering hidden opportunities that lead to results beyond architecture. The best part is…we love sharing our discoveries free of cost.   

Our Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • EDspaces Conference & Expo
    Speakers: Tomas Eliaeson presents, "Brain + Space + Learning - Empowering Learning for the Innovation Economy"
    Location: Kansas City, MO
    Time: 3:30-4:30pm
    SCUP International
    Speakers: Thomas Carlson-Reddig and Stephen Wukela, Mayor of Florence, SC, present, "Creating Partnerships to Revitalize a Declining City Center"
    Location: Washington, DC
    Time: 1:40-2:40pm
    California Higher Education Sustainability Conference
    Speakers: Tomas Eliaeson, Dan Gill and Leigh Anne Jones present with Jill Anthes from San Francisco State University on "Fog Catcher: Exploring Sustainable Strategies at San Francisco State University"
    Location: Santa Barbara, CA
    Time: 3:15-4:00pm
  • NeoCon World's Trade Fair
    Speakers: Thomas Carlson Reddig and Tomas Eliaeson present, "Tiny Living = Big Rewards in Student Housing"
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Time: 1:00-2:00pm
    NeoCon World's Trade Fair
    Speakers: Jim Thompson and technology architect,Jeff Gunther, present, "Competitive Intelligence: Technology as Both a Disruptor and Enabler"
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Time: 1:00-2:00pm
    Archibus Nexus NYC 2017
    Speakers: David Stephenson will serve as keynote speaker and will present, "Capturing the Value of Your IWMS System"
    Location: New York, NY
    Time: 11:00-11:45am
  • AIA National Conference
    Speakers: Carol Rickard-Brideau and Tomas Eliaeson present, "Brain Space Learning: Empower Learning for the Innovation Economy"
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Time: 4:00pm
    NAIOP Central Florida Chapter
    Speakers: Coby Watts participates in a panel discussion, "What the Tech? How the 4th Industrial Revolution is Enhancing Commercial Real Estate."
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
    North Carolina State Energy Conference
    Speakers: Elizabeth Ratner, Alex Lowrie and Miles Grubbs present, "Net Zero Energy Principles and Strategies for Residential and Commercial Buildings"
    Location: Raleigh, NC
    Time: 3;30pm
  • GlobalShop
    Speakers: Bruce Barteldt participates in the panel discussion, "Shop! Top Trends Report," outlining top retail design trends, shifts and progressions. 
    Location: Las Vegas, NV
    Time: 10:30am
    Association for Learning Environments Symposium
    Speakers: Tomas Jimenez-Eliaeson presents, "Brain + Space + Learning: Empowering Learning for the Innovation Economy" 
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Time: 10:00-11:00am
    Architecture Exchange East
    Speakers: Carol Rickard-Brideau presents, "Salutogenic Design: What's Behind the WELL Standard"
    Location: Richmond, VA
    Time: 7:30am
  • NACS Show
    Speakers: Bruce Barteldt participates in a panel discussion on "Delivering A Great Shopping Experience"
    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Time: 9:05am
    The Ever-Changing World of Construction
    Speakers: Phil Kuttner participates in a roundtable discussion on "Today's Challenges and Tomorrow's Opportunities" in the construction industry.
    Location: Charlotte, NC
    Time: 8:30am
    Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo
    Speakers: Valerie Miller, a member of Little's healthcare team, will teach an American College of Healthcare Architects Exam Prep Seminar
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Time: 1:00pm
  • NeoCon World's Trade Fair
    Speakers: Jim Thompson and Tomas Jimenez-Eliaeson present, "Unlikely Hybrids: Transcending the Traditional Typologies"
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Time: 9:30am-10:30am
    NeoCon World's Trade Fair
    Speakers: Tomas Jimenez-Eliaeson presents, "Beyond Boundaries: Designing Learning Environments for the Innovation Economy"
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
    7X24 Exchange
    Speakers: John Walker presents with BB&T Senior Vice President Rhett Bailey and Todd Pagliarulo, Associate Partner with Syska Hennessy Group, on  "Navigating the Future of a New Enterprise Data Center"
    Location: Boca Raton, FL
    Time: 10:00am
  • INDEX 'Design Talks' Seminar
    Speakers: James Farnell presents, "Trendcast 2016: A Visual Tour of retail practice, innovation and emerging trends from around the globe"
    Location: Dubai
    Time: 11:10am-12:00pm
    InRetail Summit
    Speakers: James Farnell presents, "What Makes a Destination: How landlords, retailers and designers can harness the power of design to differentiate their offer by engaging with customers in more meaningful ways."
    Location: Dubai
    Time: 12:00pm
    National Facilities Management & Technology High Performance Buildings & Workplaces Conference
    Speakers: Elizabeth Ratner, Kathy Rabuse and Margaret Antonik present, "Design Tools  for Improving Building Performance: Case Studies from Net Zero to Pop-up Retail"
    Location: Austin, TX
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am
  • Early Childhood Education Conference
    Speakers: Tomas Jimenez-Eliaeson and Carol Rickard-Brideau present, "Brain+Space+Learning: A Pattern Language for Designing Environments that Empower Learning for the Innovation Economy"
    Location: Denver, CO
    CoreNet Carolinas Chapter Charlotte Event
    Speakers: Carol Rickard-Brideau participates in a panel discussion on "WELL Building, Well Being - Bringing the Built Environment and Health Together for Strategic Advantage"
    Location: Charlotte, NC
    Time: 11:30am
    GreenNC and High Performance Buildings Conference
    Speakers: Elizabeth Ratner and Miles Grubbs present, "Meeting the Demand for High Performance Buildings in NC"
    Location: Raleigh, NC
  • Association for Learning Environments Southeast Regional Conference
    Speakers: Beth Buffington and Carol Rickard-Brideau present, "Schools and Wellness: Designing a Better School Environment for our Brains"
    Location: Williamsburg, VA
    Time: 1:15pm
    ICSC RECon Latin America 2016
    Speakers: James Farnell presents, "Retail at its Best: A visual tour of innovative trends from around the globe"
    Location: Cancun, Mexico
    IFMA Greater Triangle Chapter Event
    Speakers: Carol Rickard-Brideau participates in a panel discussion on "The Implementation of the WELL Standard"
    Location: Cary, NC
    Time: 3:00pm
  • 2016 ULI Carolinas'
    Speakers: David Crabtree presents, "Creating Value from Design." This presentation will explore the keys to good design, creating an authentic experience and the role of the developer in the process.
    Location: Raleigh, NC
    Time: 9:30-10:30am
    NBOA 2016 Annual Meeting
    Speakers: Tom Balke and  Fletcher Gregory, client representative with Charlotte Latin School, present, "Your Master Plan. Your Big Picture"
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Time: 10:30am
    NRF Retail's Big Show
    Speakers: James Farnell leads a visual store tour presentation focused on exciting new stores in New York City.
    Location: New York, NY
    Time: 10:15am
  • A.R.E. Industry Summit
    Speakers: Bruce Barteldt will facilitate a Retail Roundtable discussion to help with idea sharing, problem solving and discovering a new way of thinking about retail.
    Location: Amelia Island, FL
    Time: 1:15-2:20pm
    Conext
    Speakers: David Kepron presents on a number of topics including, "Novelty: Why New is Important in Customer Experience" and "Techempathy - Using Technology in the Service of Empathic Extension"
    Location: Lille, France
    IFMA's World Workplace Conference & Expo
    Speakers: David Crabtree presents, "Return on Innovation: Maximizing Your Largest Investment"
    Location: Denver, CO
  • TEDx Arlington
    Speakers: Carol Rickard-Brideau presents, "The Brain, Environments & Wellness"
    Location: Arlington, VA
    ASID South Central Design Symposium
    Speakers: Carol Rickard-Brideau presents, "Your Body on Architecture"
    Location: New Orleans, LA
    Engage: Millennials
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "In Search of the Millennial Brain: Experience Design for the Next Generation"
    Location: New York, NY
    Time: 2:30pm
  • The International Retail Design Conference
    Speakers: David Kepron presents as a keynote speaker, "Design is Not a Department: Understanding and Engaging the Creative Mind in Retail Place Making"
    Location: Austin, TX
    Time: 4:00pm
    The International Retail Design Conference
    Speakers: Daniel Montano presents with client Taylor Hayden, owner of Blackstone, "Blackstone, A Case Study of the Active Retailer"
    Location: Austin, TX
    3DExcite Live
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "Creating Relevant Customer Experiences When Shopping at the Speed of Light"
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Time: 1:00-1:25pm
  • Epica 2015
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "Retail Evolution" 
    Location: Cartagena, Columbia
    NeoCon World's Trade Fair
    Speakers: Carol Rickard and Andre Bellerjeau present, "This is Your Body on Architecture"
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Time: 9:30am
    NeoCon World's Trade Fair
    Speakers: Jim Thompson and Tomas Jimenez-Eliaeson present, "Creating a Super Nucleus: It's All About ROI"
    Location: Chicago, IL
    Time: 9:30am
  • Retail Asia Expo
    Speakers: James Farnell presents, "The Retail Design Institute's 2015 Trend-Cast"
    Location: Hong Kong
    Time: 2:00pm
    Retail Asia Expo
    Speakers: James Farnell presents, "Re-think Retail: Localize"
    Location: Hong Kong
    Time: 2:00pm
    InterFace Carolinas
    Speakers: John Komisin participates in a panel discussion, "Office Market Update: What's the Outlook for Leasing, Investment & Development in North and South Carolina Office Property?"
    Location: Charlotte, NC
    Time: 10:00am
  • Shanghai C-Star Retail Conference
    Speakers: Bruce Barteldt presents, "Customer Experience Future Shock - Making Sense of Paradigm Shifting Trends"
    Location: Shanghai, China
    Time: 9:40am
    Shanghai C-Star Retail Conference
    Speakers: James Farnell presents, "Retail Design and Establishing a Destination"
    Location: Shanghai, China
    Smart Jewelry Show
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "Brands, Brains and Buying – How your Brain Shops and What it Means to Store Design"
    Location: Chicago, IL
  • Smart Jewelry Show
    Speakers: David Kepron presents as a keynote speaker, "Creating Meaningful Customer Experiences in a Digitally Driven World"
    Location: Chicago IL
    International Signage EXPO
    Speakers: David Kepron delivers a keynote presentation on "The Brand Performance Place: Where Minds, Merchandise and Media Connect
    Location: Las Vegas, NV
    NRF Retail's Big Show
    Speakers: James Farnell leads a break out session and tour focused on exciting new stores in New York City.
    Location: New York, NY
  • CoreNet Regional Symposium
    Speakers: Carol Rickard-Brideau presents as a panel member discussing "The Human Sustainability Movement and its Impact on Workplace Productivity - A Global Perspective" 
    Location: Baltimore, MD
    RDI New York Chapter Event
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "Brands, Brains and Buying"
    Location: New York, NY
    NeoCon East
    Speakers: Jim Thompson and Tomas Eliaeson present, "The Immersive Workplace"
    Location: Baltimore, MD
  • NeoCon East
    Speakers: Jim Thompson and former Little intern Danya Hakky present, "Building for Green People:  Designing for Sustainable Behavior"
    Location: Baltimore, MD
    Digital Signage Expo One
    Speakers: David Kepron presents the keynote speech on "Creating Customer Connections in a Digitally Driven World"
    Location: New York, NY
    Time: 9:00am-10:00am
    SCUP Southern Regional Conference
    Speakers: Tomas Eliaeson presents, "Beyond Boundaries: Intersectional Learning for the Innovation Economy”

    Location: Orlando, FL
  • SCUP Southern Regional Conference
    Speakers: Connie Drakes presents, "Imagining Innovation - Unlimited Data at Your Fingertips" 
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Retail Design Institute
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "Brands, Brains and Buying"
    Location: Boston, MA
    Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
    Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) Talk
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "Brands, Brains and Buying"
    Location: Salem, MA
  • Neuromarketing in Retail
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "Brands, Brains and Buying"
    Location: Amsterdam
    Future Charlotte: Building A Vision Forum
    Speakers: John Komisin participates in a panel discussion on the future of Charlotte
    Location: Charlotte, NC
    Time: 8:00am
    EquipMag - Retail 360
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "Brains, Brands and Buying"
    Location: Paris
  • The International Retail Design Conference
    Speakers: Daniel Montano and client Bruce Wilette lead a discussion on "New Retail Opportunities, New Eating Habits"
    Location: Miami, FL
    Time: 9:00-10:30am
    The International Retail Design Conference
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "The Brand Performance Place:  Where Minds, Merchandise and Media Connect" 
    Location: Miami, FL
    Time: 9:30-10:30am
    IFMA Academic Facilities Council
    Speakers: Connie Drake and North Carolina State University client Sally Rau present, "The Ultimate Conversion - Implementing a New CAFM System for a University"
    Location: Webinar
    Time: 2:00pm Eastern
  • Retail Asia Expo
    Speakers: James Farnell presents, "Humanizing the Retail Experience"
    Location: Wanchai, Hong Kong
    Time: 1:00pm
    Omni-Channel Retailing Conference
    Speakers: James Farnell presents, "Re-Think Retail:  The Incredible Opportunity Facing Designers and Retailers"
    Location: Wanchai, Hong Kong
    NeoCon World's Trade Fair
    Speakers:

    Tomas Jimenez-Eliaeson and Jim Thompson present, "The Immersive Workplace:  Creating a Trans-disciplinary Learning/Working Environment"

    Location: Chicago, IL
    Time: 4:00pm
  • Congreso Internacional Visual Merchandising 2014
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "Creating Right-Brain Customer Experiences in a Digitally Driven World."  David will also lead a workshop, "Back to Basics to Plan for the Future."
    Location: Guatemala
    Congreso Internacional Visual Merchandising 2014
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "Creating Right-Brain Customer Experiences in a Digitally Driven World."  David will also lead a workshop, "Back to Basics to Plan for the Future."
    Location: Panama
    GlobalShop
    Speakers: Bruce Barteldt presents, "Customer Experience Future Shock - Making Sense of Paradigm Shifting Trends"
    Location: Los Vegas, NV
  • SPECS 2014
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "Retail (r)Evolution:  Why Designing Right-Brained Stores Will Shape the Future of Shopping in a Digitally Driven World."
    Location: Grapevine, TX
    Time: 9:15am
    The Center for Reform of School Systems Symposium
    Speakers: Tomas Jimenez-Eliaeson presents, "Implementing an Immersive Learningscape"
    Location: Tucson, AZ
    Digital Signage Expo Keynote
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "Creating Engaging Experiences in a Digitally Distracted World"
    Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • POPAI Conference
    Speakers: David Kepron presents, "Why Creating Right-Brained Stores Will Shape the Future of Shopping in a Digitally Driven World"
    Location: Milan
    CoreNet Global Summit
    Speakers: David Stephenson and Jeff Martin (TIAA-CREF) present, "Building Partnerships at TIAA-CREF”
    Location: Las Vegas, NV
    SCUP Southern Conference
    Speakers: Thomas Carlson-Reddig, Jeff Martin and Phil Jones (UNC-Charlotte) present, "Transformation! Creation of a Distinctive Student Living and Learning Village"
    Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Tradeline’s Space Strategies 2013
    Speakers: Phil Tackett and Susan Hensey present, "Strategic Occupancy Plans with Time-based Planning: Migrations, Consolidations, Scheduling”
    Location: Scottsdale, AZ
    IFMA’s World Workplace
    Speakers: David Stephenson and Susan Hensey present, "CAFM Maturity: Is Yours Crawling, Walking or Running?”
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    IFMA’s World Workplace
    Speakers: Carol Rickard and Chris Penndorf present, "This is Your Brain on Space: Neuroscience & Design”
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • CEFPI International Conference
    Speakers: Tomas Jiménez-Eliaeson presents, Immersive Learningscape 2.0 - A Pattern Language for the design of the Learning Revolution Environments”
    Location: Indianapolis, IN
    AIA+2030 Challenge Session
    Speakers: Tomas Jiménez-Eliaeson presents, "Putting it all Together: Achieving 2030 Goals on the Project and at the Office"
    Location: Charlotte, NC
    NeoCon World’s Trade Fair
    Speakers: Jim Thompson presents, "Fostering Failure: The New Equation to Innovation”
    Location: Chicago, IL
  • 2013 Retail Asia Expo
    Speakers: James Farnell presents, “The Retail Design Institute’s Trendcast: A Visual Tour of Retail Best Practice, Innovation and Developing Trends from around the Globe”
    Location: Hong Kong
    2013 Retail Asia Expo
    Speakers: Bruce Barteldt and James Farnell present, “Humanizing the Retail Experience”
    Location: Hong Kong
    CoreNet Global Carolinas Chapter
    Speakers: David Stephenson presents, “User Metrics, Building Metrics and Business Portability” Round Table
    Location: Morrisville, NC
  • GlobalShop
    Speakers: Bruce Barteldt presents, “Return on Investment in Retail” Round Table
    Location: Chicago, IL
    CoreNet Global Carolinas Chapter
    Speakers: David Stephenson presents, “Data in Corporate Real Estate”
    Location: Charlotte, NC
    3rd Annual Shopping Malls Conference
    Speakers: James Farnell presents, “5 ideas: Creating a Unified Customer Experience"
    Location: Bangkok, Thailand
  • National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference
    Speakers: Tom Balke and Shana Hetherington present, "Beyond Buildings: Engaging the Community in a Revolutionary Master Plan Process"
    Location: Philadelphia, PA
    LEX 2013 - Learning Environments Conference
    Speakers: Tomas Jiménez-Eliaeson presents, “Immersive LearningScape 2.0 - A Pattern Language for the Design of the Learning Revolution”
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Outdoor Retailer 2013
    Speakers: James Farnell presents, “Why Store Design Matters”
    Location: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Innovate 2013: Re-Imagining School
    Speakers: Tomas Jiménez-Eliaeson presents, “Immersive LearningScape 2.0 - A Pattern Language for the Design of the Learning Revolution”
    Location: Sao Paolo, Brazil
    Interbike International Bicycle Expo 2012
    Speakers: James Farnell presents, "Why Store Design Matters"
    Location: Las Vegas, NV
    NeoCon World’s Trade Fair
    Speakers: Jim Thompson and Tomas Jiménez-Eliaeson present, "Finding the Intersection"
    Location: Chicago, IL
  • Retail Asia Expo
    Speakers: James Farnell presents, "Why Store Design Matters"
    Location: Hong Kong
    NeoCon World’s Trade Fair
    Speakers: Carol Rickard and Jim Thompson present, "Building a Collective Intelligence and Shared Purpose"
    Location: Chicago, IL
    IRDC Roadshow
    Speakers: Nicole Rehfuss presents, "Millennials & Technology”
    Location: Cincinnati, OH
  • 2012 FM: Systems User Conference
    Speakers: Connie Drake and Darlene Martin present, “Adding Players Means Adding Value”
    Location: Durham, NC
    CEFPI SouthEast
    Speakers: Tomas Jiménez-Eliaeson presents,“The Immersive LearningScape"
    Location: Hilton Head, SC
    GlobalShop
    Speakers: Daniel Montaño presents, “Unified Experience Process”
    Location: Las Vegas, NV
  • School & College Building Expo
    Speakers: Tomas Jiménez-Eliaeson and Tom Balke presents, “The Immersive LearningScape: Innovating in a New Economy”
    Location: Orlando, Florida