NKBA (National) Upcoming Education Opportunities

Whether you are a novice or experience professional looking to enhance your design or business skills or add to your credentials through NKBA Certification; or a student striving to break into the industry, NKBA's innovative approach to education is perfect for you.


The Magnetism of the Kitchen
Thursday, September 12, 2019
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT (.1 CEU)

Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS – Owner, Steve Hoffacker, LLC
Registration closes 2 hours before event begins.

Since America's formative years, the kitchen has been and continues to be the focal point of the home - a place where the family and visitors gather, converse, socialize, and take their meals. Because of this huge responsibility, the kitchen must be accessible to all who enter the home - occupants and visitors alike. Controls, appliances, cabinets, pantries, work surfaces, prep areas, and other parts of the kitchen must not intentionally (by their design or location) exclude anyone.
The multi-purpose nature of the kitchen gives it added importance and stature in the home, from just gathering, eating, preparing and serving meals, getting a snack or something to drink, having cocktails, doing homework, paying the bills, visiting with neighbors, canning or storing foodstuffs in reusable containers, playing cards, and so much more.
People who live in a home know what their space and access requirements are - whether or not they are fully addressed - but without taking a global, universal design and visitability approach to kitchen design, they are necessarily going to be hampering the freedom of movement of some people who visit them. The point is that they never fully know the physical needs of those who might visit them - invited guests and their plus-ones for a dinner, cocktails, celebration, pool party, cookout, card game, TV party, or other such event.
Typically, kitchens are not created to provide for these challenges well but understanding them makes creating a strategic approach to work with them easy to accomplish and implement. We'll explore the key areas for consideration and look at how a little adjustment will make a major difference.

At the end of this session you will:

  • Explain why more than any other room in the home, visitors and occupants gather in the kitchen since it is the core or heart of the home.
  • Discover how the kitchen hosts more functions than any other room in the home and how to accommodate them.
  • Identify how the kitchen must allow everyone equal access and use of the space

Tech Meets My Parents – Smart Kitchens and Baths Aid Independent Living
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
12:00pm ET/9:00am PT (.1 CEU)

Paula Kennedy, CMKBD, CLIPP – Owner – Timeless Kitchen Designs
Registration closes 2 hours before event begins.

When speaking about Aging in Place, Universal Design, Inclusive Design, Living In Place Accessible/Adaptable Living, and Independent Living, the fundamental goal of this booming design sector is to extend independent living as long as possible. Independence is the KEY! 
With the incredible growth and momentum of TECHNOLOGY in our homes, it is only natural to pair these two knowledge pools together to highlight the incredible benefits our aging population can receive by embracing tech in their homes and lives.
All this technology benefits the broader Universal Design segment; however, we will focus primarily on our aging population for this discussion. Some generations adamantly say they don’t want technology but as we’ll see they are actually already using a fair amount, but it’s not just for them, it’s for us in 20 or 30 years!  When we are in our 70’s, we will expect and demand flawless integrated technology.
At the end of this session you will:

  • Learn and review the research and statistics of consumer habits and needs.
  • Explore Smart technology that benefits the aging demographic.
  • Describe the future of technology in the independent living category.

Designing Kitchens & Baths that Make Life Easier: Lessons from the Universal Design Living Laboratory
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
12:00pm ET/9:00am PT (.1 CEU)

Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph. D., CLIPP – President – Rossetti Enterprises, Inc.
Registration closes 2 hours before event begins.

Incorporating universal design in kitchen and bath projects results in homes that are more convenient, accessible, functional, peaceful, and safe for everyone during every stage of life — regardless of age, size, or physical ability. Find out what works, what sells, and where the challenges are from Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D., CLIPP. 

She and her husband, Mark Leder, led the design team, were the general contractors, and live in the Universal Design Living Laboratory www.udll.com This is the top-rated universal design home in North America earning three national universal design certifications. 

Rosemarie’s information-packed, interactive program will identify what features can be added or changed to give clients total access, independence, and peace-of-mind. Through this in-depth virtual tour and presentation, interior designers will gain a different sense of space planning and accessibility from the personal perspective of Rosemarie who uses a wheelchair. Essential components for kitchens and baths will be illustrated through real working examples, as well as building techniques and products that are essential for any livable home.

Many clients are looking to remodel or build their homes to create their “forever home.” Kitchen and bath designers who can counsel clients about universal design features and benefits, important to present and future housing needs, are in a better position to attract and keep clients for life. Conversations need to include a discussion about the importance of universal design and how homes that include these features will better serve the homeowners in the present, as well as in the future. Explore the costs versus value that universal design features add to a home. Come away able to communicate the concepts of universal design to your clients, and articulate smarter design solutions that provide independence, safety, and convenience for your clients with multiple needs and abilities.
At the end of this session you will:

  • Identify 10 universal design features in the kitchen that provide added safety, access, and convenience for the homeowner.
  • Identify 10 universal design features in the bathroom that provide added safety, access, and convenience for the homeowner.
  • Pinpoint 5 design problems and their solutions that negatively affect daily living in the kitchen and bathroom.

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