Created in 2009 by more than 20 nonprofit organizations, the National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED) represents more than 500,000 members. People involved in NAED activities come from both industry and academia and are among the world’s most knowledgeable in their field. The NAED membership provides the leadership and expertise required to accomplish complex research projects on issues such as climate change, resource depletion, and energy security. The existing National Academies arose during times of extreme need for the nation—the Civil War, the Space Race—and the NAED is developing in similar fashion.
Rachel Martin Design was hired to design all of the event materials for The National Academy of Environmental Design’s 2013 Annual Meeting and Workshop called “Designing Intelligent Environments: Social and Ethical Implications”. The scope of the event was to open up the discussion to the problematic of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the design and monitoring of interior environments, buildings, and landscapes, in addition to the design of the devices themselves and their graphics. The workshop brought together representatives from governments, advocacy, and public health with representatives from the environmental design professions to share issues and frame strategies for solutions that the design professions are uniquely suited to provide.