Why Are Speakers Excited About the First Annual International Laboratory Design Conference?

Lindsay Jawor
Aug. 28, 2017, 2:59 p.m.

Jeff Talka, AIA, LEED AP 

The first-ever International Laboratory Design Conference is right around the corner, and we're excited to be meeting in Madrid with some of the greatest experts in laboratory design from around the world.

We reached out to Jeff Talka, AIA, LEED AP of the The S/L/A/M Collaborative to discuss the upcoming event, in which he will present a session entitled "Future-proofing Your Facility: What Happens When the Cure is Found?" 

What inspired you to join the first International Laboratory Design Conference as a speaker (especially considering the distance)? 
I have always enjoyed the congeniality of these types of conferences. I’ve been going to SEFA meetings for years and there is always a great vibe and electricity between the folks who work in the laboratory world day in and day out. There’s always something to learn and ideas to share. I wanted to be a speaker to be able to share some thoughts at this inaugural event. Should be exciting.

Why are you excited to share your expertise on future-proofing with the international lab design community? 
It’s an issue that we should all face as designers. What good is it to create a beautiful facility that becomes functionally obsolete at an early age; and whose adaptability can only come at a grand cost. I believe we can be of more service to our clients if we can address how buildings may adapt to ever the evolving investigation of science.

Are there any other speakers or topics you’re looking forward to in September? 
I think all of them. This is the first conference of its kind so I’m going in like a sponge. I hope to reunite with old friends and make new ones. All the speakers are well respected so I’m looking for a conference that will set the bar high.

Jeff added: I'm just looking forward to seeing everyone in Madrid. This conference has been in the planning stages for a while so there are some great expectations which I’m sure will be met.

We can't wait to see what Jeff has to share with us in September, and we also can't wait to meet with old associates and make new connections. Thank you for your time, Jeff, and we'll see you in Madrid!

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