Gary Wheeler, FIIDA, FASID


“Great design is about elevating people’s potential by realizing the untapped and breathtaking possibilities of the places where they live, work and play.”

Gary’s career is distinguished by his particular ability to intentionally combine robust strategy with creative thinking and insightful design. He began his career as the co-founder of his own firm; more than 30 years later, his résumé is punctuated with respected positions at three international design firms, a history of service to design organizations, and an esteemed portfolio of work that solves the strategic business challenges and human-centered needs of a diverse clientele. Learn more about Gary


Un-Packing Data-Driven Design

While there’s always been some level of data in the design process, it seems we’re overloaded with vast amounts of it and a proliferation of tools to analyze it. This session explores how a reliance on data may foster the illusion that we know everything. Gary unpacks the reality of how best to leverage data in the design process in well-founded, meaningful ways that help achieve positive human and financial impacts. 1 AIA LU | HSW

Healthcare + Branding

The design industry’s approach to healthcare spaces is, at its core, all about promoting health and wellness to the professionals, patients and families that journey through these environments. But what about thinking about the facility as the client’s branding tool — and the potential to market the spaces within it to reflect the type of care being delivered? If a well-branded experience can affect mood or behavior, then shouldn’t it be a central pillar of healthcare design? This session explores how healthcare spaces can be both a truly connected experience — as well as a celebrated branded one. 1 AIA LU | HSW

Gary is invigorated every day by the opportunity to share his knowledge through mentorship, articles, book and presentations, a handful of which are featured here.

Speaking + Publications

  • “Healthcare + Branding,” Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Atlanta, GA, February 8, 2018
  • “Workplace Sustainability: More than just Energy Efficiency and Recycled Materials,” Tradeline: Space Strategies, St. Petersburg, fl, November 13, 2017
  • “Colour in the Office,” Clerkenwell Design Week, London, England, June 23, 2016
  • “ICON Profile: Gary Wheeler,” ICON, Fall 2015
  • “Revolution in Workplace Interior Design,” Clerkenwell Design Week, London, England, May 2015
  • “Holly Hunt and the Power of Neutrals,” by Helen Kirwan-Taylor, Wall Street Journal, December 9, 2014
  • “The Most Inspiring Office Building,” by Rodrigo Nino, Airport Business Hub, January 18, 2013
  • “Does Your Office Design Matter,” Center for Competitive Management, 2012
  • “Design for a Global Workplace,” International Interior Design Association Texas-Oklahoma Chapter Conference, Houston, tx, February 8, 2008
  • The Psychology of the Workplace, by Gary Wheeler, 2007
  • “Future Work: How Will Business Reinvent Itself?,” American Society of Interior Design Association Forum at NeoCon World Trade’s Fair, Chicago, IL, June 2005
  • Guest Lecturer, Marymount University, Arlington, VA, November 14, 2002

Award Juries

  • FX Magazine Awards, 2016
  • Designer of Distinction, American Society of Interior Designers, 2014
  • Antron Design Awards, 2012
  • Antron Design Awards, 2008
  • Antron Design Awards, 2004
  • SOM Interior Architecture Fellowship, 2003
  • Antron Design Awards, 2000