METROCON 18 - Autism in Architecture

This year’s METROCON 18 Expo & Conference is going to be held on August 9th and 10th in Dallas, TX. The conference offers an chance to connect and learn from Essential Industry Members who are continuing to improve the built environment. On behalf of PDR, Design Director, Jackie Wheat, Director of Business Consulting, Kelly Baughman, and Designer, Julie Truong will collectively speak on Autism in Architecture. By understanding how individuals with autism view the world, we have the potential to improve design quality for everyone.

You won't want to miss hearing how Autism Spectrum Disorder inclusivity is a huge priority in design, and is a necessary step that could encourage innovation and potentially propel us into a new era of architecture. In addition to insights from influential industry speakers, METROCON also offers education seminars, light and design tour, student programming, and networking opportunities. 

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Jackie Wheat

Design Director at PDR, Jackie Wheat leads and develops the interior design and visual communications teams. Her work transforms program and strategy into thoughtful design solutions tuned to enrich each client’s vision, identity and culture. Jackie approaches place making from the inside out—connecting people to purpose through designs that inspire. She cultivates her professional relationships with the same responsibility and intentionality she brings to her designs. The resulting built environments demonstrate her holistic vision of affecting positive change for individuals, teams and organizations through design.


Kelly Baughman


As a Principal with PDR, Kelly leads the Business Consulting team. She studies the current needs and future forecasts of an organization, investigates desired workplace performance objectives, and delivers strategic solutions to clients to ensure that the real estate portfolio is delivering its highest value. Kelly impacts what matters most in an organization, the employees. She is a founding member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Global 
organization. Kelly is certified in Prosci’s Change Management methodology and Prosci’s Train-the-Trainer Program. 


Julie Truong

As a designer with PDR Julie aids in proposal preparation, schematic design and design development. Julie's responsibilities include overseeing construction documents and assisting in managing the process of construction administration. Additionally, Julie meticulously engages in programming and test fitting buildings. She is an innovator with a passion for architecture. Throughout Julie's professional career, she has had the privilege to work on historical preservation, commercial, civic, higher education, residential and healthcare projects. Julie strives to work in a functional manner that allows for optimal productivity and forward thinking.