Thursday, January 17

My Schedule

9:00 AM

Hali Larsen Design Research Engineer
Autodesk Research
Matthew Spremulli Innovation Project Manager
Autodesk Technology Centres

Everyday Generative Design: An Overview of New Technology for Practical Applications in Interior Design

  • Technology

Everyday Generative Design: An Overview of New Technology for Practical Applications in Interior Design

Hali Larsen Design Research Engineer, Autodesk Research

Hali Larsen is a researcher with the Complex Systems Group at Autodesk Research. She joined the Toronto office in 2015 and works on advancing tools for the design and performance management of buildings and cities. In the context of the design, make, and (re)use cycle, Hali is passionate about improving human health and wellbeing, reducing waste, and enabling energy efficiency by questioning the impact that simulation tools, real-world data via IoT connectivity, and novel visualization techniques for big data will have on design process and outcomes. Hali’s experience prior to joining Autodesk Research includes sustainability-focused research and development at the Danish firm GXN/3XN, in addition to architectural practice and consulting engineering.

Matthew Spremulli Innovation Project Manager, Autodesk Technology Centres

Matthew Spremulli launched the Technology Centre chapter at the Toronto office in 2018—bringing in academics, entrepreneurs, and industry groups to explore the “future of making” within a residency program. He is passionate about democratizing technology as well as public engagement/exhibition projects. Matthew was a co-director of the “Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15” project representing Canada at the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale. He was lead research-designer on the “Future of Suburbia” with MITs Center for Advanced Urbanism for their 2016 Research Biennale. And most recently he was Research Coordinator for the Living Architecture Systems Group. Matthew currently teaches in the University of Toronto’s landscape architecture program introducing new media and technologies within design and representation courses.

9:00 AM

Christopher Hawthorne Chief of Design
City of Los Angeles
Alex Bozikovic Architecture Critic
The Globe and Mail

Why a City Needs a Chief Design Officer

  • Future Cities

Join Christopher Hawthorne, the City of Los Angeles’s Chief Design Officer in conversation with The Globe and Mail’s Alex Bozikovic to understand how cities are exploring new approaches to delivering design excellence in the public realm. As competition between leading cities grows, politicians are realizing the importance of investing in world-class architecture and design.

Christopher Hawthorne Chief of Design, City of Los Angeles

Christopher Hawthorne is the Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles, a position appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Previously, he was the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to 2018. With Alanna Stang, Hawthorne is the author of “The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture.” and his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Slate, Architectural Record, Architecture, Harvard Design Magazine. He is professor of the practice at Occidental College, where since 2015 he has directed the Third Los Angeles Project, a series of public conversations about architecture, urban planning, mobility and demographic change in Southern California. Hawthorne has also taught at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. A frequent collaborator with KCET-TV in Los Angeles, he wrote and directed “That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles,” which had its broadcast debut earlier this year, and received an L.A.-area Emmy Award for the 2016 KCET program “Third L.A. with Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne.”

Alex Bozikovic Architecture Critic, The Globe and Mail

Alex Bozikovic is The Globe and Mail’s architecture critic. He has won a National Magazine Award and has also written for publications such as Azure, Dwell and Wallpaper. He is an author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide (McClelland and Stewart, 2017).

9:00 AM

Kat Holmes Director of User Experience of Google and Founder of Mismatch
Google, Mismatch

KEYNOTE: Kat Holmes: Mismatch How Inclusion Shapes Design

  • Experience

There is a growing interest in making inclusion a positive goal for companies, teams, and products. To begin developing and growing inclusive practices in company culture and in the design process for mass-scaled technology is challenging. What makes it even more difficult is the void of information on how to practice inclusive design for digital technologies. If inclusive design is good design, how do we even begin to unpack the tension between building something universal at scale that is also meaningful on a personal level? How do we make the inclusive design choices to minimize the mismatches that create barriers and often are the building blocks of exclusion? When inclusion guides the answers to these questions, it becomes much more than a good idea. It becomes an economic imperative.

Kat Holmes Director of User Experience of Google and Founder of Mismatch, Google, Mismatch

Kat Holmes, named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” in 2017, is founder of mismatch.design, a firm dedicated to inclusive design resources and education. She served as the Principal Director of Inclusive Design at Microsoft from 2014-2017, and led that company’s executive program for inclusive product innovation. Her award-winning toolkit was inducted into the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. In 2018, Holmes joined Google and continues to advance inclusive development for some of the most influential technologies in the world. She is the author of Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design.

9:00 AM

Jeff Ranson Regional Director, Greater Toronto Area
Canada Green Building Council

Green Building in 2018: What You Need To Know Now and What’s Next

  • Future Cities

Perhaps you’re already an aficionado of all things sustainability-driven or it may be that a new or prospective project is encouraging you to learn more on the subject. Yet you may be unaware of some of the practical issues gaining increasing prominence which will impact professionals working across all areas of the design profession, including urban planning, architecture and design, facilities management or property development. This seminar will outline five of the most influential “green building” trends influencing the interior design community today: wellness, material labelling, zero carbon, the retrofit economy and smart technology.

HSW Accredited

Sponsored by:

Jeff Ranson Regional Director, Greater Toronto Area, Canada Green Building Council

As the GTA Regional Director for the CaGBC, Jeff’s focus is on green building market transformation in southern Ontario and building an active community of practice through the CaGBC’s Greater Toronto Chapter. Previously, Jeff served as the founding Executive Director of the Toronto 2030 District and Manager of Education for Sustainable Buildings Canada. He was lead facilitator for Enbridge’s Savings By Design energy conservation program delivering sustainable design workshops for over 100 development projects across Ontario. Jeff has consulted for numerous private and public-sector organizations in Canada and internationally with a focus on capacity building and strategic planning for sustainable development, climate change mitigation and resilience outcomes. He holds an Honours in Business Administration from the Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business and a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCADU where he received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies.

9:00 AM

Liza Hausman Vice President of Industry Marketing
Houzz

Understanding Clients: How Design Preferences Differ Between Recent Home Buyers and Long-Term Homeowners

  • Talent & Diversity

Did you know that recent home buyers approach home design very differently than long-term homeowners? Knowing these differences may be the make or break factor in landing your next client. Liza Hausman, Houzz Vice President of Industry Marketing, will present the findings from the largest annual survey of residential decorating, remodeling and building activity, with information from homeowners who hired design professionals. Find out about median budget and spend broken down by room, details on product purchasing and key differentiators between first-time home buyers, repeat home buyers and long-term homeowners. Arm yourself with the latest research to create your best client pitch!

Liza Hausman Vice President of Industry Marketing, Houzz

Liza Hausman is Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz, an innovative residential remodeling and design platform and community. She has experience spanning advertising, consulting, marketing and social strategy for Fortune 500 brands to a host of innovative startups. Liza co-founded her first internet startup in 1998, a home improvement retailer eventually sold to Walmart. Over the last seven years she’s worked with interior designers, architects, contractors and landscape architects to remodel and decorate nearly every inch of her home in Palo Alto, California.

9:00 AM

Jeffrey Douglas Owner
Douglas Design Studio

The Evolving Client Dynamic: Managing Expectations in a Rapidly Changing Profession

  • Talent & Diversity

The design profession has evolved rapidly over the last couple of decades, affecting our client’s perceptions of the industry and how we need to conduct our business. The true value a professional interior designer brings to a project has been dramatically impacted by the emergence of do-it-yourself television programming, web-based apps promising to do the designer’s job for a small, monthly subscription fee and the degradation of ethical standards amongst would-be designers. With the advent of numerous technologies developed to replace the experienced practitioner, our profession is faced with the challenge of redefining our value in the marketplace and to our clients, reinforcing our role as advisors, creative problem-solvers and style-makers, integral to the successful outcome of any design project. This seminar will illustrate how a unique approach to client engagement can be your calling card, differentiating your brand in a challenging marketplace.

Jeffrey Douglas Owner, Douglas Design Studio

Jeffrey Douglas is the founder of the award-winning Douglas Design Studio. He brings a unique combination of creative and design leadership skills to the Studio, with over two decades of delivering extraordinary projects for his clients. Jeffrey’s work is informed by his passion for art, travel and delight in perfect detailing. He graduated from Ryerson University in 1989 and founded his company in 1995. Jeffrey has been recognized with several Awards of Excellence from the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and The International Design and Architecture Awards. His firm’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including The Globe and Mail, Interior Design Magazine, Toronto Life, Design New York, Style at Home, and Canadian House and Home.

9:00 AM

Laurena Clark Senior Interior Designer
Stantec Architecture

Designing for Kids: Designing for All–A Toolkit for Empathy in Design

  • Experience

In striving to connect with the inner child, we established key factors for an inclusive design process that accommodates everyone, regardless of age or project type. They include the ability to listen, empathize and build trust. This seminar will use the redesign of the SickKids’ Play Park as an example of an experience-focused project that creates a place for siblings of children undergoing treatment at the hospital. This indoor space is divided into several landscape concepts which include lake, hill, cave, meadow, forest, and canyon interpretations, each with a specific and identifiable design expression promoting varied visual and interactive experiences. PlayPark is specifically designed for relaxation, creativity, exploration and performance in a bright uplifting place where the stress of hospital visits fades and the joy of childhood is experienced by anyone, of any age.

HSW Accredited

Laurena Clark Senior Interior Designer, Stantec Architecture

For over 10 years, Laurena has focused on designing and leading projects in the healthcare sector with a focus on pediatric and existing facilities. Having previously focused on hospitality and workplace design, healthcare was the perfect next step to apply this experience in a growing sector that strives to create inspiring spaces for those who work and receive treatment in hospitals, as well as family members and visitors. She has been involved in all aspects of the design process, from visioning and conceptual design through to contract administration and completion. Laurena’s varied background gives her a deeper understanding of human behaviour, psychology and the arts, bringing added depth to the spaces she designs. Beginning a degree in fine arts and psychology, she moved on to become an interior designer. Continuing to deepen her interest in exploring human behaviour in response to art and the design of interior spaces, Laurena began a part-time interdisciplinary studies master’s program in 2016 while continuing to practice.

9:00 AM

George Foussias Senior Associate and Design Director
Quadrangle Architects

Millennials to Gen Z—Shifting the Hospitality Model from Accommodation to Experience

  • Experience

Millennials have been a focus of conversation across industries for many years, but curiosity is increasingly being piqued by their successors, Gen Z. Their ascent into a powerful demographic will affect how technology integrates with hospitality in a major way. George Foussias, a designer, visual artist, photographer and avid traveler will explore this shift in expectations and how the hospitality experience is different for each generation. Just as the social media landscape is being shaped by Gen Z, hotel infrastructure will need to cater to these unique consumers. This seminar will ask the audience “What do you think is going to happen?”

George Foussias Senior Associate and Design Director, Quadrangle Architects

George Foussias is a Senior Interior Designer and Design Director, leading projects, collaborating with various teams and promoting design excellence in the Quadrangle studio. George joined Quadrangle in 2013 and is a leader among its Interiors group. He has deep knowledge in a broad range of interiors markets including condominiums, hospitality, entertainment, food and beverage, corporate office and government facilities and projects he has led have been recognized with a number of prestigious awards, including a Retail Council of Canada Excellence in Retailing Award for the Samsung Experience Store at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, a Best Luxury Suite Design BILD Award for The High Park and a BILD Award for Best Design Team for Heartwood—The Beach.

9:00 AM

Marcella Au Associate
Quadrangle Architects

Retail Therapy: Design Principles for the Future

  • Experience

In the context of the so-called “retail apocalypse,” how are brick and mortar stores really faring in the digital age? This panel brings together retail experts from a wide range of backgrounds to share their insights on how retail and roll-out are changing and what trends we can expect to emerge or solidify as the new norm in store design. The discussion will examine themes including, but not limited to, experiential retail, large format flagships, target demographics, space sharing, pop ups, and technology.

Marcella Au Associate, Quadrangle Architects

Marcella is passionate about commercial architecture and loves to use her creative skills in finding solutions to challenges through detailing and design. She joined Quadrangle in 2013 and since then has played a key role in strengthening the firm’s client relationship with multiple international brands. Marcella specializes in retail design and consumer experience and leads a dedicated team through the process of design and construction. She also takes an active role in business development initiatives and has helped brands launch international expansions on projects in Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore. She was the Project Lead for notable projects including the new experiential retail Lululemon Queen Street West store, Uniqlo and the first standalone Christian Louboutin boutique in Canada.

10:30 AM

Kathy Marof-Geffros Casesarstone

Quartz Surfacing Basics

  • Technology

A perfect introductory course that will leave you with a clear understanding of quartz’s properties and benefits; how it’s made, cleaned, and of course, how its sold. Learn about quartz surfacing material composition and the manufacturing process. This course touches upon the understanding the importance of sustainability and an overview of industry trends.

Sponsored by:

Kathy Marof-Geffros Casesarstone

Kathy Marof-Geffros is an industry expert, seasoned sales professional and IDCEC speaker with over 15 years’ experience in the design and building industry. Currently with Caesarstone Canada, she has developed relationships and strategies that promote brand awareness and the importance of customer service. Her goal is to help clients exude the passion for selling in order to have a positive customer experience and grow their bottom line through a passion for the positive buying process.

10:30 AM

Andrew King Senior Partner and Design Principal
Lemay

LIVE/WORK/PLAY: Evolving Montreal’s Urbanity in Three Projects

  • Future Cities

This seminar will examine three recent large-scale Montreal projects: CHUM (Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal), REM (Réseau express métropolitain) and Humaniti (a large mixed-use development). Collectively, these projects are radically changing Montreal’s urban life through their influential and precedent-setting achievements. CHUM is a downtown hospital complex that incorporates a multitude of approaches to healthcare design. As a new railway system for Montreal, REM is raising ridership expectations through the design of its stations, notwithstanding influencing transit-oriented development. And Humaniti’s use of digital technology, connection with existing downtown urban infrastructure and its capacity to merge complex programming is attracting a lot of interest the design industry. Andrew King is currently a senior partner and design principal at Lemay but has extensive experience in all three projects. His insight will give seminar attendees insight and deep appreciation of Montreal’s changing dynamic.

Andrew King Senior Partner and Design Principal, Lemay

Andrew King is a senior partner at Lemay and co-leads the lemayLAB. He is one of Canada’s most recognized design leaders. A fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and an adjunct professor at the Peter Fu School of Architecture, McGill University, he has evolved a critically recognized practice model that converges speculative small practice, large-firm design leadership and academic research. Andrew has led multiple interdisciplinary teams involving architecture, art, exhibits, film and theatre. He spent the first decade of his career in Europe, working in Seville, Budapest, Berlin and London where he completed a mentorship program with Zaha Hadid. Andrew has been published in international art and architecture journals and has been awarded several key design awards including a Prix de Rome, Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence and the American Institute of Architecture Progressive Architecture Awards of Excellence. Andrew stimulates creative thinking and new design models at Lemay, augmenting the firm’s visibility from coast to coast.

10:30 AM

Tarisha Dolyniuk Associate Principal - Interior Architecture Leader
Perkins and Will
Robert Allen Partner
MJMA
Gary Sanger Supervisor, Aquatics and Community Centres
City of Toronto

Inclusivity in Public Design – For Whom?

  • Talent & Diversity

Designing for “inclusivity” has become a hot topic and an aspirational goal for many operators of public and community buildings. We have found that every design response triggers challenges associated with issues that foster inclusion, often generating the question of “who is included?” This presentation will discuss: local and international design responses; identifying the “who”; design and material responses that make a difference and support a variety of types of inclusion; and how building programming and public outreach can ensure successful placemaking. The presenters work in the fields of architecture, interior design and building operations.

Tarisha Dolyniuk Associate Principal - Interior Architecture Leader, Perkins and Will

Tarisha graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Architecture in 2003. She is both a registered Architect and Interior Designer. Over her 20-year career, she has focused her attention to interior design and detailing and has developed strong organizational, graphic and communication skills, working in multi-disciplinary team environments for a variety of project types. She now works almost exclusively on community and recreation interiors. This expertise allows her to balance a palette of interior finishes, materials, and furniture selection, of modern design with the specific performance requirements of high traffic public buildings Her ability to translate design concepts into innovative, creative and supportive design solutions, and her close attention to technical detailing has resulted in numerous national design awards.

Robert Allen Partner, MJMA

Robert graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1987 with a Bachelor of Architecture. He joined MJMA in 1992, and became a partner in 2009. Having worked on a variety of public projects over the past twenty years, Robert is a frequent lecturer at Athletic Business, Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), with the design comfort and flexibility to navigate between sport halls and academia. Within this breadth of experience, Robert brings approachable leadership and an unwavering dedication to providing inclusive spaces that respond to the unique needs of their diverse communities. In addition, Robert is the studio’s leading sustainability specialist and strongly advocates for green building principles in every project. He actively promotes sustainability as an everyday connection of the community to the environment, supporting the creation of public spaces that harmonize the landscape and built form.

Gary Sanger Supervisor, Aquatics and Community Centres, City of Toronto

Gary has been employed by the City of Toronto for 33 years as the Supervisor of Aquatics for the Scarborough District of Parks, Forestry & Recreation. He is the current Vice-President of Aquatic Safety Management Services with the Lifesaving Society and Past President of the Aquatic Branch of Parks and Recreation Ontario. He has travelled extensively across Canada delivering sessions on innovative aquatics programming and opportunities, risks and challenges within community aquatic centres.

10:30 AM

Russell Pollard Senior Management Consultant
Innovia Partners
Basima Roshan Senior Management Consultant
Innovia Partners

Building an Inclusive Culture for Creative Businesses

  • Talent & Diversity

Diversity in the workplace is inevitable, but how do you build an inclusive workplace culture? This seminar presents a picture of current trends and best practices in the creative and design industries as they relate to diversity and inclusion. The challenges and opportunities business leaders are facing related to initiating diversity and inclusion programs will be presented. Participants will benefit from a walk-through of key stages of talent management, such as attracting the right talent to people development and advancement, and their impact diversity and inclusion. Actions and measures businesses can take to build an inclusive, desirable workplace will be highlighted.

Russell Pollard Senior Management Consultant, Innovia Partners

Russell develops and implements talent management strategies for Innovia’s clients to attract, develop, compensate and retain its talent, and build leadership capabilities. He also specializes in brand, marketing and business development processes to help creative companies compete. He works in Toronto and London, England. Russell is a Sobey MBA and holds a Bachelor’s in interdisciplinary leadership studies from the University of New Brunswick. He is also pursuing a Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and Centennial College.

Basima Roshan Senior Management Consultant, Innovia Partners

Basima leads Innovia’s change and transformation practice. She joined Innovia after leading complex internal projects for a Fortune-500 company that delivered enhanced capabilities and increased effectiveness and profit. Basima guides Innovia’s clients through the changes in structure, processes, and people they need to meet business and market challenges. She works with architectural and design practices in Ontario and Alberta. Basima is a Queen’s MBA, holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Finance), and is a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA).

10:30 AM

Nisha Sewell Corporate Designer
IBI Group
Brent Mauti Global Director, Design Technology
IBI Group
Barry Nathan Associate Director and Practice Lead, Interior Design
IBI Group

How to Create a Smart City: Future-Proofing Our Success

  • Future Cities

Conventional design practices are being redefined by the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, 5G and artificial intelligence (AI). On the forefront of innovation since the 1970s, IBI Group has maintained its commitment to designing great places to live, work, learn, move and play. Through innovation, technology and creativity we know that leveraging emerging technologies to future-proof our design intent is paramount to our success. The way cities are built is shifting. The future? Smart Cities. How does the citizen’s experience fit into the picture? Let us show you.

HSW Accredited

Nisha Sewell Corporate Designer, IBI Group

Nisha Sewell is an intermediate corporate designer at IBI Group. She has a Bachelor of Management Degree from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Interior Design from Ryerson University and a professional practice designation in architecture, interior design and lighting from the Parsons School of Design in New York City. Nisha’s combined background in design and business lends her a well-rounded understanding of how design supports corporate structure, culture and goals. She specializes in collaborating with the design technology team at IBI to elevate corporate spaces with technology-driven design. Nisha is an intern member at ARIDO, working towards her NCIDQ.

Brent Mauti Global Director, Design Technology, IBI Group

Brent Mauti is currently the Global Director for Design Technology at IBI Group. He is a licensed architect in Ontario and Alberta who has focused on BIM throughout his career. Brent has been involved with major projects such as the London 2012 Olympics, the Paralympic Games and the recent widening of the Panama Canal. He has also been a member of the Canada BIM Council’s Board of Directors since 2016. Brent is responsible for improving the delivery of design services, business strategies, implementation and maintenance of firm-wide design technology solutions. His passion focuses on consultation for lifecycle BIM interoperability and cross-platform synergy.

Barry Nathan Associate Director and Practice Lead, Interior Design, IBI Group

Barry has over 30 years of interdisciplinary experience in both architecture and interior design. His work includes large-scale commercial clients, complex public spaces and all forms of building types. Alternative design approaches have allowed Barry to provide unique and creative solutions for progressive-thinking clients. His adeptness at problem solving via innovative solutions has helped many clients succeed in their goals. Some of Barry’s past awards include the Design Exchange and ARIDO Awards for Pearson Airport, Denton’s Toronto and the Bell Wireless Centre in Mississauga. Barry is a licensed architect with the OAA and a member of the RAIC and TSA.

10:30 AM

Ted Watson Partner
MJMA
Richard Witt Executive Principal
Quadrangle Architects
Carol Phillips Partner
Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Tall Wood Buildings: Toronto Case Studies

  • Future Cities

A groundswell movement towards the use of Mass Timber Structures for tall buildings is gaining momentum and will soon be seen visible on Toronto’s skyline, and other Ontario cities. Here is a unique emerging technology: sequestering carbon, fostering well-being, changing construction sites, and building to new heights well beyond current code permissions. Learn about the issues, challenges, and opportunities associated with the use of these structures through three firms, each with a Tall Wood Mass Timber project currently underway in Toronto. Hear our panel discuss the technical, code, and cost issues. Gain awareness into the significant design, cultural and sustainable opportunities presented by this nascent technology and how it is on track to be the next design and construction industry disruptor and how it applies to residential, commercial, cultural, institutional and recreational buildings.

Ted Watson Partner, MJMA

Ted Watson is a Partner at MJMA, a 65-person Toronto-based studio—recipient of the 2016 RAIC Architectural Firm Award. MJMA’s 30-year focus on recreation and academic projects has led to the creation of unique and inspired public spaces for municipalities and campuses across the country and globally. The firm’s collaborative and integrated studio approach—which includes disciplines of urban design, landscape architecture, interior design, and environmental graphics—has been consistently recognized for design excellence and commitment to urbane place-making, resulting in over 100 national and international design awards, including 10 Canadian Architect awards. Ted has led many of MJMA’s most notable sustainable and innovative campus projects, including those at the Universities of British Columbia, Auckland, McMaster, Toronto, LaTrobe, and Johns Hopkins. His work on community facilities covers rural, suburban, and urban Canada, and expands internationally, with projects in Virginia, Illinois, Christchurch, Melbourne, and Beijing.

Richard Witt Executive Principal, Quadrangle Architects

Richard Witt believes in the iterative design strength of architecture to inspire and realize responsible urbanization in evolving global cities. He is the executive principal at Quadrangle in Toronto and director of the Shanghai office. Richard is actively engaged in the development and design industry, as chair of the Canadian chapter of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and past chair of the Urban Land Institute Toronto Outreach and Program committee. He is currently a member of the Markham Design Review Panel and former vice-Chair of the inaugural City of Vaughan Design Review Panel. He has previously held the role of co-chair of the Toronto Society of Architects and is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Carol Phillips Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Carol Phillips is a Partner at Moriyama & Teshima Architects (MTA), having led some of the firm’s most valued civic, cultural and educational buildings. She brings a passionate drive for powerful and graceful architectural solutions developed over 20 years of working in Canada and abroad. Carol immediately distinguished herself upon arrival at MTA with her first completed project, the award-winning Multi-faith Centre at the University of Toronto. Carol’s civic experience includes Surrey City Hall and Plaza, the Guelph Civic Administration Complex, and Ottawa’s new Parliament Hill Visitor Welcome Centre which is under construction. Her projects in downtown Toronto include the Toronto Reference Library Revitalization, Goldring Student Centre at University of Toronto, and the upcoming Ryerson Centre for Redevelopment and Urban Innovation. Carol is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

10:30 AM

Vedran Dzebic Head of Research and Development
Entro

Emerging Technologies and Human Experience: How Machine Learning and Neuroscience are Changing How We Design

  • Technology

We design interior environments to be experienced in very specific ways. Whether a space is intended to be calming or invigorating, design has a tremendous impact on how we feel, think and behave. Here lies a major challenge in the design process: how can we know and understand the effects of design on the user? How can we craft meaningful evaluations of design options to validate our design intent? Entro’s design process has incorporated several emerging technologies to validate our work which provide significant insights into what influences user experience. Informed by principles from cognitive neuroscience, computer vision allows us to describe the objective characteristics of the built environment while machine learning and brainwave measures give us a glimpse into the minds of the user. These scientific and technological advancements support the design process and allow us to easily communicate the effectiveness our designs.

Vedran Dzebic Head of Research and Development, Entro

Vedran Dzebic leads the research and development practices at Entro where his work sits at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and environmental design, encompassing everything from the study of visual complexity within urban environments to biophilic design and the role of emerging technologies on our surroundings. Using innovative techniques and technologies such as virtual reality, computer vision and machine learning, Vedran applies a rigorous yet human-centred research perspective, advancing Entro’s mandate of building stronger connections between people and place—a philosophy where all design should be grounded by research and the science of human interaction. Vedran has published his work in Applied Arts magazine and Intelligent Buildings International and presented his research at the Environmental Design Research Association, the Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture and the 2018 Passenger Terminal Expo.

10:30 AM

Kayla Pongrac Designer
DesignAgency
Ian Rydberg Founder and Principal Designer
Solid Design Creative

Designing for the Food Experience

  • Experience

Concepts relating to eating out are ever-changing. Consumers are demanding, thereby creating a highly competitive marketplace for food retailers and restauranteurs. Food trends heavily influence restaurant design, providing designers with fantastic opportunities to create innovative food-related experiences. Food halls are supplanting food courts. Retailers are always rethinking prepared foods and gourmet items. And food markets are becoming increasingly luxurious, delivering curated food experiences to the most demanding foodie. This seminar will discuss a range of experience-related priorities that designers must consider when designing spaces for food.

Kayla Pongrac Designer, DesignAgency

Kayla Pongrac has a vision with every project: to create divergent concepts which bring narration to design. To this, she creates stories about art, food and the culture of design. Kayla began her education in architecture at Carleton University. This nurtured furthering education at The European University of Madrid and Masters studies at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. During her studies abroad and personal travels, she fuelled her passion of cultural arts, culinary and hospitality. Kayla began her own business in 2013, specializing in designing local restaurants and concept shops. Her current mission is to bring avant-garde design concepts and sustainable practices to both restaurants and hotels internationally. She will continue to expand her creative palette/palate to produce unique environments for sharing food and conversation amongst a cultural assortment of art and architecture.

Ian Rydberg Founder and Principal Designer, Solid Design Creative

Enthralled with art, design and construction from a young age, Ian has been creating his whole life. His love for unique designs and materials has taken him around the world in search of his next great design inspiration. Ian is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design and began his career working on props and set fabrication in the film industry. In 2006, he established Solid Design & Build Inc., a design-build firm that completed several commercial spaces and restaurants, including the first La Carnita. In 2013, he shifted his firm’s focus to become a hospitality-focused boutique firm under the name of Solid Design Creative where he has achieved recognition for such commercial projects as Dailo, Sweet Jesus, Baro, Pretty Ugly, Dailo and the soon-to-be-completed Paradise Theatre—in addition to offices, retail and fitness facilities.

11:00 AM

Marion Weiss Founding Partner
WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism
Michael Manfredi Founding Partner
WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

KEYNOTE: WEISS/MANFREDI: Alternate Grounds

  • Future Cities

The planning decisions we make today will impact our cities for generations. As cities evolve, architects and designers need to think about making cities resilient to change–from climate change to the ways in which we live and work. Cities have also become centres for innovation and inclusion. New York-based architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi will share their precent projects and upcoming research and work on their approaches to improving the liveability and success of our delicate yet resilient urban environments.

Marion Weiss Founding Partner, WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

Marion Weiss is cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism and the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017, Marion was honoured by Architectural Record with the Women in Architecture Design Leader Award. Her multidisciplinary firm operates at the nexus of architecture, art, landscape, and urban design. Her firm’s Olympic Sculpture Park exemplifies this cross-disciplinary design approach and the project has since been recognized internationally through museum exhibitions and design awards. Time magazine identified the park as one of the top 10 projects in the world, Barcelona’s World Architecture Festival selected the project as winner in the Nature Category, I.D. magazine awarded it the highest Environment Design Award and it was the first project in North America to win Harvard University’s Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design.

Michael Manfredi Founding Partner, WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

Michael Manfredi is cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism and is currently a Senior Design Critic at Harvard University. His multidisciplinary firm is at the forefront of architectural design practices that are redefining the relationships between landscape, architecture, infrastructure, and art. The Olympic Sculpture Park exemplifies this cross-disciplinary design approach and the project has been recognized internationally through museum exhibitions and design awards. Time magazine identified the park as one of the top 10 projects in the world, the World Architecture Festival selected the project as winner in the Nature Category, I.D. magazine awarded it the highest Environment Design Award, and it was the first project in North America to win Harvard University’s Veronica Rudge Green Prize.

12:00 PM

Marina Tabassum Founder
Marina Tabassum Architects

KEYNOTE: Marina Tabassum: Wisdom of the Land

  • Talent & Diversity

Marina Tabassum believes in the power of community, tradition and land as essential ingredients for meaningful design. In her native Bangladesh, she creates architecture that exudes a deep respect for climate and sense of place. The results are spectacular, often involving the ornamentation of surface through light, or the enrichment of spaces by empowering users with celebratory and functional communal spaces. Born in Dhaka, home to 20 million souls, Tabassum established her practice in 2005, 10 years after graduating from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), a school whose architecture curriculum is modeled after Texas A&M University. Exposed to many cultures, she understands both the universal appeal and the ethical responsibility to design for the specificity of place.

Marina Tabassum Founder, Marina Tabassum Architects

Marina Tabassum is the principal of Marina Tabassum Architects, a practice established in 2005 based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 1995, she founded URBANA where she was a partner for ten years. Most important project of this partnership is the Independence Monument of Bangladesh and the Museum of Independence designed in 1997 and completed in 2013. She is the academic director of the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. Marina Tabassum won the Jameel Prize 5 in 2018. She is also a recipient of 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Bait ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka. Her project the Pavilion Apartment was shortlisted for Aga Khan Award in 2004. Ms. Tabassum received AYA Award from India in 2004 for the project NEK10 located in Dhaka. She is a recipient of 2005 Ananya Shirshwa Dash Award, which recognizes women of Bangladesh with exceptional achievements.

1:00 PM

Peter Umanec Architectural & Design Representative
Benjamin Moore

The Science of Colour and Light

  • Technology

This seminar will investigate the interplay of colour and light and will provide attendees with an in-depth session that explores the design impact of lighting, colour temperature, Colour Rending Index (CRI) and Light Reflectance Value (LRV). Additionally, this course will identify problems that occur as a result of inappropriate product substitution and poor colour matching.

Sponsored by:

Peter Umanec Architectural & Design Representative, Benjamin Moore

Peter Umanec works with architects, interior designers, and other paint specifiers to fulfill their specific needs by providing colour tools and paint recommendations. His multi-decade tenure at Benjamin Moore has exposed him to many facets of the industry and its customers. With a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Toronto, Peter started in research and development as a chemist where he helped create new paints and stains while improving old ones. Transitioning to sales, he discovered first-hand the many challenges of his customers. In 2018 he joined the Architectural & Design team to share his extensive technical experience with those most likely to appreciate it.

1:00 PM

Camille Mitchell Architect
KPMB Architects

Gender, Race and the Incessant Obstacle Course

  • Talent & Diversity

The proverbial glass ceiling is an ineffective metaphor to describe the barriers of women, visible minorities and marginalized groups within the architecture profession. There is not a singular challenge or trajectory to overcome when yearning to achieve effective work-life balance, a healthy work environment, or professional recognition. These are amongst the numerous inherent challenges that young women will encounter along an incessant obstacle course throughout their careers within the architecture profession. And each “obstacle course” is unique to the individual who may decide to endure it or leave if they are not presented opportunities while striving to overcome the many challenges facing them throughout their careers.

Camille Mitchell Architect, KPMB Architects

TBC

1:00 PM

Camille Tonolete-Lee Consultant
Innovia Partners
Basima Roshan Senior Management Consultant
Innovia Partners

Financial Management for Creative Practices

  • Talent & Diversity

Studio-based firms can unlock and build value, identify productivity issues, and understand their performance against industry benchmarks. With proactive approaches to managing their finances, creative firms can collect and communicate the right information to inform their decisions and shape their strategy. This seminar will introduce principles of financial management that can help design firms invest in and achieve commercial and creative growth. The seminar will focus on cash flow management, revenue management, project profitability, employee and partner compensation, and key performance indicators that will help owners of design and architectural practices measure and achieve success.

Camille Tonolete-Lee Consultant, Innovia Partners

Camille specializes in the management of finances and operations at Innovia Partners. She identifies opportunities for clients to be more efficient and profitable. Camille works with design and architecture businesses to improve their processes, leadership and information related to finance and operations. Her experience includes process and system design, management, and control to stabilize and grow companies in the design, energy, electronics engineering, and financial sectors. Camille is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

Basima Roshan Senior Management Consultant, Innovia Partners

Basima leads Innovia’s change and transformation practice. She joined Innovia after leading complex internal projects for a Fortune-500 company that delivered enhanced capabilities and increased effectiveness and profit. Basima guides Innovia’s clients through the changes in structure, processes, and people they need to meet business and market challenges. She works with architectural and design practices in Ontario and Alberta. Basima is a Queen’s MBA, holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Finance), and is a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA).

1:00 PM

Tatiana Soldatava Co-Founder and Interior Designer
Syllable

Importance of Mentorship and Growth Opportunities

  • Talent & Diversity

In today’s economy, your talent is your biggest asset to produce quality work. When people feel neglected or lack of growth, they will leave your company and take all their knowledge and training with them. To hire new talent, you lose up to three months of quality production until the new hire builds relationships and integrates into the company culture. As a leader, your main goal should be to train, support, and help grow your talent. In this seminar, you will learn techniques to build out the mentorship capabilities and how to build a growth momentum in your office.

Tatiana Soldatava Co-Founder and Interior Designer, Syllable

A passionate creative with a proven record of bringing people together on complex projects and fast paced deadlines. Initially, a registered Interior Designer with ARIDO and NCIDQ, Tatiana is highly focused on project management and design research to foster the greatest outcome for her clients and co-workers. Tatiana co-founded Syllable, a people-centric design firm focused on residential works, start-up offices, and speciality commercial spaces. Her role is in business operations, resourcing, mentorship and driving education initiatives within the firm. She has worked with key clients from Umoro, Opencare, Prep Doctors, and leading residential interior design projects where the style and cadence are driven by the clients.

1:00 PM

Scott Francisco Founder
Pilot Projects Design Collective

Cities from Furniture to Forests: The Future of Design is Wood

  • Future Cities

Over the past four years “Wood at Work” has brought together multidisciplinary visionaries in urbanism, architecture, interior design, manufacturing, ecology and forest conservation to explore the role of wood in co-creating our future world. This presentation will discuss the latest thinking on tall-wood buildings, climate change mitigation, interior environmental psychology, urban planning and global forest conservation. The future of our built environment will contain more wood—the world’s first and only solar-powered, carbon-sequestering bio-diversity supporting material. This seminar, hosted by Wood at Work founder and architect Scott Francisco will bring together leading voices on architecture, interior design and forest conservation to discuss the future of wood in our cities, interiors and the restoration of climate-stabilizing natural environments.

Scott Francisco Founder, Pilot Projects Design Collective

Scott Francisco helps people and organizations envision new futures and re-design their culture and infrastructure for sustainable change. He works in the fields of architecture, urbanism, systems thinking, organizational and community development, ecology and sustainability. Scott holds degrees from MIT and the University of Toronto and has taught at McGill University, Stanford in New York, Parsons School of Design and University of Kentucky College of Architecture. He is the founder and director of Pilot Projects Design Collective and speaks and writes regularly on sustainability, architecture and participatory design. His clients include, Saint Laurent Paris, The Smithsonian, US GSA, Princeton University, GSK, Hearst Media, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, charity: water and the City of Westmount (Montreal).

1:00 PM

Martin Leblanc Partner
Sid Lee Architecture

Designing Spaces and Generating Lasting Experiences: How the Designer’s Role has Evolved

  • Experience

In the practice of present-day architecture and interior design, clients talk about their work in a holistic way. Non-traditional approaches to design forces us to deliver significant and increasingly personalized experiences. This can be intimidating, as it is performance-oriented and seeks a “wow” factor that’s almost impossible to verify. To create these immersive experiences, professionals must develop strategic alliances to complement their expertise, requiring an inclusive process where architects and designers need to adapt quickly. In this seminar, Sid Lee Architecture will share the secrets of being an architecture firm affiliated with a multidisciplinary creative agency, allowing it to innovate in the way they think about, develop, and realize their projects. Discussions will also include ways in which participants can elevate their practice, particularly in developing key partnerships.

Martin Leblanc Partner, Sid Lee Architecture

Martin Leblanc belongs to a generation of architects who believe that a project’s success largely depends on the users’ onsite experience. For him, Sid Lee’s no-silo approach is a tool for better understanding the project, as well as the users’ environment and needs. Martin works closely with the agency’s strategists to develop new, research-based ways of working that foster innovation and creativity. His approach to architecture—in which business plans, context and end users are thoroughly studied—is all about strengthening the identity of a space and ensuring the long-term viability of its uses. An expert in strategic corporate repositioning, Martin has acted as a consultant to clients in the hospitality and restaurant industries (including W Hotel, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel), as well as to real-estate developers (McGill Development, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Claridge, FTQ, ETS) and top international retailers (Birks, Red Bull, Videotron, BNC, Adidas).

1:00 PM

Paddy Harrington Founder
Frontier Design Inc.
Vanessa Eckstein Founder and Creative Director
Blok
Tim MacLeod Director of Design Strategy
Bridgeable
Lee Kline Co-Founder and Director of Design
Beau Lake

Design as Disruption

  • Experience

Design is where disruption starts. Companies that are typically called “disruptors,” whether they include the next AirBnB or Uber, are really nothing more than a business focused on offering better versions of a broken experience. And design thinking is essential to improving the fundamental ingredients that strengthen the bridge between a business and their customers. Led by Paddy Harrington and comprising national leaders from the worlds of graphic design, service design and product development, this panel will discuss the many contexts where design alters the end-user’s expectations. Design doesn’t just shape a customer’s experience but fuels their continued demand for responsive products or services that addresses their ever-evolving needs in highly competitive markets.

Paddy Harrington Founder, Frontier Design Inc.

Paddy Harrington is the founder of Frontier, a Design Office consisting of Frontier Media, Frontier Consulting, and Frontier Ventures. He has over 15 years of experience in design. Paddy has degrees in literature and architecture and has worked in research, architecture, advertising, and design. He has collaborated with organizations like The New York Jets and Giants, PepsiCo, MaRS, Unilever, MoMA, Electronic Arts, the Holy City of Mecca and the Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland. He is an award-winning writer and filmmaker and has spoken at several design conferences as well as at Brown, Harvard, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Paddy is formerly the Senior Vice President of Design Innovation and Digital Creative Director at Indigo Books. Prior to that he was the Executive Creative Director at Bruce Mau Design.

Vanessa Eckstein Founder and Creative Director, Blok

Known for her passion for taking on initiatives that blend cultural awareness, humanity and a love of art to advance society and business alike, Vanessa’s experiences living and working in Buenos Aires, LA, New York, Mexico City and Toronto have given Blok a unique international perspective that has been recognized and awarded around the world. Her experience includes top global brands such as Nike, Pepsi, Nestle, and the Museum of Modern Art Miami, among many others. Vanessa’s work has been exhibited in countries from Japan to Germany, most recently at the Bienal Iberamericanna de Diseño, Spain. Her work is represented in the permanent collection of the Royal Ontario Museum as well as the Library of Congress, Washington. Vanessa holds an MFA from the Art Centre of Pasadena.

Tim MacLeod Director of Design Strategy, Bridgeable

Dr. Tim MacLeod is the Director of Design Strategy, Bridgeable. He is a design strategist and a social scientist. Tim uses a combination of social science research and user-centred design to help businesses create more human experiences. At Bridgeable, Tim works across healthcare, retail, and financial services.

Lee Kline Co-Founder and Director of Design, Beau Lake

Entrepreneur, award-winning designer, materials explorer, and sailor—when Lee wasn’t busy crafting artwork, jewellery, musical instruments or furniture, he spent his youth sailing the waters of southern Ontario, learning on mid-century wooden dinghies on Lake Simcoe, then graduating to larger sloops on Lake Ontario. The materials of both wooden-hulled and modern fiberglass boats left a lasting impression on his design sensibilities. Lee’s early love for fine woodworking eventually led to explorations in cast metals and molded composites. He brought his expertise to projects for clients like Chanel, Dior, Four Seasons Hotels and The Starwood Hotel Group. Thirty years later, Lee has come full circle, bringing his design talent and vast knowledge of materials and manufacturing to the world of boating where it all began.

1:00 PM

Doreen Balabanoff Professor, Environmental Design, Faculty of Design
OCAD University
Bob Hambly Partner
Hambly & Woolley
Sharyn Adler Gitalis Principal
Colour + Light

The Importance of Colour, Light and Darkness for Resonant Human Experience

  • Experience

Colour, light and darkness, as Goethe noted, are inseparable aspects of experience that influence how we feel. Philosopher Gernot Böhme describes a new atmospheric concept of the beautiful as a person, object or place that contributes to “intensifying our existence.” This seminar includes practitioners and researchers who will discuss how important spatial light-colour-darkness is to human experience, meaning, sense of place and wellbeing.

HSW Accredited

Doreen Balabanoff Professor, Environmental Design, Faculty of Design, OCAD University

Doreen Balabanoff is an artist and designer who works primarily in the fields of architecture and architectural glass. She is internationally known for her colour and light pieces, both exhibiting in galleries and doing commissioned architectural works. She has an abiding interest in light in architecture—particularly colour and light projection in architectural space/form/time, as well as a strong interest in relationship to nature and site, to solar cycles and to passive solar strategies and ecological design principles and practices. Her focus on colour and light in environmental design has a strong correlation to her interest in humanistic and sensitive design, attuned to natural cycles and physical, mental and spiritual health. Her research includes reimagining the birth environment, with light as a key element of new design approaches that support a more natural, less medicalized birth experience.

Bob Hambly Partner, Hambly & Woolley

Educated at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Bob’s curious mind and knack for personal service set the tone for the Toronto-based graphic design firm Hambly & Woolley. Bob’s experiences as a creative director, illustrator, photographer, lecturer and colour enthusiast inform the diverse projects, both professional and personal, that he immerses himself into.

Sharyn Adler Gitalis Principal, Colour + Light

Sharyn’s experience as an artist, colour consultant, lighting designer and educator informs her insightful perspective on design. As a principal Colour + Light, and an Associate Lighting Designer with Gottesman Associates she explores and applies the nuances of colour and light with scientific enquiry and creative understanding. Sharyn’s professional interests include urban streetscapes and projects relating to community, health and wellness, and sustainability. She shares her passion for light and colour by teaching at various institutions including OCAD University, Ryerson University, and the Artbarn School. She also holds specialty colour and lighting seminars and workshops for designers. Professional affiliations and awards include: Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), and an executive board member and Treasurer of the Colour Research Society of Canada (CRSC).

2:30 PM

Steven Street Technical Manager
Ontario Wood WORKS!
Cory Zurell Principal
Blackwell Structural Engineers
Jack Keays Principal
Vortex Fire
Jonathan King Partner
BNC

Tall Wood Case Study—The Wade Avenue Experiment

  • Technology

This seminar will examine the technical challenges and solutions for 77 Wade Avenue, Ontario’s first tall-wood building approved using the Alternative Solution evaluation process that falls within the objective-based Ontario Building Code. Members of the design team will discuss the project’s various stages of design and construction, illustrating how they worked through the various architectural, building code, fire protection and structural aspects of the project. The seminar will include future approaches to design stemming from this eight-storey hybrid mass timber building and will be followed by an audience-led question period with the project architect, fire protection/code consultant and structural engineer.

HSW Accredited

Sponsored by:

Steven Street Technical Manager, Ontario Wood WORKS!

Steven joined Wood WORKS! In 2007 after a career in design and off-site panelisation and factory prefabrication. He currently provides market information and technical support to design professionals, developers and builders. Steven is actively involved in several key Canadian market development programs, developing the use and acceptance of mass timber structural systems, tall wood and mid-rise wood up to six storeys. His passion is the industrialization of wood construction using the factory-built environment. Steven engages with key stakeholder groups and assists in developing resources for advancing the entire build industry, and currently sits on the board of the Ontario Structural Wood Association and is an active member of RESCON’s technical council.

Cory Zurell Principal, Blackwell Structural Engineers

Cory is a Principal at Blackwell Structural Engineers and will be a Lecturer for the new Architectural Engineering program at the University of Waterloo beginning in January 2019 where he has previously taught architecture and engineering courses as an adjunct professor for the last 12 years. His portfolio of structures encompasses many challenging and award-winning projects, including the Canadian Border Services Agency building at Fort Erie, the CIGI Campus in Waterloo and the Prince Arthur’s Landing waterfront redevelopment in Thunder Bay.

Jack Keays Principal, Vortex Fire

Jack is an accomplished fire safety engineer and building code consultant with project experience in Canada, Singapore, and the Middle East. He has been active in the industry for 12 years and has advanced his analytical skills with the ability to recognize and address a range of fire safety challenges. Jack has been actively involved in the first wave of mass timber buildings in Toronto and southern Ontario. These include 77 Wade Avenue, 1602 and 1604 Queen Street East and the new head offices for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

Jonathan King Partner, BNC

Jonathan is a partner at Bogdan Newman Caranci and is a proven leader as an architect, with over 20 years of experience. A graduate from the AA School of Architecture in London, he has led both small and large-scale institutional and multi-residential projects. Jonathan has led multifaceted design teams, engaged in multiple stakeholder engagement processes and created an effective means of communicating with both client and consultant teams. His strengths lie in developing innovative design solutions and mitigating any potential issues by identifying them early in the process. Integrally involved through all stages of the project, Jonathan enjoys leading the management of the overall project to realize its vision and goals.

2:30 PM

Lloyd Alter Design Editor
Treehugger.com

The High-Fibre Building Diet: Why Designers Are Turning to Wood and Other Natural Materials

  • Future Cities

Designers are increasingly aware that selecting materials with low-embodied energy for their energy-efficient buildings is vitally important to our environment. But is there a preferred process for selecting materials based on embodied energy? And what are the available frameworks to intelligently assess materials such as concrete, steel and plastic? Led by Lloyd Alter, architect, developer, inventor and design editor of TreeHugger, this seminar will inspire attendees to build a “high-fibre building diet” for their projects—or simply push for materials that are more environmentally friendly and responsible for our planet. What can the design profession do to respond the global challenge of cutting our carbon footprint in half by 2030?

HSW Accredited

Lloyd Alter Design Editor, Treehugger.com

Lloyd Alter is Design Editor of TreeHugger.com, the world’s largest website focused on sustainability and green living. He has been a contributor to contributor to the Guardian, Corporate Knights Magazine and Azure Magazine. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture and a retired member of the Ontario Association of Architects. He is a Past President of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. Lloyd teaches sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design, and recently won a Leadership Award from the US Green Building Council for his promotion of green, sustainable design.

2:30 PM

Xavier Masse Professor, The School of Design at George Brown College
George Brown College

Designing a User-Centred Experience: The Internet of Things and Curated Interfaces

  • Technology

Digital interfaces are freeing themselves from screens and migrating into all aspects of the built environment, creating new opportunities for architects and designers to integrate evolving technologies into their projects. What are some of the trends and directions that user-experience (UX) designers are addressing? How will UX designers, architects, interior and product designers work together in the future as the Internet of things (IoT) evolves? And with other technologies such as projection mapping, microprocessors, sensors and advances in artificial intelligence, how can we evolve our built environment to embrace richer, reactive and more connected curated experiences that remain user-centred?

Xavier Masse Professor, The School of Design at George Brown College, George Brown College

Xavier Masse teaches and coordinates interaction design programs at the School of Design at George Brown College. Prior to that he was the dean at ECV Creative Schools & Community in Paris and its director of International Curriculum Development. Xavier is also the co-founder of Relay, an experiential and event design agency. Prior to Relay’s inception, he was the senior creative and strategy director of Wolfson Bell, a live event and motion graphics production studio and before that, a managing director at the web agency Mediasytem Interactive. A 25-year international media industries veteran, Xavier continues to work with young designers and remains in touch with experimental and emerging trends relating to design research, strategy, conceptualization and prototyping. He has received numerous industry awards through his work for various companies and organizations.

2:30 PM

Noam Hazan Creative Director
SDI Design
Arti Patel Reporter
Global News
Richard Benoit Steelcase Innovation Leader
Steelcase
Kane Willmott Co-Founder and CEO
iQ Office Suites
Jamie Grossman Managing Principal
Cresa Toronto
Joanne Chan Principal
SDI Design

Is Your Office Ready for Generation Z?

  • Talent & Diversity

The next biggest cohort of employees are about to enter the workplace. “Generation Z” has different requirements, skills and expectations from their employers as compared to Millennials and other previous generations. Companies need to make sure they are set up to attract and retain the best talent. Clearly, design plays a fundamental part of the workplace experience. This seminar will educate the audience about “Gen-Z” and explore some fundamental design solutions to help designers and companies deal with this new cohort of employees. Seminar topics including ergonomics, wellness, technology and flexible working.

Noam Hazan Creative Director, SDI Design

Noam is a UK-trained architect who has worked for critically acclaimed architecture practices in London, New York and Toronto. These include Foster and Partners, Make Architects and Richard Meier and Partners. Since moving to Toronto in 2014, Noam established Noam Hazan Design Studio, focusing on architecture and interiors. He co-founded Northspace, the first co-working workspace in North York, Toronto that was featured in Forbes magazine as one of the Top 10 co-working spaces in the world. In 2017, Noam sold Northspace and merged his design studio with SDI Design where he is currently its creative director. In his spare time, he runs InvestTO, an events-based investment community of over 1,000 members. Noam writes about design and workplace strategy and has been published in various publications.

Arti Patel Reporter, Global News

Arti Patel is an award-winning reporter and editor with a focus on health, parenting, women’s issues, relationships and trends. With a deep passion for storytelling since her Ryerson University journalism days, she has also dabbled in long-form features on mental health and what it means to be a person of colour in Canada. She is also the co-founder of Didihood, a collective space for South Asian creatives. In 2018, Arti lead an eight-part editorial feature series for Global News called Gen Z: Who they are, what drives them and how they envision their near future. The news team covered topics around mental health, dating and how their careers will impact their work-life balance in the future.

Richard Benoit Steelcase Innovation Leader, Steelcase

Richard Benoit is a consultant with over eight years of experience engaging with organizations from various sectors to assist in their transition to a more resilient workplace. He uses his expertise leveraging research and insights to help clients create highly effective workplaces that align with their culture and business strategies. Currently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Richard applies the elements of design thinking to inform the creation of a responsive and purposeful workplace. He has been a consultant since 2009 and has been engaged with several key accounts including Starbucks Public Health Management Corporation, Lilly, SunTrust Bank, Sikorsky Aircraft, Sun Life and Clorox. Over his 29-year tenure with Steelcase, Richard has also worked on the marketing and development of various product categories. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Kane Willmott Co-Founder and CEO, iQ Office Suites

Kane Willmott is the co-founder and CEO of iQ Office Suites, a luxury co-working brand with locations in Toronto and Vancouver. He has 20 years of sales and entrepreneurial experience, assisting in the startup of multiple real estate brokerages as well as a public company listed on the TSX. Kane is passionate about creating experiential environments where top performers can do their best work and takes pride in building strong teams reinforced with a culture of service excellence. He also oversees the real estate brokerage Spire Commercial Realty, and Spire Capital Investments, a real estate investment company. Kane is a past president of the Global Workspace Association.

Jamie Grossman Managing Principal, Cresa Toronto

Jamie is the managing principal of Cresa Toronto and a Board Member of Cresa Global. Cresa is the world’s largest occupier-focused commercial real estate brokerage. He has over 20 years of experience in assisting companies across North America with the analysis and development of detailed real estate strategies. By guiding his clients through an objective and comprehensive process, clients use real estate as an enabler in achieving broader organizational goals. Jamie has been able to ensure clients maximize the overall value of their real estate decisions. As managing principal, Jamie is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Cresa Toronto including the development of a dynamic advisory team.

Joanne Chan Principal, SDI Design

As principal of SDI, a design firm with an expertise in workplace strategy and design, Joanne has designed and implemented well over 15,000,000 square feet of workspace and impacted over 125,000 people. She has been able to combine creative solutions, market knowledge and detailed documentation expertise to provide her clients with fully integrated services that extend through the entire lifecycle of a project and beyond. Clients include Ubisoft, National Post, Sony Music, and Mazda. By incorporating technology and functionality, an appreciation for three-dimensional spatial visualization, and advanced knowledge of design techniques, Joanne creates designs that seem effortless with a clean and progressive approach to an ever-changing business world.

2:30 PM

Dylan Horvath President
Cortex Design

Using Human-Centred Design Principles

  • Talent & Diversity

This interactive workshop will explain how paying attention to the basics of human-centred design has substantial economic and social benefits for users, employers and suppliers. The focus will be on empathy-led design and ethnographic techniques to create products and design work that are resonant, relevant and profitable. The workshop includes a chance for participants to explore their own design challenges and offer techniques and insights into exploring the voice of the customer in engineered product design. Using case studies, participants will learn principles that are proven to help create more usable systems and products, which tend to be more successful, both technically and commercially. Important points include: (1) when and how to consider integrating design in the development process; (2) the benefits of great design in terms of usability and product appeal; and (3) how to engage with your end users for design-related input.

Dylan Horvath President, Cortex Design

Dylan Horvath is the owner of Cortex Design in Toronto. Cortex visualizes, designs, and manufactures human-centric healthcare solutions for an expanding roster of international clients aligned with the common purpose of delivering fantastic human experiences. Dylan founded Cortex Design in 1999 to bridge the worlds of engineering and design, initially providing his expertise to more art-minded ventures including production design for film sets, electronic music equipment, and props for photoshoots and promotions. Cortex Design is now focused on delivering great human experiences in healthcare. In 2017 Cortex’s work for Cloud DX won one of the biggest moon-shot healthcare projects ever, the Qualcomm Tricorder “Bold Epic Innovator” XPRIZE.

2:30 PM

Danny SC Tseng Architect and Co-Founder
Syllable

Next-Level Offices Strategies: Designing the Workplaces of Tomorrow

  • Experience

The design and typology of our workplaces have been heavily influenced by three dominant factors: social, economic, and technological forces. Today, for the first time in history, the same workplace is shared by several generations born in four distinct periods: Traditionalists (pre-1945); Baby Boomers (pre-1965); Generation Xers (pre-1980); and Millennials or Generation Y (post-1980). Demographics has become the fourth factor shaping the design of our offices. However, with the integration of artificial intelligence and other accelerations in technology, what can we expect our workplaces to become in the next 10-20 years? This seminar will explore the evolution of where we work: from the rigid Taylorist offices of the early 20th century to the innovation spaces of today. We will then discuss and anticipate the trending forces that will shape the workplaces of tomorrow, in addition to the strategies for designing the next generation of workplaces that foster productivity, collaboration, and employee happiness.

Danny SC Tseng Architect and Co-Founder, Syllable

Danny SC Tseng is an architect who connects people to foster new relationships while discussing all things design and architecture. He co-founded Syllable, a people-centric design firm focused on residential projects, technology-based offices and specialty commercial spaces where he leads design direction and production quality. Current design explorations include the office and home of the near-future that anticipate social, economic, and technological forces. Danny is a large supporter of the Urban Land Institute, where he volunteers his time. You can also find him hosting friends at his home while cooking fusion cuisine or attending various events throughout Toronto. Danny graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and completed a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto.

2:30 PM

Antonio Gómez-Palacio Principal
DIALOG

Community Wellbeing: A Framework for Design

  • Future Cities

DIALOG, in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada, have developed a framework that measures community wellbeing. This session, led by Antonio Gomez-Palacio, will divulge the methodological process undertaken by both designers and researchers to develop the Community Wellbeing Framework, a tool for design professionals. Developed specifically for interior designers, architects, engineers, planners and developers, this framework deepens understandings and reshapes the purpose of design. The Framework leverages proactive considerations for wellbeing, measures the impacts and guides design decisions throughout a project’s lifecycle. Using a series of recognizable domains, identifying their corresponding connection to wellbeing, and indicators that provide measurable quantitative and qualitative data, the framework provides a snapshot of how design can positively or negatively affect future wellbeing.

HSW Accredited

Antonio Gómez-Palacio Principal, DIALOG

As a founding partner of DIALOG and formerly of Office for Urbanism, Antonio Gomez-Palacio is committed to creating healthy places, where people thrive—through dialogue. His work with cities, communities, and campuses has been recognized with awards for planning and design excellence by the Canadian, Ontario and the Alberta Institutes of Planners as well as by the Environmental Design Research Association, the Design Exchange and others. Acting at the intersection of urban design, planning, and architecture, Antonio’s work and research deploys the craft of design through a collaborative and engaging process—to create healthy and vibrant communities that respond to their social, environmental, and economic context. Integrating community wellbeing as part of a city-building conversation has become a hallmark of Antonio’s projects.

3:00 PM

Mick McConnell Vice President, Head of Concept Studio
WeWork

KEYNOTE: Mick McConnell

  • Technology

Mick McConnell Vice President, Head of Concept Studio, WeWork

Mick McConnell will be in conversation with Dan Howarth, US Editor, Dezeen. Mick McConnell is a multi-disciplinary executive focused on design. His areas of specialty include strategy; digital, graphics and retail design; product, retail and project development; and creative direction in marketing. Mick has over 24 years of experience in hospitality, corporate and retail design encompassing everything from architecture, environmental graphics, brand strategy and graphic design. He has worked with leading corporations, architects, agencies and other design firms—both in-house and as a consultant to ensure that operations, environments, and function all work synonymously and creatively. With a background in architecture, Dan moved into journalism after university as an intern for Dezeen before becoming a full-time member of the editorial team in June 2012. He was promoted to design editor in 2014 where he was responsible for the magazine’s design content. In 2015, Dan became deputy editor and was also shortlisted for the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Writer of the Year and PPA Digital Writer of the Year awards. After helping to establish Dezeen’s New York office in May 2015, Dan moved to the US full time in March 2016. He now leads a growing team that covers architecture and design across the Americas.

Friday, January 18

My Schedule

8:30 AM

Abraham Chan Founder and Design Director
ACDO
Jamie Wolfond Founder
Jamie Wolfond Studio
Elizabeth Pagliacolo Executive Editor
Azure Magazine
Lukas Peet Creative Director
ANDlight
Jonathan Sabine Founder
MSDS
Jessica Nakanichi Founder
MSDS

KEYNOTE: Taking Canadian Design to the World Stage

    Canadian design excellence is getting its long-overdue recognition, with major talent breaking onto the global market. Why is Canada so hot right now? And how can designers build a vision for expanding their reach beyond their home turf? Join AZURE’s Executive Editor Elizabeth Pagliacolo for an engaging breakfast conversation with four vibrant Canadian firms to find out how they are erasing boundaries, working with global manufacturers and clients, and grabbing the international spotlight.

    Sponsored by:

    Abraham Chan Founder and Design Director, ACDO

    ACDO is a boutique firm specializing in luxury interiors for hospitality, residential and retail brands around the world. Established in 2014, ACDO’s work has spanned a range of projects—from Toronto and New York to Beijing. Abraham Chan, its founder and design director, is a Canadian designer whose ties across Asia and North America continues to inform his work. Abraham is a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of British Columbia. Before founding ACDO, he worked for Yabu Pushelberg, gaining extensive experience with some of the world’s leading luxury brands.

    Jamie Wolfond Founder, Jamie Wolfond Studio

    Jamie Wolfond is a Canadian designer based in Toronto and New York. By exploring the ways in which manufacturing can influence the design process, Jamie’s practice exposes new applications for common industrial crafts. The result is often something efficient or poetic or peculiar—but usually a little of each. Jamie founded Good Thing in 2014. Jamie Wolfond Studio designs furniture, lighting, and everyday objects for consumer brands, architectural spaces, and private clients.

    Elizabeth Pagliacolo Executive Editor, Azure Magazine

    Elizabeth Pagliacolo is the Executive Editor of Azure magazine where she started out 15 years ago as an intern and worked her way up to senior editor. In 2017, she was the Director of Programming of EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology, a 10-day festival launched by the Design Exchange. Prior to that, she freelanced as a design and architecture journalist for many publications in Canada and abroad. She has travelled the world covering design and interviewing some of the world’s most brilliant innovators.

    Lukas Peet Creative Director, ANDlight

    Lukas Peet left his native Canada in 2005 to study industrial design at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. After graduation, he returned to Canada and founded Lukas/Peet Design. His firm’s portfolio includes product design, interior design, graphic design and public space. Lukas has been widely published and exhibited internationally, including his first solo exhibition at the Design Exchange in Toronto where he received the inaugural RBC Emerging Designer Award in 2014. In 2013, he co-founded ANDlight with Caine Heintzman and Matt Davis. ANDlight is a Vancouver-based contemporary lighting company intent on challenging existing standards in lighting. Lukas remains its Creative Director and designer.

    Jonathan Sabine Founder, MSDS

    MSDS Studio produces work that engages contemporary culture while adhering to the abiding principles of good design and craftsmanship. Their work synthesizes material, form and space considerations. Their explorations are resolved into works of interior, furniture and lighting design. This multidisciplinarity informs the resourcefulness that is the hallmark of their practice.

    Jessica Nakanichi Founder, MSDS

    MSDS Studio produces work that engages contemporary culture while adhering to the abiding principles of good design and craftsmanship. Their work synthesizes material, form and space considerations. Their explorations are resolved into works of interior, furniture and lighting design. This multidisciplinarity informs the resourcefulness that is the hallmark of their practice.

    9:00 AM

    Mike Dobbell Partner
    Jam3

    A Technological Experience

    • Technology

    Mike Dobbell Partner, Jam3

    Mike is a business leader at Jam3, a design and experience agency that partners with forward-thinking brands from around the world. Over the past 15 years he has worked with design firms on process design and building cultures of innovation. He loves leading teams who are designing “the Next.” Mike is also a member of the board of directors for the Advertising and Design Club of Canada. Jam3 is known for smart, innovative and inspired work. From their offices in Toronto, Los Angeles and Montevideo, Jam3 team up with brands from around the world including Google, Spotify, Adidas, Ford, Sephora and Disney Pixar.

    9:00 AM

    David Peterson Architect
    David Peterson Architect

    The Future of the Family Home

    • Future Cities

    We are social animals and how we live is important to our health. As a result, our architecture needs to be shaped by social considerations if we are to contend with the growing mental health problems seen in today’s children. The seminar will examine the current mental health data and correlate it to architectural forms. The seminar will highlight housing typologies and suggest regulatory changes which can be adopted to promote great social sustainability for cities.

    David Peterson Architect, David Peterson Architect

    David Anand Peterson was born in Georgetown Guyana and immigrated to Canada as a child. David’s early motivation for becoming an architect grew out of his social awareness. He realized at a young age that the built environment could negatively or positively influence our social interactions. A love of landscapes and urban experiences are also guiding influences in his emerging architectural practice. The lessons learned in practice are shared with his students at Sheridan College’s School of Architectural Technology.

    9:00 AM

    Diana Smiciklas Sustainability Advisor
    Perkins+Will

    Screening Materials for Health and Sustainability

    • Technology

    Material screening is becoming increasingly important as manufacturers disclose more information regarding their materials. Our firm has learned to simplify an oft-confusing screening process by using different websites, databases, standards, and our internally developed Precautionary List. It is very important the materials we choose as designers and architects have the least amount of impact on the environment and our health. Material screening for the purposes of optimizing health and sustainability doesn’t have to be intimidating. This seminar will help attendees move through the process of ensuring that the materials we’re choosing do not negatively impact our health and environment.

    Diana Smiciklas Sustainability Advisor, Perkins+Will

    Diana’s passion for sustainability began as an interior designer after quickly realizing the impacts of the built environment on the natural environment. This encouraged her to focus her career and become a sustainability consultant in corporate real estate where she fostered her knowledge in sustainable building operations and the necessary synergy between sustainable design, health and wellness of building occupants. This growth in knowledge and the desire to design again led Diana to her current role as a sustainability advisor at Perkins+Will where she implements better sustainable design practices while managing building certifications such as LEED and Fitwel. Her focus currently examines issues of materiality while ensuring the work that she is involved with provides both sustainable and healthy atmospheres for all users.

    9:00 AM

    Brad McCannell Vice President, Access & Inclusion
    Rick Hansen Foundation

    Real World Accessibility: The Practical Application of Universal Design

    • Talent & Diversity

    One in seven Canadian adults currently identify as having a disability affecting their mobility, vision or hearing. This number is projected to increase to one in five by 2036, due in part to our aging population. This means rethinking how we develop the built environment. Angus Reid Institute studies reveal that 90% of Canadians are in favour of a LEED-style program to rate building accessibility. The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program (RHFAC), currently being piloted in British Columbia, was created to fill this gap. This presentation will introduce the RHFAC and explore the opportunities for designers, owners and municipalities to benefit from an inclusive approach to developing the built environment across all provinces.

    Brad McCannell Vice President, Access & Inclusion, Rick Hansen Foundation

    Brad’s expertise in the area of disability comes from both personal experience and practical knowledge. In 1992, he formed Canadian Barrier Free Design Inc. to fill the gap between the building code requirements and the real needs of people with disabilities. As a leader in the field of accessibility for the past 24 years, Brad has extensive experience in the application of universal design across the built environment. He works closely with Canadian national and provincial building codes and is well-versed with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Brad has provided accessibility consultation for numerous buildings and organizations including Rogers Arena, the Richmond Olympic Oval, UBC, the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and various Olympic and Paralympic Games. In addition to his duties at the Rick Hansen Foundation, he is currently responsible for the technical content of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Access Guide for Host Cities

    9:00 AM

    Jennifer Ujimoto Senior Architect, Transit Design
    IBI Group
    Lisa D’Abbondanza Associate Director and Practice Lead, Architecture
    IBI Group

    From Getting Places to Placemaking

    • Future Cities

    Transportation infrastructure has a major impact on our daily lives; how we work and play, how our communities thrive or fail, how the city centres attract business. Within the lengthy process of a transit project that includes policy, planning and design – not to mention the challenge of rapid population growth and political will – how do architects fit into the equation of making great mobility projects that enables livable, prosperous and resilient communities? This session will discuss two case-studies; the Mississauga BRT and the Eglinton Crosstown in Toronto. Together they will illustrate how a focus on the user experience, treating each transit node as a civic space – worthy of beauty, light, visibility, and comfort – can create great public spaces and in so doing, benefit the public and transform the way we think about great public infrastructure.

    Jennifer Ujimoto Senior Architect, Transit Design, IBI Group

    Jennifer Ujimoto has more than 15 years of experience crafting her understanding of project design, contract administration and project management. She is thoroughly familiar with building and development approvals processes and has a keen understanding of alternative project procurement and delivery methods. Her ability to communicate effectively and collaboratively with clients, consultants, and contractors has made her a valuable key team member on complex and challenging projects with social and physical constraints. Jennifer’s multidisciplinary experience, including award-winning high-end residential design, curation and exhibit design, academic writing and teaching demonstrates her ability to implement rigorous design, project management and construction standards.

    Lisa D’Abbondanza Associate Director and Practice Lead, Architecture, IBI Group

    Lisa D’Abbondanza has more than 20 years of experience as both a lead design architect and a project manager in a wide variety of building types. She has a proven ability with design excellence, urban design, facilities design, client relations, value engineering, construction support and code compliance. Lisa has been a design architect for numerous transit projects as well as a facility manager coordinating between sub-consultants, transit agencies, municipal officials, and public and private stakeholders. Her understanding of diverse project procurement environments enables her to partner with client and stakeholder groups in numerous roles, build consensus without compromising design intent or integrity. Lisa is currently acting as Systemwide Architectural Lead for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT currently under construction.

    9:00 AM

    Suzy Magorian Showroom Manager
    Cosentino

    Global Kitchen Study: The Kitchen of the 21st Century

    • Technology

    This seminar discusses findings from Cosentino’s “Global Kitchen Study” where internationally renowned experts across various disciplines and countries share their insights into global trends and uses of the kitchen and its role in the spaces we will inhabit in the future. Attendees will learn about Cosentino’s research and examination of various spatial, social, technological and lifestyle concepts; empowering the design professionals with the ability to anticipate the kitchen of the future.

    Suzy Magorian Showroom Manager, Cosentino

    Suzy Margorian is a dedicated member of the architecture and design community with over 10 years of showroom management experience. Before joining the architecture and design industry, Suzy was an accomplished clothing designer. During her 10-year tenure in the fashion industry, she worked as a lead designer for Roots Canada, where she managed their menswear design team. Suzy traded in her needle and thread in 2001, finding her way into a new design career path in the surfaces industry. She managed a luxury stone fabrication and tile/mosaic showroom for over 10 years before joining Cosentino Group as the Showroom Manager of the Cosentino Toronto City Showroom. Suzy is charged with the leadership and overall operations of Canada’s largest Cosentino City Showroom.

    9:00 AM

    Jesse Garcia Senior Workplace Knowledge Consultant
    Herman Miller

    Agile and Scrum Fundamentals for the Non-Technical Person: What This Means for Workplace Space Planning

    • Experience

    Corporate real estate customers are talking about the importance of “agile” practices while requesting office designs that support agility within the workplace. This session will help clear the fog around the agile philosophy and explain how scrums support agile work. Attendees will learn the basics of agile, how scrums work, and how this evolving approach to business impacts the client’s physical work environment. We will also develop the best approaches for designers to ask meaningful questions from their clients that result in improved space planning outcomes.

    Jesse Garcia Senior Workplace Knowledge Consultant, Herman Miller

    Jesse is responsible for helping clients envision the future and optimize space based on their own business drivers. He delivers the entire Performance Environments offering which includes: visioning, pre and post-occupancy evaluation (space utilization, surveys, focus groups, observational ethnography) and change management. Jesse is also a knowledge leader at Herman Miller, bringing relevant insight to customers and design partners. His research interests include: the rise of women in degree programs in the US and how this may impact the future of work; employee engagement as it relates to the physical environment; concepts around productivity and performance in the workplace; and the strategic role of change management as a pathway to success.

    10:30 AM

    Michael Sørensen Partner, Lead Design Architect
    Henning Larsen

    KEYNOTE: Michael Sorensen

      Michael Sørensen Partner, Lead Design Architect, Henning Larsen

      10:30 AM

      David Pereyra Professor
      Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
      Sepideh Shahi Inclusive Designer
      Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University

      OCAD University’s Design Workshop on Inclusive Design

      • Technology

      This workshop will allow participants to rethink what it means to design for inclusive environments. Participants will be taken through a process that will lead to a greater understanding on issues relating to accessiblity and mobility, environmental awreness and other approaches that link building codes, product and interior design and user interface.

      HSW Accredited

      David Pereyra Professor, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University

      David Pereyra’s academic focus centres on interdisciplinary aspects of our multicultural society, as expressed through art, music, film, worship, multimedia and technology. He works at the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) at OCAD University and holds master’s degree in architecture, and a doctorate in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. David has developed and organized a number of inclusive community-building events at the IDRC, promoting research and development that ensures that emerging information technologies accommodate the full range of human diversity including culture, language, age and ability.

      Sepideh Shahi Inclusive Designer, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University

      Sepideh Shahi was initially trained as a classic industrial designer at the Art University of Tehran in Iran, giving her the foundational tools for sketching and modelling. She studied in the industrial design program at OCAD U, worked as a product designer, and then returning to school at the University of Cincinnati where her passion for design research and strategy flourished. She continues to teach, research and work on the many challenges of industrial design that focuses on a human-centred approach.

      10:30 AM

      Annie Bergeron Design Principal
      Gensler

      The Future of Work: Mapping the Near Future in the Technology Sector

      • Technology

      This seminar will explore Gensler’s latest point of view on the future of design for the technology industry. We will unpack four major trends, then explain their link to the significant business drivers that drive this sector. Using generic case studies, we will then demonstrate how these trends are expressed in the built environment. In conclusion, we will relate the information back to how these trends relate to the broader context of the “Future of Work.”

      Annie Bergeron Design Principal, Gensler

      Annie Bergeron’s work on many high-tech companies and advertising agencies has put her on the cutting edge of branded corporate interior design. As a Gensler Design Principal with over 20 years of experience, Annie is charged to inspire other designers, raise design calibre, and create notable risk-taking solutions. Her recent Toronto projects in the technology and media sectors illustrate her design versatility and breadth of experience. From a terraced mini-golf course to a high-end conference centre, or an innovative tech incubator, these recent projects were undertaken from strategic planning to construction, all the way to branding implementation and furniture procurement. Annie’s awards include the Ryerson Award of Recognition for Design Excellence from her alma mater, and numerous ARIDO Design Awards. Product design awards from NEOCON, and VMSD awards for visual merchandising demonstrate her versatility.

      10:30 AM

      David Gerson Vice President of Marketing
      Inscape
      Tania Bortolotto Founder
      Bortolotto

      Biophilic Design

      • Technology

      Our high speed, high stress and always-on lifestyles are taking a toll on our wellbeing. Biophilic Design recognizes and embraces how humans are biological creatures with deeply rooted biological needs. Join us and discover how today’s lifestyle and environments are impacting our wellbeing. Learn what biophilic design is and how this innovative way of designing is improving our physical, physiological and emotional health. The presentation will include an overview of Biophilic Design and its various elements, examples of projects that have utilized biophilic design and the benefits of Biophilic Design.

      David Gerson Vice President of Marketing, Inscape

      David Gerson is the Vice President of Marketing for Inscape, an innovative, commercial interiors manufacturing company. Developing powerful brand stories, delivering presentations and generally inspiring and motivating people is a lifelong passion for him. His current professional obsession is the science and theory surrounding biophilic design and the impacts it has on the human experience in the built environment. He currently sits on the Biophilic Design Advisory Board through the International Living Future Institute and has delivered presentations on the subject all around the world.

      Tania Bortolotto Founder, Bortolotto

      Tania Bortolotto is the founder and president of the Toronto-based design firm Bortolotto. An architect and interior designer, registered in Ontario, Tania lends her time to numerous design and academic committees, panels, juries and charettes, in addition to taking on individual mentoring, teaching and speaking engagements. Tania serves as a director of the public company, Inscape Corp. and was an inaugural member of Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel for four years. She also serves as a director on two boards and is an active member of Capital Projects Committees, assisting two private organizations. Tania has recently become WELL Faculty representing the International WELL Building Institute.

      10:30 AM

      Thea Kurdi Associate, Accessibility and Universal Design Specialist
      DesignABLE Environments
      Sarah Libera Accessibility and Universal Design Specialist
      DesignABLE Environments

      Designing for the Future: Accessibility in Urban Planning

      • Talent & Diversity

      Learn about the demographic changes facing our society and how design and policy will impact our future. Participants will also be exposed to various approaches to urban planning such as the 8 80 and SmartCity methodologies. In this seminar, we will review several international agreements where Canada is a signatory and what these commitments say about accessibility and designing to be inclusive of all abilities. These agreements include the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Sustainable Design Guidelines (SDGs), and the UN Habitat New Urban Agenda. This presentation will help designers with the facts, figures, and concrete design solutions currently transforming the way we envision and plan cities. The session will also discuss changes to building codes, international trends, local examples and myth busting. See what the inclusive city of the future looks like.

      HSW Accredited

      Thea Kurdi Associate, Accessibility and Universal Design Specialist, DesignABLE Environments

      Thea Kurdi is an accessibility specialist and dynamic speaker known for her enthusiasm for teaching. She has worked in this field for over 15 years, having helped design over 100 projects, audited over 150 buildings and helped create policies for over 15 different local and international communities. She has presented workshops, keynote addresses and lectures at local and international events for design professionals, building owners, and policymakers. From the human rights code to evidence-based design and increased marketability, Kurdi shares her passion for how accessibility is fundamental to successful architecture.

      Sarah Libera Accessibility and Universal Design Specialist, DesignABLE Environments

      Sarah Libera recently graduated with a Master in Urban Planning from Kingston University. She has been working at DesignABLE Environments since her graduation and has already successfully improved the accessibility for over a dozen buildings and transportation projects.

      10:30 AM

      Kristina Reinders Senior Urban Designer
      City of Toronto
      Marc Ryan Principal and Co-Founder
      PUBLIC WORK
      Michael Ormston-Holloway Partner
      The Planning Partnership
      Alissa North Associate Professor
      John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
      Pete North Assistant Professor
      John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto

      Leading the Way: Current Research and Projects about Toronto’s Future

      • Future Cities

      Contemporary landscape architects operate in a global realm of designing increasingly complex sites and collaborations that must address social, economic and environmental challenges. Integrating these broad variables, while factoring in radical environmental change over time, requires significant competence on the part of the landscape architect. With skills to process and integrate knowledge, visualize spaces that inspire and create value, build resilient urban ecologies with robust natural systems, or resolve multi-layered design problems, landscape architects are well positioned to engage in and lead multifaceted city building commissions. This panel will comprise four landscape architects who have completed, coordinated, or researched work that is setting a precedent in how we design, build, and integrate landscape or natural systems in our growing cities.

      HSW Accredited

      Sponsored by:

      Kristina Reinders Senior Urban Designer, City of Toronto

      Kristina Reinders is a Senior Urban Designer with the City of Toronto and a passionate advocate for quality public realm and forward-thinking policies that promote livability and make urban life rewarding and enjoyable for all. She recently led the TOcore Parks and Public Realm study, which included: a Public Space Public Life study; a 25-year framework plan to expand and improve parks and public realm in the downtown core; and new urban design and park policies that support successful implementation of quality public spaces. Kristina’s role with the City involves working with communities, stakeholders, and local councilors, often through public consultation. She holds architecture and urban design degrees from the University of Toronto and University of Westminster, respectively.

      Marc Ryan Principal and Co-Founder, PUBLIC WORK

      Marc Ryan is principal and co-founder of PUBLIC WORK, a Toronto-based office for urban design and landscape architecture focused on one of the foremost public topics today—the intelligent evolution of the contemporary city. His background in both landscape architecture and architecture gives him a synthetic approach to urban design and his design practice focuses on projects for the public realm using landscape as a primary medium. Marc’s experience includes 18 years of practice in Canada, the United States and Europe, where he has provided leadership in the design of the public realm able to capture a dramatic new sense of place.

      Michael Ormston-Holloway Partner, The Planning Partnership

      Michael is a partner with The Planning Partnership, working as a designer, landscape ecologist and certified arborist with over 15 years experience. As a practitioner and educator, he has defined his practice at the intersection of landscape architecture and urban ecology, finding common ground among living systems. Michael’s work is centred on sustainability at various scales and promotes better connections between people and their natural environments. He integrates the skillsets of design, urbanism and ecology with the insight of an arborist, horticulturist and soil scientist, leading toward projects that intimately connect with and respond to their associated urban ecologies.

      Alissa North Associate Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto

      Alissa North is an Associate Professor in the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Operative Landscapes: Building Communities Through Public Space and the editor of the forthcoming Innate Terrain, a publication of contemporary Canadian landscape architecture. Alissa is a founding partner of the Toronto landscape architecture practice North Design Office Inc. where she is committed to designing urban environments that engender vibrant communities and ecologies.

      Pete North Assistant Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto

      Pete North is co-founder of North Design Office and an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. His work explores materials, technologies, vegetation communities and design form to facilitate resilient ecologies and healthy urban environments. Pete has worked on many award-winning projects throughout Canada and the US and has lectured internationally. He has taught as a visiting faculty member at the Louisiana State University, Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

      10:30 AM

      Sharon VanderKaay Chief Instigator
      VanderPalette

      Work With Human Nature

      • Experience

      As creative professionals, designers are vulnerable to unhealthy levels of stress and overwork. The world needs happy, grounded, self-aware designers who advocate for healthy places. To protect our own health and nurture our creative spirit, we must learn to work with human nature, rather than against it. Let’s talk about the root causes of everyday anxieties that affect our client relationships, team interactions and self-confidence. Then we’ll explore how closer attention to brain-friendly “laws of human nature” reveal time-saving, healthier ways of working.

      Sharon VanderKaay Chief Instigator, VanderPalette

      Sharon VanderKaay, Chief Instigator at VanderPalette, is a design therapist. She coaches designers who want to develop healthier ways of working and more rewarding client relationships. Her experience includes the roles of interiors director for a global design firm as well as design strategist for various architecture and design studios. She has presented at more than thirty international design conferences and writes for design journals on value-driven business practices. After earning her undergraduate design degree from the University of Michigan, she studied psychology, group facilitation, negotiation, strategy and design thinking.

      1:00 PM

      Rossana Hu Partner
      Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
      Lyndon Neri Partner
      Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

      KEYNOTE: Neri&Hu

        Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu are the founding partners of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an interdisciplinary practice based in Shanghai with an office in London. They have won numerous international awards such as the Overall Winner of The PLAN Award (2018), EDIDA Designers of the Year (2017) and ICONIC Awards’ Interior Designers of the Year (2017). Before starting their own practice in 2004, they both worked for several architecture firms in the US. They strongly believes in research as a design tool, their work draws from the dynamic interaction between experience, detail, material, form and light. Neri&Hu have designed a number of industrial design products for various brands. Their projects are often defined as spatial experiences that blend new and existing built conditions using materials that create a sense of layering and screening while drawing inspiration from vernacular Asian design.

        Rossana Hu Partner, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

        Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu are the founding partners of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an interdisciplinary practice based in Shanghai with an office in London. They have won numerous international awards such as the Overall Winner of The PLAN Award (2018), EDIDA Designers of the Year (2017), ICONIC Awards’ Interior Designers of the Year (2017), Maison & Objet Asia Designers of The Year (2015) and Wallpaper* Designers of The Year (2014). Before starting their own practice in 2004, they both worked for several architecture firms in the US. Neri&Hu strongly believes in research as a design tool, their work draws from the dynamic interaction between experience, detail, material, form and light.

        Lyndon Neri Partner, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

        Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu are the founding partners of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an interdisciplinary practice based in Shanghai with an office in London. They have won numerous international awards such as the Overall Winner of The PLAN Award (2018), EDIDA Designers of the Year (2017), ICONIC Awards’ Interior Designers of the Year (2017), Maison & Objet Asia Designers of The Year (2015) and Wallpaper* Designers of The Year (2014). Before starting their own practice in 2004, they both worked for several architecture firms in the US. Neri&Hu strongly believes in research as a design tool, their work draws from the dynamic interaction between experience, detail, material, form and light.

        1:00 PM

        Sharon Portelli Executive Director
        ARIDO
        Lucia De Biasio Registered Interior Designer, LEED AP
        LDB Design Inc.
        Dayna Bradley Brigholme Interiors Group
        Casandra Diamond BridgeNorth
        Mahesh Mabooram Office Source Interiors

        ARIDO’s Path to Design Activism: The BridgeNorth Case Study

        • Future Cities

        In 2013, the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) launched a new initiative called “ROI: What’s on the Inside?” to assist organizations or charities by improving their interior environments where essential support and services are offered to Ontarians. Five years into the program, ARIDO has evolved its objectives to focus on creating greater social impact through interior design. In 2018, ARIDO partnered with BridgeNorth, a registered charity in York Region that supports victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation by helping them leave and transition from the sex industry. BridgeNorth is also dedicated to raising awareness in and educating the public about sexual exploitation, as well as advocating for victims. Attendees will learn from designers and stakeholders how a charity’s specific needs were achieved through the provision of a custom-designed space. Panelists will discuss ARIDO’s objective in helping BridgeNorth provide a greater platform for the silenced voices of trafficked victims in Canada while supporting the fight to end human trafficking.

        Sponsored by:

        Sharon Portelli Executive Director, ARIDO

        With over 20 years relating to professional standards and regulatory enforcement in the not-for-profit sector, Sharon started her diverse career in the financial sector, eventually leading to the interior design industry in 2011. She is currently the Executive Director and Registrar for the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO). Sharon specializes in regulatory frameworks and best practices, change management and organizational restructuring. She led the development of a competencies-based interior design assessment for internationally trained candidates that aligns with the Fair Access Regulation in Canada. More recently, she is involved in the direct regulation discussions between ARIDO and the OAA concerning the regulation of the profession.

        Lucia De Biasio Registered Interior Designer, LEED AP, LDB Design Inc.

        A Ryerson Alumni and Registered member of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), Lucia has been practicing interior design for over 23 years with a focus on commercial and institutional buildings. Her diverse experience includes strategic space planning, programming, project management, furniture specification, scheduling, budgets and tender documentation. Her firm, LDB Design, provides a broad spectrum of interior design services for commercial and institutional buildings focusing on delivering creative and functional spaces. Lucia is the current president-elect for ARIO and the design lead for the 2018 ARIDO ROI Initiative.

        Dayna Bradley Brigholme Interiors Group

        Dayna has been involved with the corporate interiors community for over 22 years. With a career background that includes furniture installation and experience at the dealer level, Dayna joined Brigholme Interiors Group in 2001 and is currently its Vice President of Business Development. Outside of the office, Dayna has demonstrated her commitment to the community through her involvement with Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Canadian Women’s Foundation and myriad fundraising activities within the commercial furniture industry, including her current role as co-chair of the ROI Charity Initiative for ARIDO.

        Casandra Diamond BridgeNorth

        Casandra Diamond is the founding director of BridgeNorth Women’s Mentorship & Advocacy Service, a survivor-led charitable organization that seeks to restore the inherent dignity and value of those who have experienced sexual exploitation through prevention strategies, exit strategies, safety planning and advocacy. BridgeNorth invests in public education, awareness and advocacy at all levels of government. Casandra worked with the Justice and Human Rights and the Senate Committees studying our current law known as the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. She has spoken at numerous events, trained various professionals and consults with governments and lawmakers. As a survivor of the sex industry, she has an in-depth knowledge of the women who have either fled or have been removed from the industry in addition to its grooming and recruiting tactics, and various clandestine aspects. Ms. Diamond is the recipient of the 2017 Ministry of Attorney General’s Victim Services Award of Distinction and 2018 Leading Women Building Communities Award, Ministry of the Status of Women.

        Mahesh Mabooram Office Source Interiors

        Mahesh Babooram joined the Office Source | SCI family in the spring of 2018 and comes with over 17 years of industry experience. He is a consummate professional and is always in search of innovative ways to achieve excellence within the field of design. It is not difficult to see why he admires Interface founder Ray Anderson for challenging the way industry works.

        1:00 PM

        Carol Belanger City Architect
        City of Edmonton
        Pat Hanson Partner
        gh3

        How to Navigate through a Process of Design Excellence in Public Buildings: A Look at the City of Edmonton

        • Future Cities

        This seminar will focus on the power of a robust client-architect relationship with the goal of building award-winning public buildings. For over ten years, the City of Edmonton has evolved a progressive approach to commissioning design-conscious projects. City officials are typically afraid to assume unnecessary risk when hiring architects to guide them through their design challenges. However, for the sake of appearing fiscally responsible, risk-averse commissions often end up costing more to build and are almost certainly more expensive to maintain over their lifetime. Attendees will learn from Carol Belanger, City Architect for the City of Edmonton and Pat Hanson, partner of gh3*, an award-winning Toronto-based design practice who will discuss their respective roles and approach—and how designers can learn from their experiences to influence clear and positive outcomes with public clients.

        Carol Belanger City Architect, City of Edmonton

        City Architect, City of Edmonton
        Carol graduated from the Technical University of Nova Scotia with a Masters Degree in Architecture in 1992. After 15 years in private practice, he worked as a senior urban designer in the City’s planning and development group where he chaired the Edmonton Urban Design Awards in 2005 and 2007. In 2007 Carol move over to the City’s building group as a project architect and took over as City Architect in 2009. As City Architect he has worked to emphasize the importance of urban and architectural design excellence for the betterment of the city and communities in which we live. Leveraging the City’s current policies and bylaws, the City has revised its RFQ/RFP process to reflect the required higher design standard.

        Pat Hanson Partner, gh3

        Pat Hanson is a founding partner of gh3*. Under her leadership, the firm has established a reputation for design integrity across a range of building typologies and through all scales of practice. She is the architect of institutional, infrastructural and residential projects that create meaningful connections between architecture and landscape within the urban realm. Exemplary projects include the internationally-recognized June Callwood Park in Toronto, the Trinity College Quadrangle at the University of Toronto, and the Governor General’s Medal-awarded projects Borden Park Pavilion in Edmonton and the Boathouse Studio on Stoney Lake, Ontario. Hanson currently serves on the Toronto Waterfront Design Review Panel and is a senior advisor for Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), which supports diversity and women in the design fields. She has lectured on the work of gh3* in Europe and North America and has taught at University of Toronto and University of Waterloo. In 2016, Hanson was recognized by the international arcVision Prize for Women and Architecture.

        1:00 PM

        Tina Manis Director of Interior Design
        CannonDesign, New York

        Hospitality Design’s Moment to Shine and Grow its Influence

        • Experience

        Healthcare staff spend an immense amount of time within medical institutions, often putting their own lives on hold to facilitate the health and well-being of others. Yet, in healthcare settings, more often than not, the spaces designated for staff to recharge or experience privacy are rarely prioritized. While healthcare organizations are acutely aware the quality of their care environments can directly lead to stronger outcomes for their patients, design strategies to help clinicians and healthcare staff now require equal importance. Beyond enhancing staff experience and wellness, such focused design strategies may also soon be critical to health systems’ long-term success. While healthcare support occupations, practitioners, and technical professionals are some of the fastest growing sectors in healthcare – projected to contribute one-fifth of all new jobs in the workforce by 2026 – hospitals and health systems are simultaneously dealing with severe nursing and staff shortages projected to worsen. This presentation will highlight leading-edge design ideas healthcare organizations can focus on to enhance staff experience and fuel success.

        Tina Manis Director of Interior Design, CannonDesign, New York

        Tina Manis is a self-identified universalist and believes that every new project should cultivate new ways of thinking. She embraces all scales of interior design—from the seamless integration of technology and architecture down to the most specific details of interior architecture, including furnishings, fixtures and materials. In her nearly three decades in the industry, ten of which were at the helm of her own design practice, Tina has taught at the Parsons School of Design, New School University, Columbia, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania and others. Dedicated to redefining the common perception of beauty in the built form, she partners with clients across all of CannonDesign’s core markets, helping them transcend the traditional notion of what an interior space should be and how that space may be experienced.

        1:00 PM

        Jesse Garcia Senior Workplace Knowledge Consultant
        Herman Miller

        Coaching the Client: Guiding Conversations to Support Workplace Goals

        • Talent & Diversity

        How can we have more productive conversations with our clients? Guided coaching allows the client to think through the challenges of workplace design. Instead of telling the client what to do, which often proves to be futile, utilize basic coaching techniques to move them away from feeling helpless and providing them with hope. Conversational coaching lets the client know they are in the driver’s seat. This seminar will focus on a solutions-based process, formulated by the client. Believing in a successful project is reinforced when the client feels engaged. Using the GROW method, participants will understand coaching, active listening skills, questions to consider (and avoid), and be able to practice with a colleague. This session is geared toward two audiences: (1) architects and designers who need to coach their corporate clients regarding new workplaces; and (2) facility and corporate real estate professionals who need to have better conversations with business unit leaders about workplace change.

        Jesse Garcia Senior Workplace Knowledge Consultant, Herman Miller

        Jesse is responsible for helping clients envision the future and optimize space based on their own business drivers. He delivers the entire Performance Environments offering which includes: visioning, pre and post-occupancy evaluation (space utilization, surveys, focus groups, observational ethnography) and change management. Jesse is also a knowledge leader at Herman Miller, bringing relevant insight to customers and design partners. His research interests include: the rise of women in degree programs in the US and how this may impact the future of work; employee engagement as it relates to the physical environment; concepts around productivity and performance in the workplace; and the strategic role of change management as a pathway to success.

        1:00 PM

        Annie Bergeron Design Principal
        Gensler

        Healthy Systems: Healthy People

        • Talent & Diversity

        Does today’s workplace provide the optimal environment for humans to thrive and do their best work? This presentation will explore findings from Gensler’s Workplace Research on the topic of wellbeing in the workplace, including relevant performance metrics. This seminar will look beyond typical physical design solutions and policies to explore how we can redefine the future of the workplace and create access to holistic wellbeing to promote inclusion and peak human performance. Using case studies, we will outline how companies successfully implement these principles in their built environments. Finally, we will discuss Guiding Principles and Ambient Belonging Concepts developed by our team that are necessary to create impactful, fulfilling and innovative work environments that prioritize humans.

        Annie Bergeron Design Principal, Gensler

        Annie Bergeron’s work on many high-tech companies and advertising agencies has put her on the cutting edge of branded corporate interior design. As a Gensler Design Principal with over 20 years of experience, Annie is charged to inspire other designers, raise design calibre, and create notable risk-taking solutions. Her recent Toronto projects in the technology and media sectors illustrate her design versatility and breadth of experience. From a terraced mini-golf course to a high-end conference centre, or an innovative tech incubator, these recent projects were undertaken from strategic planning to construction, all the way to branding implementation and furniture procurement. Annie’s awards include the Ryerson Award of Recognition for Design Excellence from her alma mater, and numerous ARIDO Design Awards. Product design awards from NEOCON, and VMSD awards for visual merchandising demonstrate her versatility.

        1:00 PM

        Jesse Klimitz Director
        Human Space
        Thea Kurdi Associate, Accessibility and Universal Design Specialist
        DesignABLE Environments
        Amy Pothier Health and Wellness Practice Leader
        Gensler

        Accessibility and Design

        • Talent & Diversity

        In this panel discussion, accessibility and inclusive design professionals will explore the wide range of end-user experiences and how the design profession can become more proactive with respect to accessibility issues. What are the best ways to incorporate inclusive design across all project types? How can designing for diverse needs benefit all users as well as the client’s bottom line? How do we future-proof our built environments?

        HSW Accredited

        Jesse Klimitz Director, Human Space

        Jesse Klimitz is responsible for oversight of Human Space and its strategic growth, directing business development and marketing efforts, managing client relationships and working to establish new collaborative initiatives. He also engages in key projects, public speaking and educating others. Jesse’s range of project experience includes residential, commercial, mixed-use and accessibility consulting on major institutional projects, including the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Parapan Am Games sports venues. He has also managed large accessibility and wayfinding audit projects with post-secondary, healthcare and government clients and is currently leading a participatory research project in collaboration with the Canadian Urban Institute. He has spoken at a number of conferences across Canada on the topic of accessibility and inclusive design, providing training to architects across Ontario in advance of changes to the accessibility requirements of the Ontario Building Code. Jesse is also a Senior Associate and Director of Business Development at Quadrangle, leading an in-house team of marketing, research, design and communication professionals.

        Thea Kurdi Associate, Accessibility and Universal Design Specialist, DesignABLE Environments

        Thea Kurdi is an accessibility specialist and dynamic speaker known for her enthusiasm for teaching. She has worked in this field for over 15 years, having helped design over 100 projects, audited over 150 buildings and helped create policies for over 15 different local and international communities. She has presented workshops, keynote addresses and lectures at local and international events for design professionals, building owners, and policymakers. From the human rights code to evidence-based design and increased marketability, Kurdi shares her passion for how accessibility is fundamental to successful architecture.

        Amy Pothier Health and Wellness Practice Leader, Gensler

        With an education in interior design, Amy has always been interested in the more technical parameters of design, diving right into the craft of a building code consultant. Recognizing the minimum standards defined in our building codes were not enough to ensure the design of accessible spaces, she became an accessibility consultant who works on interior projects that place a high priority on universal design. She has since combined her love of building codes with her passion for universal design by becoming the practice area leader for health and wellness at Gensler’s Toronto office, imbuing her passion for code compliance and accessibility advocacy into projects across Canada.

        1:00 PM

        Peter Sobchak Editor
        Canadian Interiors and Building Magazines
        Amanda Large Co-founder
        Doublespace Photography
        Arnaud Marthouret Founder
        Revelateur Studio
        Babak Eslahjou Principal
        CORE Architects
        Kyle Bergman Founder and Festival Director
        Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF)

        Get Reel: Exploring Truth and Narrative in Architectural Film and Photography

        • Future Cities

        Led by editor Peter Sobchak, this exciting panel discussion will include leading designers who are able to navigate through a range of opportunities that exist to influence the culture of design. Design media can take on a variety of meanings in today’s world. This panel will discuss the relevancy–and accuracy–of propagating the myths and identities of contemporary architecture in today’s media culture.

        Peter Sobchak Editor, Canadian Interiors and Building Magazines

        Peter Sobchak has been discussing topics related to design, architecture and real estate development in Canada through various mediums for over 15 years. He is the editor of Canadian Interiors and Building magazines, his writing has appeared in publications in England, Germany, the Netherlands, China and elsewhere, and his work has won several awards for business writing. He was also the host and producer of Building Toronto, which aired on Rogers TV.

        Amanda Large Co-founder, Doublespace Photography

        After studying fine arts at a post-secondary level, Amanda received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and went on to practice as an intern. Her love of photography began with a hand-me-down 35mm film camera and the black-and-white darkroom on campus. Along with her partner in life and business, Younes Bounhar, they established Doublespace Photography in 2012 where they strive to create simple, bold and elegant architectural photography. Her work has taken her across Canada, as well as further afield to Europe, North Africa and Asia. Doublespace Photography’s images have received international acclaim and have been featured in several exhibitions and numerous publications both in Canada and abroad.

        Arnaud Marthouret Founder, Revelateur Studio

        An architect by training, Arnaud is a culture, communications and media pioneer for the architecture and design industry. He was born in Grenoble, France, where he lived until his early twenties. Growing up surrounded by grandiose mountains in the Northern French Alps, he developed an idiosyncratic love for nature, which nurtured his early creative and adventurous spirit. These are character traits that he still cherishes and nurture to this day, as they allow him to see things from a different perspective. He has an unending love affair for two-wheelers, particularly motorbikes. The overwhelming feeling of freedom that one experiences riding, provides an ideal form of focused escape from this over-connected life.

        Babak Eslahjou Principal, CORE Architects

        Babak Eslahjou has practiced architecture since 1986 and became a founding principal of CORE Architects in 1994. His architectural experience includes the urban planning of over 200 million square feet of residential and commercial space, 155 residential condominium projects, numerous commercial and recreational facilities and over 1,500 retail environments internationally. Babak has spoken at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Cityscape Trade Show in the United Arab Emirates, and on behalf of the Canadian Trade Commission in the Philippines and Vietnam. His interest in photography began with a simple 110mm Instamatic his father gave him when he was eight years old, the photographic exploration it spurred has now spanned 48 years. Babak’s photography has been recognized with awards from the Ontario Associate of Architects, Photo Life Magazine, and the Blueprint iGuzzini Architecture Photography Awards.

        Kyle Bergman Founder and Festival Director, Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF)

        Architect Kyle Bergman founded the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) in 2009 and serves as its festival director. He has always recognized the strong connection between architecture and film and ADFF provides a unique opportunity to educate, entertain and engage people who are passionate about the world of architecture and design. Kyle has been involved with design/build education since graduate school when he created and moderated an eight-part architectural lecture series about the design/build process for the Smithsonian Institute. An entrepreneur at heart, Kyle founded Alt Spec in 1999, a publishing company that produced a visual resource of unique and alternative products for architects and designers. He also produced a play, The Glass House, about the design and construction of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House.

        2:30 PM

        Ashley Rumsey Partner
        Mason Studio
        Matt Davis Founding Partner
        DesignAgency

        The Hotel Experience of the Future

        • Experience

        The hotel experience has to constantly evolve and respond to the constantly changing and highly discriminating tastes of consumers. How can designers anticipate these changes? How can we plan for the future? And in many instances, how can we draw from our experiences in other sectors such as retail, restaurant and multi-family design to better anticipate evolution in the hospitality sector? Join some of Canada’s top designers who will share their experiences working in the hospitality sector.

        Ashley Rumsey Partner, Mason Studio

        Ashley understands the potential in fostering cross-disciplinary relationships to increase her project’s knowledge base. She is a specialist in interio design and visual arts achieved through her studies at leading Canadian and Australian institutions. Throughout her career, Ashley has worked with several top design firms on projects in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Before establishing her own firm, she was a lead designer for a Toronto and New York-based studio working on projects for international hoteliers. In 2011, Ashley co-founded Mason Studio, an award-winning interior design firm based in Toronto. The firm’s portfolio of hotels, restaurants, retail stores, multi-unit residences, and conceptual installations can be found on almost every continent. Mason Studio’s approach is dedicated to researching human interaction with their environments and the cultivation of a network of professionals with specialized talents.

        Matt Davis Founding Partner, DesignAgency

        Matt Davis a co-founder of DesignAgency where he shares the helm with partners Anwar Mekhayech and Allen Chan. The Toronto-based studio unites interior design, architectural concepting, strategic branding, and visual communication. Working for leading companies, developers and hospitality groups, DesignAgency brings experience, passion and creativity to make places that immerse guests in a diverse range of styles and experiences. Matt’s recent projects includes the re-launch of Sassafraz and William Ashley, both located in the iconic Yorkville neighbourhood in Toronto, the Broadview Hotel, Lena restaurant, new resorts and hotel in Costa Rica as well as the strategic development of a new hotel brand to be launched at the end of 2018. He has lectured at the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the Institute Without Boundaries. Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Toronto.

        2:30 PM

        Steve Torok Founder
        Creative Kitchen Gallery
        Rose Barroso Owner and Project Manager
        Barroso Homes
        Erin Jones Owner and Principal Designer
        Erin Interiors

        The Kitchen & Bath Experience Unplugged

        • Experience

        Now is the time to unplug from the element of design, colour and trends. Join the NKBA’s distinguished member panel and listen as they discuss the changing design landscape with respect to kitchen and bath. Hear the newest way in which consumers are buying and what we as designers need to know and do, to change our behaviours and perception. Learn how the European lifestyle emerging in Toronto is impacting the way we all need to address design. You will be empowered with five keys that will help gain consumer confidence.

        Sponsored by:

        Steve Torok Founder, Creative Kitchen Gallery

        Steve was the founder of Creative Kitchen Gallery Inc. (CKG). As an early innovator in his career, he appeared in the very early days of HGTV’s “About the Kitchen.” His obsession with cooking guided his desire to improve functional design when he was a renovator, custom home builder and kitchen installer. Grounded with this passion for food and design, he consistently explores new and innovative ways to create a more functional European aesthetic into every project his design team executes. As a member of the NKBA, he commits his energy to fully understand the client’s needs—the foundation for lasting relationships.

        Rose Barroso Owner and Project Manager, Barroso Homes

        A homebuilder often builds “on spec” which means they will buy a parcel of land, then build upon it, speculating upon the project’s future as they seek out a buyer. Unfortunately, building “on spec” can have a pejorative connotation.  But when Rose finds a site and embarks on its design, she doesn’t do what most spec builders do, which is to be overly “safe” by avoiding the inclusion of luxury into its design elements. Her company, Barroso Homes, approaches every project as a personal design-build home as if Rose herself is the owner-occupier.

        Erin Jones Owner and Principal Designer, Erin Interiors

        Erin is the owner and principal designer of Erin Interiors. With over 10 years, she brings her entrepreneurial spirit and drive to every project she works on, whether it’s developing and executing a full design plan, or sourcing the right materials. Erin guides her team to develop designs that ultimately fit her clients’ needs while ensuring a beautiful and functional result. In addition to running her own business, she keeps busy at home with her husband and three children.

        2:30 PM

        Philip Beesley Director, Living Architecture Systems
        Philip Beesley Architect Inc.

        Philip Beesley: Technology, Fabric, Design

        • Technology

        Philip Beesley of Waterloo Architecture will present recent work by the Living Architecture Systems group that explores a new generation of sentient architectural environments. Working with artists, engineers and scientists, the research collective combines the crafts of lightweight textile structures, dense arrays of distributed computer controls with machine learning, and artificial-life chemistry.  New architectural installations within the collaboration feature dense reticulated grottos with breathing, reactive, near-living qualities. Thin layers of hovering filters are tuned for delicate kinetic and chemical responses in the form of expanded physiologies, beckoning and sharing space with viewers.

        Philip Beesley Director, Living Architecture Systems, Philip Beesley Architect Inc.

        Philip Beesley is a multidisciplinary artist, academic and architect leading Waterloo’s Living Architecture Systems (LAS), an international group of pioneering researchers and industry partners developing far-reaching experimental architecture. LAS research explores bold questions such as, “Could future buildings think, and care?” Immersive installations provide a unique combination of expertise in architecture, environmental design, visual art, digital media, engineering, machine learning, cognitive psychology, synthetic biology and knowledge integration. The partnership is structured by six discipline streams: Scaffold led by Philip Beesley (Waterloo Architecture), Synthetic Cognition led by Dana Kulic (Electronic and Computer Engineering, Waterloo), Metabolism led by Rachel Armstrong (Architecture, Newcastle) Human Experience led by Colin Ellard (Psychology, Waterloo) Interdisciplinary Methods led by Rob Gorbet (Knowledge Integration, Waterloo), and Theory led by Sarah Bonnemaison (Architecture, Dalhousie). Society is facing challenges that will fundamentally change the way we all live and work. The University of Waterloo is committed to interdisciplinary solutions that are – like the work of the LAS – empathic, adaptive, resilient and committed to a future that elevates the best parts of our shared humanity.

        3:30 PM

        Marije Vogelzang Eating Designer
        Studio Marije Vogelzang

        KEYNOTE: Marije Vogelzang

          Marije Vogelzang Eating Designer, Studio Marije Vogelzang

          Designers who work with the subject ‘food’ are often called food designers. According to Marije Vogelzang, food is already perfectly and beautifully designed by nature. She designs from the verb to eat. She is for example inspired by the origin of food, the preparation, etiquette, history or the culture of food. That is why she doesn’t call herself food designer but, as the first in the world, eating designer. It is often thought that designers who work with food only design the shape of the food that is on your plate. Vogelzang wonders if there even is a plate. Her aim is to look at the content and background of the food. The shape is just a tool to tell the story. Vogelzang is trying to show the exploration and potency of a new approach on the act of eating (or is it a new approach on design?).  Having graduated at the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2000, Marije set her mind on creating a new direction in the field of design. After having developed and recently sold two experimental restaurants called ‘PROEF’ in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, she broadened her experiments and developed her vision to design out of the verb of eating. Now she works solo again under her own name. After 18 years of experience she is considered a pioneer and the ‘Grand dame’ in the field of eating design (De Volkskrant). Vogelzang works on restaurant concepts as well as long-term medical projects for hospitals. She initiates social projects like workshops to educate and inspire but she also does some extensive work for food industries. She designs art installations and curates exhibitions about eating and design. She is head of the bachelor department ‘MAN AND FOOD’ at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Her work has been published and acknowledged globally In 2015, Marije is part of Fast Company’s top 100 most creative people in business and a finalist of the World Technology awards in the Design section. In 2016 She is on the GOOD100 list of Good Magazine. In 2016 Marije initiated the Dutch institute of Food and Design. A global network to celebrate the connection between food and design.

          PROJECTS – (short selection of projects) 1999 – White Funeral Meal, Fuori Salone Milan. 2000 – Graduated at Design Academy Eindhoven. 2002 – Project ‘Color food’ for Paediatric clinic New York. 2004 – Start of ‘Proef Rotterdam’ (design studio and restaurant in one owned and developed by Vogelzang). 2005 – Project ‘Black Confetti’ with dishes from WWII served to people who were a child during WWII. 2005 – Project ‘Sharing dinner’ at Droog in Amsterdam. 2006 – Start of ‘Proef Amsterdam’ (design studio and restaurant at Westergas factory in Amsterdam). 2006 – Project ‘Connection Dinner’ at Droog in Amsterdam. 2006 – Solo exhibition at gallery MAMA Rotterdam with ‘Cuddly sausage’. 2007 – FAKED MEAT project. Meat Substitutes made from fantasy animals. 2007 – HAM-MAN in Van Gogh museum, Amsterdam. 2008 – Solo exhibition in Axis Gallery, Tokyo. 2008 – Launch of the book EAT LOVE, 10 years Marije Vogelzang eating design. 2008 – ‘Make food not war’ project in Libanon. 2009 – ‘Het broodtrommelboek’ (The Lunchboxbook). 2009 – Project ‘National tap water tasting’ Tilburg. 2009 – ‘Pasta sauna’ performance for Performa ’09 in New York.

          Saturday, January 19

          My Schedule

          11:00 AM

          Questlove Questlove
          Adam Sandow CEO
          SANDOW

          KEYNOTE: Questlove

            In conversation with Adam Sandow, CEO of SANDOW

            Questlove Questlove

            Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots – Questlove, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, this 4-time GRAMMY Award winning musician’s indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Questlove has also released four books including the New York Times bestseller Mo’ Meta Blues, Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation, the James Beard Award-nominated and AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers award winning book somethingtofoodabout: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs, and the New York Times bestseller Creative Quest.

            Additionally, Questlove is a strategic advisor, and the first artist ambassador for Pandora, as well as hosting a new series Questlove Supreme on his Questlove Station. He also recently co-produced the GRAMMY Award winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton, alongside Alex Lacamoire, Bill Sherman, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tarik “”Black Thought”” Trotter. He served as the Executive Music Producer and Composer on the A&E Mini Series “Roots.” Questlove and The Roots also announced that they are developing an animated children’s series, along with a live action children show, in partnership with Amazon. Most recently, The Roots released the track “It Ain’t Fair” featuring Bilal in conjunction with the critically acclaimed new film DETROIT.

            Questlove made his way into the culinary world with his signature “”Love’s Drumstick.” Currently, he is hosting a series of Food Salons with world-renowned and innovative chefs at his Financial District apartment in the NY by Gehry building. Questlove has appeared as a Guest Judge on Top Chef Season 11, his interest in food and his own culinary endeavors have been featured on the cover of New York Magazine, in Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appetit, and seen on The View, Watch What Happens Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is a Celebrity Ambassador for Food Bank For New York City, is on the City Harvest Food Council, a board member of Edible Schoolyard, and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Made in NY Media Center. Questlove is also a Founding Member of the CAPA Foundation in Philadelphia.

            Questlove recently launched a new venture in partnership with Adam Sandow, CEO of SANDOW, that will bring new and inspired brands and products to market: CREATIVE HOUSE.

            CREATIVE HOUSE will unite a diverse mix of artists, designers, inventors to inspire, connect, and ideate. This new venture will use a plurality of means to engage innovative solutions and gather inspiring individuals from across platforms such as a printed publication, fireside chats, conferences and an agency for product development.

            Adam Sandow CEO, SANDOW

            12:00 PM

            Steve Torok Founder
            Creative Kitchen Gallery

            Unlocking the Hurdles for a Successful Renovation

              Have you decided to renovate your kitchen or bathroom, but don’t know where to start or what to consider? Join NKBA member Steve Torok from Creative Kitchen Gallery Inc. where he candidly chats with a consumer who has navigated all the hurdles associated with any renovation. Through this discussion, you will hear eight crucial points that will ensure your successful renovation. Steve will unlock the hidden pieces that every homeowner should look for when navigating the renovation waters. There will be time for questions at the end of the seminar for you can ask those tough questions.

              Sponsored by:

              Steve Torok Founder, Creative Kitchen Gallery

              Steve was the founder of Creative Kitchen Gallery Inc. (CKG). As an early innovator in his career, he appeared in the very early days of HGTV’s “About the Kitchen.” His obsession with cooking guided his desire to improve functional design when he was a renovator, custom home builder and kitchen installer. Grounded with this passion for food and design, he consistently explores new and innovative ways to create a more functional European aesthetic into every project his design team executes. As a member of the NKBA, he commits his energy to fully understand the client’s needs—the foundation for lasting relationships.

              1:30 PM

              Michael Leckie Founder
              Leckie Studio

              Some Assembly Required

                The Promethean myth of the architect and starchitect aspirations have led the profession of architecture to increasingly ignore the pedestrian notions of everyday construction which accounts for more than 98 percent of the built environment worldwide. Rather than simply accept the autonomy of the built environment as something that exists external to the practice of architecture, this talk presents past and present ideas of user participation in architecture as a means to explore the social, political, cultural, and economic forces that shape the built environment and ways to disrupt and rethink the traditional top-down methods of architectural production.

                Michael Leckie Founder, Leckie Studio

                Michael Leckie is an architect and creative entrepreneur working to evolve the traditional boundaries of architectural practice as a catalyst for cultural change. Born in Toronto he graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2003. Prior to establishing Leckie Studio Architecture + Design in 2015, he was co-founder and partner of Campos Leckie Studio from 2009-2015. Leckie Studio’s projects are informed by an environmental sensitivity with an emphasis on passive solar design and sustainability, as well as an experience-based approach to program and form. Michael has also combined his passion for adventuring in nature and his research into open-source architecture as co-founder of The Backcountry Hut Company.

                1:30 PM

                KEYNOTE: DesignAgency in conversation with Maryam Siddiqi, Lifestyle Editor

                  In conversation with Maryam Siddiqi, Lifestyle Editor

                  Matt Davis Founding Partner, DesignAgency

                  Matt Davis a co-founder of DesignAgency where he shares the helm with partners Anwar Mekhayech and Allen Chan. The Toronto-based studio unites interior design, architectural concepting, strategic branding, and visual communication. Working for leading companies, developers and hospitality groups, DesignAgency brings experience, passion and creativity to make places that immerse guests in a diverse range of styles and experiences. Matt’s recent projects includes the re-launch of Sassafraz and William Ashley, both located in the iconic Yorkville neighbourhood in Toronto, the Broadview Hotel, Lena restaurant, new resorts and hotel in Costa Rica as well as the strategic development of a new hotel brand to be launched at the end of 2018. He has lectured at the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the Institute Without Boundaries. Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Toronto.

                  Anwar Mekhayech Founding Partner, DesignAgency

                  Allen Chan Founding Partner, DesignAgency

                  Maryam Siddiqi Lifestyle Editor, DesignAgency

                  3:00 PM

                  Christian Rocca Sponsored by Caesarstone

                  Evaluating Surfaces for Your Home

                    Explore the benefits of quartz, it’s innovative use, and the endless application possibilities for your home. Discover more about specific quartz capabilities and its various applications as well as trends of home design in terms of functionality and surfacing options. In this course we explore the innovative use of quartz surfacing to transform home design. Lastly, we learn about the application possibilities of quartz surfacing beyond the kitchen.

                    Sponsored by:

                    Christian Rocca Sponsored by Caesarstone

                    Christian Rocca has a background in interior design, architecture and design. He is currently a sales professional working for Caesarstone Canada. He is a highly personable individual with qualifications and working knowledge of retail sales management, interior, commercial, and environmental design. Christian is a registered speaker and member with the IDCEC and enjoys hosting seminars to the design community. He is also an active member with many local professional and trade organizations such as ARIDO, TTMAC, and NKBA. This creative, passionate and outgoing individual brings expertise to an already vibrant industry.

                    3:30 PM

                    Ryan Korban Founder
                    Ryan Korban
                    Randi Bergman Style Contributor
                    Globe and Mail

                    KEYNOTE: Ryan Korban, in conversation with Randi Bergman, Style Contributor at the Globe and Mail

                      In conversation with Randi Bergman, Style Contributor at The Globe and Mail

                      Ryan Korban Founder, Ryan Korban

                      Korban embarked on a career in interior design after graduating from The New School in New York. Without any formal training, he developed his unique aesthetic, characterized by a mix of luxury, old-world romance, and urban cool.

                      Drawing on inspirations ranging from Monet paintings to Helmut Newton photographs, he creates seductive, wondrous spaces that surpass trend to redefine traditional design for a new generation.

                      His portfolio includes the homes of prominent figures in the worlds of fashion, film, and music. Specializing in retail design with an emphasis on luxury, Korban has completed some of the finest spaces in New York’s retail landscape. His work has been profiled in such publications as VogueWHarper’s Bazaar, Architectural Digest, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

                      Randi Bergman Style Contributor, Globe and Mail

                      4:30 PM

                      Katie Hunt Professional Wallpaper Installer
                      Katie's Wallpaper Installation Inc.

                      Wallpaper 101: Journey into the World of Wallpaper

                        Wallpaper is back with a vengeance! Or did it ever leave? Join us on a journey into the world of wallpaper, with an expert professional installer to the trade, Katie Hunt, featured on several HGTV television series including The Property Brothers and Holmes & Holmes. This enlightening presentation provides a unique perspective on wallpaper, combining both a technical understanding of the product and creative interior design applications. Learn about the evolution of substrates, paper and design possibilities, including how to calculate wallpaper and understanding the different types of match points. Through live demonstrations, Katie will demonstrate the importance of panel placement, including centring designs and placing key pattern elements at the correct height. Whether you are thinking about adding wallpaper to your design projects for the first time, regularly feature wallcoverings, or just curious about the history of wallpaper, this presentation is not to be missed.

                        Katie Hunt Professional Wallpaper Installer, Katie's Wallpaper Installation Inc.

                        Katie Hunt is a leading professional wallpaper installer and expert, appearing on several HGTV television series, including The Property Brothers, Holmes and Holmes, and Reno Set Go. She is a regular guest on several television talk shows, including The Marilyn Denis Show. Her wallpaper installations are also featured in national publications across Canada and the United States. Working with leading interior designers, Katie specializes in luxury wallpaper installations, from hand-painted silk wallcoverings to crystal-beaded wallpaper. Her work can be seen in various luxury custom homes and five-star hotel residences, including The Ritz-Carlton and Shangri-La Toronto. Katie also provides consulting for major wallpaper manufacturers and distributors, having established herself as one of the premier experts in her field. She provides a unique perspective on wallpaper, combining both a technical understanding of the product with a creative knowledge of its diverse applications.

                        Sunday, January 20

                        My Schedule

                        2:00 AM

                        Lynda Reeves House & Home
                        Beth Hitchcock Editor-in-Chief
                        Nam Dang-Mitchell

                        Design’s Next Direction

                          Editor-in-chief Beth Hitchcock and H&H Designer of the Year, Nam Dang-Mitchell, talk travel-inspired decorating, how to find your style in the Instagram era, and the new kitchen looks they’re loving.

                          Lynda Reeves House & Home

                          Lynda Reeves is one of Canada’s best-known media personalities in the field of design and decorating. In 1986, Lynda launched House & Home magazine, which grew to become one of North America’s most popular design/lifestyle publications. Maison & Demeure and numerous special interest publications followed after, in both print and digital formats. Lynda hosted the first daily talk show about design, gardening, decorating and food, which aired on several national networks and specialty channels, globally, for nine seasons. Today, House & Home Television is available for streaming on houseandhome.com and YouTube, as well as via app on many smart TVs. House & Home Media also recently launched shophouseandhome.com, a new and exciting curated online shopping site for home decorators. LRDS, the in-house design studio, takes on select residential design projects and Lynda’s monthly column can been seen in House & Home magazine. Lynda resides in Toronto and in New York’s Hudson Valley.

                          Beth Hitchcock Editor-in-Chief

                          Beth Hitchcock brings a lifelong passion for words and decorating — along with 20 years of experience in the magazine industry — to her role as Editor-in-Chief of House & Home magazine. With a keen eye for design, a Journalism degree and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing, Beth has written about and worked with some of Canada’s top designers, stylists and photographers. She has appeared regularly on TV and radio, and been a guest lecturer at colleges and universities across Canada. In her free time, Beth loves to travel (Marrakech is next on her list), watch baseball and putter around her century home in Toronto’s east end.

                          Nam Dang-Mitchell

                          Long featured in the pages of Canadian shelter magazines, Nam Dang-Mitchell was named House & Home’s designer of the year in 2019. The interior designer’s spaces strike a delicate balance between classic and edgy, merging disparate styles into a seamlessly chic and livable whole. Dang-Mitchell often animates her neutral-toned colour palettes with layers of patterns and textures that keep even formal spaces warm and lively. Her keen eye for combining furniture, accessories and fabrics from different styles and eras is especially evident in her ability to select distinctively modern furniture and lighting pieces that are full of personality but still harmonize with an interior’s overall look. Dang-Mitchell lives in Calgary, where she has recently expanded her practice to include a residential townhouse development.

                          4:00 AM

                          Lynda Reeves House & Home
                          Denise Zidel Snob Stuff
                          Ali Yaphe Y&Co

                          Retail Therapy

                            Lynda Reeves chats with Ali Yaphe of Y&Co and Denise Zidel of Snob Stuff, owners of two of Toronto’s hottest home stores. Learn about their bold, creative styles, their best decorating tips and their must-have list for 2019.

                            Lynda Reeves House & Home

                            Lynda Reeves is one of Canada’s best-known media personalities in the field of design and decorating. In 1986, Lynda launched House & Home magazine, which grew to become one of North America’s most popular design/lifestyle publications. Maison & Demeure and numerous special interest publications followed after, in both print and digital formats. Lynda hosted the first daily talk show about design, gardening, decorating and food, which aired on several national networks and specialty channels, globally, for nine seasons. Today, House & Home Television is available for streaming on houseandhome.com and YouTube, as well as via app on many smart TVs. House & Home Media also recently launched shophouseandhome.com, a new and exciting curated online shopping site for home decorators. LRDS, the in-house design studio, takes on select residential design projects and Lynda’s monthly column can been seen in House & Home magazine. Lynda resides in Toronto and in New York’s Hudson Valley.

                            Denise Zidel Snob Stuff

                            Ali Yaphe Y&Co

                            12:00 PM

                            Lynda Reeves House & Home
                            Brian Gluckstein Brian Gluckstein

                            Trends 2019: What’s in and What’s Out For Your Home This Year

                              Gluckstein discuss the hottest looks for interiors, the paint colours they’re loving and the fads to avoid. Plus, discover favourite rooms from Brian’s new book, The Art Of Home.

                              Lynda Reeves House & Home

                              Lynda Reeves is one of Canada’s best-known media personalities in the field of design and decorating. In 1986, Lynda launched House & Home magazine, which grew to become one of North America’s most popular design/lifestyle publications. Maison & Demeure and numerous special interest publications followed after, in both print and digital formats. Lynda hosted the first daily talk show about design, gardening, decorating and food, which aired on several national networks and specialty channels, globally, for nine seasons. Today, House & Home Television is available for streaming on houseandhome.com and YouTube, as well as via app on many smart TVs. House & Home Media also recently launched shophouseandhome.com, a new and exciting curated online shopping site for home decorators. LRDS, the in-house design studio, takes on select residential design projects and Lynda’s monthly column can been seen in House & Home magazine. Lynda resides in Toronto and in New York’s Hudson Valley.

                              Brian Gluckstein Brian Gluckstein

                              The images inside Brian Gluckstein’s recent national bestseller, The Art of Home, illustrate the distinguished mix of luxury and livability that led Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Journal to call Gluckstein one of the top 35 designers in the world—just one of the many accolades he has accumulated over the years. In the pages of House and Home magazine and as a frequent guest on Cityline for over 20 years, Gluckstein has introduced a wide audience to his beautiful interiors for private residences from Aspen to Miami, and internationally recognized hospitality spaces like the Four Seasons Hotel in Palm Beach. These interiors have inspired Gluckstein’s eponymous line of homewares, including furniture, tabletop, bedding and décor items, as well as a paint collection with Benjamin Moore and a line of fine china for Lenox.

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