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2013 Keynotes

PRESENTED IN THE KEILHAUER KEYNOTE THEATRE

Each year, IIDEX brings you an exciting and inspiring keynote speaker series, featuring the best Canadian and international thought leaders. We’ve been hard at work ensuring 2012 will continue this trend, and we are pleased to announce our 2012 speakers.

Healthcare Keynote

IIDEX Canada 2013

A Call to Action Through the Power of Design

David Webster, Partner, IDEO Health + Wellness

Thursday, September 26, 2013
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Keynote Theatre - Free

Presentation Topic:

The healthcare ecosystem has reached the point where innovation is critical. Despite the arrival of an unprecedented number of game-changing technologies, the system continues to struggle with inertia. The award-winning global firm IDEO takes a human-centered approach to helping clients make a difference for patients, the people in their lives and healthcare professionals. IDEO partner David Webster believes that design can make a profound difference in enabling people to live healthier lives. In his keynote address, David will show how his firm looks at health and wellness through a broad lens. In addition to the physical design of space, he considers many other dimensions of the user experience, including digital aspects, service, communications and products. He sees a broad range of opportunities for innovation, from advancing surgical tools to developing consumer brands that make healthful eating irresistible. David knows from experience that design thinking can massively improve the healthcare ecosystem for patients, professionals and organizations.

Speaker Bio:

David Webster leads IDEO’s global Health and Wellness practice. Formally trained as a mechanical engineer and industrial designer, he is passionate about designing experiences that pivot around physical objects. And he can’t get enough of robots. Before IDEO, David designed Yamaha motorcycles with GK in Tokyo, invented new food products with WhatIf in London, and built new factories for Unilever in Europe.

www.ideo.com or follow @IDEO


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Emerging Professionals Keynote

IIDEX Canada 2013

"The blood will never show" – Eames Design Philosophy

Eames Demetrios, Director, Eames Office

Thursday, September 26, 2013
1:30PM - 2:30PM
Keynote Theatre - Free

Presentation Topic:

Charles Eames was fond of an expression he learned in the movie industry, "the blood will never show."  It means that it is hard work making things look easy and natural to the viewer.  Looking back on the Eames’ work today, their success seems almost inevitable, but it certainly wasn't.  They had struggles that are familiar to many young designers.  

This talk will place a special emphasis on this aspect of the Eames’ work and will share stories and ideas relating to the process and philosophy of Charles and Ray Eames.  It includes behind-the-scenes content, as well as a significant section addressing Ray's role in honor of the Centennial of her birth.  We'll see her work on the title sequence of a Billy Wilder film and touch on several of the ways, including her training as a painter, that the Eames’ brought together art and science.

Speaker Bio:

Eames Demetrios wears many different hats, but is best known in the design world for spearheading the successful re-discovery of the Charles and Ray Eames design heritage by new generations as Director of the Eames Office. 

He also enjoys work as a consultant, filmmaker, author and storyteller and communicates these works through global talks which includes the main-stage of the legendary TED conference.  He also has a global work of multi-dimensional storytelling called kcymaerxthaere, with over 85 sites in 20 countries. He wishes to continue all works through new opportunities and collaborations in the design and art communities world-wide.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

www.eamesdemetrios.com


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Design Keynote

IIDEX Canada 2013

The Power of the Dream Team

Luca Nichetto, Nichetto & Partners

Thursday, September 26, 2013
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Keynote Theatre - Free

Presentation Topic:

In a world now obsessed with sharing information, successful design depends on collaboration more than ever. Collaboration is in; silos are out. In this keynote address, celebrated Italian industrial designer Luca Nichetto will share important insights on successfully collaborating with key allied professionals: architects, interior designers, product designers and lighting designers, or what he calls “The Dream Team.”

Speaker Bio:

Born on the islands of Murano, north of Venice, Luca Nichetto started his professional career designing projects in Murano glass for Salviati, and soon began working with Foscarini as product designer and as a consultant on new materials research and product development. Today Luca collaborates with a wide variety of Italian and international companies. His award-winning work ranges from furniture and interiors to glassware and textiles.

A graduate of University Institute of Architecture of Venice, Luca Nichetto launched his own design firm, Nichetto&Partners, in 2006, and opened a second office in Stockholm in 2011. The firm specializes in industrial design and design consultancy. He has also served as art director for a number of international design events, and his work has been featured in prominent international exhibitions.

www.lucanichetto.com or follow @lucanichetto


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Architecture Keynote

IIDEX Canada 2013

Looking; Glass

Charles Renfro, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Friday, September 27,2013
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Keynote Theatre - Free

Immediately following his Keynote Charles Renfro will be doing a book signing of Lincoln Center Inside Out: An Architectural Account (Damiani 2013) in the Swipe Bookstore next to the Keilhauer Keynote Theatre

Presentation Topic:

Glass is the material most affiliated with Modernism. Its evolution transformed how transparency, light and views were integrated with architecture. But it also has another side, one that is more philosophical. The acclaimed architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro has completed several projects where glass is constructed parasitically within and alongside Modern masterpieces that are reinvented, sometimes contrary to the original architect’s stated intentions. DS+R partner Charles Renfro will take listeners on a bottom up journey through two of the firm’s notable projects undertaken within existing New York buildings: The Brasserie, located in the Seagram Building, perhaps the most well-known all-glass building in the world; and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He will outline DS+R’s approach to glass as a device to frame a discussion about the masters’ intentions and to understand glass through its own local and urbanistic effects. He will ultimately show how glass has become the single most influential material in the contemporary city.

Speaker Bio:

Charles Renfro is partner-in-charge on numerous DS+R projects including the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and the Dissona Factory and Housing Complex in Shenzhen, China. He was also design partner for New York’s High Line and the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University. In 2010, Fast Company named DS+R the most innovative design practice in the profession and among the top 50 most innovative companies in the world.

www.dsrny.com


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Hospitality Keynote

IIDEX Canada 2013

Checking into the World: Innovative Hotel Design with George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg

George Yabu + Glenn Pushelberg, Partners, Yabu Pushelberg with Ilana Weitzman, editor-in-chief of Air Canada’s enRoute magazine

Friday, September 27,2013
2:00PM - 3:30PM
Keynote Theatre - Free

Presentation Topic:

Since their first hospitality project with Four Seasons in Tokyo, Yabu Pushelberg have been pushing the boundaries of hotel design around the globe. A unique and very personal partnership – along with creative clients like Ian Schrager – allow them to foster innovation in all their projects. In discussion with Ilana Weitzman, editor-in-chief of Air Canada’s enRoute magazine, the duo will explain how strategic design can help hotels evolve to meet the needs of the modern traveller. Hint: Forget the front desk and skip the bellhop.

Speaker Bios:

Founded in 1980, the renowned North American interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg has been creating timeless and artistic designs worldwide for 30 years. George Yabu oversees the creation and development of all design components for each of the firm’s projects. Glenn Pushelberg serves as the duo’s conduit between the client and the design team, managing new and existing relationships from a communications and business perspective. George and Glenn both received bachelor of applied arts (interior design) degrees and honorary doctorates from Ryerson Polytechnic in Toronto.

With offices in New York and Toronto, the firm has collaborated with some of the world’s leading hotel groups, chefs and retailers. Select clients include Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, W Hotels, Thompson Hotels, Park Hyatt International, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Louis Vuitton, Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co. and Carolina Herrera. Yabu Pushelberg is known for its “anything is possible” approach to design, experimenting with new materials and forging relationships with independent artists to create original interiors that defy design type and transcend trendiness.

Ilana Weitzman is editor-in-chief of enRoute, Air Canada’s award-winning magazine, which was recently named Best In-flight Magazine in North America. Thanks to having one of the best jobs on the planet, Ilana has had the opportunity to experience some of the world’s best hotels, resorts and spas. She has won Gold and Silver National Magazine Awards for her reporting and editing, along with an award of merit from the North American Travel Journalists Association.


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Modernism at Risk Keynote

IIDEX Canada 2013

Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Modern Landmarks

Henry Ng, Executive Vice President, World Monuments Fund

Friday, September 27, 2013
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Location: Salon 106
Fee: $55/$65
Must Register Here (Registration Instructions Below)

This keynote is in conjunction with the IIDEX Feature Exhibition: Modernism at Risk

 Presentation Topic:

Modernism is the defining movement of 20th-century architecture and design, but significant Modern buildings are often routinely demolished, inappropriately altered or left to decay. The very features that help define them as significant achievements in the history of architecture—innovative and sometimes experimental design elements, materials, and technologies—are themselves often challenges to their survival and preservation. In recent years, architects and designers have emerged as some of the most ardent and effective heroes/advocates in the preservation of Modern buildings. Vividly illustrated, this session presents works of renowned architects (including Marcel Breuer, Paul Rudolph, Edward Durell Stone, Warren Platner and the Bauhaus) that were slated for demolition, and the design interventions that saved them from the wrecking ball.

Speaker Bio:

Henry Tzu Ng has spent over 25 years with cultural and philanthropic organizations devoted to improving the quality of urban life, architecture, cities, and the protection of our built world. He currently serves as executive vice-president of World Monuments Fund (WMF), the world’s leading private, international historic preservation organization. He holds a BS degree from New York University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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