Mark your calendar: 2013 International Design Roundtable on Dec. 5

One of the most eagerly anticipated events in the Canadian design world is coming up soon. Sponsored by IDC and Canadian Interiors, the 2013 International Designer Roundtable takes place on Thurs., Dec. 5 (from 8 to 10 a.m.) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.

The title of this year’s Roundtable is “Diverging Interests: How to Create a Symbiotic Relationship in Common and Public Areas.” It will focus on the concept of common areas and how to design for converging, dramatically different and competing interests within mixed-use projects and public interior spaces. How do you satisfy different design needs and expectations within public areas, mixed use projects, and institutional spaces?

A group of four experts – from Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles and London, England – will explore the synergies that design can create in mixing different agendas, perceptions, and desires based on the initial expectation of use. This year’s speakers are Caroline Robbie, principal, Quadrangle Architects Limited; Tom Marquardt, principal and founder, marquardt+; Scott Johnson, founder and design partner, Johnson Fain; and Yu Jordy Fu, president and creative director, Marques & Jordy. Teh moderator is Toronto designer editor and columnist Pamela Young.

This session qualifies for 0.2 Interior Design Continuing Education Credits (IDCEC).

CAROLINE ROBBIE Caroline Robbie is a registered and award-winning ARIDO member with over 30 years of experience in the industry in Toronto. aA a principal with Quadrangle Architects Limited she is involved in all design phases of large and small-scale projects with the firm. She has led teams on a number of award-winning projects, including the Corus Quay interiors fit-out project for Corus Entertainment. Caroline was an integral member of the team that led the revitalizing workshops for the CBC Broadcast Centre building in Toronto. Among her many accomplishments, Caroline was appointed to the advisory board for Creative Cities international, a global team of experience practitioners in architecture, planning, finance, transportation and creative industries based in New York City.

TOM MARQUARDT Tom Marquardt is the principal and founder of the interdisciplinary Chicago-based design studio Marquardt+. Tom has been involved in a variety of projects throughout the years, from the development of corporate brand, identity, packaging, product and communication design to the execution of a variety of branded environments and interior spaces in the U.S. and abroad. He also brings his combined training and experience in interior, graphic and industrial design to a new generation of designers as an adjunct professor at the Harrington College of Design in Chicago. He developed and continues to teach the first known branded environments immersion studio course in the U.S. for graduate and undergraduate students in the interior Design and Communication Design programs.

SCOTT JOHNSON Scott Johnson is the founder and design partner at Johnson Fain, an international design firm based in Los Angeles. He is an alumnus of Stanford, UC Berkeley and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and is well-known for a wide range of buildings and interiors in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, he is working on major mixed-use projects in California, Texas, Oklahoma and Asia, as well as the adaptive re-use of historic properties in Downtown L.A. He teaches and is the author of Tall Building: Imagining the Skyscraper. Scott is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and is currently the president of the Las Angeles chapter.

YU JORDY FU Yu Jordy Fu had her first solo art exhibition at Beijing Capital Museum at the age of 6, and published her first book at 7 years old. Jordy’s artwork has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial, Milan Salone Internazionale de Mobile, the London Design Museum, London Royal Festival Hall, London Fashion Week, Hamburg Art Week, the Hong Kong Arts Centre, and Art Centre Seoul Korean. Her own design company, Marques and Jordy, was founded in London, England, in 2008; it focuses on “Creating Love through Design” and now has four new offices in China and Thailand. Jordy is also the creative director for the world’s biggest fashion media company Fashiontv. Jordy was invited to speak at TED@shanghai , TEDx Nanjing, TEDx tokyo and TED conference 2013 in Long Beach, California.

PAMELA YOUNG Pamela Young is a senior editor and the “Design Unlimited” columnist at Applied Arts Magazine. From 2007 to 2013, she was the editor of CFM&D (Canadian Facility Management & Design). Before that, she worked as an arts reporter at Maclean’s and an editor at Azure. Pamela has written about the built environment and other design-related subjects for several publications, including The Globe and Mail, Canadian Architect and Style at Home.

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