Public - 17 NOV 2020


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Technology - 20 OKT 2020

Technology can be a very powerful tool in our everyday environment. It is reshaping our cities and can improve quality of life in our buildings, creating places that are more humane, sustainable and healthy. Different forms of intelligence, digital and sensorial technologies enable us to create smarter buildings, interacting with the changing needs of its users. How is this (r)evolution affecting how we design and illuminate our buildings? Where do we see risks and opportunities?  At what stage of the architectural process should we integrate technology? Let’s discuss the future of technology.

Tuesday 20th of October 4 p.m. (Brussels) / 10 a.m. (New York) / 10 p.m. (Beijing)

Daniel Blaker - Nulty+

Daniel joined Nulty+ in 2012 having previously worked for another award winning practice for 6 years. He hails from a product design background and is always looking for innovative ways to integrate light into architecture. In particular he enjoys playing with the way in which light is controlled and its ability to reveal or manipulate a space. Daniel has a proven track record in producing high quality lighting schemes that are both creative and functional. It is his firm belief that growth comes from within and looks to develop the Nulty+ team creatively and professionally through a constant process of review and refinement enabling both practice and projects realise their full potential. As Creative Director, Daniel is heavily involved in the creative stages of most projects within the Nulty+ practice.

Florence Lam - Arup

Florence is an Arup Fellow and leading the firm’s Global Lighting Design practice.  She is a multi-award winning lighting designer with over 15 international and national awards to her name, including Lighting Designer of the Year in 2013.  Her particular expertise in daylight, visual perception and holistic lighting approach play a key role in many of her projects, from museums to airports, bridges to city precincts all over the world. Florence has a strong interest in visual light art as a lighting designer and has collaborated with a number of artists and architects on public realm projects including Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit in London and the World’s Largest Timepiece along Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich. Florence is also a Visiting Professor of Lighting Design and Engineering at The Bartlett UCL Institute of Environmental Design and Engineering.

Matthieu Caluwier - LEDsGO

Matthieu is a New Technology Expert within the LEDsGO company. He has over 11 years experience in electrical engineering and lighting controls, focusing on automation, system resilience, energy audits, sensor and control systems across different sectors. Matthieu is an expert in combining hardware and software and a strong believer of wireless technology. Bringing a human and result-oriented approach to advanced electrical lighting systems, he offers his clients the benefits, rather than the risks, of innovation.


Landscaping - Rewatch the talk

Landscape architecture has a great value to society and requires a wide range of expertise and skills. The design of our urban and exterior spaces plays a vital role in shaping a positive experience, quality of life, healthy communities and livable neighborhoods. They can function as a connector, as well as areas of interaction, creativity or relaxation, reconnecting people with nature whilst addressing the challenges of urbanisation, the climate crisis and biodiversity. Join us in this multidisciplinary discussion about the future of landscaping.

Tuesday 6th of October 2 p.m. (Brussels) / 8 a.m. (New York) / 8 p.m. (Beijing)

Dean Skira - Skira

“Light is not important for architecture, but for people who live in it.” That is the view of Dean Skira, multi-award winning lighting designer and founder of Skira Architectural Lighting Design. What started as design work with tangible forms, over the past 30 years, developed into building and creating with the intangible and the ephemeral. Sira has worked on many projects around the world, including landscapes, facades, urban areas, landmarks and art installations.

Livia Tani - Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Tani first collaborated with Ateliers Jean Nouvel in 1997 working in Paris, and then became part of the AJN team in Rome in 2001. Over the last decade she has worked on several projects, from design stages to completion, amongst which: the “Kilometro Rosso” a scientific and technological park with the new headquarters for Brembo Spa in Bergamo, the Minimetro’ in Perugia, an urban transport system with automated cars and 8 stations, the new trade fair Pavilion for the Fiera di Genova, the Ferrari assembly line in Maranello, and the reconversion of the former cinema Excelsior in Milan. She has been lecturer at Facades+ in Miami and has held workshops and lectures in both in public and private Universities and Master Programs in Italy and USA.

Maarten Van de Voorde - West 8

Maarten Van de Voorde started at West 8 in 1998, and has been project manager and director of Belgium since 2003. West8 is an award-winning international office for urban design and landscape architecture, with offices in Rotterdam, New York and Belgium. Maarten has been in charge of Belgium and French projects, such as the Masterplan and supervision for the station area Hasselt, Falcon Square, Ryckaert Square Station area in Antwerp, Les Halles in Paris (together with MVRDV) and JB Lebas in Lille, France. Further he is intensively involved in design of architectural objects, such as bridges and other public space elements and product design. He is also visiting professor at various schools, such as St. Lukas Higher, Academy for architecture and urban design in Brussels and Ghent.


Culture - Rewatch the talk

Architecture simultaneously reflects and influences culture. Around the world cultural buildings are landmarks for cities and countries, adding value to experiencing art and generating context for individuals and societies. With art, cities and audiences changing, what will be the role and how will we design our cultural buildings in the future? How can museums and galleries be flexible to host different styles of exhibitions? Let’s share ideas.

Tuesday 22nd of September 2 p.m. (Brussels) / 8 a.m. (New York) / 8 p.m. (Beijing)

Konrad Buhagiar - AP Valletta

Konrad Buhagiar has been responsible for numerous restoration and rehabilitation works in historic buildings and urban sites. He has lectured at the University of Malta and, among the others, at the Canterbury University College of Creative Arts, U.K., and at the New York University, U.S.A.. He published numerous historical and academic articles. He has been the Chairman of both the Heritage Advisory Committee and the Valletta Rehabilitation Committee. Konrad is also the chief editor behind AP’s ‘A Printed Thing’ and ‘The Founding Myths of Architecture’ publications.

Thomas Coldefy - Coldefy

Thomas Coldefy earned a degree in architecture at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris in 2002, he serves as Managing Director of Coldefy since 2006 and he became Principal in 2010. In 2011, Thomas won the second prize at International Design Awards “40 under 40” Asia and also the “40 under 40” European prize. Coldefy’s project method brings an extreme focus on the site, an urban culture concerned with the appropriate density and diversity. Among current projects are the National Pulse Museum and Memorial in Orlando, The Bao’an Cultural and Art Centre in Shenzen and Tropicalia, the largest greenhouse in the world.

Pippo Ciorra - Maxxi Rome

Architect, critic and professor at SAAD and IUAV. Author of books and essays he’s a member of CICA (International Committee of Architectural Critics), advisor for the EU Mies van der Rohe award for architecture. He was part of the curatorial team for the 1991 Architecture Venice Biennale and juror for the 2016 edition. Since 2009, he is Senior Curator of MAXXI Architettura in Rome, where he curated, among other shows, Re-cycle, Energy, Food, Piccole Utopie, The Japanese House. In 2018 he co-curated Bruno Zevi. History and Counter-History of Italian Architecture. He curates the Italian edition of YAP, the MoMA PS1 international program for young architects. He also co-curates Demanio Marittimo km 278 (Senigallia), a yearly festival dedicated to culture and arts, and co-directs the inter-disciplinary research program Housing the Human, based in Berlin.


Residential (past session june 2020)

As the whole world was forced to stay at home, we got challenged to rethink the function and quality of our living environments. Is COVID affecting the way we design our future houses? How will we respond to the new demands that will come from a generation looking to make their lives, homes and communities, future-ready? Where should we look for building resources? Can we design houses to be more adaptable to changing needs? Join us for a digital round table discussion about the future of our neighborhoods and homes.

Philippe Fouché - Saota

After gaining extensive experience in institutional, educational, residential and urban design projects, Philippe joined SAOTA as a Project Architect in 2008. He has a strong interest in vernacular design and sustainability. He has a responsive design approach, exploring unique solutions that both meet the client’s requirements and fit into the context. This attribute has been instrumental in his successful delivery of a wide range of projects from villas in Europe to mixed-use, urban design and corporate projects in West Africa, India and Turkey.

Rick Joy - Studio Rick Joy

Rick Joy is the founder of Studio Rick Joy, an award-winning architecture, interiors, and planning firm based in Tucson, Arizona. Rick has lectured internationally and is considered an important contributor to the ongoing global discourse on conceptual and sustainable architecture. His work expresses innovation and exactitude in modernism and reflects a unique sense of place.

Luca Guadagnino - Studio Luca Guadagnino

Academy Award nominee Luca Guadagnino is a screenwriter, director and producer. Born in Palermo, Italy, he grew up in Ethiopia. His films have received several nominations and awards at the Academy Awards, the BAFTA and the Golden Globe. Since 2016 he owns and directs Studio Luca Guadagnino, an interior design firm.


Offices (past session june 2020)

Rewatch our live group discussion about the future of our work environments. From the design of our workspaces to humanizing the offices, integration of technology, choreographing movement to health strategies and more.
How will we design our future offices?

Hans Chu - Chu Associates

Hans Chu is the Founder of award-winning Design Consultancy Chu Associates. Over the past 30 years he has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies on how to stay agile and innovative in their global workplace environments . Hans lives in London with his wife and 2 children.

Filippo Lodi - UNStudio

Filippo Lodi holds several master degrees in engineering, architecture, art and business, making him an all-around thinker. Filippo, as Head of Innovation and Knowledge Management, leads UNSKnowledge, UNStudio’s strategic think tank, where he works on the development of disruptive technologies for the built environment as well as providing consulting services to companies on their strategic innovation.

Amer Maleh - WeWork

Amer Maleh is the Global Sourcing Director for lighting at WeWork .He is a seasoned lighting industry expert with over 15 years of experience spanning design, manufacturing, sales, and distribution. Maleh began his career as a lighting designer at L’Observatoire, where he worked on multiple award winning projects. Maleh studied electrical engineering as an undergraduate and holds a Masters in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute, as well as and MFA in Lighting Design from Parsons, where he also taught the Lighting Design Studio for 5 years.


Retail (past session June 2020)

Rewatch our live group discussion about the future of our retail environments. How is the retail landscape evolving? How will we design and experience retail in the future? Can COVID bring positive change to the luxury business? And so much more to talk about.
Tune in here as we share thoughts on the future of retail.

Nicolas Martin - LVMH

Nicolas belongs to the Environment Department of the group. His role is to support the Maisons that operate stores, for the adoption of the most sober LED fixtures, without any compromise on the quality of light. Nicolas is training the architects to the lighting culture, and collaborates with the procurement on the supply agreements with 15 suppliers worldwide.

Peter Girgis - Snøhetta

Peter is a multidisciplinary designer with a wide level of experience within the field of design and architecture. Linking concept into reality he is committed to the idea of a co-creative approach throughout the entirety of the design process. For the last 15 years he has been a part of the Snøhetta team working on projects within culture, hospitality and retail design. Collaborating with international companies such as Noma, Aesop and Holzweiler to a simple rooftop beehive for a passionate bee-keeper in Oslo, Norway.

Aldo Parisotto - Parisotto+Formenton Architetti

Aldo Parisotto is the co-founder of Parisotto+Formenton Architetti. As far as architecture is concerned they have designed museums, residential and commercial buildings. As interior designers, the core business is retail design, for various Italian and international fashion and luxury brands.


Hospitality (past session June 2020)

The global hospitality industry is currently going through tough times. How can the industry recover? Will current measures influence the way we design our hospitality spaces and experiences? What are the key trends for the future? Join us for an open discussion on the future of hospitality design.

Federico Toresi - Accor

Federico leads the team that defines the design and product strategy and creates standards and concept guidelines for our luxury and premium brands, overseeing design initiatives to evolve the performance, design, guest experience and market development of managed properties. He has over 20 years of experience in hospitality in both architecture and interior design, focusing on hotels and resorts, private residences and high-end retail projects.

Constantina Tsoutsikou - Studio Lost

Former Creative Director of HBA London, Constantina recently announced the launch of her own Studio Lost – a new London-based hospitality design practice. The design and hospitality landscape is changing, requiring more agile and independent studios to champion progressive thinking and deliver compelling results. Studio LOST is born of a desire to progress into a different and more experimental world.

Laurence Titton - Visual Energy

In the eighteen years since Laurence founded Visual energy in 2001, the company has grown from strength to strength and has been recognised by the industry as a leading lighting designer, working in many countries. Never resting on his laurels, Laurence puts the energy into Visual energy. He’s the kind of designer who likes to work with the client to seek out the best solution to each design challenge. Visual Energy has extensive expertise in the global hospitality industry.