Speakers:

Esra Lemmens
Esra Lemmens Founder The Esra Lemmens Agency
12:30 - 13:30
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW

Designing Dubai: Innovative and sustainable approaches to its interiors, architecture and urban spaces

Speakers:

Lee Morris
Lee Morris Design Director, Head of Architecture Atkins, member of the SNC-Lavalin Group
13:30 - 14:15
MARKET TRENDS

Reasons to be cheerful? Deciphering the key economic, market and demographic indicators that reveal the immediate future of the UAE's design industry

Speakers:

Ellen Søhoel
Ellen Søhoel Founder XBD Collective
Phillip Jones
Phillip Jones Principal / Managing Director – Middle East & North Africa B+H Architects
Steve Ramsden
Steve Ramsden Managing Director ISG Middle East
Abdoullah Albizreh Architect Summertown

Interdisciplinary design: What top-level interior designers can learn from design approaches and methods from different fields

Speakers:

Duncan Denley
Duncan Denley Managing Director desert INK
John Watkinson
John Watkinson Founder / CEO Joie Brands
Sneha Divias
Sneha Divias Founder Sneha Divias Atelier

Interior design, layout and psychological tactics to encourage consumers to spend more time within your clients' walls

Speakers:

Patrick Bean
Patrick Bean Design Director Hospitality LACASA Architects & Engineering Consultancy
Paul Bishop
Paul Bishop Owner & Managing Partner Bishop Design
Theodora Kioussis
Theodora Kioussis Creative Director esadore Creative
15:45 - 16:30
COMMERCIAL DESIGN

Biophilic design in practice: How nature can inspire interior design to enrich and enliven working environments and improve staff wellbeing

Speakers:

Andrea Sensoli
Andrea Sensoli Founder Superfuturedesign
Maja Kozel
Maja Kozel Founder Maja Kozel Design
Martha Thorne
Martha Thorne Dean IE School of Architecture and Design
Matt Hall
Matt Hall General Manager Interface

Speakers:

Esra Lemmens
Esra Lemmens Founder The Esra Lemmens Agency
12:30 - 13:30
KEYNOTE INTERVIEW

Insights on the cutting-edge of luxury interior design in the international market

Speakers:

Jo Hamilton
Jo Hamilton Founder & Creative Director Jo Hamilton Interiors
13:30 - 14:15
MARKET TRENDS

The evolving structure of the regional interior design sector: Are traditional boundaries and specialisms becoming blurred as competition - and opportunity - increases?

Speakers:

Hani Fallaha
Hani Fallaha Design Principal & Partner LOCI architecture + design
Indu Varanasi
Indu Varanasi Design Director IR Design
Isabel Pintado
Isabel Pintado SVP & Managing Director Wilson Associates
Justin Wells
Justin Wells Head of Lifestyle Interiors Woods Bagot

Delivering excellence on a budget: Value engineering without compromising the integrity, creativity, quality or finish of your designs

Speakers:

Carla Conte
Carla Conte Founder & Creative Director Brand Creative
Chris Barnes
Chris Barnes Managing Director Broadway Interiors
Roy Posey
Roy Posey Head of Design Keane
15:00 - 15:45
CAREER DEVELOPMENT

The next generation of design leaders: What do successful interior designers really wish they'd known at the start of their careers?

Speakers:

Jo Hamilton
Jo Hamilton Founder & Creative Director Jo Hamilton Interiors
Matteo Bianchi
Matteo Bianchi Director Matteo Bianchi Studio
Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen Managing Director & Founder Allen Architecture Interiors Design
Yasmin Farahmandy
Yasmin Farahmandy Interior Designer Gensler

Speakers:

Esra Lemmens
Esra Lemmens Founder The Esra Lemmens Agency
12:30 - 13:30
MARKET TRENDS

1/JBR… Boxpark… Rove… is Dubai undergoing a fundamental shift in the type of design aesthetic and environment that sells?

Speakers:

Amyas Wade
Amyas Wade Partner Kinnersley Kent Design
Anil Mangalat
Anil Mangalat Design Director / Founding Partner MMAC Design Associates
Ivar Krasinski
Ivar Krasinski Founding Partner & Design Director EDGE
Vera Dieckmann
Vera Dieckmann Head of Design, Interior & Architecture Albal Design

Looking at the latest applications of augmented / virtual reality and 3D printing to create immersive conceptual designs and communicate them more effectively

Speakers:

Benjamin Piper
Benjamin Piper Partner & Design Principal Killa Architectural Design
Diane Thorsen
Diane Thorsen Design Director Perkins+Will
Dorian Pauwels
Dorian Pauwels Founder & Executive Director Ikonhouse
14:15 - 15:00
HOSPITALITY DESIGN

A rush towards the millenial mid-market? Forecasting the changing composition and interior design requirements of Dubai's Hospitality industry 

Speakers:

Cameron McPherson
Cameron McPherson Director New Hotels - Design InterContinental Hotels Group
Maliha Nishat
Maliha Nishat Director – Interior Design, Global Design Marriott International
Sarah-Jane Grant
Sarah-Jane Grant Director LXA Design
15:00 - 15:45
RETAIL STRATEGY

Will we be "On Sale!" forever? A health report on the UAE furniture retail sector and its implications for local interior designers

Speakers:

Adrian Shaw
Adrian Shaw General Manager ID Design
Binoy Chako
Binoy Chako Head of Buying - Homewares PAN Emirates
Gianni Sharrouf
Gianni Sharrouf Commercial Director Poltrona Frau Group ME
15:45 - 16:30
COMMERCIAL DESIGN

Can workspace interior design genuinely enhance staff collaboration, motivation and productivity, and how?

Speakers:

Ali Maarrawi
Ali Maarrawi General Manager OFIS
Joakim de Rham
Joakim de Rham Co-Founder & Design Principal Swiss Bureau Interior Design
Laurent Haddad
Laurent Haddad Head of Interior Design RW Armstrong
Hania Arafat
Hania Arafat Workplace Consultant Steelcase

Speakers:

Esra Lemmens
Esra Lemmens Founder The Esra Lemmens Agency
12:30 - 13:15
MARKET TRENDS

Which tactics are the most successful regional design companies using to differentiate themselves and stay ahead of the crowd?

Speakers:

Fahda Barrak
Fahda Barrak Design Director Draw Link Group
Ignacio Gomez
Ignacio Gomez Design Director AEDAS
Kristian Stinson
Kristian Stinson Commercial Director Studio EM

Telling stories with light: Techniques for the sophisticated manipulation of light and shadow in interior spaces

Speakers:

Esther Jongsma
Esther Jongsma Founder VANTOT
Kristin Lee
Kristin Lee Chair and Associate Professor of Interior Design American University in Dubai
Vinod Pillai
Vinod Pillai Specialist Lighting Designer LW
14:00 - 14:45
RESIDENTIAL DESIGN

Designing for smaller and scalable spaces: Adapting to the design challenges of the wave of compact residential housing stock now entering the Dubai market

Speakers:

Jonathan Ashmore
Jonathan Ashmore Founder & Director Anarchitect
Lotfi Amara
Lotfi Amara Head of Interior Design RSP
Rania Hamed
Rania Hamed Founder & Principle VSHD
14:45 - 15:30
RETAIL DESIGN

How retail brand identity, visual merchandising and interior design may complement rather than compete with eCommerce channels

Speakers:

Ahmed Sultan
Ahmed Sultan General Manager Finasi
Ala Hason
Ala Hason Senior Vice President HKS Architects
Paula Fay Evans
Paula Fay Evans Senior Associate Godwin Austen Johnson

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