2018 Keynote Speakers.

See who are joining us at IDS Vancouver 2018.


Woman. Architect. Entrepreneur.

Friday, September 21 (8:00 AM) | Caesarstone Stage

What is it like to be a female leader in architecture, a profession still heavily dominated by men? What unique perspectives do female principals bring to the built environment? We are proud to present the Liebherr Trade Day Keynote Breakfast, featuring three leading North American female architects. Jing Liu of New York’s SO-IL, Johanna Hurme of Winnipeg’s 5468796 architecture, and Susan Scott of Vancouver’s Scott and Scott Architects join AZURE Magazine’s Executive Editor Elizabeth Pagliacolo for an honest conversation on the Caesarstone Stage. Through their current and future work, they will discuss what it means to be a woman leading an architecture firm in 2018, as well as the challenges and victories they’ve experienced so far in their careers.


Michael Ford

Friday, September 21 (11:00 AM) | Caesarstone Stage

It may not be obvious to most people, but hip hop lyrics have a lot to say about ill-conceived architecture. What’s often not considered in the construction of high-density neighbourhoods is the psychological and sociological impact of design and planning on those who live there. Architect Michael Ford has dedicated himself to exploring the connections between music and design, christening himself the Hip Hop Architect. Michael is dedicated to stimulating cross-disciplinary discourse between practitioners and residents on the sociological and cultural implications of architecture and urban planning on its inhabitants. More specifically, Michael has unveiled the subconscious roles of historical architectural figures such as LeCorbusier in envisioning the built environments, which necessitated the birth of hip hop culture.


Alex Mustonen

Friday, September 21 (3:30 PM) |  Caesarstone Stage

Alex Mustonen is the founder and partner of Snarkitecture, a New York-based collaborative design practice established to investigate the boundaries between disciplines. Snarkitecture’s name is drawn from Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, a poem describing the “impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature.” In its search for the unknown, Snarkitecture creates architectural-scale projects, installations and objects. By transforming the familiar into the extraordinary, Snarkitecture makes architecture perform the unexpected.

Presented by


Susanna Björklund

Saturday, September 22 (1:00 PM) | Caesarstone Stage

Helsinki-based trend analyst Susanna Björklund uncovers the futures, conducts research on customer centricity, changes in consumer behaviour and values, and implements new design processes. Susanna has worked as a fashion designer and as a journalist specialized in fashion, living, interiors, design and futures trends. Since 2015, Susanna has  been curating Signals, the trend installation of the Habitare fair in Helsinki, combining societal with interior and living trends. Signals has gained wide recognition both in Finland and internationally. She runs ENNE, works as a lecturer, researcher, journalist and also runs classes to emerging talents in Lahti Institute of Design and Helsinki Design School.


Brian Gluckstein

Saturday, September 22 (3:00 PM) |  Caesarstone Stage

Acclaimed designer Brian Gluckstein is renowned for creating luxurious, liveable interiors. As principal of GlucksteinDesign, his portfolio includes residential projects in cities such as Aspen, Palm Beach, Miami and New York, and high-profile commercial projects such as the Four Seasons Hotel Palm Beach. Brian is internationally recognized as one of the top thirty-five designers in the world by Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Journal. As a regular guest expert on nationally broadcast television show “Cityline” for over 20 years, Brian has offered design solutions and advice on home style.


Karim Rashid

Sunday, September 23 (3:00 PM) | Caesarstone Stage

Industrial designer and prolific visionary Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. With more than 4,000 designs in production, nearly 300 awards to his name, and client work in over 40 countries, Karim’s ability to transcend typology continues to make him a force among designers of his generation. Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally, aspiring to change the world by making design a public subject.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Tuesday.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Wednesday.

Riley McFerrin

Principal, Hinterland Design

Hinterland Design‘s founder Riley McFerrin is a visual artist, designer and builder. Inspired by his background in art, work in modernist architecture, and relocation to the forests of British Columbia, he created the Hinterland aesthetic. Hinterland creates unique work for people to use, enjoy and cherish. Drawing on fifteen years’ experience, Riley believes in and stands behind his techniques, designs and finished products. Everything he builds has a story. It starts with the materials, is shaped by the design and build, then develops through the many hands that use it throughout its lifetime.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Bari Ziperstein

Owner, BZIPPY & CO.

Bari Ziperstein has a multidisciplinary practice of art, public art and a design line under BZIPPY & CO based in Los Angeles, California. Born in Chicago, she was raised by design collectors and architecture enthusiasts where they traveled across the U.S. just to find the ideal Bakelite Radio, Boomerang Lamp or 60s ceramic cookie jar.  She attended Cal Arts (2004) for her MFA and attended Ohio University (2000) graduating with a BFA in Painting and a Women’s Studies Certificate. Currently, she lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband a home brewer/aerospace engineer and their toddler Lawrence.

Talks.

Sponsors.


Friday, September 21, 2018
Liebherr Trade Day.

Cedric Burgers

Principal Architect, Burgers Architecture

Burgers Architecture is a team of architects, interior designers, and technologists led by Principal Cedric Burgers. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the AIBC. Burgers Architecture has been recognized with many awards and publications including Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards, Design Exchange Gold medal for Sustainable Design, and multiple winners of Western Living Magazine’s Designer of the Year.

Seminars.

Elizabeth Pagliacolo

Executive Director, Azure Magazine

Elizabeth Pagliacolo is the Executive Director of Azure, the 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 traveled the world covering design and interviewing some of the world’s most brilliant innovators.

Talks.

Johanna Hurme

Founding Partner, 5468796 Architecture

Johanna Hurme is a founding partner of Winnipeg firm 5468796 Architecture. Working around a single table, the practice unites the diverse knowledge and experience of 12 young professionals. Its roster of remarkable residential projects includes the OZ Condominiums and the Governor General-winning Parallelogram House. The firm has achieved national and international recognition; it also curated “Migrating Landscapes” for the Canadian pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture.

Talks.

Brent Comber

Designer/Owner, Brent Comber

Brent Comber is a fourth generation Vancouverite who grew up on the city’s North Shore. Throughout his life here on the West Coast, Brent has developed a unique understanding and appreciation for the natural shapes and materials of the Pacific Northwest. He has always believed that people have a strong connection to authentic materials, the environment, and local culture. Brent’s inspiration comes from an innate desire to connect people with their natural environment and the rich history of our earth, using many forms of storytelling to bring us closer to these themes.

Seminars.

Michael Ford

Principal, BrandNu Design

Michael Ford is a designer, born and raised in the city of Detroit. He received his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), where he completed his graduate thesis titled “Hip Hop Inspired Architecture and Design.” He has worked as a designer at Hamilton Anderson Associates located in Detroit, Mich. and as an adjunct professor at his alma matter. Michael has spent the past decade working to blur the lines between professional practice and academia. He is dedicated to stimulating cross disciplinary discourse between practitioners and residents on the sociological and cultural implications of architecture and urban planning on its inhabitants. More specifically, Michael has unveiled the subconscious roles of historical architectural figures such as LeCorbusier in envisioning the built environments which necessitated the birth of hip hop culture. His Hip Hop Architecture research has been published in a variety of places including FastCo Design, Blavity,  The Fader, CityLab and Vibe Magazine. Along with these publications, Michael has been a guest lecturer at several universities including the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign, University of Detroit Mercy, UPenn and Carnegie Mellon University.

Talks.

Ben Barber

Designer/Owner, Ben Barber Studio

Object designer Ben Barber explores the character of shapes, and the emotional resonance in colour. Disengaging with the rhetoric of “west coast modernism” he challenges conventional and established design archetypes you have come to expect. The dynamic way in which Ben approaches work in steel, glass, fabric and wood are then pushed through a filter of colour, in which complex structures are made to feel simple.

Talks.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Leah Ring

Designer/Owner, Another Human

Leah Ring is the furniture and conceptual designer behind Another Human. Since its founding in 2017, Another Human has launched a collaboration with Urban Outfitters, been named as a finalist in Lane Crawford’s Creative Call out as well as an honoree on the Sight Unseen American Design Hot List, and exhibited on a global scale. Drawing inspiration from the Memphis group, construction sites, and outer space, Ring’s work is sculptural and modern—playful with a practical twist.

Talks.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Trish Becher

Architectural & Design Representative, Benjamin Moore & Co.

Prior to taking the role as A & D Rep for Benjamin Moore & Co. in 2017, Trish spent 17 years working with developers and builders on design development, space planning and specifications for multi and single-family residential projects, as well as commercial projects. Her role included designing show homes and sales centers on award winning projects, as well as developing the overall interiors and schemes. Trish has an in depth knowledge and understanding of the designer-builder relationship and how it impacts the overall project. Her years of job-site experience have honed her Interior Design education from BCIT. Trish’s new role as Architectural & Design Rep at Benjamin Moore has expanded her world, allowing her to impart the skills and knowledge she’s developed over the past 20 years, while delivering CEU presentations and facilitating product specifications for designers and architects.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Jay Miron

Designer/Owner, Jay Miron Furniture

Jay Miron designs and builds bespoke furniture in Vancouver, Canada. His passion for design began during a previous career in the bicycle industry. During his seventeen years as a professional rider, he worked with many talented designers and engineers on nearly every product type sold in the bicycle world from complete bikes, to bike parts, safety gear, clothing, and more. Through this experience, he learned a lot about the design process, and he’s been able to transfer these skills into furniture design. Jay believes good design is meaningless without quality craftsmanship. He completed his furniture training under Robert Van Norman at his world-renowned Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking, located on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast.

With the world’s population continuing to climb and resources being depleted at increasing rates, sustainability plays a huge role in his work. North American hardwood trees take 30 to 50 years to reach the point when they’re ready for timber production. He works slowly and carefully, as he builds each piece to the absolute best of his ability, with the intent for it to last three or four times longer than it takes for a tree to grow.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Neal Aronowitz

Owner/Designer, Neal Aronowitz Design/Art

Neal Aronowitz, a Brooklyn, NY native, has been living and working in Portland, OR since 1995. After studying art and architecture in New York and Massachusetts, he founded a successful construction company, all the while building furniture on the side while raising a family. In 2014, he made the decision to crack open decades of art and design sketchbooks and make real some of the more daring and experimental ideas that had been percolating for years. The response has been overwhelming, with numerous design awards and international recognition in the design press for his sculptural-inspired furniture and lighting pieces. His studio is busy creating new and commissioned work.

 

 

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Mike Brown

Senior Vice-President, Creative, FCBX

Mike Brown joined FCBX as SVP, Creative in April 2018. Reporting directly to FCB Chief Creative Officer, Liz Taylor, he oversees all creative work for the agency’s experiential clients. Inspired by visionaries in architecture, design and technology, Mike believes in the power of live experience to drive change across commerce and culture.  He is driven to build solutions that are responsible, intelligent and beautiful —  from digital to physical, pop-up to permanent, interactive installations to multi-channel experiences. He aspires to create work that provokes the imagination, sparks engagement, elevates meaning, perpetuates conversations and creates change. With over 20 years of experience working across culture and commerce, his clients have included Chanel, Bulgari, Isaac Mizrahi, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, Adidas Y-3, Uniqlo, CNN, Verizon, Major League Baseball and Coca-Cola. Mike joins FCB from Superfly, the creators of Bonnaroo and Outsidelands. Previously, he has worked at a variety of agencies including The Rockwell Group, Radical Media, Ogilvy, Grey, Momentum and Wasserman Media.

Seminars.

Alex Mustonen

Founder & Partner, Snarkitecture

Alex Mustonen, founder and partner of New York-based firm Snarkitecture, is speaking on the Caesarstone Stage on Friday, September 21 as part of the AZURE Trade Talks!

Snarkitecture’s name is drawn from Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, a poem describing the “impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature.” In its search for the unknown, Snarkitecture creates architectural-scale projects, installations and objects. Snarkitecture’s work focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures and programs to new and imaginative effect. With a conceptual approach centered on the importance of experience, the studio creates unexpected and memorable moments that invite people to explore and engage with their surroundings. By transforming the familiar into the extraordinary, Snarkitecture makes architecture perform the unexpected.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Jing Liu

Co-Founder, SO-IL

Jing Liu is a co-founder, with Florian Idenburg, of the New York firm SO–IL, which emphasizes mission-driven cultural projects as an integral part of the urban fabric. Its paradigm-shifting projects include the Kukje gallery in Seoul and the upcoming CTF Museum in Hong Kong. Liu’s perspective extends outside the conventional architectural platform through her many artist collaborations and curatorial partnerships. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia GSAPP and a board member at the influential Van Alen Institute.

Talks.

Mary Burgers

Interior Designer, Burgers Architecture

Mary Burgers received her BA in Communications at Simon Fraser University and studied Interior Design at BCIT. She is part of Burgers Architecture, a firm that has been recognized with many awards and publications including Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards, Design Exchange Gold medal for Sustainable Design, and multiple winners of Western Living Magazine’s Designer of the Year.

Seminars.

Carolyn Stern

Principal, Carolyn Stern

Carolyn Stern is a successful entrepreneur who specializes in helping professionals get unstuck. As a life-long learner and academic, Carolyn is a professor, corporate trainer, certified Emotional Intelligence Expert, author and professional speaker. Carolyn’s focus and passion have been on teaching emotional intelligence, leadership and team building in the workplace. She drives individuals and corporations to learn how to connect authentically, communicate effectively and thrive collectively by interweaving emotional intelligence along the way.

Seminars.

Lisa Fulford-Roy

Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE

Lisa Fulford-Roy is the Managing Director to lead CBRE‘s Workplace Strategy Initiatives in Eastern Canada. With over 20 years of experience, Lisa joins CBRE from HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, where she supported clients with unique and innovative, business-aligned workplace solutions. In her position at CBRE, Lisa has lead the team to deliver holistic real estate solutions within an integrated Occupied Solutions practice.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Jim Stelter

Chief Commercial Officer, Yulio

Jim Stelter is Yulio‘s Chief Commercial Officer, with 40+ years in the furniture and design industry, from sales administrator to CEO. Jim has seen first hand how the magic of VR can transform the industry and is excited to be a Yulio cheerleader.

Seminars.

John Filomena

National Marketing Manager, Caesarstone

John Filomena is an online strategist, trainer, speaker, and the National Marketing Manager for Caesarstone. The Houzz insider has created digital strategies for TSN, CityTV and CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show. John hosts talks around the globe, and for such organizations as the IDC and NKBA. His goal is to help clients create connections with their customers, and to nurture them into relationships that help grow their bottom line.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Susan Scott

Principal, Scott & Scott Architects

In 2012, Susan Scott and her husband David established the architecture studio of Scott & Scott Architects within their family home in Vancouver. They have quickly been recognized for their thoughtful design and the quality of their work. They were awarded The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Young Architect Award in 2016 and the prestigious Architectural League Emerging Voices Award in 2017.

Talks.

Tanja Hinder

Principal, Marrimor Design Studio

The award-winning Swiss entrepreneur, Tanja is a multi-disciplinary designer (Interiors / Furniture / Objects) with an eye for clever design, precise execution, and — as one would expect of the Swiss — efficiency and order. Founding Marrimor Design Studio in 2011, Tanja’s the matriarch of Marrimor, taking pride in unlocking the good life for not only her clients, but her team as well.

Seminars.

Paula Kennedy

Principal, Timeless Kitchen Design

Paula Kennedy is a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer through NKBA. She received CLIPP Certified Living in Place through Living in Place Institute. The CACC Certified Architectural Color Consultant rounds out her professional accreditation. In 2017, she was awarded the NKBA Lifetime Ambassador designation and has been honored in the last 19 years as an award winner. She is published locally and nationally, and is now giving back by speaking, teaching, mentoring and writing.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Toby Barratt

Partner/Designer, Propellor

Toby Barratt is a partner and designer at Propellor; a multi-disciplinary art and design studio based in Vancouver. Propellor’s work spans a broad range of disciplines from lighting and furniture design to exhibition design and sculpture. Common threads run through all of Propellor’s work; an interest in the forms and systems of the natural world, a passion for uncovering an idiosyncratic beauty in the objects that they design and a desire to make work that will last well into the future. Propellor’s lighting and sculpture hangs in public spaces, hotels, restaurants, boutiques and private residences around the world and is regularly exhibited in museums across Canada and abroad.

Seminars.

Jaan Andres

Principal, Jaan Andres Glass Design

Jaan Andres Poldaas studied glass at the Alberta College of Art and Design (BFA, Board of Governors Award 2007). In 2009, he began training at Jam Factory Contemporary Craft and Design Centre in Adelaide, Australia. Andres is currently a member of the Terminal City Glass Co-op, and employed at Bocci Design and Manufacturing in Vancouver.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Eric Savics

Co-Founder, Van Urban Timber

Eric co-founded Van Urban Timber with his partner Danny Hagge in 2011 at 21 years old, with a vision to re route the huge volume of logs coming down in urban/rural areas that were then being ear marked for green waste. Since the the inception of VUT, the log sourcing model has evolved, sourcing logs in traditional manners as well. VUT’s wood products are primarily architecturally focused. Van UrbanTimber has locations in both North Vancouver and Squamish, selling their products both locally, to the USA, Europe, and South Korea.

Seminars.


Saturday, September 22, 2018
Saturday.

Brian Gluckstein

Interior Designer & Hudson’s Bay Home Design Ambassador

Acclaimed designer Brian Gluckstein is renowned for creating luxurious, liveable interiors. As principal of GlucksteinDesign, his portfolio includes residential projects in cities such as Aspen, Palm Beach, Miami and New York, and high-profile commercial projects such as the Four Seasons Hotel Palm Beach. Brian is internationally recognized as one of the top thirty-five designers in the world by Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Journal. Brian lives and works in Toronto, New York, and Palm Beach. Brian graduated from Ryerson University’s prestigious Interior Design degree program. In 1986, he founded GlucksteinDesign, which has since been honoured with numerous awards for design excellence, including ARIDO Awards for Excellence in Residential, Commercial, Corporate Design, and the National Builders Association and America’s Awards for Excellence in Sales Office and Model. As a regular guest expert on nationally broadcast television show “Cityline” for over 20 years, Brian has offered design solutions and advice on home style. Voted Favourite Interior Designer by the readers of House and Home, in 1999 Brian launched GlucksteinHome, a complete line of home furnishings including furniture, tabletop, bedding, bath and décor bringing his elegant aesthetic to a wider public.

Talks.

Riley McFerrin

Principal, Hinterland Design

Hinterland Design‘s founder Riley McFerrin is a visual artist, designer and builder. Inspired by his background in art, work in modernist architecture, and relocation to the forests of British Columbia, he created the Hinterland aesthetic. Hinterland creates unique work for people to use, enjoy and cherish. Drawing on fifteen years’ experience, Riley believes in and stands behind his techniques, designs and finished products. Everything he builds has a story. It starts with the materials, is shaped by the design and build, then develops through the many hands that use it throughout its lifetime.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Bari Ziperstein

Owner, BZIPPY & CO.

Bari Ziperstein has a multidisciplinary practice of art, public art and a design line under BZIPPY & CO based in Los Angeles, California. Born in Chicago, she was raised by design collectors and architecture enthusiasts where they traveled across the U.S. just to find the ideal Bakelite Radio, Boomerang Lamp or 60s ceramic cookie jar.  She attended Cal Arts (2004) for her MFA and attended Ohio University (2000) graduating with a BFA in Painting and a Women’s Studies Certificate. Currently, she lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband a home brewer/aerospace engineer and their toddler Lawrence.

Talks.

Sponsors.

Susanna Björklund

Trend Analyst & Journalist

Helsinki-based trend analyst Susanna Björklund uncovers the futures, conducts research on customer centricity, changes in consumer behaviour and values, and implements new design processes.

She has gathered a wide experience in the fields of design and marketing. Susanna has worked as a fashion designer and as a journalist specialized in fashion, living, interiors, design and futures trends. In the field of marketing, she has been in charge of the visual entities for multiple print and TV commercial productions. Since 2015, Susanna has  been curating Signals, the trend installation of the Habitare fair in Helsinki, combining societal with interior and living trends. Signals has gained wide recognition both in Finland and internationally.

Lately, she has taken on the task of helping numerous Finnish companies to understand the latest changes visible at international trade fairs. She runs ENNE, works as a lecturer, researcher, journalist and also runs classes to emerging talents in Lahti Institute of Design and Helsinki Design School.

Talks.


Sunday, September 23, 2018
Sunday.

Ben Barber

Designer/Owner, Ben Barber Studio

Object designer Ben Barber explores the character of shapes, and the emotional resonance in colour. Disengaging with the rhetoric of “west coast modernism” he challenges conventional and established design archetypes you have come to expect. The dynamic way in which Ben approaches work in steel, glass, fabric and wood are then pushed through a filter of colour, in which complex structures are made to feel simple.

Talks.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Leah Ring

Designer/Owner, Another Human

Leah Ring is the furniture and conceptual designer behind Another Human. Since its founding in 2017, Another Human has launched a collaboration with Urban Outfitters, been named as a finalist in Lane Crawford’s Creative Call out as well as an honoree on the Sight Unseen American Design Hot List, and exhibited on a global scale. Drawing inspiration from the Memphis group, construction sites, and outer space, Ring’s work is sculptural and modern—playful with a practical twist.

Talks.

Seminars.

Sponsors.

Karim Rashid

Industrial Designer

Industrial designer and prolific visionary Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. With more than 4,000 designs in production, nearly 300 awards to his name, and client work in over 40 countries, Karim’s ability to transcend typology continues to make him a force among designers of his generation. Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally, aspiring to change the world by making design a public subject.

Talks.

Sponsors.



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