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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, September 23 (1:00 PM) | Caesarstone Stage
Aly Velji has been involved in the design industry for many years specializing in both residential and commercial design. Having appeared on HGTV, CityTV and CTV, Aly has become the go to design, décor and lifestyle expert. His work has been featured in several national publications. Incorporating both current and classic trends, he ensures that he creates original and timeless designs for all of his clients. Mixing different furniture styles from modern to traditional and using pattern and texture have becoming one of his signature statements.
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.