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Focusing on the Future at IIDEXCanada

Nov. 23, 2015

Learn the latest from global experts about what the future of design holds for the industry

Navigating the recent regulatory changes and upcoming design trends for designers, architects, and planners is about to get easier. IIDEXCanada returns this Dec. 2-3, 2015, to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre's North Building with a full conference program dedicated to exploring these changes and the ‘new normal’.

IIDEXCanada 2015 welcomes internationally recognized keynotes whose work holds tremendous impact. They include, Brazilian father and son duo, Luiz Eduardo, architect and urban planner, and Guto, designer, Indio da Costa of Indio da Costa A.U.D.T.; Clive Wilkinson, architect, designer, and founder of L.A.-based Clive Wilkinson Architects; Canadian architect Todd Saunders of Norway-based Saunders Architecture; Spanish architect Belén Moneo of Madrid-based Moneo Brock Studio and daughter of noted Pritzker prize winning architect José Rafael Moneo; and Bill Browning, the leading expert on biophilic design from sustainability consulting and strategic planning firm Terrapin Bright Green.

“We’re thrilled to have such a diverse line-up of international keynotes with expertise in all areas of design,” said Tracy Bowie, IIDEXCanada vice president. “They are visionaries whose influence can be seen in projects throughout the world.”

This year, IIDEXCanada is home to three new National Summits tackling important issues having a significant impact on the future work for this country’s designers, architects, building owners, and real estate professionals. Jutta Treviranus, director of Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and Dr. Vera Roberts, academic research manager at IDRC, and their panels of global experts will explore the multi-faceted promises and challenges of inclusive design and accessibility in the built environment for The National Summit on Accessibility. Bill Browning; Barbara Ciesla, senior vice president of Strategic Consulting, JLL; Michael Brooks, CEO, REALpac; Gerry Guidice, global head of enterprise real estate for TD Bank Group; Michael Emory, president & CEO of Allied Properties REIT; and Stuart Candy, futurist with OCADU, discuss the benefits of cultivating health, wellness, and well-being in the workplace with workplace design leaders for the National Summit on Wellness. Lastly, the National Summit on Healthcare, led by Clifford Harvey, vice president of planning, facilities, and support services for North York General, and Edward Chan, vice president & health market leader for CannonDesign, focuses on the application of design thinking in the healthcare realm to create meaningful experiences for all occupants by engaging key stakeholders.

GOAWAY! Best of Workplace exhibit was created by Quadrangle as a way to conceptualize what the future of the workplace could look like. They partnered with workplace thought leaders Haworth, Keilhauer, Steelcase, and Teknion and others to create a feature that promises to engage all five senses on an activated show floor.

“No one really knows what the future workplace will be but it will be everywhere. Constantly changing, GOAWAY! will challenge preconceptions of what makes a workplace” said Caroline Robbie, principal at Quadrangle Architects.

“The office is a selling point companies need to consider to attract the best talent,” added Johane Deignan, IIDEXCanada director of marketing, conference, and sponsorship. “Clients will be looking to designers for guidance and expertise on the latest research, case studies, and trends.”

All events on the show floor are free for attendees with their badge. These include: Canada House, featuring highlights from some of the of Canadian products that went into the expansion and heritage renewal of Canada House, home to the Canadian High Commission in London; 2016 and Beyond: State of the Industry panel; the awards presentation for the winners of the inaugural ArchDaily + IIDEXCanada Virtual Spaces Competition, followed by an in-booth demonstration of those unique and un-built virtual reality spaces; awards ceremonies for the Air Canada enRoute Hotel Design awards, Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Design Competition and the 2015 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence.

Attendees will also be able to view the 14 winning ash wood prototypes created for the 3rd annual IIDEX Woodshop competition and THINK:Material, a special feature exhibition of the world's most inventive, cutting-edge, and sustainable materials.

IIDEXCanada Show hours:

December 2: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

December 3: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To register, visit www.iidexcanada.com.

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