Meet the speakers for Interior Design & Architecture Summit 2023

Interior Design & Architecture Summit, which takes place on June 26 at Hilton London Canary Wharf, has just announced its speaker line-up – and it’s full of leading interior designers and architects…

Interior Design and Architecture Summit Speaker line up 2023

Designed to dynamically bridge the gap between senior designers, architects and key-industry suppliers, Interior Design & Architecture Summit (IDAS) will return this year on June 26 at Hilton London Canary Wharf.

In addition to sheltering pre-arranged, face-to-face meetings with delegates (qualified interior designers and architects) and suppliers, the event also boasts a captivating speaker line-up, which will take place in a seminar room dressed by Blackpop.

This year, the three panel discussions will be divided up into three topics: conscious design, sensory hospitality and unconventional narratives. “We wanted to challenge existing ideas and opinions around these topics, said Hamish Kilburn, Editor of Hotel Designs who curated the line-up. “I think it’s also important to mention that this year’s speakers are no strangers to Hotel Designs. The designers and architects have either joined previous panel discussions, appeared on DESIGN POD as special guests and/or participated in a number of our roundtables. Welcoming familiar protagonists from the industry onto this year’s sofa will allow us, I hope, to stretch and remould these themes further. In short, IDAS will create conversations unlike any other.”

The sessions and confirmed speakers are:

08:45 – 09:20: The green agenda in interior design and architecture

The opening panel discussion will be moderated by Kilburn and include Rachel Hoolahan (Orms), Neil Andrew (Perkins&Will) and Maria Cheung (Squire & Partners).

With noise around sustainability getting louder while definitions evolve, the speakers will cast ahead to the next few years with the aim to predict how the green agenda in commercial interior design and architecture will develop. The panellists will discuss innovative ways to ensure interior design and architecture is kept conscious and identify materials and elements that are helping to ensure design is meaningful.  

09:30 – 10:05: A deeper sense of meaning in interior design & architecture

With new technology emerging daily, how can interior designers and architects add value into commercial spaces using sound, smell and touch? In this panel discussion, led by Kilburn, wellness designer Wren Loucks (Be-Kin) and designer/architect James Dilley (Jestico + Whiles) will explore, beyond the gimmicks, how sensory design is being implemented to add meaning and sense of place in commercial settings. 

14:00 – 14:35: Weaving unconventional narratives through design

With more choice and variety on the market than ever before, the products that are launching are allowing designers to create multi-layered interior design schemes that amplify personality, character and soul. This panel, moderated by Kilburn with Kerry Acheson (Ica) and Natalia Miyar (Natalia Miyar Atelier) joining as speakers, will explore how interior designs and architects are challenging conventional approaches to add longevity as well as meaning in commercial projects.

How to attend IDAS:

If you are a supplier and would like to attend IDAS, to take part in the pre-arranged, face-to-face meetings with designers, please email Olivia Jackson, or call 01992 374064. If you are a senior designer and/or an architect and would like to enquire about a complimentary delegates ticket to attend the event, please email Daniella Batchelor or call 01992 374086, or email.

Main image credit: IDAS/Hotel Designs