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Our Panel is Confirmed 26th February 2018

The HI Design Seminar Programme wouldn’t be the same without its Panel: inviting accomplished designers to be as vocal as they like about a design topic sets the scene for a healthy debate... Let’s see how Guy handles this lot. For now, here are the details on our fourth and final session;

Panel Discussion: Sharing Spaces - the cross-pollination of design amongst sectors

When society’s needs change, Designers need to tune in to the right cues or get left behind. Demographics might provide some handy reference data but when the real drivers of this change are attitudes and aspirations over statistics, Designers need to adopt a more behavioural, psychographic approach.

Hospitality and Residential Design share very similar demands but when other sectors seek to share space, another level of flexibility and approachability is required. Co-working is having an increasingly strong influence on the multi-use of space in offices, hotels and elsewhere. Similarly, education is tending towards an open learning environment. Cultural institutions are no longer limiting themselves to stand-alone museum edifices. Hospitals and healthcare are taking their cues from residential living to improve patient care. The rise of online shopping sees retail stores of the bricks and mortar sort now having to offer experiential journeys that mix in ideas of art, education and food and beverage to support their core aim.

We explore the journey towards more experiential design in the company of hotel design specialists and those with broader portfolios. Hear about how other sectors are impacting and informing their approaches and what those sectors are learning from hospitality design.


Carol Finnie, Regional Portfolio Director for the Middle East, DWP

Diane Thorsen, Principal & Design Director of the Perkins+Will's Dubai studio

Pallavi Dean, Owner & Design Director, Pallavi Dean Interiors

You'll find details on the full HI Design MEA 2018 Seminar Programme here.

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