The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), which marks its 50th anniversary this year, will hold its 2015 Annual Conference with the theme of 'Who Do We Think We Are?' on June 18 with the help of practitioners, expert commentators, leaders and innovators from across the design spectrum.
"50 years is a very significant milestone for the interior design sector's professional body," commented Dan Hopwood, President of the BIID. "This is the perfect time to reflect not just on where we've come from but to ask, where we are heading as a profession and how can we all prosper in a world of rapid social and cultural change, buying behaviours and marketing, technology and business evolution? The BIID is delighted to assemble a prestigious line-up of influential speakers to help our audience understand our heritage and appreciate how we need to adapt to the modern era."
The conference's packed one day programme, hosted and presented by distinguished design curator and commentator, Aidan Walker, is set to spark lively discussion and prompt debate across the profession. It will feature contributions from pioneering furniture designer and retailer, Zeev Aram; Elle Decoration's Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Ogundehin; critic and TV presenter, Tom Dyckhoff; Finchatton's Jenny Naylor; the producer behind TV's Changing Rooms, Ann Booth-Clibborn; acclaimed international designer, Tomoko Azumi; design academic, Professor Anne Massey; and the former editor of Dezeen, now at Clippings.com, Rose Hetherington.
The 2015 Annual Conference will also provide the opportunity for the Institute to present its Honorary Fellowships which recognize those who have had a profound impact on the development and success of the interior design profession. Zeev Aram, Christine Losecaat, Dids Macdonald, Kevin McCloud and Martin Roth will all be honoured this year.
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