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This year, IDC hosted the annual Design Symposium in-person on Oct. 19 and 20, 2022 at Cosentino City Toronto. We celebrated 50 years as the national advocacy association for interior designers in Canada and curated a program of in-depth panels, inspiring keynote presentations, and recognized interior designers for their accomplishments in the industry. IDC has made the memorable Keynotes available for members as continuing education units (CEU). If you missed this year’s IDC Design Symposium, you can now purchase a recording of the keynotes by Michael Ford and Nora Young for a small fee. Both presentations account for one IDCEC hour each. Participants will receive their certificates of completion via email following the webinar and will need to self-report their hours.


Hip Hop Architecture | Keynote by Michael Ford

Michael Ford, known as the “Hip-Hop Architect,” is an architect, designer, educator, and keynote speaker whose years of research, publications and lectures seek to fuse his two passions, hip-hop culture and architecture. In hip-hop architecture, Ford provides an alternative to the western canon in architecture and urban theory. This model not only celebrates diversity, but it is also appealing to young people of color, encouraging them to join the profession and think critically about the built environment they live in. Ford is a professor in the architecture program at Madison College and founder of BrandNu Design.

Members will learn to use popular culture, specifically music, as a provocation for design innovation, empathy building, and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

This keynote was sponsored by Lutron.


From Big Data to Your Data: How Data-Driven Technologies are Shaping the Future | Keynote by Nora Young

Big Data is a big buzzword these days, but beyond the hype, our ability to gather, share and analyze data is driving many of the major technological shifts that are shaping our future.

From Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, to Smart Cities and the Internet of Things, Nora Young explains the top data-driven trends shaping our world, and the challenges and opportunities they offer.

Learn about the impacts of these shifts at the macro level of the economy and society, but also at the personal level, in our health, and the jobs the next generation will be moving into.

Nora is the host and creator of CBC’s SPARK, a fun and informative look at new technology, that explores how it is changing our relationships, our work, and our culture. As a journalist, author, and speaker, Nora explores how new technology shapes the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Her book, The Virtual Self, on the explosion of data about our behaviours, opinions, and actions, is published by McClelland and Stewart.