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As IDC celebrates 50 years of interior design, this year we learn from the change-makers, reflect on the issues facing designers today, and seek solutions for a better future for the next generations of interior designers.

The IDC Design Symposium will be held in person on Oct. 19 and 20, 2022 at Cosentino City Toronto and the theme is Legacy of Design: Past, Present, and Future.

IDC is pleased to introduce the 2022 symposium keynote speakers.

Day 1 – Oct. 19, 2022 @ 1 p.m. ET

Michael Ford, AIA, NOMA

Architect | Creator of The Hip Hop Architecture Camp


Michael Ford, AIA, NOMA, is an award-winning licensed architect originally from Detroit, Michigan. Michael Ford is the founding principal of BrandNu Design, an architectural firm where he is leading the design of projects such as The Universal Hip Hop Museum in The Bronx. In 2022, Ford was named Young Architect of The Year by American Institute of Architects Wisconsin Chapter. Ford is the founder of Muundo, Inc a non-profit organization through which he runs The Hip Hop Architecture Camp, an international program which positions Hip Hop Culture as a catalyst to introduce youth to architecture and design. The Hip Hop Architecture Camp has been featured in a variety of media including Oprah Winfrey Network’s Super Soul Sunday, The TODAY Show, Rolling Stone Magazine, Architect Magazine and ESPN. Michael Ford is a highly regarded speaker with keynotes at American Institute of Architects National Conference, National Organization of Minority Architects Conference and Interior Design Show Canada.

Day 2 – Oct. 20, 2022 @ 1 p.m. ET

Nora Young

Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self


Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine — and plan for — the ever-changing, high-tech landscape. As the host and creator of Spark, CBC’s national radio show and podcast about technology and culture, and the author of The Virtual Self, Young demystifies technology and explains how it is shaping our lives, as well as the larger world around us. She helps audiences understand trends in big data, new technologies, machine learning, and more.

Young was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has also been featured in print, online, and television and she is also a committed hobby podcaster. Her favourite technology is her bicycle.

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