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Designing for Fast Times (SF)

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Poppin SF

560 Third Street

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Designing for Fast Times

Join moderator Paul Makovsky to explore the implications of designing for high-growth companies. He'll lead conversations between three design firms and their clients to illuminate everything from budgets and timelines to space planning and pain points.


Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Poppin San Francisco
560 Third Street
(between Bryant St. and Brannan St.)


Moderator:

Paul Makovsky (Editor in Chief at Contract Magazine)

Paul Makovsky was named Editor in Chief at Contract Magazine in May 2018, having spent the last 18 years at Metropolis magazine, where he had several senior editorial roles, including editorial and brand director. At Metropolis he worked on a complete redesign of the magazine in 2014, and most recently was vice president of design. Prior to Metropolis, he spent two years as the managing editor of the award-winning 2wice magazine. Paul began his career in the early 1990s as the director of research at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, for the exhibition, “Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture.” He is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal and the University of Toronto.


Panelists:

Melissa Hanley, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP (Co-founder, Principal, and CEO, Blitz)

Co‐founder, principal, and CEO of Blitz, Melissa Hanley, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, is passionate about human‐centered environments and has worked to make Blitz a leader in commercial and workplace design for the digital age. She leads the firm’s design teams, and manages operations, brand strategy, and project delivery. She is the managing principal of the firm’s San Francisco studio. A workplace expert, she specializes in sustainable, high‐performance environments for innovative companies, including Microsoft, Google, UC Berkeley, Comcast, Dropbox, Spotify, AstraZeneca, Soundcloud, The Chancellor Hotel, Flynn Properties, and Fitbit, among others.

Featured client: Timothy Bergen, VP/Director of Real Estate Project Management at Publicis Groupe



Dominique Price AIA, IIDA, LEED AP (Director, M Moser Associates)

Dominique Price is an architect, designer, writer, educator and urbanist. As Director for M Moser San Francisco, she brings a passion for urban vitality and inventive development as she creates human-centered architecture that solves real problems for communities and clients alike. Dominique has led pioneering designs for LinkedIn, Medallia, Facebook, Visa, and Airbnb. She has taught, jurored, and lectured both locally and abroad at UC Berkeley, California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley-Extension, San Jose State University, Arizona State University, and Torcuato di Tella University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been a featured panelist and juror for AIA, committee member and juror for IIDA, juror for Fast Company and Blueprint magazines, and served on the advisory committee for SF Design Week. Dominique sits on the board of the Transbay Citizens Action Committee for the San Francisco Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, as well as the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Association.

Featured client: Kathryn Ashcraft, Director of Workplace Services at Medallia


Verda Alexander, IIDA (Principal + Co-Founder, Studio O+A)

For 27 years Studio O+A has been a creative force in workplace design. What began as a two-person space-planning operation in Silicon Valley in 1991 is today a San Franciscobased design firm dedicated to new thinking about work, creativity and the many ways our environments shape the lives we live. Studio O+A was awarded the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design in 2016. In 2012 Contract Magazine named Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla Designers of the Year. In 2015 they were inducted into Interior Design’s Hall of Fame. Verda’s artist perspective and initiatives at O+A have spurred innovation at the forefront of workplace design and challenged received wisdom throughout industry. She continues to work on expanding the dialogue between art and design and exploring what the future can be. In 2018 Verda launched a small studio from within O+A to work exclusively on experimental projects and unconventional interventions. She is currently developing The Food For Thought Truck, a mobile studio that will take a team of O+A designers and her break-the-mold approach on the open road this Fall.

Featured client: Linda Shaw, Global Site Development Manager at Slack Technologies

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