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THEME 

Design Interventions

Perspectives Shaped Through and By Design

The 2017 WYDF topic of "Design Interventions" was selected to provoke a dialogue examining the perhaps the truest nature of design. With a specific focus on how the forces of nationalism and globalism which dominate the contemporary world conflict, and how today's emerging designers are challenged to tap into new ways of viewing their processes, ideologies and the world at large. This was intended to prompt participants to explore how to innovatively and responsibly harness the power of design to proactively shape the future.

PARTICIPATING DESIGN LEADERS

Practitioners/ Educators/ Industry Professionals

Shashi Caan
Shashi Caan

Co-Founder + President, GloWD/ Founding Partner, THE SC COLLECTIVE/ Visiting Professor (New York, USA/Scotland, UK)

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Steven Clarke
Steven Clarke

Director - Design Center/ Associate Professor, University of Nevada Las Vegas/ Practitioner, Regeneration::LAB (Las Vegas, USA/Canada)

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Guy Geier
Guy Geier

Managing Partner, FXFOWLE Architects (New York, USA)

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Glenn Gissler
Glenn Gissler

Founder and President, Glenn Gissler Designs (New York, USA)

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Benjamin Huntington
Benjamin Huntington

Founder, Veritate Designs/ Feng Shui Master (New York, USA)

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George Hajjar
George Hajjar

Senior Account Executive, Milliken | Constantine/ Architect (New York, USA)

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Dina Lamanna
Dina Lamanna

Principal/ Senior Project Interior Designer - Hospitality, HOK (New York, USA)

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Annie Lee
Annie Lee

Principal - Interior Design, Environetics ( New York, USA)

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Ian Pirie
Ian Pirie

Emeritus Professor of Design, University of Edinburgh/ Education Adviser (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)

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Eric Schuldenfrei, PhD
Eric Schuldenfrei, PhD

Founding Partner, ESKYIU/ Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong/USA)

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Chris Speed, PhD
Chris Speed, PhD

Chairman - Informatics/ Professor, University of Edinburgh/ Practitioner (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)

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Jim Speers
Jim Speers

Associate Professor, University of Auckland/ Artist (Auckland, New Zealand)

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Michael Thomson
Michael Thomson

Founder/Design Strategist, Design Connects (London, England/Ireland, UK)

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Elana Van Der Wath
Elana Van Der Wath

Senior Lecturer/ Programme Leader, University of Lincoln (Lincoln, UK/South Africa)

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2017 MEETING GALLERIES 

Design, by its nature, must approach the world with new insights and interpretations. The World Youth Designer Forum (WYDF) is conceived to help to do this. Appropriately, in its inauguration, the WYDF itself serves as an intervention, while it supports designers to review design and their individualistic design interventions.

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