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Dezeen Day schedule announced

Dezeen Day schedule: see details of all the talks and speakers

Dezeen Day is our international architecture and design conference taking place in London on 30 October. Scroll down for information about speakers, sessions, networking events and the venue.


Dezeen Day aims to set the agenda for international architecture and design. Expect radical ideas, healthy debate and plenty of questions.

Panel discussions will feature short visual presentations by each panelist followed by a moderated discussion led by a member of the Dezeen editorial team. Questions will be taken from the audience, if time permits. Keynote lectures will end with a brief interview conducted by Dezeen Day host and Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs.

All talks will take place in the spacious NFT1 auditorium at BFI Southbank. Registration, breaks, lunch and post-conference drinks will take place in the adjacent Riverfront restaurant and bar, which is right beside the River Thames.

See the schedule below. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Registration and light breakfast

08:00 Coffee, tea and pastries served in the Riverfront bar.


09:00 Dezeen founder, editor-in-chief and Dezeen Day host Marcus Fairs welcomes everyone and introduces the day ahead.

Keynote: Paola Antonelli

09:10 Human civilisation has become fatally disconnected from nature. How can design address this? Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, discusses the impact of her groundbreaking exhibition Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival. Read more ›

Panel discussion: post-plastic materials

09:55 How can we solve the problems of plastic waste and what materials could replace it? Are bioplastics and biodesign the future?


Arthur Mamou-Mani Architect and director of Mamou-Mani Architects and a specialist in digital fabrication and advanced bioplastics. Read more ›

Natsai Audrey Chieza Designer and founder of research studio Faber Futures, which explores and creates biologically inspired materials. Read more ›

Nienke Hoogvliet Designer exploring materials such as algae, recycled toilet paper and plastics made from waste water. Read more ›

Moderator: Marcus Fairs, Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief.


10:40 Networking and refreshments served in Riverfront bar.

Panel discussion: future cities

11:00 What will the cities of the future look like? What technologies will transform them? Where and how will everyone live? How will they cope with climate change?


Suzanne Livingston Co-curator of the AI: More than Human exhibition held at the Barbican Centre this summer and a founding member of the influential Cybernetic Culture Research Unit at Warwick University. Read more ›

Paul Priestman Industrial designer and co-founder of transportation studio PriestmanGoode. Read more ›

Rachel Armstrong Professor of experimental architecture at Newcastle University, she is a pioneer of living architecture, an approach that seeks to give buildings some of the qualities of natural systems. Read more ›

Moderator: Tom Ravenscroft, Deezen acting editor.

Keynote: Liam Young

11:45 How can architects use their skills in areas such as movies, TV and entertainment? Speculative architect Liam Young explains how film-making techniques can help us imagine different urban futures. Read more ›


12:30 Buffet lunch and networking in the Riverfront bar.

Conversation: Designing for the circular economy

13:50 The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has called for 20 million designers to help it transform the linear economy into a circular one, while the Netherlands intends to make its entire economy circular by 2050. But what is the circular economy and how can we design for it?


Andrew Morlet CEO of circular-economy advocacy organisation the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Read more ›

Richard Hutten Designer, circular-economy advocate and art director of brands including Gispen. Read more ›

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Moderator: Amy Frearson, Dezeen editor-at-large.

Panel discussion: entrepreneurs

14:20 How do you start a design-led company? How can architects and designers benefit from the value they create?


Dara Huang Architect and founder of Design Haus Liberty and co-founder of co-living brand Vivahouse. Read more ›

Benjamin Hubert Industrial designer and founder of Layer. Read more ›

Roksanda Ilincic Fashion designer and founder of the label Roksanda. Read more ›

Moderator: Benedict Hobson, Dezeen chief content officer.


15:05 Networking and refreshments in the Riverfront bar.

Panel discussion: fixing education

15:25 Is architecture and design education fit for purpose? What can we do to improve it? Leading educators discuss the issues and explore different approaches.


Neil Pinder Architecture and design teacher at Graveney School, a secondary school in London. Read more ›

Stacie Woolsey A design graduate who created her own masters course after finding existing courses unaffordable. Read more ›

Patrik Schumacher Principal at Zaha Hadid Architects and founder of Design Research Unit at the Architecture Association. Read more ›

Harriet Harriss Architect, author and Dean of the Pratt School of Architecture in Brooklyn. Read more ›

Moderator: India Block, Dezeen assistant editor

Keynote: Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

16:10 How can design help create a better world by combining with natural world with emerging technologies and science disciplines? Artist and designer Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg discusses her work in fields such as synthetic biology and artificial intelligence. Read more ›

Dezeen Day drinks reception

17:30 Join us for drinks and networking at the Riverfront bar beside the Thames.