How is experiential design changing the face of design at large, and how will experience intersect and empower the future of design and designers? IIDA’s once-a-year live episode of our Collective Design series brings you top minds in design who approach experiential design through a variety of lenses, from neuroscience to hospitality to future forecasting — all in a thought-provoking, deep dive exploration of a topic that will shape not only our design work, but our lives. This roll-up-your-sleeves companion program to IIDA’s keynote will provide the ideas you need to embrace what’s next for design and your business.
Dr. Upali Nanda is Global Practice Director, Research, and a Partner at HKS. Based in Detroit, Upali has extensive experience leading research projects in design practice with a focus on the impact of design on human health and perception. She is executive director of Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation, or CADRE, the research arm of HKS, and teaches as the Associate Professor of Practice at the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning at University of Michigan.
Lauren Rottet is a highly accomplished architect, interior designer, furniture designer and art curator with an extraordinary record of awards, publications, lectures, juries and honors. She is the Founding Principal of Rottet Studio, an international architecture and interior design firm, and is the only woman in history to be elevated to Fellow status by both the American Institute of Architects and International Interior Design Association. She also holds the titles of Interior Design Hall of Fame, Interiors Designer of the Year, Boutique Design’s Designer of the Year, and Hospitality Design Platinum Circle inductee. Ms. Rottet’s furniture and product designs have earned her four gold medals for Best of NeoCon and a Chicago Athenaeum Award. Her new furniture company, Rottet Collection, was introduced in 2017 and was met with rave reviews garnering significant awards including an Interior Design Best of Year.
Rottet Studio is consistently ranked among the corporate and hospitality Top 100 Design Giants and recognized as one of the Top 3 Most Admired Design Firms in the World by a jury of our peer professionals. The firm has an extensive portfolio of corporate, hospitality, residential and maritime projects for the world’s leading companies and brands, including: Goldman Sachs, Disney, Viacom, New York Stock Exchange, United Talent Agency, Paul Hastings, Kirkland & Ellis, Target, NW Mutual, Comcast, Hines, Howard Hughes Company, Langham, Brookfield, Loews, DHG, Valencia, BGI, Extell, JMB, Four Seasons, Starwood, Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Belmond, Wheelock Viking and more.
Among her colleagues, Ms. Rottet is known as an innovator and teacher, devoting significant time to the advancement of the profession of design and architecture.
Lori Mukoyama is a global leader of Gensler’s Hospitality practice and Design Director based in the firm’s Chicago office. She has led numerous successful branding and interiors projects throughout her 20+ years in the industry, playing an integral role in the design of some of the most successful and award-winning hospitality spaces across North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Lori’s energetic approach to shaping aesthetic moves beyond form-and-function interiors to incorporate brand strategy and consumer engagement tactics. She has partnered with a diverse portfolio of clients to champion the creation of experience-driven environments that deliver on their vision and goals — this, paired with her forefront knowledge of future trends, has been essential in influencing the business strategies of major corporations.
Brian Graham is the founder and creative director of Graham Design, a studio that specializes in contemporary furniture and related products for the workplace and healthcare markets. With over 30 years of experience in design and architecture, Brian has a strategic approach that combines planning, research, and creativity to deliver solutions that meet the needs and expectations of his clients and end users.
Brian is also an advocate and advisor for the design industry, collaborating with leading manufacturers, associations, and publications to promote the value and impact of design. He has received multiple awards and recognition from prestigious organizations such as AIA, IIDA, IDSA, IFMA, and The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design. His mission is to create products that are functional, beautiful, and sustainable, and that enhance the quality of life and work for people.
Moderated by Mark Bryan
Mark Bryan is a Senior Foresight Manager at the Future Today Institute and leads our Built Environment, Hospitality, Retail, Restaurants & CPG practice. Prior to FTI, Mark worked as a workplace strategist, designer and design researcher, and futurist for clients all across the country, most recently through his role as Director of Innovation + Research and Senior Interior Designer at Ohio-based MA Design.
Mark’s portfolio of clients includes national retail brands, higher education institutions, non-profits, multi-family developers, and large corporate clients. Working with his clients, Mark brings an understanding of the principles of psychology, culture, and human behavior that can shape and change the future.
Mark has authored several whitepapers and developed research surrounding what leaders need to know about for the future of workplace culture. Mark is also certified by the University of California, Berkeley, in using resiliency to combat stress at work. Mark is a Board Member of the IIDA (International Interior Designer Association) Equity Council, an NCIDQ Certified Senior Interior Designer, and 2022 40 Under 40 Winner. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Virginia Tech University and is certified by the Institute for the Future as a trained foresight practitioner.