Photo credit: James Jones
Design: Hansenbuilt & MJM Architect Inc.

Date and time:
Saturday May 13th, 2-5pm (talks);
5-6pm (drinks)

KWENCH, 2031 Store St.

︎ ︎ 


If you haven’t already visited KWENCH, one of the city’s most accessible and beautifully designed spaces, then this is your opportunity. The co-working space will host an afternoon of talks followed by drinks and a celebration of Design Victoria’s kickoff this year. You are invited to come and share your feedback about the festival, and what you would like to see next year.

This event is kindly sponsored by Avalon Mechanical.

“We see this event as a chance to talk to everyone about what is possible, and for them to help us co-create what next year can look like.”

2pm - Designing Victoria for the Future

Over the past decade Victoria has seen rapid population growth leading to mass expansion. How can the city adapt to this change whilst maintaining its identity? How can stakeholders create a lasting urban environment which considers future growth; environmental impact; social equity; and accessibility?

Chair: Carla Sorrell, Co-Founder, Design Victoria
Panel: Carrie Smart, Architect, Cascadia; Luke Mari, Principal, Aryze Developments; Franc D’Ambrosio, Founder, D’Ambrosio Architecture and Urbanism

3.30pm - Creativity and AI

What impact will artificial intelligence have on your role in the creative sector? Join us for a captivating talk which will explore the potential of AI to transform design processes and aesthetics, and get ready to discover the challenging truth about the fate of designers in the age of AI!

Chair: Tessa McLoughlin, Founder, KWENCH
Panel: David Ellingsen, Artist; Nori Nishigaya, Founder, Salmon Nation Decentralized Alliance


Have a look at the events that took place during the 2023 festival.