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Upcoming Events

Sustainable Design Summit’s calendar of in-person and online Working Groups and bi-yearly Summits facilitate the space for those passionate about sustainable design to connect and collaborate, share ideas, challenges, and solutions, and drive progress toward a more sustainable future.

The sustainability trends discussed, and questions raised, in each Working Group will inform the topics and session host of the following Working Group, creating a synergetic conversation that evolves in step with the participants’ knowledge.

SDS Working Groups will include in-person events and Product Showcases in design-forward cities Miami and London.

Wednesday 24 April 2024 10am - 11am EST / 3pm - 4pm BST

Past Event

Online Working Group
Impact analytics + 10 ways to use your data to drive sustainability improvements

Delegates from Sustainable Design Summit 2023 discussed what the numbers tell us, and how design and procurement teams can work with their supply chain partners to improve environmental outcomes.

The first of this year's Working Group's continues the conversation by providing some practical insights into carbon assessments; using real data; and how best to analyse environmental impacts of materials used in hospitality travel interiors.

Design and procurement teams will leave this workshop with a deeper understanding of:

  • The three ways to understand how the products you specify support circularity, embodied carbon, and minimize waste
  • The power of Impact Analytics and how data is making sustainable design easy
  • Factors which impact net positive outcomes
  • How to select vendors and products using product lifecycle impact-based data and analytics
  • Designing and procuring healthy interiors with a lower carbon footprint
  • How to hold a conversation with supply chain partners around reducing waste and both operational and embodied carbon
  • Project spotlights: hear from Hyatt Hotels Corporation on the success factors of their recent projects

 

Sustainable Design Summit is about making connections and sharing knowledge across the hospitality travel sectors. This Working Group will share interactions between cruise, hotel, aircraft – as well as automotives and rail sectors.

JoAnna Abrams, CEO of Mindclick will also provide a trend analysis from across multiple brand projects and will be joined by:

Fred L Brandstrader, Vice President - Construction and Capital Expenditures, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Pipa Bradbury, Interior Design Leader & Principal, DLR Group
Vanessa Vu, Senior Interior Designer & Associate, DLR Group

This online session will be ran on the interactive roundtable events platform, Remo.

Session Hosts

Vanessa Vu
Senior Interior Designer & Associate, DLR Group
Pipa Bradbury
Interior Design Leader & Principal, DLR Group
Fred L Brandstrader, AIA
Vice President - Construction and Capital Expenditures, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
JoAnna Abrams
CEO, MindClick
Friday 7 June 2024 | 9am - 10:30am EDT Sign up

Miami Working Group Breakfast

Refurbishments: A circularity state of mind

Sustainable Design Summit breakout sessions come to Miami! During this in-person Working Group, suppliers and buyers will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on workshop covering key sustainable topics: 

  • Developing a circularity mindset – how to embed responsible thinking and values?
  • From product life cycle to the sustainability ecosystem: what are the tools, tactics and partnerships which promote full circularity?
  • Simple approaches to lifetime extension of products in hospitality interiors
  • How does circularity fit with the business case in the context of refurbishments?
  • What does the re-manufacturing flowchart look like: case studies & examples


This event begins with a networking breakfast, ahead of the content and collaboration, and will take place alongside CSI Design Expo Americas and the co-located Hotel & Resort Design South at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Places in this roundtable session and networking breakfast are limited. Please sign up to request a spot.

Speakers

Korina Stark
Co-Founder, Circular Spring
Kim Bjørge Hofslundsengen
VP Hotel Operations, Hurtigruten
Cristina Stefani
Marketing & Communication Strategist, Aquafil
Giacomo Villa
COO & Head of Sales, Manifattura Testori SpA
Wednesday 25 Sept 2024 10am - 11am EDT / 3pm - 4pm BST Sign up

Online Working Group

Breaking from the norm: Designing with radical thinking

This online Working Group will deep dive into a key topic or challenge facing interior designs and decision-makers working on major projects across the hospitality travel interiors sectors.

  • Futurescape - how to break with current thinking to bring about the change that’s needed?
  • Identifying the roadblocks which are stopping progress on sustainable outcomes in interiors.
  • Impact and sustainability: Managing social perceptions
  • Changing the customer experience – how can we move away from Whistles and Bells, and re-design what’s included in the service?
  • How can we go about taking insights and translating those into new ideas, new processes
  • Key tips on holding the budget parameters conversation, e.g. why develop a great sustainable solution if the client is just going to choose the cheapest option when it comes down to it? 
  • Defining new sustainability partnerships and business models through radical thinking

 

More speakers to be announced.

The session will be hosted on the interactive roundtable events platform, Remo.


Speakers

Sarah Kelly
Sr. Director, Program Management , Teague
Karen Hills
Payloads Sustainability Leader Product Development Engineer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Thursday 5 Dec 2024 12:30pm - 2pm GMT Sign up

London: Working Group Lunch & Product Showcase

Circular resilience: closing the loop of critical raw materials

Sustainable Design Summit 2023 discussed the imminent critical raw materials regulations, and the context around the drivers for change. This in-person Working Group will provide an important update on the introduction of the new regulations, and explores what at the key imperatives for achieving full circularity of aluminium. Through a new case study, our speakers will explore exciting possibilities for collaboration across our different design sectors. Be part of this roundtable discussion; be a part of this cross-sector initiative to improve environmental outcomes. 

  • Update on the critical raw materials regulations and direction of travel
  • Aluminium balcony furniture pilot: What are the aims to make aluminium truly circular?
  • Understanding key imperatives for building an efficient ecosystem
  • Circular economy – how to get started?
  • Collaboration and the circularity of aluminium – the benefits of larger volumes for economies of scale
  • Involving both internal and external stakeholders
  • How can we connect circular economies across our sectors in terms of infrastructure, processing capacity and volumes?

 

The event features a zero-waste Product Showcase of sustainable products, materials, and solutions and a networking lunch, allowing participants to discover new products and connect with like-minded peers. 

This Working Group Lunch will take place alongside CSI Design Expo Europe at London ExCeL.

Places in this roundtable session and networking lunch are limited. Please sign up to request a spot.

Sponsored by:

Speakers

Federico Fioretti
Founder & CEO, Exsulting srl
My Nguyen
Director of Interior Design , Holland America Line & Seabourn
Siu Lie Tan
Partner, Exsulting srl
David Peck
Associate Professor, Critical Materials and Product Design, TU Delft, The Netherlands
November 2025

London: Sustainable Design Summit 2025

The flagship Summit delivers an industry-leading Conference Programme of keynotes and breakout sessions focusing on case studies and companies that are at the forefront of progress across the hospitality travel interiors market.

The event also features a zero-waste, hand-selected Product Showcase and numerous networking opportunities allowing delegates to develop their knowledge, discover new products, and create new relationships across the sectors. 

More details to be announced soon.

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