Top Five Reasons To Attend IDC’s Inaugural Design Symposium

In case you’re still on the fence about attending IDC’s first Design Symposium, here are a few more reasons why you shouldn’t miss this incredible three-day event!


If you are planning to attend all three Symposium days you’ll earn 17 IDCEC approved hours – not to mention the breakthrough ideas you’ll learn at our talks, workshops and receptions that you can apply to your practice and bring back to your team.

  1. TOURS

Take your pick from eight concurrent offsite design tours, which are approved for 1 IDCEC credit each, and will give you a chance to personally experience the spaces and built environments created by your peers.


Learn the ins and outs of Design Thinking from Gustavson School of Business professor David Dunn, who lives and breathes the practice. His book, ‘Design Thinking at Work: How Innovative Organizations Are Embracing Design’, will be published this fall.

Everyone is talking about biophillic design today, and Bill Browning is here to tell you all about this outcome-based design from a holistic viewpoint: the impact of research into biophilia, wellness, human needs and different user group experiences.

Rotman School of Business professor, Heather  Fraser, will teach you how to turn inspired ideas into great business value. She is the author of ‘Design Works: How to Tackle Your Toughest Innovation Challenges through Business Design.’

Janice Kaplan will be inspiring the audience at Leaders Breakfast Toronto 2018. She is the author and co-author of a dozen bestselling books and novels. Her latest, ‘The Gratitude Diaries: How A Year Looking On the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life’ has been praised by Publisher’s Weekly as “insightful and loaded with compelling research.”


IDC’s Value of Design Awards (VODA), are a national platform for amazing designs and designers across the country. Join us in honouring the very first VODA recipients and learn about the design process, challenges, inspiration, and research that went into each of these projects.

The Design Research Award presented by Milliken will be awarded during IDC’s AGM. It is allocated annually to individuals who demonstrate excellence and innovation through interior design research, including projects conducted at the masters or doctorate level and through major research projects by final-year students.


And lastly, the crowd of amazing peers, industry connections, and potential business partners you’ll meet at the symposium. Stock up on business cards and get ready to make some new friends.