Time for Change webinar series

Time for Change is a series of three webinars organised by KLC Connect to reflect the challenges ahead as we re-enter the workplace after the turbulent few months of the first coronavirus lockdown in 2020.

KLC Connect is run by a steering panel of industry contacts, alumni and students and provides an annual programme of talks and events to add another layer to studies at KLC and to make students feel more a part of the design community.

Jenny Gibbs OBE bio photo 2020

- KLC Founder, Jenny Gibbs OBE

"As we look back over the last turbulent few months it seems the right time to encourage our students and the wider design community to pause and reflect on the lessons learned, the challenges ahead and how designers can help to meet those challenges. Over the three KLC COnnect webinars, we look firstly at how design businesses may be affected in the various sectors, how to protect those business and what new opportunities are emerging.  Our second session will focus on what we can do to ensure that design is a genuinely diverse and transparent profession and finally an expert panel considers design strategies for interiors and gardens to reduce risk of infection, support wellness and safeguard health and mental health"

'Time for Change' Panel Discussion 1 - “How will interior designers respond to the need for change in the post lockdown downturn?”

The panel reflects on the challenges faced by design practices with reduced need for office spaces, a shift to online shopping and the knock-on effect on the retail and hospitality industries. They will also consider the opportunities presented by home office working, smaller office hubs, access to wider markets and the churn in the property market as city workers re-locate.  The discussion also focuses on considerations for educators and potential changes in career opportunities for designers

Chaired by Lester Bennett new President of BIID, with Susie Rumbold of Tessuto, Rob Goulder Thirdway Interiors, and Geeta Dhar KLC Head of Careers.


'Time for Change' Panel Discussion 2 - "How can we encourage more diversity in the industry?"

What strategies should we be deploying to encourage and support a genuinely transparent and diverse design community with all the benefits that will bring?

Chaired by Alexandria Dauley, co-founder of United in Design, with Aneeqa Khan, CEO Eporta, Alexandria Dauley, Ama Afrifa-Tchie, Bhavin Taylor designer (winner of Evening Standard 2019 Design Award) and Julia Begbie KLC Development Director.

'Time for Change' Panel Discussion 3 - "Health, wellbeing and hygiene in interiors in a post-pandemic world"

The spread of the Coronavirus and the ensuing lockdown has made us all more aware of our surroundings, how the physical aspects of the buildings and interiors we use influence every aspect of our lives, and the very real risks of infection.  The experience has served to increase the emphasis on wellbeing and the importance of quality of life.  What strategies should designers and architects be focusing on to identify and reduce the risks, relieve stress, enhance comfort, security and social connection and safeguard the health and mental health of occupants now for the future?

Chair Dr. Hina Ladd - Senior Healthcare Planner with Christopher Shaw: Architect, Architects for Health (AfH), Medical Architecture, Alice Green - Architect, Adrienne Chinn - Interior designer and author, Marie Louise Agius -  Balston Agius, garden designer and Rebecca Weir - Light IQ, lighting designer.

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