Vancouver Design Week [Sept 15 – 28]

Vancouver Design Week [Sept 15–28]
is a collaborative platform, a call to action, and an invitation to us all to immerse in design and its transformative potential.

For 14 days, Vancouver Design Week will turn the city into a petri dish of design process, practice, and perspectives; through a wide range of independent and collaborative programming. From talks to tours, exhibits to workshops, parties to pop-ups, design across disciplines will open its doors for conversations, installations and celebrations of all scales.

Uncover the unique design ecosystem that shapes, defines and sustains our city. Don’t miss the chance to join in, speak up and stand out in shaping Vancouver’s future!

“The city shapes our decisions.”
And design shapes our city. Charles Montgomery, Happy City

Event Categories – Full Calendar Coming Soon

Exhibitions

Awards

VDW Special Editions

Talks

Tours

Pop ups

Parties

Open Studios

Open Buildings

Samplings

Workshops/Jams

Wildcards

Featured Events – Full Calendar Coming Soon

MONDAY 15

VANCOUVER URBAN DESIGN AWARDS

This inaugural event recognizes and celebrates excellence in architecture and urban design in Vancouver.

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SALA EXHIBIT - CONCEPTUALIZING THE TECHNICAL

Studio work produced in a collaboration between the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the UBC First Nations House of Learning. Projects explore the concept of “Research Centre” development in one of four institutional variants: centre, museum, archive, or memorial. Runs to September 19.

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SALA PROJECTS 2014

An exhibition of student work from the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Runs to September 30 at the Lasserre Building, 7am-9pm (closed weekends).

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TUESDAY 16

P4A - PARTY FOR ARCHITECTS

LECTURE/PARTY/DJ/BEER. P4A aims to provide an ongoing forum for Vancouver's architects + designers to get together. This special edition P4A for Vancouver Design Week will be bigger and better than ever.

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JAMES LANGDON - A SCHOOL FOR DESIGN FICTION

Runs to Sept 18. The CAG is working with James Langdon to offer a three day workshop exploring narrative approaches to design, a series of connected exercises subjecting a collection of found materials to various manual and conceptual processes.

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BRITEWEB WORKSHOP - DESIGN-THINKING YOUR NEXT BIG IDEA

How do you create a product, service or solution that is innovative, and that everyone wants? The most creative and successful entrepreneurs and business leaders use design thinking. Taught by Marica Rizzo and Alexis Young, the workshop will also feature local experts to help you craft your solutions.

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RETHINKING TRANSPORTATION: THE NEW GENERATION

Dr. Markus Moos of the University of Waterloo will speak about Millennials’ values, preferences and priorities. Their attitudes could affect your work, commute, home and community — now and in the future.

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WEDNESDAY 17

ARCHITECTS' BLOCK PARTY @ HCMA

With social sustainability in mind, HCMA threw their first Architects’ Block Party in 2013 to strengthen connections + build community in the industry. By inviting others to play in their sand box, they hope to break down real and perceived barriers to community building. Now they’re opening their door even wider to fellow creatives as part of VDW. Join them on their rooftop patio overlooking Granville Island to see where the connections lie.

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NERD JAM - THE CULTURE OF TRANSFORMATION

JAM I / IDEA CHARRETTE + PROTOTYPE-MAKING: Part 1 of a two-phase Jam about how small interactive urban intervention designs can change our lives. The primary focus will be the endangerment of Vancouver’s cultural spaces for creatives, and works that respond to the need for showcasing and sustaining spaces that provide us with content that can transform our lives.

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RETHINKING TRANSPORTATION: FUTURE LIVABILITY - BOAST OR BUST?

Gil Penalosa will speak to the question of whether Metro Vancouver maintain its "Livability Credibility" for the next 30 years.

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CASCADIA: THEN AND NOW

Join us from 6-9pm for our September Social, a free event for socializing and hearing about our upcoming schedule and changes to the International Living Futures Institute.

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THURSDAY 18

PECHA KUCHA NIGHT / VOL 34 - SPECIAL VDW EDITION

A diverse roster of local designers to speak about their experiences, philosophies, inspirations, stories or anything else that is in their head.

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FRIDAY 19

A JOURNEY INTO STORYTELLING: MOVE PEOPLE TO ACT

Join corporate leaders and visionaries in a day-long session to uncover storytelling techniques that harness your passion and purpose. Make new connections to the leaders in the community, practice innovation tactics, and walk away with the story you’ve been trying to tell.

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STYLEGARAGE

Exclusive presentation of rare archive materials from seminal Canadian architect Russell Spanner and launch of the authorized Spanner Originals line from Gus* Modern.

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CREATIVE MORNINGS / VANCOUVER - SPECIAL VDW EDITION

What role does process have in creative endeavours? How does creativity inform process? A thought-provoking look at the common threads that tie together works such as Union Gospel, Bridge, Ought Apartment, The Western Front, and Good Bye Work. To follow with audience discussion about architecture and civic space.

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WHY I DESIGN

Join 30+ designers for conversations about their work, and why they choose to do what they do in Vancouver. Why I Design aims the spotlight on the process of invention.You can ask the designers, ranging from those launching their careers to innovative leaders in international corporations, what motivates them, how they do what they do, and why Vancouver inspires them to keep doing it. 8-11:30pm at the Museum of Vancouver.

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WHITESPACE™ INNOVATION CHALLENGE

Part design challenge and part social experiment, this unique workshop will mix designers, design-thinkers and armchair innovators to explore the interaction of design methodologies employed across disciplines. The challenge itself will focus on creating new solutions to a topic related to mobility, social ecosystems and adaptability.

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A POP-UP AFFAIR PRESENTS: PEEP SHOW

Through the concept of ‘Transparency’, Peep Show brings education, design rationale and the creative process to the surface as a way to question and provoke the current modes of consumption. Peep Show will be featuring and selling the work created by the collective members, and work by other creatives in the community. Opening 7-11pm. Peep Show runs from Sept 19 to 28th.

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SATURDAY 20

MODERN HOME TOURS

Vancouver's most creative homeowners, architects, builders and designers open their doors for the first Vancouver Modern Home Tour.

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GARDEN DIALOGUES

The Cultural Landscape Foundation, in collaboration with the Vancouver Landscape Collective, brings a unique opportunity to experience beautiful exclusive works by Cornelia Oberlander, Paul Sangha and Hapa Collaborative. Runs to Sept 21.

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PLAYHOUSE

A contemporary design inspired workshop for kids + parents to design, build and customize a space all in one sitting. Join us from 1-3pm in a workshop that draws directly from MAAStudio's design and Collage Collage lesson plans to make a dream space that only you + your child could imagine.

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NERD JAM - THE CULTURE OF TRANSFORMATION II

JAM 2 / PRODUCTION + INSTALL - Part two of a two-phase Jam about how small interactive urban intervention designs can change our lives.

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SUNDAY 21

OPEN BUILDINGS

A walking tour of leading architecture at University of British Columbia. In partnership with the Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and six prominent Vancouver architecture and design firms, this tour explores several notable arts, sciences, and sport facilities. A designer from each firm will be speaking about the design process, goals, and challenges of the site.

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VANCOUVER URBAN BIKE TOUR

Led by the former Senior Urban Designer for the City of Vancouver Scot Hein, this 2.5 hour tour will visit seminal completed developments that have contributed to Vancouver›s reputation as a “laboratory for urbanism”.

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WINE & DESIGN

Join us from 7-10pm at Espiritu Design Studio for a casual evening social with refreshments to celebrate VDW! The event is an opportunity to share in creative conversation; perhaps you’ll find your next collaboration! In addition, we’re hosting a design book and magazine exchange, bring a resource you are ready to pass along and exchange it with other design enthusiasts!

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MONOGRAM DINNER BY DESIGN

Internationally celebrated designers and local talent create three-dimension dining installations that awe, inspire and delight.

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MONOGRAM DINNER BY DESIGN COCKTAIL ART

Designers and guests mingle during this dazzling display of amazing tablescapes, sampling gourmet treats paired with delicious Absolut Elyx craft cocktails, wine and beer. Special live entertainment, custom cocktail bars, and reverie.

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MONDAY 22

MONOGRAM DINNER BY DESIGN PUBLIC VIEWING

Design enthusiasts and fans of IDSwest have a singular opportunity to come and experience Monogram Dinner by Design, admire the tablescapes, spot their next personal inspiration and enjoy an inspiring atmosphere.

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MONOGRAM DINNER BY DESIGN GALA DINNER

Cocktails are followed by an elegant seated VIP dinner for 150 guests with all drinks included. Each courses is perfectly paired by a wine and fine musical accompaniment.

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TUESDAY 23

DESIGN INDUSTRY SOCIAL

A design week is a great excuse for design industry folks to socialize out of the office. The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) invites designers, friends, and colleagues of all experience levels to connect and refresh at At Bitter Tasting Room from 6:30-10pm.

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DEMO NITE EDITION 1: THE STORY BEHIND THE DESIGN

Exclusive to Vancouver Design Week, a new forum for showcasing local creative works kicks off. Join local makers working in digital and material design to see new works and to hear the story behind what motivated their creations. 7-9pm.

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FASHIONING CANCER

A night supporting cancer prevention, featuring a live auction of fashion art. Ten beautiful dresses (works of art!) will be auctioned off in support of cancer prevention research. Canada’s Queen of Punk, singer/songwriter and cancer survivor, Bif Naked, will perform a live set.

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WEDNESDAY 24

BUILT CITY: FASHIONING PERFORMANCE

The 2014/2015 Built City @MOV series kicks off with a talk that showcases the potential of design to effect significant change in personal and public space.

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THURSDAY 25

IDSWEST LAUNCH PARTY

IDSwest kicks off its 10th year with a design party on the exposition floor! Dress to impress and enjoy the sophisticated atmosphere while exploring the exhibits and features. Presented by Cosentino.

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CREATIVE PULSE SHOWCASE AND INDUSTRY SOCIAL

The 6th Creative Pulse event will showcase the work of talented local designers and artists. Hosted by Elevator Strategy, join us from 6:30-10:30pm for informal drinks with like-minded creatives, and leave inspired.

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FRIDAY 26

TYPE BRIGADE SPECIAL VDW EDITION - TYPE WALK

Join this workshop and walking tour led by Working Format and Vancouver Neon for an evening of exploration and conversation, delving into the history and craft of neon signage and sign-making in Vancouver's entertainment district.

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THE THNK GUIDE TO MAKING IDEAS HAPPEN WITH BREAKOUT SESSION AT IDSWEST

Generating new ideas is easy, it’s developing truly original breakthrough ideas that’s hard. THNK co-founder Lee Feldman, former CCO at global digital design agency Blast Radius shares tried-and-true methods for overcoming common blockers, forming new connections and where to look for signs and weak signals in this hands-on and entertaining 90 minutes co-presented by Creative Mornings Vancouver.

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COAST MODERN DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AT IDSWEST

Coast Modern showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture and the homes that have become their legacies. The relaxed journey takes us across three generations of Modernist Architecture in the Pacific North West, followed by director Q&A.

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SHINE - IDIBC AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

The Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia (IDIBC) Awards of Excellence is an annual event celebrating excellence in Interior Design throughout the province of British Columbia.

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DESIGN EDUCATOR'S FORUM

Join Emily Carr University of Art + Design for an opportunity to learn more about current faculty research as part of Vancouver Design Week! Featured talks include: Dynamic Media in Publication Design with Celeste Martin, Digital Cartography, Web Mapping and Geographic Data:The New Frontiers of Communication Design with Christopher Hethrington and CloTHING(s) as conversation with Hélène Day Fraser. The evening will include a Q + A session, as well as opportunities for networking.

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SATURDAY 27

SHOLTO DESIGN STUDIO FURNITURE LAUNCH PARTY

An opportunity to celebrate the launch of The Emerald Collection at Sholto Design Studio (231 Union St.), a new line of locally designed and made furnitured. A design trade preview from 2-5pm will be followed by a public opening at 8pm.

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IDSWEST/AMANDA FORREST ON THE LIVINGSPACE DESIGN STAGE

Celebrity designer Amanda Forrest takes you on a tour of her recent travels to some of the most historical, inspirational and personality-filled cities in the south. Learn how to incorporate southern hospitality and charm into your home to create warm, inviting, and luxurious rooms that feel like they were curated over time.

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SUNDAY 28

IDSWEST EXHIBITS

Spend Sunday perusing 200+ unique and inspiring exhibits. Design aficionados will be inspired by luxurious furnishings, fixtures, decor and much more from around the world, and a wealth of emerging and established local talent.

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The VDW Organizing Team

Jennifer Cutbill

Jennifer Cutbill / Director

Jennifer is an Intern Architect at DIALOG, passionate about leveraging lateral thinking and empowering design agency. She is also a SALA mentor and guest critic; Advocacy Committee co-Chair at the local Chapter of Architecture Canada, founding Board member of the Laboratory of Housing Alternatives (LoHA), and a retired thai boxing champion.

Todd Sieling

Todd Sieling / Web + Interactive

Todd is an interaction designer and co-founder of Denim & Steel Interactive. Informed by his background in the humanities, he strives to bring a humane sensibility to the cool edge of digital technology. Outside of work, Todd explores the urban landscape through the dual lenses of cycling and coffee.

Harry Olson

Harry Olson / Open Buildings Coordinator

A coastal creative from Vancouver to Halifax, Harry is a communication designer and brand strategist at PUBLIC. Harry believes in fostering creativity through conversation and collaboration.

Odette

Odette / Videography

Video and Motion studio founded by Jevan Crittenden and Nate Slaco, and based in Vancouver BC.

Jane Cox

Jane Cox / Co-Director

Jane Cox, the Executive Director of FUEL and Co-founder of Cause+Affect and PechaKucha Vancouver, is a creative catalyst and strategist helping “good” businesses and organizations define their culture and grow their communities. She loves her nature/urban/mother/career woman lifestyle.

Tylor Sherman

Tylor Sherman / Web + Interactive

Tylor is a creative technologist and co-founder at Denim & Steel. An engineer by training, he designs unique software for a people-focused future.

Zach Bulick

Zach Bulick / Open Studios Coordinator

Zach is a Canadian Texan hybrid who has been designing in Vancouver since 2009. He loves people, tacos, and making. He's proud to have helped start Vancouver’s first Tool Library and Trade School Vancouver. Zach is passionate about serving the underserved and engaging problems and social issues with sustainable creative solutions.

Nadia Nascimento

Nadia Nascimento

Nadia is a strategist and digital producer, with 10 years experience in marketing and production. She has developed and implemented socially-driven media campaigns for Fortune 50 brands and has been the acting Director of Marketing for (RED) and THNK School for Creative Leadership.

Mark Busse

Mark Busse / Connector

Mark owns Industrial Brand, a Vancouver-based brand strategy & communication design consultancy that helps built-environment professionals realize their brand and marketing potential. He's also a Fellow and past president of the Graphic Designers of Canada, has been known to write & teach about design, and co-founded Foodists.ca.

Carling Borne

Carling Borne / Graphic Design

Carling is a designer at Cause+Affect, having worked with a variety of clients ranging from multinationals to small independent gems. While her passion lies in brand and print, she is equally skilled in digital and scribbling.

Jessica Hum

Jessica Hum / Community Engagement

Jessica is a community development and communications professional with a background in Urban and Regional Planning. Based in her community development experience, she has designed multi-staged community engagement processes to reach the broadest cross section of the public, using online and face-to-face touchpoints.

Jessica Hum

Alvina Quek / Block Party Coordinator

Alvina is an Event Designer & Producer.  Creating experiences that you cannot wait to tell somebody about is what she is constantly dreaming up.  She does this by making you look twice...at what was previously ordinary - big and complex into simple and gorgeous.  Travel, her next delicious taste bud explosion and design fuel her quiet revolution of events that wow.

Questions? We have answers.

When is VDW?

For 2014, Vancouver Design Week will run from September 15th-28th.

Where is VDW?

Vancouver Design Week is happening all around Vancouver. A full event calendar and maps will become available as events and locations are confirmed. to hear when the event roster is announced.

How do I register? Is it free?

Vancouver Design Week is composed of a wide range of events and happenings. Some require registration and some don’t; some are free and some aren’t. Registration and ticketing are managed by their individual hosts/organizers, so be sure to confirm details before heading out.

How can I get involved?

Like the week’s make-up, there are a diversity of ways to get involved - host a tour, submit an event, become a supporting partner, volunteer, or make a donation (VDW works under a not-for-profit model).

But most importantly, show up, speak up and stand out! Exchange perspectives with (other) designers, try new things, ask questions, share your thoughts and be a part of the conversation!

Can anyone list an event as part of VDW?

VDW invites local designers, design organizations, and design thinkers to challenge and expand the Vancouver design conversation. If you’re a part of the Vancouver design scene and are interested in creating a design-related event, our call for submissions is now open and has further details.

If you don’t have any programming to propose, but want to share your space - your studio, your workshop, your cafe/shop/restaurant/tasting room, consider joining our Open Doors lineup (Open Studios/Open Buildings/Samplings).

How is VDW possible?

We hoped you’d ask.

Vancouver Design Week is a not-for-profit social enterprise. Created by a passionate team of volunteers from across design disciplines - with advisory and core committees composed of some of the city’s most renowned design institutions, entrepreneurs, educators, thinkers, and makers - Vancouver Design Week has been willed into being by a shared belief that design is imperative to improving the quality and potential of our city.

Help us make this vision a reality by showing up, speaking up, and standing out.

About

Context

Vancouver. Edge city. A territory on the geographic and cultural periphery. A place where people come to escape the confines of convention and a place with a unique aptitude for freethinking, incubating and instigating. The results: creation of global phenomena - Occupy, Greenpeace, and ‘Vancouverism’; pioneering of West Coast Modernism; and home to a long list of world-class designers and innovators. And yet... “although some of the world’s greatest designers live/work in Vancouver they are (here at home) unknown, undervalued and disconnected from one another” [Jane Cox, Cause+Affect] - limiting our potential for agency as both a culture and a city.

Vancouver Design Week is an opportunity to redress this.

Mission

Vancouver Design Week is city-wide platform, invitation and call to action - to celebrate established and emergent design talent; to spotlight broad spectrum design innovation; to cross-pollenate and empower designers and design-thinkers across disciplines, and to leverage the potential of design for transformative agency and holistic capital, in Vancouver, and beyond.

This inaugural Vancouver Design Week will establish not only an annual event in (Metro) Vancouver but the opportunity to initiate a broader Pacific North West dialog - towards catalyzing an even more transformative Vancouver design culture.

Part of the mission of Vancouver Design Week is to inspire a shift in perception and value(s) to collectively leverage the potential of design as a catalyst for transformative change!

“Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives. It influences the outcome of almost everything we do, often without our being aware it has done so… Yet despite its power, design is frequently treated as if it didn’t matter by being trivialized, misunderstood (and undervalued)…”
Alice Rawsthorn, Design Critic, global edition of the New York Times
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed its the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

GET INVOLVED! Be part of Vancouver Design Week! There are a wide range of ways to get involved in the inaugural Vancouver Design Week:

1 / Open Doors

Just that. Open the doors to your space, your process and your unique design perspective. Vancouver Design Week will be facilitating three types of open door events: Open Studios, Open Buildings and Samplings. Open Studios and Open Buildings registrations are now closed, but you can still join the Sampling lineup.

Register to Offer a Sampling Event

2 / Open Call

Local designers, design organizations, and design thinkers are invited to join the design conversation during the inaugural Vancouver Design Week. If you are positively contributing to the local design scene, and are interested in creating a design-related happening during the Week, please submit and Open Call Application.

Members of the VDW event administration will review your submission, to ensure it aligns with the VDW mission and represents the best Vancouver has to offer. Registrants will be notified by Sept 3rd, 2014.

Submit An Open Call Application

3 / Become A Supporting Partner

Vancouver Design Week is a collaborative production for the advancement of our city’s culture, quality of life, and future potential; and as a not-for profit social enterprise, is only possible through the support of its citizenry. To support design culture and potential join in, step up, and stand out!

For more information on how to support VDW contact us at info@vancouverdesignwk.com.

Contribute to VDW

4 / Become A VDW Ambassador

Learn more about the wide range of events and organizers and get more connected with(in) the design community by becoming a Vancouver Design Week Ambassador.

And if your space is open to the public, has room for VDW postcards and someone on hand to act as an in-house Ambassador, join the network of official Vancouver Design Week information hubs.

Become A VDW Ambassador

Vancouver Design Week is a non profit social enterprise.
All funds/in-kind donations will go directly to supporting the VDW platform in achieving its stated mission.

1 / Friend of VDW

Vancouver Design Week is being created by the design community as a platform for elevating the design, capital, and potential of our city. Donations of any size help get us further towards this collective goal and will be acknowledged by name in VDW web and print materials.

Become A Friend of VDW

2 / Community Partner

The community is an ecosystem, and each within it has a different capacity to support and catalyze change - and like in nature, all levels are important and help strengthen the whole. Community support will be acknowledged by name and logo in VDW web and print materials.

Become A Community Partner

3 / Visionary Partner

For those leading the community in catalyzing potentials for transformative change. Support will be acknowledged in a way that reflects the incredible value of each unique action leader.

Become A Visionary Partner

A huge thank to all of the following who have been early supporters - because of you Vancouver Design Week is happening!

Visionary Partners

the RAIC Cause+Affect Denim & Steel Dialog Design Emily Carr University Odette Chambar HWKRS MRKT Georgia Straight Urbanarium Perkins+Will

Show Leadership! Become A Visionary Partner Today

Community Partners

Public Bruce Carscadden Architect Industrial Brand VNB Photography The University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture THNK School for Creative Leadership the MOV Vancouver Special IDSWest City Studio Maker Series Briteweb HMCA

Media Partners

Gray Magazine Western Living Magazine Vancouver Is Awesome Spacing Vancouver Tourism Vancouver

Event Partners

The Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver SEGD the Vancouver Design Nerds Maker Labs the GDC the Vancouver Public Space Network Elevator Strategy Creative Pulse Sholto Design Studio LoHA (the Laboratory for Housing Alternatives) Industrial Brand Marianne Amodio Architecture Studio Public Creative Mornings Vancouver

Friends of VDW

Shelley Craig Ian McDonald Kathleen Mazzocco Carlos Obregon

Become a Friend of VDW with your contribution to this inaugural event.