Vancouver
Design Week

April 29 - May 5, 2019

The City’s Annual Multi-Disciplinary Design Festival
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Send us an email to get involved: info@vancouverdesignwk.com

This Year’s Theme: Connection

Yearly themes provide the opportunity to consider design through refreshing perspectives - deepening our understanding of its value and presence.

By addressing the theme of connection, VDW encourages participants to consider how design may increase our awareness, shift our perspective, change our actions or provide solutions to challenges from a lack of connection.

If design is the means through which we shape and create the world we live in, how does it influence or respond to the idea of connection?

Photo Credit: Yew Wood, @maarchitecturestudio, Kudoz, @sengsuriya

The Festival

In 2018, VDW featured 111 programs and events which explored the theme of “Impact.” Over 7 days, more than 380 designers showcased innovative work, convened workshops and talks, and organized activations and exhibitions to connect with the community.

Program Registration Opens Early 2019

From hosting an event, to volunteering, to showcasing leadership in your sector with a sponsorship, there are many ways you can bring your ingenuity and passion to Vancouver Design Week. Designers and creatives from across disciplines are invited to participate in our core programming areas.

If you’re not sure how to participate or you don’t see a category that fits your idea, get in touch.

Contact the Organizers

1 / Design Studios

Newly revised for 2019! Industry curated studios from each design discipline. Announcing early 2019.

2 / Design Tastings

Learn (and taste) what shaped and inspired some of Vancouver's most distinctive tastings rooms (restaurants, cafes, bars, breweries) from the design teams that created them.

3 / Open Call

Host a design talk, workshop or tour.

4 / Design Spaces

Be guided through cutting edge designed buildings, urban spaces and normally private spaces led by architects and industry experts.

5 / Design Landmarks

Back in 2019, we will ask the community : “What is your favorite design landmark?” and secure tours for a select few.

See the 2018 Landmarks

6 / Design Editions

Popular public events produced by our city's design influencers, with a special VDW twist! Bring your event’s perspective to a whole new audience with a special VDW edition.

Note: Editions are registration fee-exempt.

Show Your Support

1 / Volunteer with VDW

Teamwork makes the dream work! As a volunteer you will have access to places and people that help grow your network and lend a helping hand to a community-raised festival. We strive to create a great volunteer experience, but spaces are often limited so jump in early.

Get on the Volunteer List

2 / Become a Sponsor

Vancouver Design Week is 100% community-produced, and cannot happen without financial sponsorship. With various levels to fit a range of budgets, we have a place for firms of all sizes. Or, consider chipping in with a modest donation, because every bit helps.

Get Sponsor Guide

Make a Donation

3 / Become a Vancouver Design Foundation Member

As we build the platform to not only sustain Vancouver Design Week, but to incubate and foster other initatives. Learn about our new membership program, and consider joining to grow your involvement in our unique design community.

Learn More about VDF Membership

Photo Credit: Natalie Hopson, @wendy.shep, Kudoz, Meghan Proulx

About Vancouver Design Week

What is Vancouver Design Week?

Vancouver Design Week (VDW) is a collaborative platform, a call to action and an invitation to us all to immerse in design and its transformative potential. VDW’s city-wide festival connects and celebrates our city’s creative capital through a week-long program of design events and experiences.

What we believe

Vancouver Design Week (VDW) is a collaborative platform, a call to action, and an invitation for us all to immerse in design and its transformative potential. We believe in the problem-solving capabilities of designers. Regardless of their specialization, they are essential in shaping a better future. VDW offers a city-wide platform (which extends to satellite communities within Metro Vancouver) to connect, educate, and inspire—empowering individual and collective agency.

Vancouver Design Foundation

Vancouver Design Week is an initiative of Vancouver Design Foundation (VDF). VDF is a non-profit organization which works to further our region’s design value and impact while helping to define our authentic design identity. We reinforce our city’s design ecosystem and focus on four key areas: social innovation, creativity and culture, the built environment, and public engagement. We deliver partner-funded programs and campaign to raise awareness of the value of design.

VDW Organizing Team

Anna Lambert

Anna Lambert / Programming Director

Anna is a freelance marketing specialist and event manager with a soft spot for details, design and order.

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Jane Cox

Jane Cox / VDF Board / Founding Director

Principal of Cause+Affect, a strategic brand and communications consultancy, Jane uncovers and connects the nuances within organizations to shape successful strategy and opportunity. She is a recognized leader in culture building, social entrepreneurship, and civic engagement.

Jennifer Cutbill

Jennifer Cutbill / VDF Board / Founding Director

Jennifer is an Architect at Local Practice, and Regional Director with the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC). She is passionate about empowering design’s incredible potential for positive change.

Tylor Sherman

Tylor Sherman / VDF Board / Founding Director

Tylor is a creative technologist and co-founder at Denim & Steel. An engineer by training, he designs and builds unique people-focused software for arts, culture, and community minded organizations.

Anna Horváth

Anna Horváth / Sponsorship Director

As a fundraising strategist, Anna works to foster philanthropic support and partnerships for non-profit organizations.

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Geoff Ravenor

Geoff Ravenor / Brand and Design Manager

A once confused young man, lost in business studies; Geoff found his passion for design through the lens of a camera. His working days are now spent developing brand strategy at Cause+Affect.

Natalia Kwasnicki

Natalia Kwasnicki / Editions Coordinator

Natalia is an interior designer with an art history background. She has a passion for using spaces to bring people together and bringing various channels of design together.

Pablo Leppe

Pablo Leppe/ Design Spaces and Landmarks Coordinator

Pablo is inspired by his travels and living abroad to design better local communities. He is a registered architect, holds a master’s degree from the University of Waterloo, and is a member of the Whistler advisory design panel.

Alison Gray

Alison Gray / Volunteer Coordinator

Alison has a background in social media and events. She loves bringing people together to work on unique projects like Vancouver Design Week.

Sponsors

We owe a great thanks to our generous and diverse sponsors. Vancouver Design Week would not be possible without their support and leadership.

Leadership

Rize Bulthaup Bulthaup

Visionary

Bocci Emily Carr Living Space Local Practice

Community

Capilano University BFJ Design
HCMA DIALOG Revery Architecture

Industry Partners

Denim & Steel Cause + Effect
Joda Creative Picatic
HAO Miska

Community Partners

Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging this open space Mobi by Shaw Go
Chambar

Cultural Partners

Museum of Vancouver City Studio Vancouver GDC RGD IDS Vancouver Vancouver Design Nerds Urbanarium RAIC Women In Architecture

Media Partners

Gray Western Living Scout Magazine Georgia Straight Azure Magazine
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