BUILDEX enables Alberta’s designers to find inspirational ideas, collect continuing educational credits, and network with their peers - all in one place. Here is a selection of tailored highlights for IDA members.

Interior Design Keynote

W26 –  Interior Design Keynote & Networking Reception: In Conversation with Sarah Ward

Wed, Nov. 6 • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm • Palomino A/B • Free for IDA Members (Login to your member portal to view IDA Member Discount Code, right-hand side)

What can you expect? A fireside chat, hosted by Jacqui McFarland, featuring projects, career highlights and the philosophy driving one of Alberta’s leading lights in commercial Interior Design, Sarah Ward.

The conversation with Sarah will conclude with discussion grounded in the WHY behind the interior design, the profession, and its community. Attendees will leave with questions to ponder and discuss in the networking reception that will immediately follow the keynote.

Sarah Ward, Principal Designer, Sarah Ward Interiors

Jacqui McFarland, Senior Associate, Interior Design, Stantec Architecture Ltd. & Professor Emerita, Mount Royal University

IDA members receive free admission to the keynote and following private networking reception, as well as show floor access.

Please note, there is a limited number of uses of the IDA Member discount code, so be sure to register early to claim your free pass.

Session Highlights for Interior Designers

W05 – How Can Designing to WELL, Fitwel and Living Building Challenge Standards Foster Human Potential?

Wed., Nov. 6 • 9:45 am–10:45 am • $50

Designers have 3 main health and wellness initiatives at their disposal: WELL, Fitwel and Living Building Challenge certifications. Shelley Bowolin and Melanie Ross will discuss and compare all three, explore the concept of "Eudaimonia" and leave attendees with ideas and concepts they can apply to their next project.

Shelley Bowolin, Health and Wellness Strategist and Consultant, ELEMENT7 design solutions Inc.
Melanie Ross, Associate, Integral Group

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W09 – Lighting & Human Biology: An Exploration of the Effect of Light on Our Well-Being & Implications for the Built Environment

Wed., Nov. 6 • 10:45 am–11:45 am • $50

This presentation will explore the relationship between lighting, human biology, and well-being. Providing an overview of the science and research, we will demonstrate how the illumination of a space can impact users and occupants through the relationship between chronobiology and the science of lighting.

Sunny Ghataurah, President, AES Engineering
Victor Quezada, Lighting Artist, AES Engineering

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T02 – The Retail Renaissance

Thu., Nov. 7 • 9:45 am–10:45 am • $50

Developers, architects, and designers must rethink retail design, offering a curated experience responding to the ever-changing demands of the people it engages with. As retail must respond to the needs of the people, Ken Bautista and Susan Carter will guide attendees through the complexities facing the designers of modern retail space and discuss the future of the retail experience.

Ken Bautista, Partner, Makespace Group Inc.
Susan Carter, Architect, DIALOG

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T22 – Winning Work Through Storytelling

Thu., Nov. 7 • 3:00 pm–4:00 pm • $50

Jennifer Leedy, Director, Marketing Communications, DIALOG

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T25 – Friends: What a TV Show Can Show Us About the Importance of Social Space Design

Thu., Nov. 7 • 1:30 pm–3:30 pm • $65

Sarah Kuzak, Manager, Sales Skills Development, Teknion

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W18 – Calgary Zoo’s Panda Passage Habitat: Examining the Intricacies of the International Living Future Institute's Living Building Challenge in Practice

Wed., Nov. 6 • 12:45 pm–1:45 pm • $50

Matt Grace, Managing Principal, Integral Group
Kim Rishel, Owner Representative Project Manager
Stacey Sarauer, Project Manager, PCL Construction

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W19 – Understanding the Implications of Building Code (NBC-AE) Changes for Renovations & New Construction

Wed., Nov. 6 • 12:30 pm–1:30 pm • $50

Kim Karn, Building Code & Life Safety Consultant, Kimberly Karn Consulting Inc.
Jaime Leigh Gould, Principal, IDEALAB Licensed Interior Design Inc.
Nabil Habashy, Building/Energy Code Specialist, Alberta Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Ulrik Seward, Managing Chief, Approvals, The City of Calgary

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BUILDEX Alberta 2019

  • November 6 - 7, 2019
  • BMO Centre
    20 Roundup Way SE
    Calgary, Alberta
    T2G 2W1