Guest Speakers London
CEO, Iris ceramica Group
Federica is the CEO of Iris Ceramica Group, having joined the family business in 1997 after graduating with honor in law. Throughout her tenure, she has launched pioneering ceramic innovations and certified smart solutions that have earned the Group numerous awards. Her vision is to re-engineer ceramics by developing stellar, sustainable materials with an outstanding beauty for high-end applications.
Gian Luca Barone
Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects
Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, graduated from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Gian Luca has played a key role in several Zaha Hadid Architects’ commercial, civic, transport and masterplan schemes, working on projects across the UK, Europe, and the Middle East. Gian Luca joined Zaha Hadid Architects in 2010 and worked for practices in Milan, Dublin and London prior to that.
Founder, Dabbagh Architects
Founded by Sumaya Dabbagh, the Saudi architect is at the forefront of women in architecture in the Middle East. She is one of the few Saudi women of her generation to train as an architect, and one of the first women to found her own practice in the UAE. In 2019 Sumaya won the title ‘Principal of the Year” at the Middle East Architects Awards, and became a finalist at The Tamayouz Award for Women of Outstanding Achievements.
Managing Partner, Grimshaw
Kirsten is a collaborative design leader who elucidates exceptional solutions to projects through a process of consultation and exploration. She joined the practice in 1997, and has since led some of Grimshaw's most significant cultural, sports and master planning projects such as Arter Contemporary Art Museum, the Wimbledon 2020 Master Plan and No 1 Court, the Curragh Racecourse, and Gilston Park Estate Master Plan.
Director, Hopkins Architects
Andrew joined Hopkins in 1996 after graduating from the University of Dundee's School of Architecture, working on Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, Haberdashers' Hall in London and the Pilkington Laboratories at Sherborne School in Dorset. He is currently involved in a major new mixed-use project in Mayfair, South Molton Triangle, for Grosvenor Britain and Ireland.