RBC Canadian Emerging Designer Competition
Kfir Gluzberg of Kilogram Studio
AVYN Studio inc.
Kristen Joy Watts works at Instagram where she is currently the editor of @design. Before joining Instagram, she was an associate creative director at R/GA and a co-founder of Lens, the photo blog of The New York Times.
Michael Green is an award-winning architect, speaker and author known internationally for his research, leadership, and advocacy in promoting the use of wood, new technology and innovation in the built environment. Michael is the founder of MGA | Michael Green Architecture, an architecture and design firm creating some of the most ambitious, innovative modern timber buildings in the world. He is also the founder of DBR | Design Build Research and TOE | Timber Online Education, a non-profit school and research platform.
Cohen is an award-winning Interior Design Principal at DIALOG. Her background in both interior design and architecture allows her to combine both disciplines in her holistic and detailed approach to every project. Her work is characterized by exceptional quality of light, careful material choices, innovative use of colour, and selection of furnishings that work harmoniously to elevate the overall spatial experience of every building. She is applying her considerable experience to the firm’s diverse portfolio of institutional projects; from museums, to higher education, to community centres.
Art Mandalas is the President & Chief Creative Officer of Community in Toronto. Art's passion for all aspects of design has earned him a reputation in Toronto’s creative community as an inspiring leader, a detailed craftsman, and an innovative thinker. He has branded some of the city’s landmark venues, and his early work helped shape the visual and cultural landscape in Toronto’s now wildly popular King West neighbourhood. He has worked with world-renowned hospitality brands like Four Seasons and Rosewood Hotels, CPG brands like Nestle, Perrier, and Hershey’s, and delivered disruptive experiential campaigns for Bacardi, Grey Goose, and Caesarstone.
Joy works at Gensler as an architectural design leader. For Design TO, Joy has created more than 6 exhibitions featuring new work by more than 80 designers. Alongside this, Joy collaborates on product design for clients including Karakter Copenhagen. Joy also works independently as an artist. She is deeply invested in the creation of artworks that feature accurate representations of Canadian hydrology, bathymetry, and landscape. Joy’s artworks are exhibited in group and solo shows in Canada including the Toronto Art Fair, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
|Sandra Bricker works at RBC as Director of Visual Merchandising. Her background has been focused on creating well-choreographed retail experiences for both the clients and staff members. She has worked with Bell Canada, The Body Shop, Home Depot and Danier Leather in-store design, window display and visual merchandising.|
For curator Stephan Weishaupt, design is about relationships. As founder of AVENUE ROAD, Weishaupt’s intuition, world view, and above all, affinity for connecting people is what helps him bring the best of the world of design together into a truly original experience. His friendship with design legends George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg ignited the idea for a curated design experience that would bring undiscovered global talent to America. Together they founded AVENUE ROAD in 2007, with Weishaupt taking full control ownership in 2016.
A decade later, Weishaupt’s unique taste has received many accolades, his homes having been featured by the likes of Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, and Vogue. However, true to form, his focus and his measure of success is the quality of the relationships he’s built with the world’s top designers like Sebastian Herkner, Christophe Delcourt and brands like The Four Seasons and Louis Vuitton who have come to trust him as a true collaborator.