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Decorex Conference 'Conversations on Architecture' draws global experts
by Michael Smith

The Decorex Conference entitled 'Conversations in Architecture' will draw some significant international speakers. The one day event, taking place on August 8, includes the topic 'Energising cities, building design cultures'. The 'Talk Show's' fresh new format is dedicated to responsible design and the built environment, and the line up includes international experts from as far afield as Melbourne and Germany, joining a selection of local architects and design gurus.

The international speakers are as follows:

Leon van Schaik, Professor of Architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and holder of an Innovation Chair in practice-based research in design. Van Schaik completed his Master's at UCT and studied at the Architectural Association (AA) in London. From his base in Melbourne, he has promoted local and international architectural culture through practice-based research. He was awarded the inaugural Neville Quarry Prize for Architectural Education.

Martin Beeh, general manager of Material ConneXion, Germany, the world's leading knowledge base for innovative new materials. With headquarters in New York and offices in Bangkok, Cologne and Milan, Material ConneXion has been the go-to resource for designers and corporations looking for innovative materials for nearly a decade.

Chris Bangle, automobile designer, Chief of Design for BMW Group, will be interviewed via satellite. Bangle is responsible for design strategy and conception across all BMW's brands.

Conference Prgramme:

9.30am - 10am: Registration

Session 1: 10am - 12pm: 'Energising cities, building design cultures'
Leon van Schaik - Professor of Architecture, RMIT, Melbourne
Jo Noero - Noero Wolff Architects
Robert Silke - Louis Karol Architects. Eco-friendly design, nature and the built structure

Session 2: 1pm - 3pm
Hugh Fraser - session host, globe-trekking architect, Cement and Concrete Institute
Mamalope Zola Kgaka - ARCHA
Graham Leigh - HKLM Group
Phill Mashabane - Mashabane Rose Architects
Joseph Gaylard - University of Witwatersrand's Johannesburg Centre for Cultural Policy and Management

Session 3: 3.30pm - 5.30pm: 'Designs and sustainable materials touching the earth gently'
Les Aupiais - session host and speaker 'Decology': the decorative arts going green
Martin Beeh - Material Connexion Cologne, Germany
Chris Bangle, Chief of Design for BMW Group - interviewed via satellite by Les Aupiais.

5.30pm: Guests join CaesarStone cocktail party

August 8

Conference Cost: R350 per person. Includes lunch voucher, tea/coffee and Caeserstone Cocktail party.

For bookings and more info:
Tel: (011) 549 8300