A FOUR-day design adventure with the LA Design Festival. Go behind-the-scenes in VANCOUVER and meet some of the architects, designers, and creatives who are driving the design dialogue forward.



DAY 1: Thursday, September 26 - Welcome to Vancouver!

Fly to Vancouver and make your way to the Exchange Hotel at 7pm.  We’ll meet in the lobby at 7pm and walk over to IDS Vancouver’s Opening Night Party.  After we preview the show, we’ll head over to Botanist, a beautifully appointed restaurant designed by Ste. Marie Design for a late dinner.


DAY 2: Friday, September 27 - IDS Vancouver and Design DNA

After a quick breakfast, we’ll head over to IDS Vancouver to meet with architect, jewelry designer, and Pecha Kucha Vancouver organizer Becki Chan and we'll catch Poketo talking with Azure magazine. Guests will be free to explore IDS Vancouver we break for lunch at Bauhaus, a marvelously minimal restaurant designed by Studio CM and return to IDS Vancouver to catch Eindhoven’s “Grande Dame” of eating design Marije Vogelzang. We’ll have a bit of free time in the afternoon before reconvening for dinner at the Exchange Hotel with some special local guests. Following dinner, we’ll head out to explore IDS Vancouver’s series of late-night showroom parties.


DAY 3: Saturday, September 28 - Spaces and Places

We’ll start the day early and hop on a seabus to visit a former shipyard in North Vancouver that has recently been returned to the public realm, designed by Hapa Collaborative.  We’ll also stop by the studios of MA+HG Architects, a young studio that was recently awarded the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s emerging-firm award in 2016 for carving a place for affordability-centered architecture in Vancouver’s design scene.  We’ll also stop by Willow and Stump’s studio before breaking for a special lunch surprise. Next up, we’ll meet with Campos Studio to explore Yew House, a collaboration with Toronto-based industrial designer Tom Chung, and the Point Grey Laneway House, a re-imagination of the traditional colonial style laneways proposed by the City of Vancouver’s Laneway program into form based and respectful of the Japanese Canadians that have lived in Vancouver for generations.  We’ll end the day with dinner at Torafuku, an east meets west restaurant on the border of historic Chinatown, designed by Scott & Scott Architects.


DAY 4: Sunday, September 29 - Go Forth and Explore

This is the end of our program.  Check out of the hotel and head home or catch a late flight and stay to explore the city on your own.