Ever wondered what a career in interior design looks like? Join us to hear two of Hong Kong's top interior designers talk about the different directions their careers have taken, and the options available to aspiring designers. They'll also share the highs and lows of working for themselves versus larger design agencies, and the wisdom they gained along the way. If you're thinking of switching careers, this is a great networking opportunity with industry people as well as Insight School teachers, over drinks.
3.30pm-6.00pm – Doors open, meet teachers, see student projects, learn about courses
6.30pm-7.30pm - Presentations by Valeria Pola & Greg Farrell, Q&A
7.30pm - Drinks & networking
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Valeria Pola: Former Senior Project Designer, HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates
Italian by birth, Valeria has been inspired from an early age by her country’s architecture, design, landscape and materials. Having graduated from Milan University with a Master’s degree in Product Design, Valeria spent a couple of years working for several design studios in Milan before heading east to explore opportunities in Asia. Based in Hong Kong for the last 7 years ago, Valeria has worked in 3 very different design studios, further developing her capabilities and gaining invaluable work experience in Asia.
Valeria’s Hong Kong posting began at Sean Dix, a well-known Hong Kong agency specializing in restaurant design and bespoke furniture pieces. After a brief stint at Benoy, a British company specializing in malls and retail design, she joined HBA. Over the next 4 years at HBA, Valeria was able to further refine her taste and hone her skills in luxury hospitality design. Valeria is about to embark on her next adventure: establishing her own design studio! She will focus on projects ranging from hospitality, commercial and product design; bringing together all her past experience and a bit of her own personality.
Greg Farrell – Former Executive Director, Aedas
Greg has spent over 28 years in the design industry globally, specializing in hotel, F&B and residential design. The past 12+ years he has been based in Hong Kong, working as executive director of Aedas – one of the world’s leading architecture and design practices. As design director, he was responsible for design style, creative direction, planning and development, client management, for all hospitality, F&B and residential projects out of his Hong Kong studio. His projects span Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East, Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Originally from New Zealand, where he started his career at HBO and CDA, Greg began his focus on hospitality projects at Richmond International, London. Continuing that focus in key roles at renowned firms such as Inscan Design in Auckland, Davenport Campbell in Sydney, DBI on the Gold Coast, as well as at a five year stint as principal at his own firm GFD - his career highlight projects form a long list of some of the world’s most admired and awarded hotels, apartments and restaurants. Greg has worked with many of the world’s leading hotel brands from ranging from Marriott, IHG, Hilton, Accor through to luxury brands including Langham, Hyatt and Jumeirah.
Insight School of Interior Design
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