The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) recently announced a new event geared toward industry leaders. Platform: A Retreat for Design Visionaries will be held Sept. 17-19 and cater to principals, partners, and owners, offering a broad spectrum of activities specifically built for high-level design experts. Platform looks beyond the design world to inspire its guests. By taking guests out of their comfort zone and exposing them to a boundary-pushing, thought-provoking experience, Platform aims to spark new conversation designed to propel the industry forward. 

“At ASID, we’re always looking towards the future of design,” said Randy Fiser, ASID CEO. “Platform helps us guide this future and understand where the leaders of the industry are taking it and what they need to make it possible. Platform will help us incubate these future-forming ideas, and most importantly, it will inspire and provoke today’s design leaders to examine how they can impact lives through design. We were extremely thoughtful when developing Platform about creating an experience unlike any other. The participants’ time is so valuable, so every second of Platform is used to connect and inspire.”

As opposed to being restricted to solely the design world, Platform explores what design leaders can learn from other industries and apply to their own practice. Tech, startups, business and marketing leaders will lead discussions about their industries and the global application of design. Speakers include Nicholas Thompson, Wired editor-in-chief, Amy Lukken, Tito’s Handmade Vodka chief joyologist and director of philanthropy, Chitra Anand, Forbes school of business and technology professor, Dr. Shimi Kang, physician and global social entrepreneur, and Greg Lindsay, New Cities Foundation senior fellow.

Located at the Fairmont Empress resort in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Platform makes a point to separate participants from their daily lives. Onsite, Platform offers group wellness activities like yoga, daily challenges, and group meals to encourage networking that keeps the conversation flowing.

To become a Platform guest, designers will first have to apply and share a bit about themselves and their practice. Platform is also open to the entire design community to fully encompass the future of the industry.

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