Presented by agIdeas in association with Arts Centre Melbourne, Look Upstairs is a key event in the Design Matters Melbourne International Design Week, which runs from 2–4 April. With the biggest gathering of international design leaders ever seen in Australia, Melbourne will play host to the three-day event.

The works of the world’s leading original thinkers will be showcased, using multimedia displays and state-of-the-art technology. Over 40 speakers and design professionals from 20 nations will attend to share experiences and insights.

“In support of Melbourne International Design Week, this event will showcase the trends and inspirations driving the local and global design community,” says esteemed designer, Ken Cato AO, Founder of agIdeas and Cato Brand Partners, and curator of Look Upstairs. “Look Upstairs is a one-off opportunity for the community to absorb and embrace various aspects of design whilst learning about, and appreciating, a high standard of creative talent.”

The event is for students, educators, researchers, professionals and design enthusiasts who wish to learn more and discover new possibilities in innovation across a variety of creative disciplines, while also investigating how cutting-edge design practice can lead to a better, more creative economy. It also provides the opportunity for attendees to connect and network with speakers and other attendees.

“I hope that this event makes for a stronger and better profession, encourages new ways to think about design and highlights how design can be applied to business. Ideally Look Upstairs attracts enough attention to demonstrate the importance of design in our daily lives and the contribution design makes to our vibrant, prosperous city,” says Cato.

The event, which will be held in the iconic Hamer Hall, provides design professionals and enthusiasts with what some of the greatest and most innovative minds from the design world have to share, including award-winning Kongian Yu, whose ecological approach to urbanism has had significant impact on national policies aiming at improving the environment in China; internationally acclaimed architect and educator Anupama Kundoo; and one of Australia’s most inventive architects, Sean Godsell, who is attracting international attention.

“We’re delighted to host the largest gathering of international and local design and creative talent at Hamer Hall, in what truly is a world-class networking opportunity,” says Sarah Hunt, executive, programming, marketing and media, Arts Centre Melbourne. “The Arts Centre Lawn will be transformed into a Design Hub during Melbourne International Design Week and Look Upstairs adds to that experience by helping us nurture a strong design culture, against a gorgeous backdrop, in the heart of our city.”

Look Upstairs runs from 2–4 April. Find out more or purchase a one-day or three-day ticket online. For additional updates on Look Upstairs speakers follow agIdeas on Twitter or Facebook.

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