Speaking and Events

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SID17 Worklife Seminar Series, Sydney, August 2017

During the Sydney Indesign SID17 event hosted by Indesign Media, Angela was a panellist at the sold out WorkLife Seminar Series “Hot Enough To Hashtag; A+D In the Social Media World”.  Described as a ‘social media mogul’ by moderator Sophia Watson, Angela spoke about the various social media platforms and the best way for designers to use each of these platforms to their advantage. 

Whilst social media can be a lot of fun, it can also be highly beneficial in assisting a design business to share its vision, purpose and projects.  Angela’s favourite social media platform for design is Instagram.  She’s a little obsessed in fact; currently she is managing 5 accounts, including one for her dog Scout!


Greenlam Conference, Bangkok, June 2017

In June Angela presented to a crowd of 800 people from 8 countries on why Australian workplace design leads the world.  Using a selection of Futurespace’s projects to demonstrate this, Angela shared with the crowd how interior design can address three common challenges faced by most businesses today – no matter what the sector.  These three challenges are:

  • People and Behaviour
  • Culture and Brand
  • Health and Wellbeing

As our world becomes more dominated by technology the rate of change we experience daily continues to increase. Angela’s keynote proved how many of the demands placed on people and business can be solved by intelligent design.


Denfair Melbourne Speaker Series, June 2017

Now in its third year of operation, Denfair has fast become Australian’s leading destination event for contemporary design and art.  Dialogue and debate is an important part of the program for Denfair, and this year Angela was invited to join a line up of celebrated Australian and International designers sharing on a range of topics.

Angela’s topic was ‘Design for the Senses’.  She spoke about how Interior Design is more than mere decoration; good interior design should go beyond appearances.  She shared how the spaces we inhabit can really affect how we feel, how we behave, how we interact with each other; they should be a feast for all of our senses, not just the visual.


Banff Sessions, Rocky Mountains, Canada, May 2016

Every two years the Alberta Architects Association, Canada, hosts a conference for architects and interior designers intended to inspire excellence across the professions. In 2016 Angela was invited to be one of the keynote speakers at this conference alongside renowned local and international guest speakers.

The overall topic for the conference was Convergence, encouraging the professions to find common ground between theory and practice.  In this context, Angela spoke about “Designing an Experience” specifically as it related to workplace design.  Angela used case studies of Futurespace’s projects to demonstrate how people interact with physical space and the resultant effect on behaviour and wellbeing.


Future of Work Conference, Melbourne, April 2015

The Future of Work; People, Place, Technology is an annual conference run by the Centre for Workplace Leadership in Melbourne.  The event runs over two days and is the premier Australian forum for sharing ideas, inspiration and information about the future of work.

Angela spoke at FOW 2015 on the topic of ‘Yesterday’s Office: Today’s Workplace”.  She talked about the importance of human centred design, along with the importance of physical space in a digital world.  It is her experience that, in an increasingly technology led world, the role of ‘place’ cannot be underestimated when it comes to supporting people interacting with each other in the workplace.

Watch a video summary of the event here



Frost Collective - Guest Speaker - Talk 28 - #dowhatyoulove - Being Happy and Engaged at Work, February 2015

The deFrost* talk series brings together Frost* clients, partners, staff and the wider business and creative community to ‘thaw your mind’ and draw ideas from the very best international thinkers and achievers.  deFrost* is designed to debate and discuss topics that are at the forefront of innovation in the business community, and to give people the opportunity to be actively inspired by the world around them.

Angela kicked off the 2015 series with her talk on Happiness and Engagement in the Workplace.  She talked about historically why our working day is 8 hours long, how this is no longer relevant in the 21st century, and what leading organisations including Google, Wotif and JLL are doing to create the workplace of the future.

Watch a video of Angela’s talk here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtgjBxVafL0