Wednesday April 28

Enjoy our Festival Kick-Off Events!

1:00pm - Welcome to Boston!

Online Recording Now Available Here

Meet Miguel Rosales, Bridge Architect and Designer

Interviewed by noted photographer Peter Vanderwarker

The Zakim Bridge has become one of the Boston skyline's most iconic design elements, now meet the man behind the design -- Boston's own Miguel Rosales, with over 30 years of experience as a leading bridge architect and designer for major infrastructure projects in the U.S. and abroad. Rosales also recently completed the restoration of the historic Longfellow Bridge, with its stunning blue lighting.  He will be interviewed by Peter Vanderwarker, nationally known for his architectural photography, and whose photos are in museum collections.   Read more...

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Meet Miguel Rosales, Architect

2:00pm - Featured Panel Presentation

Online Recording Now Available Here

What Does a Runaway Real Estate Market

Mean for the Design Industry?

Panel Moderated by Elieen McEleney Woods,

Boston Globe Real Estate Editor 

What does a runaway seller's market mean for the design industry and luxury development? What are the challenges the industry is facing now, and what opportunities do they now have? How has the pandemic affected the housing market and design? Join Eileen McEleney Woods, Address and realestate.boson.com editor of The Boston Globe, in conversation with industry professionals as they discuss trends they are seeing in the industry now, and what is to come. Submit questions for the panel when you RSVP!   Read more...

Boston Globe Panel

From top left clockwise: Laurel Beyer, Ana Bonilla, Sean Clarke, Eileen McEleney Woods, and Cindy Stumpo.

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3:00pm - Featured Site-Specific Launch

Seaport Sessions: Design Seaport Spring 2021

Presented by Boston Seaport by WS Development,

a Bronze Sponsor of Boston Design Week

Winning designers announced!  Design Seaport is a biennial competition that gives local design professionals an opportunity to showcase their work in the Seaport neighborhood. Join Boston Seaport by WS Development and Chris Grimley of OverUnder for an engaging conversation with Elle Gerdeman of CO—G and Sean Canty of Studio Sean Canty, the winning design teams of the second iteration of Design Seaport debuting this Spring.  Read more...

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Design Seaport 2021

Design Seaport Winter 2021, Supernormal

 I'm For You (User Friendly)

4:00pm - Design Keynote Presentation


Online Recording Now Available Here                          


Design for Business: How world-leading companies maximize the value of design and how you can, too.

Presentation by PARK USA


Good Design is Good business, and today there is a vast variety of ways that design can add a multitude of values. Those companies who embrace and utilize strategic design and design-led development approaches can become, and remain, market leaders. In this presentation, PARK will share some of the ways design has been instrumental in driving business performance across the triple (profit, planet & people) bottom line.


You will learn:

> the various types of value design can deliver across the triple bottom line

> how to define metrics to predict & validate the contribution of design for business

> how some world-leading companies harness the power of design to drive business performance    Read more...

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Jay Peters and Stephan Clambaneva of PARK USA



Making Space: Giving Voice by Design

Presented by Artists For Humanity

Making Space: Giving Voice by Design will be a conversation with the next generation of designers—teens from the AFH 3D Design Studio! Moderated by Google Real Estate Executive and AFH Board member, Marcella Barrière, we’ll dive into a range of topics, including incorporating new voices into the design process, accessibility, environmental and community impact, and creating work that resonates for the upcoming generation of users.  Read more...

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Making Space: Giving Voice by Design



Bold BOOM Universe

Presented by Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

Bold BOOM Universe, Eliot School Salon Series Artist Talk, Wednesday, April 28, 7 pm. Featuring: Jerel Dye, LJ-Baptiste, and Zahirah Nur Truth. Moderated by artist Cagen Luse. Three escape artists bring us closer to reality with an exhibition of bold works on paper, through diverse representative storytelling, concept art, comics, and illustration. The exhibition runs 4/2 – 5/2/21 at Galatea Fine Art. Eliot School Salon Series is sponsored by Melony Swasey with Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty..  Read more...

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Bold BOOM Universe