As the whole world was forced to stay at home, we got challenged to rethink the function and quality of our living environments. Is COVID affecting the way we design our future houses? How will we respond to the new demands that will come from a generation looking to make their lives, homes and communities, future-ready? Where should we look for building resources? Can we design houses to be more adaptable to changing needs? Join us for a digital round table discussion about the future of our neighborhoods and homes.

Philippe Fouché
Architect / Director

After gaining extensive experience in institutional, educational, residential and urban design projects, Philippe joined SAOTA as a Project Architect in 2008. He has a strong interest in vernacular design and sustainability. He has a responsive design approach, exploring unique solutions that both meet the client’s requirements and fit into the context. This attribute has been instrumental in his successful delivery of a wide range of projects from villas in Europe to mixed-use, urban design and corporate projects in West Africa, India and Turkey.

Rick Joy
Studio Rick Joy

Rick Joy is the founder of Studio Rick Joy, an award-winning architecture, interiors, and planning firm based in Tucson, Arizona. Rick has lectured internationally and is considered an important contributor to the ongoing global discourse on conceptual and sustainable architecture. His work expresses innovation and exactitude in modernism and reflects a unique sense of place.

Luca Guadagnino
Studio Luca Guadagnino

Academy Award nominee Luca Guadagnino is a screenwriter, director and producer. Born in Palermo, Italy, he grew up in Ethiopia. His films have received several nominations and awards at the Academy Awards, the BAFTA and the Golden Globe. Since 2016 he owns and directs Studio Luca Guadagnino, an interior design firm.

Past sessions


Rewatch our live group discussion about the future of our work environments. From the design of our workspaces to humanizing the offices, integration of technology, choreographing movement to health strategies and more.
How will we design our future offices?

Hans Chu - Chu Associates

Hans Chu is the Founder of award-winning Design Consultancy Chu Associates. Over the past 30 years he has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies on how to stay agile and innovative in their global workplace environments . Hans lives in London with his wife and 2 children.

Filippo Lodi - UNStudio

Filippo Lodi holds several master degrees in engineering, architecture, art and business, making him an all-around thinker. Filippo, as Head of Innovation and Knowledge Management, leads UNSKnowledge, UNStudio’s strategic think tank, where he works on the development of disruptive technologies for the built environment as well as providing consulting services to companies on their strategic innovation.

Amer Maleh - WeWork

Amer Maleh is the Global Sourcing Director for lighting at WeWork .He is a seasoned lighting industry expert with over 15 years of experience spanning design, manufacturing, sales, and distribution. Maleh began his career as a lighting designer at L’Observatoire, where he worked on multiple award winning projects. Maleh studied electrical engineering as an undergraduate and holds a Masters in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute, as well as and MFA in Lighting Design from Parsons, where he also taught the Lighting Design Studio for 5 years.



Rewatch our live group discussion about the future of our retail environments. How is the retail landscape evolving? How will we design and experience retail in the future? Can COVID bring positive change to the luxury business? And so much more to talk about.
Tune in here as we share thoughts on the future of retail.

Nicolas Martin - LVMH

Nicolas belongs to the Environment Department of the group. His role is to support the Maisons that operate stores, for the adoption of the most sober LED fixtures, without any compromise on the quality of light. Nicolas is training the architects to the lighting culture, and collaborates with the procurement on the supply agreements with 15 suppliers worldwide.

Peter Girgis - Snøhetta

Peter is a multidisciplinary designer with a wide level of experience within the field of design and architecture. Linking concept into reality he is committed to the idea of a co-creative approach throughout the entirety of the design process. For the last 15 years he has been a part of the Snøhetta team working on projects within culture, hospitality and retail design. Collaborating with international companies such as Noma, Aesop and Holzweiler to a simple rooftop beehive for a passionate bee-keeper in Oslo, Norway.

Aldo Parisotto - Parisotto+Formenton Architetti

Aldo Parisotto is the co-founder of Parisotto+Formenton Architetti. As far as architecture is concerned they have designed museums, residential and commercial buildings. As interior designers, the core business is retail design, for various Italian and international fashion and luxury brands.



The global hospitality industry is currently going through tough times. How can the industry recover? Will current measures influence the way we design our hospitality spaces and experiences? What are the key trends for the future? Join us for an open discussion on the future of hospitality design.

Federico Toresi
Vice President Design, Luxury Brands

Federico leads the team that defines the design and product strategy and creates standards and concept guidelines for our luxury and premium brands, overseeing design initiatives to evolve the performance, design, guest experience and market development of managed properties. He has over 20 years of experience in hospitality in both architecture and interior design, focusing on hotels and resorts, private residences and high-end retail projects.

Constantina Tsoutsikou
Founder & Creative Director
Studio Lost

Former Creative Director of HBA London, Constantina recently announced the launch of her own Studio Lost – a new London-based hospitality design practice. The design and hospitality landscape is changing, requiring more agile and independent studios to champion progressive thinking and deliver compelling results. Studio LOST is born of a desire to progress into a different and more experimental world.

Laurence Titton
Founder & Design Director
Visual Energy

In the eighteen years since Laurence founded Visual energy in 2001, the company has grown from strength to strength and has been recognised by the industry as a leading lighting designer, working in many countries. Never resting on his laurels, Laurence puts the energy into Visual energy. He’s the kind of designer who likes to work with the client to seek out the best solution to each design challenge. Visual Energy has extensive expertise in the global hospitality industry.