President Marvin Malecha and Director Elena Pacenti to Attend Design Forward > San Diego

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Design Forward > San Diego will take place on Thursday, June 16th at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego, California. NewsSchool of Architecture and Design and Domus Academy School of Design have partnered with this all-day design summit bringing together more than 1000 industry innovators, civic leaders and designers to look at the potential and the power human-centered design has in driving the economic growth and global identity of San Diego. NewSchool President Marvin Malecha and Domus Academy School of Design Director Elena Pacenti will be in attendance to engage with attendees and highlight the innovative work being completed at NewSchool and Domus Academy.

Elena will also be among the many speakers at Design Forward > San Diego participating in the panel discussion “Creating Value Through Design” taking place from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The discussion will be centered around how cities in the U.S. and around the world are embracing design and how San Diego can learn from these other cities on how to use design to grow its economy. The panel of experts will be moderated by Joan Gregor, Intersection-Inc. and will also include Peter Haythornthwaite, Better By Design & Design to Business (NZ/Australia), Gabriella Gomez-Mont, El Laboratorio para la ciudad de México (Mexico City) and Victor Nacif, London, the Design Council, (United Kingdom).

Along with her panel discussion, Elena will also co-lead a morning salon, “What is Design?” This interactive salon will look to provide comprehensible explanations of the design profession’s processes, definitions, applications and language. Lead by Chad Martin, Senior Product Designer, hp & UX Speakeasy, other co-leads include Paul Hong, Founding President, SDXD and Rohit Kapoor, Design Strategist, SAP.

Additionally, under the guidance of Domus Academy Interior Architecture faculty members Marianne Berg and Valentina Bertolizio, sophomore and junior year Interior Architecture & Design students worked together on the design of the interiors for the conference venue. For more information on Design Forward > San Diego and to purchase tickets please visit:

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