IIDA Headquarters, Chicago, IL
Ken Wilson, FIIDA, FAIA, Envision Design, Washington D.C.
Date: December 2, 2015
Time: 7:30 a.m. –10 a.m.
Speaker: Zita Cobb, President and CEO of Shorefast Foundation, and Founder and Innkeeper of the Fogo Island Inn
Websites: http://shorefast.org ; www.fogoislandinn.ca
Social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
Zita Cobb, president and CEO of Shorefast Foundation, and founder and innkeeper of the Fogo Island Inn
Zita Cobb grew up on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. After a successful business career away, she returned home to find that the population had fallen drastically with the collapse of the cod fishery. Feeling compelled to act; she and her brothers founded the Shorefast Foundation, a charity and social enterprise that uses design, architecture, art, craft, and food to invigorate the island’s economy and culture. The Foundation leveraged initial investments to create culturally-rich, community-owned economic assets, including the world-class Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island Arts, and Fogo Island Shop, which sells furniture and textiles hand-crafted on Fogo Island. She remains guided by the belief that design and architecture have the potential to add to quality of life, beyond form and function.
Canadian design visionary, Shauna Levy, president of Canada’s Design Museum, Design Exchange (DX), celebrates and promotes design that is accessible to everyone. In her leadership, she has secured travelling exhibits from prestigious cultural institutions across the globe, curated exhibitions featuring Canadian and international designers, and increased educational experiences for both youth and adults. Former vice president of MMPI Canada, Levy co-founded the internationally acclaimed Interior Design Show (IDS), which she developed into one of the largest contemporary design fairs in North America. She is instrumental in positioning Toronto as an international design destination, bringing some of the world’s most creative design minds to Canada.