Event design and its intersection with event technologies is an often discussed topic amongst event professionals. Those professionals wanting to know more about event design and technology have the opportunity to attend a series of free lectures at the University of Westminster this autumn. The School of Architecture and Cities will be hosting the Event Design – Open Lecture Series on Monday evenings at their central London Marylebone campus from 24th September to 26th November 2018. The lecture series sees eight experts exploring various design and technical approaches to creating immersive live experiences. The initiative is being supported by the International Live Events Association’s UK Chapter and all the content has been approved by ILEA’s Education Council.

Professor Stephen Brookhouse, Deputy Dean of the College of Design, Cultural and Digital Industries stated; ‘This is a great new initiative. The university sees this as an important opportunity to share our design and technological expertise and engage with the events industry and professionals in this growing and valuable part of the events sector”. The varied programme is delivered by experiences designers, innovation, production and technical directors from award winning innovative companies in the UK events industry.

The lectures series includes:

Monday 24th September 2018


The B & P Laws of Experiential Design by Ioana Iliesiu, Design Director, Bompas and Parr Studio.

Monday 1st October 2018

The Client Brief and the Creative Response by Sara Bertie, Marketing Manager, ES Global.

Monday 8th October 2018

Designing The Participant Journey byMax Fellows, Director of Client Services, MCI Experiences.

Monday 15th October 2018

Content Creation and the Experience Wave by Callum Gill, Director of Innovation, DRP Group.

Monday 29th October 2018

Scenography, Stage and Set Design by Robert Dunsmore, Freelance Creative Director.

Monday 5th November 2018

Technology to Engage Attendees by Tim Manning, Experience Director, SWARM Group.

Monday 19th November 2018

Immersive AV, Lighting and Sound Technologies by Mark Bannister, Technical Director, George P Johnson Experience Marketing.

Monday 26th November 2018

Temporary Structures that Inspire by Rory Sloan, Production Director, Avant Garde.                  

The university is very keen to engage with industry professionals and to assist them to further their knowledge in events design and technology. It is also an opportunity for students from other academic disciplines within the university and students from other institutions who have an interest in live experience design to find out about the nuts and bolts of event design. Tickets for free admission are available on Eventbrite – search for Event Design Open Lecture Series on the Eventbrite website.

Adam is the co-founder and editor of www.eventindustrynews.com Adam, a technology evangelist also organises Event Tech Live, Europe’s only show dedicated to event technology and the Event Technology Awards. Both events take place in November, London.