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Keynote Announced for Inaugural Design, Art & Science Symposium at High Point Market

Furniture World News Desk on 9/12/2023

Suchi Reddy—photo credit: Chloe Horseman
Suchi Reddy—photo credit: Chloe Horseman


A leader in the emerging field of neuroaesthetics, architect Suchi Reddy will deliver the inaugural Design, Art & Science Symposium keynote address during the event set for Friday, October 13, from 8am to 5pm, in The Loft at Congdon Yards.

 As founder of New York-based Reddymade Architecture, Design & Public Art, Reddy is known for her commitment to the premise that beauty supports healing and well-being. She will present “Form Follows Feeling,” an exploration of how design practitioners will learn to implement neuro-inclusivity into their projects, from residential spaces to retail environments.

The Design, Art & Science Symposium was conceived by Science in Design co-founders Mike Peterson and Linda Kafka to serve interior designers, architects, product manufacturers, retailers and others related to the residential and commercial design sectors, including design students.

“It’s an honor to present the visionary architect and artist Suchi Reddy at High Point Market,” says Peterson. “Her passion for neuroscience-based design will inspire our symposium’s audience to more fully realize their power to improve lives.”

The first CEU-accredited symposium of its kind at High Point Market will reveal how and why living environments affect human health, featuring leading academics and experts in the fields of science and design. Topics covered throughout the full-day event include neuroaesthetics, cognitive architecture, biophilia, and the evolutionary imperative for beauty—translating to color, shape, light, contrast and other selection factors in the design process.

“We’re excited to share how leaders in science academia view the design industry as an alternative health resource,” says Kafka. “Their evidence-based findings present a huge opportunity for designers to find purpose in their work and grow their impact.”

Participants will take away 9 Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) CEU credits, along with evidence-based findings to inform design projects, product development, and more. The sessions are devised to help participants outline a road map for new business and marketing opportunities.

Register via Eventbrite to attend. Doors open at 7 am for networking, with breakfast provided. Following the daylong symposium, participants are invited to a “Meet the Speakers” cocktail mixer hosted by interior designer Angela Harris in partnership with Phillips Collection, located at 135 S. Main St., starting at 5:30 pm.

In addition to the one-day symposium, Science in Design has organized the following events throughout High Point Market dates:

  • Thursday, Oct 12, 6 - 8 pm Science in Design Networking Reception; Hall of Fame
  • Saturday, Oct 14, 8:30 - 9:30 am Live panel discussion with moderator Jane Dagmi; Hall of Fame
  •  Saturday, Oct 14, 10 - 11 am Live panel discussion with Don Ruggles, Ann Sussman and Mike Peterson, moderated by Linda Kafka; Hooker Furnishings Amphitheater
  •  Monday, Oct 16, 10 to 11 am Color of Culture presentation with Roz Kavander; Hooker Furnishings Amphitheater 

The Design, Art & Science Symposium is made possible in partnership with 3M, Benjamin Moore, Stone Peak Ceramics, iMotions, Phillips Collection, Hooker Furnishings, Oldcastle Coastal and TRIO, as well as event supporters Business High Point Chamber of Commerce, Congdon Yards, City of High Point, Visit High Point, International Textile Alliance (ITA), Interior Design Society (IDS), Real Estate & Staging Association (RESA), Touch Stay, Splashworks, Cohab.Space, Puroast Coffee Company, Sherrill Furniture, Howard Elliott, Unique Loom, High Point By Design and High Point Market Authority.

About Suchi Reddy/Reddymade Architecture:  Suchi Reddy, AIA NOMA, has an academic background that includes teaching positions at Columbia University and Cooper Union, a private institution that focuses on the Advancement of Science and Art at Cooper Square in New York City. Reddy has been awarded the 2022 Walton Critic at the Catholic University of America, and the Plym Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois School of Architecture, Champaign–Urbana in 2019.

Reddymade Architecture and Design creates award-winning spaces, places, and experiences that amplify human engagement, potential, and wellbeing. Reddymade specializes in all types of architecture, and interior design that spans all typologies and scales, from commercial to healthcare projects, single-family residential to multi-family work, and adaptive reuse to new construction. Through public art, Reddymade engages wide audiences in the wonder of our collective human experience. To experience their work visit reddymade.design.

About Science in Design: Science in Design teaches designers, architects, manufacturers and retailers about the positive effects of beauty, nature, and fine design on people’s physical and emotional health. The goal is to help designers use beauty to promote healing, which the study of neuroaesthetics and medicine has proved. The mission is to make the design industry see that they are a source of health and well-being for people. Its inaugural Design, Art & Science Symposium is taking place in the fall of 2023. For more information visit Scienceindesign.com or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, write info@scienceindesign.com.