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Responsible Design: Exploring the circular economy and how the KB industry needs to adapt
The concept of designing for permanence and adopting regenerative design practises can feel overwhelming...but necessary. Join this panel of experts to learn adaption strategies to build into your projects such as managing water, reducing carbon footprints, and selecting responsible products from manufacturers who are making a difference. The kitchen and bath industry can significantly contribute to a circular economy and it's time we all did our part.

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Avinash Rajagopal
Avinash Rajagopal is the editor in chief of Metropolis, an award-winning architecture and design publication. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at events related to interior design, architecture, and urbanism, and is an advocate for sustainable architecture and design. He is the author of Hacking Design (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2013) and has contributed to many volumes on design history, including The Culture of Nature in the History of Design (Routledge, 2019) and The Atlas of Furniture Design (Vitra Design Museum, 2019).MECHORachel Berman, Sustainability Program Manager, MechoHow did Mecho start the C2C journey?What are the benefits of the Mecho/7 clutch system?What is the advantage of being able to specify a manual system that can later be updated?What types of projects is the Mecho/7 clutch designed for?...HUMANSCALE Jane Abernethy, Chief Sustainability Officer, Humanscale- Humanscale has made an enormous breakthrough this year with your Living Product Challe
David Berens
Owner @Refind Kitchens
David Berens is the founder and CEO of ReFind Kitchens and a 2020 NKBA 30 Under 30. ReFind Kitchens is a zero-waste kitchen and bath showroom specializing in full-cycle building material reuse. The company was founded to answer the question,“How do I design for people, planet and pocketbook?” Trained in economics and committed to environmental stewardship, David developed the ReFind model to align incentives as a force for good. He has pioneered new techniques for building materials salvage, preservation, and redesign—diverting over one millions pounds of demolition waste from landfill and helping to build over one hundred ReFind kitchens in the last five years alone.
Gary Wheeler
CEO @ASID
Gary E. Wheeler, FASID, is a renowned professional with more than 30 years design experience and a passion for creative excellence. He has led practices at Perkins&Will, Gensler, and most recently, HDR. Distinguished for his strategic approach to workplace design, Gary began his career as co-founder of the Wheeler Group in 1978. When Perkins&Will acquired the company in 1996, he became National Director of Interiors and later Managing Partner of the firm’s headquarter office in Chicago. He joined Gensler’s London office as Director of WorkPlace Europe in 2004, and was Interior Design+Workplace Strategy Global Leader, HDR before joining ASID. Over the years, Gary has worked with companies in a variety of industries, including Apple, JPMorgan Chase, Time Warner, Bates Advertising, Leo Burnett Worldwide, and Marsh.
Valentin Tijeras Garcia
Product & R&D Corporate Director @Cosentino
A 15-year veteran of the company, Valentin Tijeras serves as the Global Director of Product andResearch and Development. In this role, he is responsible for the development and management of new products, which include introducing the most innovative, sustainable, and beautiful materials to the quartz surfaces and engineered stone industry. Known for his leadership skills and expertise garnered from years of traveling the world together a strong understanding of market dynamics and customer needs, Tijeras achievements include diversifying Cosentino’s portfolio with new product lines and a refreshed color palette that represent more than 70% of the company’s revenue.