Enercare Centre Toronto
April 6 & 7, 2022

Features and 2021 Seminar Talks

Thursday 29 April 2021

12:00 - 13:00

Reacting, Adapting and Reimagining the Future of Work

Moderator: Catherine Osborne, Architecture and design journalist

Speaker: Caroline Robbie, Principal, B.I.D., A.O.C.A., ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ


Join editor Catherine Osborne and BDP Quadrangle Principal Caroline Robbie to talk about how in Robbie’s own words ‘No crisis should be put to waste’. They will look at how the BDP Quadrangle team creatively, and with a sense of lightheartedness, reacted to their first return-to-work during the beginning of the pandemic (think pine cones on office chairs and community fridges that ‘take a vacation’.) And evolve the conversation into how they started from scratch to reimagine a collaborative workspace in a world that has been permanently changed.




Caroline Robbie, Principal, B.I.D., A.O.C.A., ARIDO, IDC, NCIDQ

Caroline aims to achieve solutions to design challenges using a wider lens, approaching her work through a perspective that is grounded in art. In this way, Caroline is able to see the conceptual narrative in all of her projects. Born into a creative family, Caroline’s aesthetic was formed by an early exposure to how built form and the decorative arts affect one’s quality of life from her artist mother and architect father.
She joined BDP Quadrangle in 2007 as the firm’s lead interior designer, was promoted to associate in 2010 and to principal in 2012. She is involved in all design phases of projects.
She has led teams on a number of design-forward and award-winning projects including 100 Broadview Avenue, Artscape Daniels Launchpad, OCAD U CO at Daniels City of the Arts on the waterfront along with the Corus Entertainment workplace, Deluxe studios in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York, 60 Atlantic Avenue and its sister site, 80 Atlantic in Liberty Village, and BDP Quadrangle’s own studio. Caroline’s role as a thought-leader in the industry and in the workplace is strengthened by conceptual design installations at major exhibitions and industry events.
Caroline is a former Director of the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and former Board Member of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and serves on the Advisory Board for Creative Cities International based in New York City. Caroline has been an Instructor at Ryerson University and OCAD University, teaching studio and professional practice courses and has juried award programs for ARIDO and the Best of Canada. Caroline is a registered ARIDO member with over 30 years of experience in the industry in Toronto.




Catherine Osborne, Architecture and design journalist

Catherine Osborne has been an influential voice in the design world for over 20 years and has written extensively on architecture, urbanism and design.


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