Design the Future
January 19–20, 2016: Training
January 20–22, 2016: Conference
San Francisco, CA

Physical + digital: The emergence of smart spaces

Darren David (Stimulant), Jennifer Kolstad (HKS)
4:35pm Thursday, 01/21/2016
Design and business
Location: Generals Residence Dining
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 8 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

Attendees should understand the fundamentals of design and be interested in learning more about how technology is impacting space design.


The intersection of physical space and virtual space creates some of the most profound design challenges of our time. It also creates tremendous opportunities. Darren David and Jen Kolstad discuss how merging the physical and digital in architecture can heighten people’s engagement with social space, energize their relationships with each other, and add tangible value to projects. Attendees will learn the considerations to take when designing smart spaces, the opportunities that space creates, and the future of design for interactive physical environments.

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Darren David


For over 20 years, Darren David has traversed the blurry edges at the intersection of technology and design, exploring nearly every conceivable project role as both client and contributor. His rich and storied career has wound from paper to pixels to people, across a myriad of companies and ventures that ultimately led to several “world’s firsts” and awards. At Stimulant, Darren provides business, vision, and experienced design leadership for an inspiring team of like-minded compatriots and pioneers, from whom he learns something new every day.

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Jennifer Kolstad


Jennifer Kolstad is vice president and director of interior architecture at HKS, where she works in collaboration with HKS’s practice leaders and design directors to unify architecture and interior design.

Jennifer’s interests in material innovation, integrated technology, digital design, and fabrication provide the framework for an ever-evolving studio, delivery method, and built environment. With experience as a client-side owner and operator, she considers the full equation when designing to elevate her client’s business and brand. Her global perspective is rooted in her native Canada and the many international cities where she has lived and practiced design.

Jennifer has developed a diverse international portfolio of hospitality, retail, institutional, government, and corporate interiors projects. With an emphasis on conceptually driven design and collaboration among all disciplines at the outset of the project, her objective is to deliver the big idea through “total design.” Her recent project work includes the US Bank Tower Observation Deck in Los Angeles, the Holly Hunt Dallas showroom, the Children’s Health Fetal Center in Dallas, and the YAS Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

Jennifer has a master’s of architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology and was a recipient of the SOM graduate fellowship. She is a professional member of NCIDQ and IIDA and is an associate member if the American Institute of Architects.