Meet the Next Generation of Designers: Paradigm Students

Meet the Next Generation of Designers: Introducing the Paradigm Network Students

The PARADIGM Network is a professional network for architects who are passionate about increasing Black and Asian representation within the Built Environment. They exist to support, encourage, and help talented architects from Black and Asian backgrounds in their education and careers, as well as promoting the development of Black and Asian-led practices.

For Sleep & Eat Virtual, four talented Architecture and Design students from the Paradigm Network were selected to team up with our 2020 designers to work on this year's immersive virtual features and guestroom sets. With Sleep & Eat Virtual focussing on imagining hospitality spaces for the guests of 15 years time, or 2035, who better to ask than Generation Z themselves? Meet Paul Daramola, Aku Mandeya, Mays Hamad and Nana Ewusi - the next generation of designers...

To be the first to hear when registration goes live and other show developments, register your interest in Sleep & Virtual now.

Paul Daramola

Paul is collaborating with Perkins & Will, as well as hotel brand, Accor, on their future-facing Sleep Set.

Could you tell us your name, place of study, and design background?

My name is Paul Daramola and I am a recent Part II Architecture graduate of Cardiff university with an interest in residential architecture.

Without giving too much away, what is your vision for the feature you’re designing?

The team and I imagined a future where hyperconnectivity between people is the status quo and sustainable architecture and interior design is prioritised, whilst ensuring to propose a design that encourages healthy well-being.

What excites you most about seeing your design come to life virtually?

We've proposed a few intricate elements and it would be great to showcase how those elements come together spatially. I'm really looking forward to it.

Why should people come and visit Sleep & Eat to see your designs?

If you are someone who is interested in the types of spaces you might find yourself in in the future, then Sleep and Eat Virtual will be perfect for you.

Perkins and Will
Perkins and Will Sleep Set Teaser

 

 

Aku Mandeya

Aku is collaborating with InsideOut on the creation of a Networking Lounge, specially designed for the specific needs of Generation Z.

Could you tell us your name, place of study, and design background?

My name is Aku Mandeya and I am a final year Architecture student at the Portsmouth School of Architecture. I have recently completed an architectural placement that helped solidify my interest in the built environment, and a newfound passion in interior design. As I progress in my career, I would like to specialise in the emancipation of woman through architectural design in African communities.  

Without giving too much away, what is your vision for the feature you’re designing?

Spaces that really weave in the user experience and create a platform that allows oneself to take from technological advancements that ease the pressure of networking, while thoughtfully creating an interactive and exciting space.  

What excites you most about seeing your design come to life virtually?

The idea of having a global reach and allowing those in other countries who may not have been able to attend the event to really immerse themselves in the design without and barriers! Going digital has also allowed for international collaboration between the design team I have been working with, a great way to really get the opinions of people in various societies who have a different perspective on design, thus combining the wide ranging ideas to create spaces that blend global tastes and cultures.  

Why should people come and visit Sleep & Eat to see your designs? 

We have dug deep into what it means to design for the future, while also exploring ways which we can be inclusive of current generations that will use these networking spaces. An inspirational body of work that will provide insight into how we can all adapt our current ways of networking, design and the narrative behind the design.   

InsideOut
InsideOut Networking Lounge Teaser

Mays Hamad

Mays is collaborating with Boxx Creative, as well as michelin star chef, Oliver Marlow, and Behavioural Design and Colour Psychology Expert, Karen Haller, on the creation of a restaurant concept for Hotel 2035.

Could you tell us your name, place of study, and design background?

Hi, my name is Mays, I'm a part 2 architecture graduate. I graduated from Kingston School of Art about 2 years ago. 

Without giving too much away, what is your vision for the feature you’re designing? 

The proposed idea is a restaurant in a 2035 context that acknowledges locality and authenticity, the food is grown and sourced sustainably, the restaurant is self-sufficient and all waste is reused. The dining experience is highly personalised, sensory and experiential, diners get to connect with the food and their surroundings.  

What excites you most about seeing your design come to life virtually? 

I was inspired to work on a collaborative project with a team of people from different professions and backgrounds including a chef, behavioural designer, applied colour psychologist and interior designers. 

Why should people come and visit Sleep & Eat to see your designs? 

Seeing our design will be a great chance for people to envision a new authentic restaurant with solutions for current and future issues. It will also be inspiring for designers to see how colour can be used to create a highly personal experience and how waste is repurposed across all aspects of the restaurant.  

Boxx Creative
Boxx Creative Restaurant Teaser

Nana Ewusi 

Nana is working with Atellior on the creation of a luxurious virtual Lounge Bar, for Hotel 2035.

Could you tell us your name, place of study, and design background/specialism/area? 

I am Nana Ewusi, I studied at Kingston University and I am a Part II Architectural Assistant.

Without giving too much away, what is your vision for the feature you are designing? 

People are social by nature,  the idea is to create a space that would creatively connect people and allow them to interact whilst keeping in mind that a physical barrier doesn’t mean we need to create a social barrier.

What excites you most about seeing your design come to life virtually?

As designers, we tend to bring others visions to life. However, with this, it is ours from start to finish. It starts out on paper in 2D, then it gets built physically. This year would showcase the relationship between design and technology.

Why should people come and visit Sleep & Eat to see your designs? 

I think every designer that has been a part of Sleep & Eat has worked hard, and this year will be a whole new experience through a virtual perspective.

Atellior
Atellior Lounge Bar Teaser

Want to explore these design concepts in lifelike 3D?

At Sleep & Eat Virtual, visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the corridors of Hotel 2035; a futuristic 3D conceptual hotel space, specially designed for the hotel guest of 15 years time. In collaboration for the first time with world-leading hotel brands, this year's immersive features and concept guestrooms are to be explored at the event through lifelike multi-sensory walk-throughs. 

To be the first to hear when registration goes live and other show developments, register your interest in Sleep & Virtual now.