Next week, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the IIDA hosts its signature event: Prêt-à-Porter! The event pairs design firm teams with product manufacturers, who are tasked with creating a couture ensemble for a runway fashion show. Get your tickets now and read on to meet the judges!
VIVECA BISSONNETTE FIIDA, CID, LEED AP – Vice President on the IIDA International Board and Design Principal at Hollander Design Group
With over 25 years of experience in the fields of Cultural Anthropology and Interior Design, Viveca Bissonnette brings a broad depth of experience and knowledge to her professional responsibilities. As Vice President and Design Principal at Hollander Design Group she leads the firm’s Workplace Strategy practice employing ethnography to inform design. Her diverse background allows her to uniquely serve her clients. Project types she has been involved with have ranged from remodel to new construction for both the private and public sectors.
MARLENE M. LIRIANO
IIDA, LEED AP, ID+C – Vice President on the IIDA International Board and Director of Interior Design for HOK’s Florida Practice
Marlene M. Liriano is Vice President and the Director of Interior Design for HOK’s Florida practice. For nearly three decades, Marlene has successfully delivered innovative and thoughtful design solutions that exceed her client’s expectations. Her approach is built on advancing the business goals of her clients, supporting the organization’s culture and maximizing their productivity. Her work has perpetuated a tradition of insight, cultivated a spirit of team collaboration and promoted thought leadership with rare expertise resulting in longterm client accounts, multiple design awards, and has been featured in publications including Contract Magazine and Design Book. Marlene has been recognized for her work with Fortune 500 Companies and Multinationals with whom she has forged long lasting relationships.
He is an independent and multidisciplinary designer specialized services in brand strategy, illustration, identity, etc.
Mackey Saturday is an independent designer based in Denver, Colorado. Through strategy, inquest, and design implementations, he creates and advances steadfast identities.
Associate Curator, Architecture, Design & Graphics Denver Art Museum
Darrin Alfred is the associate curator of architecture and design at the Denver Art Museum. In this capacity, his primary responsibilities include the acquisition, presentation, and interpretation of objects in the collection of architecture and design, as well as the organization of special exhibitions. Alfred was responsible for the organization of the exhibitions, Rebranded: Polish Film Posters for the American Western in 2014; Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag in 2013; and The Psychedelic Experience: Rock Posters from the San Francisco Bay Area, 1965–71 in 2009; among others. He also coordinated the Denver presentation of Yves Saint Laurent – The Retrospective in 2012, organized by the Denver Art Museum and Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent. From 2000 to 2007, Alfred served as assistant curator and curatorial associate in the Department of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2013, Alfred was featured in Surface magazine’s first annual Portfolio of American Influence, an index of American curators, entrepreneurs, educators, critics, and tastemakers, who are defying conventions, taking risks, and experimenting with new models of creativity.
JUSTICE KWESI KWARTENG
BFA, MFA – Founder Executive Creative Director @ Colorado Fashion Week and The JTA Group, Chief Marketing Officer @ WEvent App Project U
Justice Kwesi Kwarteng is a professional Executive Creative Director, CEO, CMO, Brand Marketing Executive and Designer with specialized attention within the business of fashion, entertainment, talent discovery, talent development and live events strategy.
He is a Tisch School of the Arts at NYU trained professional actor, dancer, performer, choreographer, producer and director (BFA in Drama, 2001). He also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre and Contemporary Performance from the Buddhist inspired Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.