Pushing the Boundaries: Modular Construction in Developing the Hospitality Industry
Sunday, March 25 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Danny Forster, Danny Forster & Architecture
Ewelina Woźniak-Szpakiewicz, DMD Modular Ltd.
Architect, TV host and producer, professor, public speaker, and founder of Danny Forster & Architecture, Danny Forster rejects conventional wisdom in favor of bold thinking, collaborating with clients to push the boundaries of contemporary design. DF&A's projects range from as Taylor Swift's Manhattan home to international hotel chain branding to museum design in Budapest to master planning in Charlotte. Danny has designed towers in New York City's two most significant 21st century developments: the World Trade Center and Hudson Yards. Currently, he is working on the tallest modular hotel in the world, under construction in Manhattan, and a 400,000 s.f. compound on the island of Nevis that will be the world's first five-star modular resort. For six seasons, Danny hosted and produced Discovery Channel's award-winning series Build It Bigger, which explored ground-breaking architectural and engineering projects around the world. His recent television projects include Prefab Nation, a new FYI network series focusing on prefabricated houses and how they will revolutionize the construction industry. A professor of architecture, Danny also teaches a graduate-level studio on sustainable design at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.
Ewelina Woźniak-Szpakiewicz is both an educator and an entrepreneur with an inquisitive passion for innovative design and research. She balances her time between nurturing her students in architecture and strategic urban planning at the Cracow University of Technology and when she is not an academic, she embraces her entrepreneurial tasks as CEO and MD at DMD Modular Ltd. in Poland. Her main focus is attaining sustainability both in the ecological and financial aspects of the built-environment. As a past Director of Innovation and Product Development, Ewelina has actively spearheaded modular construction in Poland, often bridging academic research to the manufacturing industries. She has traveled extensively, establishing international partnerships between European and Asian universities in the realm of promoting modularity in architecture and urban design.
Danny and Ewelina will be discussing the role of modular construction in the hospitality industry with an emphasis on the tallest modular hotel designed by Danny Forster and the recent modular hotel designed and manufactured by DMD Modular in Poland.