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Black by Design: Interior Design Panel and Showcase


April 30, 2024


6:00PM - 8:00PM


524 Oakwood Ave, Toronto, ON M6E 2X1

A networking event and showcase for emerging and professional interior designers

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Join us on Tuesday April 30th for an evening of celebration, inspiration and connection at our exclusive showcase and panel discussion event.

This evening will be filled with insightful conversations and spotlight professionals across the Interior Design and Architect industry, who will be helping to shape the minds of the next generation of Interior Designers.

Meet the Panelists

Robin Fraser

For over 37 years, Robin Fraser has developed a distinguished, international resume with work spanning Asia, Europe and Canada. Her reputation precedes her as a thorough, informed and relevant designer. Her impressive skills can be seen in her featured episodes on the Food Network’s television series ‘Restaurant Makeover’. 

An animated, colorful visionary, she maintains that not only does she love what she does and she’s good at what she does. Robin prides herself on the ability of bringing the concept into reality, likening her approach to that of a filmmaker who “works in frames”. Robin Fraser challenges space, frame by frame, leaving it simple yet complete.Learn more about Fraser Design Studios.

David Oleson

With over 40 years of experience in teaching and practicing architecture, David began his career as a student of architecture at Carnegie-Mellon University. Prior to arriving in Toronto in the early 1970’s, he practiced in both Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. At Diamond and Myers, David was retained as Project Architect for the firm’s Innis College project at the University of Toronto. He later joined Barton Myers’ own firm as an associate, responsible for such projects as Dundas Sherbourne Housing (early mid-rise infill demonstration project) and the Yorkville Public Library.  In 1982, he joined the Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden Partnership to oversee construction of the competition-winning Calgary City Hall, then returned to Toronto as Design Architect for the award-winning Allstate Headquarters in Markham.

In 1984, David co-founded the Oleson Worland partnership.  In the years since, the firm has produced a noteworthy body of award-winning work in Toronto, including the Village of Yorkville Park and the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre. His broad range of experience proves evident in the following list of current OWA projects: the Art Condos, a new Zoroastrian Temple, and Lisgar Park.

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