Event description

Visits to three richly detailed private studios were planned by design book author and editor Diane Dorrans Saeks.

Diane has written 22 books on international design and is a contributing design editor for the Hearst Design Group, and PaperCity. She’s an editor with C Magazine, California Style.

An afternoon to meet designers and architects, and discuss ideas and new directions and trends. Special exclusive insider visits, with insights into work in progress and view of completed projects.

We visit three downtown studios/ headquarters of leading design and architecture firms that work in a wide range of aesthetics, and focus on commissions from hospitality to residential, and from museums and galleries and retail to resorts and private high-rise residences.

Open to designers, architects, designers and the public.

Not suitable for children.

We meet at 12 noon at the airy and all-white studio of ODADA, 201 Post Street, formerly Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Associates, founded in 1989. We then walk to a second studio, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, SOM. We complete this vivid afternoon with a private visit to BCJ (Bohlin Cywinski Jackson) a highly respected US firm, which has been responsible for the look and design of Apple stores around the world, notably the glass cube store on Fifth Avenue, Manhattan.

At 5 pm, we complete the planned afternoon. BCJ has invited us to an informal reception with refreshments, to meet the architects and designers and recap the afternoon, discuss ideas, ask questions, and exchange information.



Founded in 1987 by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, ODADA is an internationally recognized commercial and residential interior design firm. In 1990, David Todd Oldroyd and Greg Stewart became principals, and Ian Bevilacqua and Tamara Dinsmore are recent additions to the leadership team. Together they extend the firm’s strong architectural and design foundation, bringing a clean focused approach to contemporary and traditional projects. The firm has a staff of 20 architects and designers to assure highly personalized attention to each client


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world. Founded in 1936, the firm has completed more than 10,000 projects in over 50 countries. SOM is renowned for iconic buildings and a commitment to design excellence, innovation, and sustainability. SOM’s portfolio contains some of the most important design achievements of the 20th and 21st centuries, from cutting-edge research facilities and learning centers, to soaring towers and vibrant urban districts.


Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is noted for elegant and humane design, ranging from modest houses to large academic, civic, cultural, commercial, and corporate buildings. Principals and staff are deeply committed to active collaboration with clients, emphasizing thorough research and analysis of each situation’s particular human, technical, and economic circumstances. The result is exceptional architecture that resonates within its place. From the beginning, energy efficiency and environmental sensitivity have been integral to the firm’s design culture.


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