Lois Wellwood
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Through the lens of a diverse and rewarding career, the lecture explores purpose, imagination, and possibilities for the future in Interior Design. Reflection, Translation and Inspiration is a journey through the work and the experiences that have influenced and fostered creativity, curiosity and innovation. 

Associate Director
Interiors Practice Leader
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP    

As an expert in transformational workplace strategies, retail, hospitality, and integrated brand design, Wellwood brings over 25 years of experience in programming, planning, design and management of large, complex projects. Prior to joining SOM, Lois served as Principal at NBBJ, where she directed initiatives related to design, client development, and strategic growth. Her distinguished portfolio includes a Global Technology Headquarters in New York, Global Headquarters for monetary agencies in the US and international locations, the headquarters for a several large Technology companies in the Seattle area and an 800,000-square-foot office repositioning project for Shell Canada in Calgary.  

With her visionary outlook, Lois possesses extensive experience collaborating with clients to align business and organizational objectives, which in turn informs and defines the project as a whole. Lois fosters a culture of intuitive thinking, which enables the optimal delivery of process, creativity and expertise on the projects she directs. She inspires teams and engages stakeholders in a transparent and inclusive approach, bringing diverse ideas, emerging industry innovations + strategic direction together to drive continuous development and growth.  
Lois’ projects have received numerous awards, including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Award of Excellence, the Premier’s Award of Excellence, and awards from the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia and the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario. She served on the board of directors for CREW Calgary and the coordination committee for the CREW 2012 Montreal conference. In Seattle, she served on the board of directors for CoreNet Washington State Chapter, where she chaired the awards committee, and also served on the board of directors for Design in Public, an initiative of the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects.    

Lois studied at the University of Manitoba where she completed her Bachelor of Interior Design. She was the recipient of the province of Manitoba Design Association’s Award of Merit in her graduating year.

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Cultural Events
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6PM | Centre Space
John A. Russell Building
Faculty of Architecture
University of Manitoba