Kansas City Design Week 2019

EVENT Schedule

Redesigning André’s Confiserie Suisse for the Next Generation

Wednesday, April 10 | 8:30am - 10:00am | Andrés Confiserie Suisse

Enjoy fresh coffee and Swiss pastries while Nicole and Brad Satterwhite share their holistic journey of rebranding and redesigning an iconic third-generation brand and restaurant. Followed by a tour of the André’s chocolate factory guided by owner and chef René Bollier.

Rams: The Influence of His Ten Principles of Good Design

Wednesday, April 10 | 6:30pm - 8:15pm | The Tivoli in Westport Manor Square

For more than fifty years, Dieter Rams has left an indelible mark on the field of product design and the world at large with his iconic work at Braun and Vitsoe. Rams is a documentary portrait of Dieter Rams, one of the most influential designers alive, by Gary Hustwit who produced and directed Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized. Come kick off KC Design Week with a film that celebrates Dieter’s contribution to the design world and see what inspired our 10th anniversary line-up of events.

StorySelling: Using the Power of Story to Sell Ideas

Thursday, April 11 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | Center for Architecture & Design

Tim Kail walks you through the process of successful storytelling and how to bring your ideas to the forefront.

Women in Design: Leaders Shaping the Industry

Thursday, April 11 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Center for Architecture & Design

Join four fierce, accomplished women in the design field as they talk about goals, obstacles, and what we can do to move the needle in the design industry when it comes to gender inequality.


Thursday, April 11 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm | Tuft & Needle

Join a conversation with a few of the brains behind this brand and its store design in Kansas City. We’ll hear from Chris Evans, head of architectural design at the Phoenix-based Tuft & Needle, and Jesse Crupper, AIA, with Hufft of Kansas City. 

What thought process went into this store? How does mattress design factor in? Why was the Kansas City market chosen for one of the few brick-and-mortar stores in the U.S.?

Build. Rebuild. Repeat.

Friday, April 12 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | Center for Architecture & Design

The LEGO brick we all know today has remained relatively unchanged for over 60 years. How does a brand built on one timeless product design stay in the hearts and minds of consumers around the globe year after year?

"Bob Ross" Par-Tay

Friday, April 12 | 5:30pm - 8:00pm | Austin Walsh Studio

BOB ROSS. If that doesn’t already have your attention, this will. Ten well-known, local artists/designers will do their best Bob Ross impression and spend just over an hour creating 10 one-of-a-kind pieces to be auctioned off at the end of the party. All proceeds go to Imagine That!, a Crossroads art studio that caters to creative individuals with developmental disabilities. Campground KC will be slingin’ drinks while party people get to see these 10 masterpieces come to life. Bob Ross costumes are highly encouraged!

Homes by Architects Tour

Saturday, April 13 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Both sides of State Line, from Brookside to Prairie Village

Brookside. Prairie Village. Fairway. Explore the Kansas City Metro like never before during KC Design Week’s Homes by Architects Tour. See four homes built or renovated by local architects and learn about their unique details from the people that designed them.

Art of Healing

Sunday, April 14 | 9:30am - 11:30am | Children’s Mercy Adele Hall Campus Children’s Mercy Hospital, Community Room

This leading pediatric hospital’s innovative approach combines the skill of a talented in-house artist, Donald Ross “Scribe,” with the developmental expertise of a child-life specialist to create custom environments designed just for children. Enjoy coffee while Scribe and child-life specialist Missy Stover discuss the positive impact that art can have on a child’s healing process.

Roots of Paseo

Monday, April 15 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | Operation Breakthrough

Throughout the years, the “Troost Dividing Line” has become a demarcation of where the effects of historic redlining is most readily seen and affects individuals today. Designers are becoming more socially aware about the past and what can be done for these communities, but the solutions to address the problem are often vague or carry controversy. KC Design Week has gathered planners, designers, and policy advocates to explore the unique issues of working with communities of need.

Modern Watercolor Techniques with Cat Coquillette

Tuesday, April 16 | 8:30am - 11:00am | Center for Architecture & Design

Explore your creativity and expand your painting skills with these step-by-step watercolor techniques! The workshop will focus on modern techniques that you can’t achieve with any other medium – this is part of what makes watercolors so special.

Creative Rejuvenation Workshop

Tuesday, April 16 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm | Kaleidoscope

Childlike wonder and adult beverages fuel this Creative Rejuvenation Workshop! Using screen printing, water colors, markers, and ever-changing materials from Hallmark’s manufacturing processes, you’ll create a custom designed and bound KCDW sketchbook to continue creating in the days ahead.

Herding Tigers Workshop: Be the Leader Creative People Need

Wednesday, April 17 | 8:00am - 11:30am | Plaza Library, Truman Forum Auditorium

Author Todd Henry will deliver an interactive workshop designed to help you better understand what highly creative people truly need from their leadership and how to deliver it consistently. Participants will develop a personalized action plan to help implement the concepts introduced.

Herding Tigers Keynote

Wednesday, April 17 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Populous

Author Todd Henry shares the core things talented, creative people need from every leader, the common places where leaders unknowingly fail to provide them, and the handful of conversations, practices, and rituals that can set you and your team up to do its best work every day.

Designers Who Coffee: WeWork Wisdom with Devin Vermeulen

Thursday, April 18 | 8:00am - 9:30am | Corrigan Station

WeWork has become a trailblazer in redefining the 9-to-5. Join us in the comfort of their space as we converse with Creative Director Devin Vermeulen about workplace strategy, community integration, and the importance of design in both our physical and business environments.

Changing the Way We Live, One Net-Zero Home at a Time

Thursday, April 18 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | Center for Architecture & Design

Jennifer and Andrew Dickson are reimagining the way we live at their innovative startup, Acre. By viewing housing like a product and homebuilding like a manufacturing process, the Dicksons create smarter homes for the people who inhabit them . Enjoy lunch as the Acre team shares their process and how they’re a unique voice for technology in architecture.

Living the Dream: How Cat Coquillette Works as a Digital Nomad

Thursday, April 18 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm | The Sandbox Agency

Learn how to build a successful creative brand while exploring the world. Cat Coquillette is a “digital nomad” and runs her business remotely from all corners of the globe.

#My5Days: Defining our Sense of Purpose & Building Creative Culture

Friday, April 19 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | Center for Architecture & Design

Join some of Hallmark’s creative leadership team as they discuss their successful and unique approach to keeping their creative community renewed, refreshed, and revitalized.

KCDW 10th Anniversary Closing Party

Friday, April 19 | 7:00pm - 11:00pm | The Truman

Come close out our 10th KC Design Week with the party of the decade! There will be food, music, drinks, and an art battle--yes, an art battle. DJs are mixing a
one-of-a-kind sonic experience throughout the night.

VIP tickets get you a sweet private balcony overlooking the festivities, two tasty specialty cocktails, and a surprise or two. 

Anniversary Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors



Ann Willoughby
Midland Paper Company
Scott Rice
Hollis + Miller Architects
Willoughby Design
U.S. Cad


Center for Architecture and Design

These exciting, interactive events are a program of Center for Architecture & Design, a group of local professional design organizations which include: