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Interface announced as gold sponsor of ADR’s 30UNDER30


Interface, a global leader in modular flooring, is coming on board for Australian Design Review’s (ADR) second annual 30UNDER30 program to help lay new pathways for emerging architects and innovators working in the built environment.

Australian Design Review’s 30UNDER30 program provides mentorship and career development in the architecture and design industry, bringing together game-changers, industry leaders, practice founders, product manufacturers, suppliers and sponsors to highlight and empower young architects and innovators of the future.

As a dynamic global brand with a long legacy for cutting-edge design, Interface has a worldly perspective to offer the next 30UNDER30 cohort.

In celebration of the ADR 30UNDER30 Architects and Innovators of the Built World stream, ADR chats with Interface about its hopes of working with the cohort to shape a more innovative, sustainable and socially responsible design landscape.

Interface carpet tile
Interface carpet tiles
ADR: What motivated Interface to sponsor the ADR 30UNDER30 Architects and Innovators program, and how does this align with the company’s commitment to the industry?

Interface: The ADR 30UNDER30 program and Interface share common ground in our commitment to fostering innovation, pushing boundaries and contributing to a sustainable future in the architecture and design industry. These commonalities are what made ADR’s 30UNDER30 stand out to Interface and motivated us to get involved. We both recognise the importance of investing in emerging talent and providing them with opportunities for growth, learning and networking.

In what ways do you think the program supports young architects and innovators in their professional development and advancement within the industry?

The program’s commitment to mentorship aligns seamlessly with our values at Interface, as we understand the pivotal role guidance plays in shaping successful careers. 

The 12-month mentorship opportunity offered by the program with acclaimed industry experts is a commendable initiative. We believe that this personalised guidance will provide participants with invaluable insights, industry knowledge and practical advice to navigate the dynamic landscape of architecture and design.

Guidance plays a pivotal role guidance in shaping successful careers, says Interface
How does Interface envision the long-term impact of the 30UNDER30 Architects and Innovators of the Built World program on the architecture and design industry, as well as on the broader community?

Interface envisions the 30UNDER30 program as a catalyst for positive change within the industry. By nurturing and empowering the next generation of creative minds, we anticipate a lasting impact on the industry’s trajectory towards innovation and sustainability. 

The program’s emphasis on mentorship, career development and fostering a community of forward-thinkers aligns with Interface’s commitment to pushing design boundaries and advancing sustainable practices. We believe that the long-term impact will extend beyond individual careers to influence industry norms, encouraging a collective shift towards more innovative, sustainable and socially responsible design.

Are there plans for collaboration or partnership opportunities between Interface and the young designers participating in the program?

Absolutely. Interface is excited about the potential for collaboration and partnership opportunities with the talented young designers participating in the program. We see this as a two-way street, offering a platform for these emerging professionals to bring fresh perspectives to our projects while providing them with real-world industry exposure. Our intention is to foster meaningful connections that go beyond the sponsorship, creating opportunities for knowledge exchange, joint projects and mutually beneficial collaborations that push the boundaries of design and sustainability.

Carpet tiles
Interface intends to collaborate with the 30UNDER30 to push the boundaries of design
How does Interface intend to engage with the program’s participants beyond the sponsorship itself?

Interface is committed to ongoing engagement with the program’s participants beyond the sponsorship period. We plan to facilitate various initiatives, including workshops and networking events that provide a continued platform for learning and collaboration. 

Our aim is to establish a lasting relationship with the participants, offering mentorship, industry insights and opportunities for skill development. By maintaining an open line of communication, we hope to contribute to their long-term success and provide a supportive network as they navigate their careers in the architecture and design industry.

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Interface produces the industry’s lowest carbon footprint carpet tiles

Interface is committed to supporting design education and talent development in Australia. In addition to the 30UNDER30 Architects and Innovators of the Built World program, we actively engage with institutions like TAFE NSW, recently attending and conducting a masterclass in Designing for Country for students as part of the Design Centre Enmore’s SWITCH event. Interface also offers student mill tours and design workshops throughout the year, providing first-hand experiences and exposure to real-world design processes. Additionally, we proudly sponsor design student exhibitions throughout the country, including the most recent exhibition at Curtin University in Perth.

Interface sees education and employment opportunities as central to our sphere of influence. We initiated The Home Project as part of our Reconciliation Action Plan a few years ago. This project involves connecting with First Nation Elders, students, teachers and architects across diverse Australian environments to understand the educational spaces they design and build. The Home Project represents a concerted effort to contribute to these areas, reinforcing Interface’s role as a value-based organisation. We invite others to join us on this journey, recognising the importance of making a positive impact on communities across Australia through education and understanding.

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Australian Design Review’s 30UNDER30 Architects and Innovators of the Built World stream is brought to you by major sponsor Neolith alongside gold sponsors Interface, Miele and Tongue & Groove. 

The program is supported by practice partners BVN, HDR INC, SJB, Richards Stanisich, Williams Burton Leopardi, and Billard Leece Partnership.

View the 30UNDER30 shortlist.


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