The British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) has announced that Katy Lithgow, Head Conservator of the National Trust, will present a talk at the ‘Celebrating British Design’ Conference, taking place at RIBA’s London HQ, Portland Place on 21st June 2012.

Katy will be exploring how the future always stands on the shoulders of the past, and how the conservation of historic buildings and their interiors has enriched cultural influences on which modern designers can draw. She will take the audience on a historical journey into the past of interiors, discussing its ability to show constant reinvention of the even more ancient past, before concluding with a sustainable future.

Katy Lithgow joined the National Trust in 1991 as an Area Conservator. Katy has a strong background in conservation having worked within the Trust for several years, starting as; Assistant to the Housekeeper, then the Trust’s Wall Painting Conservation Adviser, then Conservation Advisers Manager before taking her current role.

Before joining the National Trust, Katy studied a BA Hons in Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Art in Cambridge. Katy then went on to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma in Wall Paintings Conservation from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she taught, following an internship at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Katy is an accredited Conservator-Restorer (ACR) in both preventive and wall paintings conservation.

“Katy is a great attribute to our already prominent team of speakers,” says Diana Yakeley, BIID President. “Her knowledge on conservation and heritage in British design will provide an interesting and inspiring session. We are thrilled to have her on board joining our exciting list of influential and high profile speakers, which will explore all aspects of British design.”

Katy is one of a number of high profile speakers from the design world who will take part in the BIID’s first Annual conference. Other confirmed speakers include, Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum; Christine Losecaat, Creative Industries Advisor to UK Trade & Investment; Dr Paul Thompson, Rector of the Royal College of Art; Paul Finch, Deputy Chair of the Design Council and Editor-in-Chief of the AJ Architects Journal, and Sue Timney, the renowned interior, fashion and textile designer and BIID Education Director.

The conference will also include this year’s BIID Honorary Fellowships which will be presented to Sir Paul Smith, Dr Paul Thompson, Andrea von Einsiedel and Graham Watts.

Tickets for BIID Members cost £110, BIID Student Members: £60 and Non-members: £140. To buy tickets online and find out more information, please visit, www.biid.org.uk/Celebrating.

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About the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID)

Established in 1966, the BIID is the professional Institute for interior designers in theUK.

The BIID’s growing national and international membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge. In addition to rigorous entry requirements that assess training, experience and professionalism, the Institute requires members to continue their professional development throughout their career, ensuring their continued expertise in design process, practice and regulatory matters.

The BIID is the only professional organisation for interior designers which has been granted the prestigious and rare accolade of Institute status by the Minister of State as the pre-eminent body in its field. The Institute’s mission is to encourage and support creativity and competence in the field of interior design through facilitating best practice, practical professional support, development opportunities and education.

On the national stage, the BIID is a full member of the Construction Industry Council and, as a result, is now part of Government consultations to advise on new policy and legislation. Internationally, the BIID is represented on the board of the International Federation of Interior Architects and Designers; the global voice and authority for professional interior architects and designers. More details at www.biid.org.uk