The Virtual Design Festival, the world’s first online design festival, is in full swing over at Organised by Dezeen, the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design website, the Virtual Design Festival is a platform bringing the architecture and design world together to celebrate the culture and commerce of these industries, and to explore how they can adapt and respond to extraordinary circumstances.

The Festival is hosting a rolling programme of online talks, lectures, movies, product launches and more, and keen viewers can follow Nelly Ben Hayoun as she features throughout the Festival. This post will be updated with any future events.


On April 22, Nelly joined Sepake Angiama, curator, educator, Artistic Director at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and curator of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennale, in conversation for RE:THINK, an Earth Day symposium in collaboration with The World Around. The World Around is a new platform dedicated to the ‘now, near and next’ in architectural culture; in this symposium, TWA presents new content and conversations commissioned from over twenty international voices leading new and exciting global discourses on environmental design. Find more information here.


On May 4, Nelly joined Marcus Fairs, Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief, for an open forum conversation about the Dezeen Awards, Dezeen’s annual awards programme for architecture and design. Now in their third year, the Dezeen Awards identify the world’s best architecture, interiors and design, as well as the studios and the individual architects and designers producing the most outstanding work. Nelly was a judge for the Dezeen Design Award in 2019. You can find more information here.

You can also see Nelly alongside luminaries and visionaries like Kunlé Adeyemi, Sou Fujimoto and Aric Chen in this video documenting judging day for the Dezeen Awards 2019, featured as one of 16 must-see Dezeen Award videos. Nelly was a judge for the Design Award.