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Q&A with #RECon14 Speaker Derek Barker

Barker, Derek Tell us about yourself and what do you do?
I’m an Architect and the Managing Director of Haskoll Architect and Designers. Based in London and Beijing. We provide high level shopping centre design consultancy advice across Europe and China working with high calibre clients on new build, refurbishment and remodeling of centres, town centre residential and leisure schemes. I personally work extensively on projects across Scandinavia, the UK, Switzerland, Spain and Holland.

What will you be covering at your RECon session and what should people expect to learn?
Referring to the 2013 and 2014 Global Viva Best of the Best Awards entrants our panel will identify and discuss the world trends in shopping centre design. This is a wonderful opportunity for delegates to get first-hand knowledge of what is driving our industry around the globe. A not to be missed session, extremely educational and a chance to hear world class panel members reveal their overviews.

What is your best advice for RECon newbies?
Talk to strangers! Everyone wants to network so don’t be afraid to start up a conversation on the escalators, bus or coffee queue – you will be surprised how fulfilling this can be.

What is your favorite mobile app to use and why? Business or personal?
Both personal and business – the London Bus app so I know which bus and how fast I need to catch it run in the mornings.

How can people reach out to you on social media?
Phone +44 207 835 1188, email derek.barker@haskoll.co.uk  Twitter derek barker@derekbarker1 London and @haskollUK, Linked In http:/www.haskoll.co.uk, ICSC members page.

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