Monday, March 3, 2008 - 5:00am to Friday, March 7, 2008 - 5:00am


models and environmental design

in environmental design we design environments. we make spaces that frame the experiences of daily life –

we start with concepts and move to diagrams, we develop these three dimensionally and then, gradually we develop the shape of space and

imagine its material aspects. every decision either layers the

central idea with complexity and harmony or incrementally diminishes the power and clarity of that idea. every decision carries with it the baggage of agenda – what are the political, ethical, social, ecological concerns we as designers bring with us and how are they challenged within the structure and perceived limitations of any program?

these models (from a variety of second and third year environmental design studios) represent only one aspect of the work within environmental design – that of three-dimensional model making. they are the tip of the iceberg. we are not seeing the research or the sketches, plans, sections, elevations and perspectives let alone the virtual computer modeling of the building.

the range, scale and complexity of our programs and our imagined worlds are vast but models give us something material and measurable.

they represent the physical manifestation of creative thought and creative process in the shaping of our built environments.

stuart m. reid curator
february 2008

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Environmental Design student earns Donghia Foundation Scholarship

Rendering of a kitchen of Path House concept
Rendering of a kitchen and bedroom of Path House concept
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 4:00am

Simona Turco is the first OCAD University student to win the prestigious Angelo Donghia Foundation Senior Scholarship, given out annually to students in the field of interior design. Her project was one of 15 chosen from among of 68 submissions.

The $24,500 award will cover Turco’s tuition, books, materials and living expenses.

“Being able to have my work recognized on an international level by professionals in the industry is extremely exciting for me,” said Turco. “This award gives me the confidence and drive to continue producing innovative work that I am proud of.”

Angelo Donghia was an internationally known designer, entrepreneur and graduate of the Parsons School of Design in 1959. At the time of his passing in 1985, Donghia ventures involved furniture, textiles, showrooms and licensing. The Angelo Donghia Foundation provides support for the advancement of education in the field of interior design. The foundation also funds research into the causes and treatment of AIDS.

The Senior Student Scholarship Program in Interior Design was launched in 2002. Students submit their designs for a residential or commercial project for review by a blind jury consisting of interior design professionals, educators and editors.

The merit-based scholarship of up to U.S. $30,000 is to be applied to senior-year tuition, board, maintenance and books. 

Students from schools including Pratt, Parsons, the School of Visual Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design were among the 2016 scholarship applicants. OCAD U’s Turco was the only student to be honoured from a Canadian institution.

“Our students are honoured to be offered this wonderful opportunity by the trustees of the Foundation and to be considered alongside students from some of the most prestigious design schools in North America. We are extremely excited that this win has occurred after only participating in the competition for three years,” said Colleen Reid, Associate Dean, Faculty of Design.

Turco’s winning submission is called Path House. It is a residential project conceived for a client with a visual impairment. The home incorporates a contemporary aesthetic with components that cater to clients with any degree of visual disability. Features include custom millwork with braille or raised English details, contrasting materials and textures, anti-glare finishes, natural light for wayfinding and double-height spaces for variations in acoustics.

The scholarship shines a light on the incredible talent emerging from OCAD U’s Environmental Design program, which focuses on the design of expressive and humane interior and architectural space.

This year’s judges included the following designers, architects and members of the press: Amy Lau, Amy Lau Design; Arianne Nardo, freelance editor; Barry Richards, Rockwell Group; Carolyn Englefield, editor, Veranda Interiors; Frank de Biasi, Frank de Biasi Interiors LLC; Jamie Drake, Drake Anderson; John Ike, Ike Kligerman Barkley; Julie Noran, president, The Editor at Large; Kathleen Walsh, Kathleen Walsh Interiors; Sophie Donelson, editor-in-chief, House Beautiful; Stephanie Odegard, Stephanie Odegard Collection; Stephen Burks, Stephen Burks Man Made; Tony Freund, editor-in-chief, 1stdibs Introspective; and Vicente Wolf, Vicente Wolf Associates Inc.

Bruce Hinds

Bruce Hinds is an Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Design– OCAD University) As a licensed Architect, Bruce maintains an active practice addressing issues of sustainable community structures in the developing world. Current projects include working with a multidisciplinary team of physicians and specialists in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania to construct a sustainable community for children affected and infected with HIV.

ED Media 2015 - Ambient Experience Lab Paper Accepted

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 4:00am

The Program Committee of EdMedia 2015: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, after rigorous peer review, has decided to accept our submission for presentation as a full paper. EdMedia 2015 will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 22-24, 2015.

Unpacking the Concept of Design Thinking Through a Competency-based Curriculum

(from the abstract) The primary aim of this paper is to report an in-depth analysis of OCADU Industrial Design program’s competency based curriculum, which, in turn, will unpack the notion of design thinking. The research question is to understand how OCADU faculty members designed and implemented a competency-based curriculum that fosters students’ ability in design thinking. The results show three initial principles for defining design thinking within K 12 and higher education: (1) Design thinking as situated within design ‘doing’ and ‘feeling’, (2) Design thinking embedded within different ‘design modeling’ languages’; and (3) building creative confidence by increasingly being able to connect experiences. These three identified design thinking principles need to be taught, documented, measured and organized in order to affect K12 and higher education. 


Angelo Donghia Scholarship goes to...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

Simona Turco a 3rd year Environmental Design student, won the Angelo Donghia Scholarship. OCAD U was up against the very best American Universities and Simona won 1st prize, $24,755.40. Way to go!!!


OCAD U Student bridges gap between young & old

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 1:30pm

Environmental Design graduating student Vihn Le made the Metro News with his thesis project -- a plan to transform an under-enrolled elementary school into an intergenerational community centre.





Earth Day 2016!

For INSTUDIO’s April illustration feature, 2015 grad Lynden Joudrey celebrates the goodwill and diversity of our planet. View more of Lynden’s work online.

Earth Day 2016!, Lynden Joudrey
Earth Day 2016!|Lynden Joudrey, 2016
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Environmental Design Professor Stuart Reid's BELIEFS exhibition & more...

Hacking Time
Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 11:00am to Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 11:00am

April 2 to 30 -- Gallery Gevik will be exhibiting a new body of work by Stuart Reid during the month of April. This series, entitled ‘Beliefs’ are ‘glass canvases,’ and can be viewed as front-lit paintings or as backlit-illuminated images. Last summer, Reid’s world-class art installation ‘zones of immersion’, debuted at Union Station. This installation consists of a 150-metre screen of glass panels with multi-layered mural images, poetic writings and rich primary colors with black and white drawings.

March 28 - May 15 -- Durham Art Gallery will be exhibiting a trio of work called "Hacking Time" Adam Magyar, Stuart Reid, David Rokeby

April 23 to October 2017 -- a group exhibition of International Contemporary glass at Le Centre du Vitrail in Chartres, France Lumieres du Monde  which features 3 of Stuart Reid's glass works


Venue & Address: 
Gallery Gevik 12 Hazelton Avenue Durham Art Gallery 251 George St. E. Durhan
http://www.gevik.com www.durhamart.on.ca www.centre-vitrail.org
info@gevik.com contact@centre-vitrail.org

Environmental Design - CIDA Accreditation Open House

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 4:00pm

For the past four years Colleen Reid, Asscoiate Dean, Faculty of Design has been working with the Environmental Design Chair and Faculty to get accreditation for Interior design. The CIDA team will be here to do the review on February 20 to 23, 2016.

We wish to thank Colleen Reid, the Design Office staff, the Environmental Design Faculty and intern Roxana Jakubowska for all the support, long hours and hard work. Most importantly, we would like to thank all the Environmental design students for loaning us your great work!

We will be having an OPEN HOUSE to show the student work on February 23rd from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm -- Please drop by Room 550.




Student design teams triumph at IDS 2016

Nature X Nature flooring installation
Friday, January 22, 2016 - 5:00am

Two interdisciplinary teams of Environmental and Industrial Design students took home the top prizes at the Kentwood Design Challenge held at Toronto’s Interior Design Show (IDS 2016).

Metropolitan Hardwood Floors invited students to create a design concept that uses their Kentwood line of hardwood flooring in unique and innovative ways.  

The first prize of $3000 was awarded to OCAD U’s Olayide Madamidola, Kyung Hyun Kim and Joon Leem for NATURE X NATURE.  

OCAD U students Hamid Shahi and Victor Mancini won the second prize of $2000 for DYNAMIC LANDSCAPE.

Finalists Topher Kong and Avis Ho also received a $1000 prize for SHAN SHUI.

The teams’ work is on display at the Kentwood booth at IDS 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The show closes on Sunday, January 24.

IDS 2016 is the 18th edition of Canada’s interior design showcase, which brings together hundreds of exhibitors and some 50,000 visitors.