OCADU Perspectives Exhibition in the Great Hall from October 14th to October 25

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 9:30am to Friday, October 25, 2019 - 7:30pm

The Faculty of Design presents the Perspectives Exhibition in the Great Hall from October 14th to October 25. This exhibition will expose first year students, prospective students and current students to the wide range of program options and work at OCADU.  The exhibition features a variety of faculty and student works from Advertising, Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Illustration and Material Art & Design.  

Venue & Address: 
OCADU - 100 McCaul
Perspective Exhibition

Book Launch: From Bear Rock Mountain by Antoine Mountain

FROM BEAR ROCK MOUNTAIN, by Antoine Mountain 2
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 5:30pm

In this poetic, poignant memoir, Dene artist and social activist Antoine Mountain paints an unforgettable picture of his journey from residential school to art schooland his path to healing.

In 1949, Antoine Mountain was born on the land near Radelie Koe, Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. At the tender age of seven, he was stolen away from his home and sent to a residential school—run by the Roman Catholic Church in collusion with the Government of Canada—three hundred kilometres away. Over the next twelve years, the three residential schools Mountain was forced to attend systematically worked to erase his language and culture, the very roots of his identity.

While reconnecting to that which had been taken from him, he had a disturbing and painful revelation of the bitter depths of colonialism and its legacy of cultural genocide. Canada has its own holocaust, Mountain argues. As a celebrated artist and social activist today, Mountain shares this moving, personal story of healing and the reclamation of his Dene identity. For more information on the book: https://www.amazon.ca/Bear-Rock-Mountain-Residential-Survivor/dp/1927366801

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 115 McCaul Street, Level 3

15% Discount on drinks for OCADU students, faculty and staff at Thor Espresso

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Environmental Design faculty member David Grant-Rubash's architecture/design studio PHAEDRUS Studio recently completed Thor Espresso, a project down the street from OCADU near Umbra. It is a great example of blurring the boundaries between art and design and is both Toronto design destination and a potential staff/student and amenity.  David recently chatted with the owners and they are pleased to offer an OCADU discount.  The project recently won Canadian Interiors Best of Year, Architecture Masterpize and was a finalist for the Architizer A+ Awards for Architecture and Branding Categories.  


Onsite Gallery: Call for OCAD U Faculty of Design Students

Onsite Gallery is currently recruiting an OCAD U student who is currently enrolled in the Faculty of Design to participate as a member of the gallery’s Advisory Programming Committee.

Publishing our way into a thriving discipline – Recent publications in Systemic Design

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 6:30am

Peter’s editorial titled The Systemic Turn: Leverage for World Changing, served as the theme for the articles comprising the issue.  The issue featured five articles from RSD5 authors, including Jones and Jeremy Bowes’ Rendering Systems Visible for Design: Synthesis Maps as Constructivist Design Narratives. All articles are available free for download at https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/she-ji-the-journal-of-design-economics-and-innovation/vol/3/issue/3


Peter also edited a second RSD symposium collection, a Springer book in the Translational Systems Science series, one of the series edited by Dr. Kyoichi Kijima of Tokyo Institute of Technology. The book Systemic Design: Theory, Methods and Practice, comprises 10 chapters from the top-selected papers from the RSD4 Symposium, the 2015 RSD conference in Banff. As with the She Ji issue, the chapters were developed in close collaboration with authors form the emerging systemic design community, and were also rigorously peer-reviewed. One of the chief differences in the book collection is that the chapters are widely ranging in length, with some chapters at nearly 50 or 70 pages long. As Springer books are not open access (See the volume at https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9784431556381#otherversion=9784431556381 ) please contact Peter Jones if interested in the articles.


The RSD8 Symposium is being held this year at IIT / Institute of Design in Chicago, October 17-19, in the new facilities at ID. SFI students and alumnae have already contributed and are expected to continue to make a strong showing at this continuing program, as it develops from emergence to excellence, as demonstrated in these continuing publication projects now following each conference. See http://rsd8.org for registration (soon) and to submit synthesis maps or posters (the call for papers is closed, but poster sessions will be open through June 14.

Think Tank Students met with Metrolinx

Think Tank and Metrolinx
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 8:30am

This was the team’s end-of-semester project for Happy City, a mini trade show in the classroom that is attended by guest organizations. Instructor, Teresa Ascencao explains, “when visiting their booth, Metrolinx was impressed and invited the students to share their innovation with a dozen of their executives and managers. It was inspiring to experience the students presenting and be taken seriously. I know these moments shape their self-confidence and future success as change-makers and designers.” Presto X-Change Initiative offers rider discounts for their charitable donations. 


Design TO panel
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:30pm

The Design Wo/ManiFesT.O. kick-off public panel discussion was part of the 2019 Design TO Festival (formerly the Toronto Design Offsite Festival) and took the form of a discourse salon. The panel of community-based activists, writers, critics, and makers told their stories of making change in their communities. The audience was then asked to share their own stories or ask the panel questions and end with a public open-microphone session encouraging guests to tell us their visions for Toronto. 

Panelists included:
David Meslin is the Creative Director of Unlock Democracy Canada, the founder of the Toronto Public Space Committee and the co-founder of Spacing Magazine.
Ajeev Bhatia is currently the Manager of Policy/Community Connections with the Centre for Connected Communities, an organization which connects community builders, translates knowledge across sectors, and celebrates community building to support communities to solutions to complex social issues.
Sabina Ali is the Chair and one of the founding members of Thorncliffe Park Women’sCommittee—created by residents to advance a transformative vision for Thorncliffe Park and the surrounding community.
Sara Ratzlaff is a recent philosophy graduate from the University of Toronto and the Public Art Columnist for Spacing Magazine. She is interested in philosophical theories that focus on the nature of public art and public space, and hopes to debunk some of the presuppositions we have about these concepts.

Kristin Wong-Tam is a third-term Toronto City Councillor and is currently serving the communities of Toronto-Centre (Ward 13) in the new 25 ward system.

Sponsored by:
Environmental Design Program, OCAD University

The research team has begun planning the second forum in collaboration with potential sponsors, and aimed for Scarborough neighbourhoods, to gather/listen to citizen efforts for community based creative placemaking. In conjunction with faculty partners, early plans for a ‘Creative Practice as Protest Workshop’ with Colloqate.Org, an award winning community platform for racial, social, and cultural equity in city-making, are being discussed, potentially aligned with a student competition for new  ideas for Toronto. Stories and information collected from all events, forums, workshops, as well as interviews, will form a rich database to explore and ideally manifest a creative artefact, be it video, book or toolkit for planning Toronto 2020 and beyond.

Be a part of the conversation at www.ocadu.ca/womanifesto


Venue & Address: 
Open Space Gallery 49 McCaul Street
The panel

2019 Teaching Excellence Award Nominations

Picture of past Teaching Excellence Awards Recipients
Friday, November 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:00am

You are invited to nominate one of our many dedicated faculty members and teaching assistants for the awards that celebrate teaching here at OCAD University. Nominations are now open, accepted from students, staff and other faculty members alike, with a deadline of Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

To complete the nomination form, simply click the link below:


Final results will be announced on the OCAD U website and recipients will be recognized publicly in May and June.

The Price Award for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty is presented in honour of JH and Mamie Price.

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Discursive Space Series: Design Research Salon

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

When is Practice-based Research?

Design faculty routinely approach making as a form of critical research inquiry, working to remove the invisible division between theory and practice. The range of terms used to describe the melding of research and making: “research-creation,” “practice as research,” and “practice-led research” (among others). Despite OCAD U coming from a heritage of making and experimentation, there are comparatively few chances to reflect on the work being done at the university, and to collectively discuss the modes of engagement within diverse disciplinary perspectives. Consideration of what is “research” is altered when discussed in the creative projects of design-scholars.

October 18            TOPIC:

The Scholarship of Discovery 

§  Search for new knowledge 

§  Traditional definition of scholarship 

§  Discovery of new information and new models 

§  Sharing discoveries through scholarly publication 


LOCATION:      Digital Salon

                        Room RHB 701k



KEYNOTE: Lois Weinthal, Chair, School of Interior Design, Ryerson University


Professor Weinthal’s practice investigates the relationship between architecture, interiors, clothing and objects, resulting in works that take on an experimental nature. Her teaching explores these topics where theoretical discussions in seminars are put into practice in design studio. Her seminar teaching led to the publication, Toward a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), which organizes the interior as a series of layers that surround the body. This anthology won the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Book Award in 2014. Professor Weinthal uses the design studio as an opportunity for students to test ideas by constructing them at full-scale.


Additional publications include co-editor of After Taste: Expanded Practice in Interior Design with Kent Kleinman and Joanna Merwood-Salisbury (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), which began as a series of symposiums to address the interdisciplinary nature of interiors and the tangent disciplines that affect and inform it. A recent publication includes The Interior Design Handbook, co-edited with Graeme Brooker (Berg Publishers, 2013). In 2014-2015, she will become Associate Editor of the international journal: Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture (Bloomsbury). She has received grants from the Graham Foundation, Fulbright, and DAAD and has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally. Design work from her studio courses have won national awards and have been published internationally.


Previously, she was Director of the Interior Design Program at Parsons The New School for Design and Graduate Advisor for the Master of Interior Design Program in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. 



Research-creation roundtable: Research Ethics Board – Nancy Snow

Presentations by Faculty of Design members, collaborators and guests + discussion



Research-creation speed dating

Meet faculty doing groundbreaking practice-based research!





November 15        11:00 - 2:00           The Scholarship of Integration

February 14          11:00 - 2:00          The Scholarship of Learning and Teaching

March 21               11:00 - 2:00          The Scholarship of Engagement


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, Digital Salon, Room RHB 701k
Digital Screen: 

Daan Roosegaarde Workshop

Daan Roosegaarde Workshop
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space. Roosegaarde has been driven by nature's gifts such as light emitting fireflies and jellyfishes since an early age. His fascination for nature and technology is reflected in his iconic designs such as Smart Highway (roads which charge from sunlight and glow at night), Waterlicht (a virtual flood) and Smog Free Project (the largest outdoor air purifier in the world which makes jewellery from smog).

Roosegaarde graduated from The Berlage Institute with a master in architecture. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future. Together they develop ‘Landscapes of the Future’ building smart sustainable prototypes for the cities of tomorrow. Roosegaarde is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and named Artist of the Year 2016 in The Netherlands.

Roosegaarde has won the London Design Innovation Medal, the INDEX Design Award, the World Technology Award, two Dutch Design Awards, the Charlotte Köhler Award, and China's Most Successful Design Award. He exhibited at the Design Museum in London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Tate Modern, Tokyo National Museum, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum and various public spaces in Europe and Asia. Selected by Forbes and Good 100 as a creative change maker, Daan Roosegaarde shares his visionary ideas frequently at conferences across the world such as TED and Design Indaba.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 100 McCaul Street, Room MCA 550
Digital Screen: