SFI Student Kyoko Ariyoshi guest lecture at Florida Atlantic University

Kyoko Arioyoshi guest lecture at Florida Atlantic University
Kyoko Arioyoshi guest lecture at Florida Atlantic University
Kyoko Arioyoshi and MFA students at Florida Atlantic University
Florida Atlantic University
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 2:00pm

Kyoko Ariyoshi from SFI was invited to do a presentation at Florida Atlantic University in Florida, in a Master of Fine Arts class.

Kyoko is an international student from Tokyo with a background in art, translation, marketing, and business. She's also the founder of implish, a total culture translation service. Her aspiration is to create a human-centric business that makes both outer (financial) and inner wealth (self-actualization). She designs her business utilizing art thinking which was the focus of the presentation titled, More of Art Thinking.

Art school graduates undeservedly have the highest unemployment rate globally yet they offer the most colourful set of skills. She spoke about what art thinking is, its benefits, and how art and business together help students' career going forward. The presentation was received as "very encouraging, insightful, and practical" and created a very constructive discussion about audience's future careers.


Virtual Talk Thursday Night by South African Artist Zanele Muholi

OCAD U and Artscape Gibraltar Point has partnered for this special guest artist talk.

Alumni Guest Speaker: Richard St. John

Richard St. John
Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 7:30pm

Back by popular demand! Richard St. John on "8 Secrets of Success"

Richard St. John's (AOCA, Industrial Design, 1969) TED Talks on success have over 15-million views on the web, and his book The 8 Traits Successful People Have In Common is a bestseller.

For 15 years he researched why people succeed, and did face-to-face interviews with Bill Gates, the Google founders, Jane Goodall, Steven Spielberg, Richard Branson, Martha Stewart, Frank Gehry, six Nobel Prize winners, and 1,000 other successful people. He discovered what leads to success in any career—from art, architecture, and design, to business, science, and sports—and he’s excited to share it with us.

So please join Richard for a fast, factual, funny and inspiring ride along the road to success.

Doors open 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: 7:30 p.m.
Question & Answer: 8:30 p.m.

This is a complimentary ticketed event. Please RSVP here to reserve your seat(s).

Presented by OCAD U Alumni Relations in partnership with OCAD U Student Success Programs.


Venue & Address: 
Central Hall, Room 230 (Level 2) 100 McCaul Street Toronto, ON
416-977-6000 x4021
Complimentary. Hosted by OCAD U Alumni Relations

Creative Director Speaker’s Series 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:30pm

Be a part of the latest talks, featuring global and local industry professionals. This year, we continue our Advertising Series, with the following guest speakers:

Founding partner, Grip Limited.

Globally renowned Illustrator, Order of Canada, OCAD Alumni.

Brand Communication & Digital Integration Lead,
Sr. Brand Manager, McCain Foods

Founder, Lowe Roche

Brought to you by the Advertising Program.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, Room 190, Large Auditorium
CD Speaker’s Series 2017

Design for Health Graduate Student Workshop with Lorna Ross

Lorna Ross with Design for Health Students and Dr. Kate Sellen, Graduate Program Director
Lorna Ross speaking to Design for Health Students
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 8:15pm

On November 3, 2016, Lorna Ross, Director of Design at the Center for Innovation, Mayo Clinic held a workshop in the new Design for Health student studio space for graduate students. Students had the unique opportunity to discuss their studio projects directly with Ms. Ross and gain valuable insight into the design process at one of the world’s leading health design centres. Ms. Ross shared her experiences and advice with students, discussing the practicalities of research in health care settings and tips on how to work effectively with stakeholders throughout the design process.

Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation fuses design principles with the scientific method to uncover human needs in the health care environment, which include empathy, creativity, systems thinking and a human-centered focus. Ross’s role directing the discovery and implementation of transformative, patient-centric care models places her at a critical intersection of design, science, technology and industry, allowing Mayo Clinic to speculate with confidence on the future of health and healthcare.

More about Design for Health: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/design-for-health.htm

Guest Lecture: Dr. Carola Hein - Landscapes of Oil

Image of a building
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:00pm

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences School for Interdisciplinary Studies presents: 

Dr. Carola Hein - Global Landscapes of Oil

Petroleum – its extraction, refining, transformation, and consumption – has shaped our built environment in visible and invisible interconnected ways around the world over the last 150 years. Industrial structures, buildings, monuments, urban forms, and infrastructure stand as material witnesses to the ubiquity and power of petroleum. Many people will orient themselves in space referring to gas stations, others will point to oil headquarters as local urban icons, and a select few will be aware of local oil industry facilities or the educational, housing or leisure facilities of the petroleum industry employees. But while observers recognize the connection to oil in select buildings, they do not picture the enormous collective presence of oil in the built environment, its impact on production processes, financial flows, and associated social and cultural patterns in our everyday environment, or the long history of oil’s impact on our lives. Using local case studies from the United States, Northern Europe, and China, this lecture explores physical spaces and cultural manifestations of oil on a global scale.

Carola Hein is Professor and Head, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology. She trained in Hamburg (Diplom‑Ingenieurin) and Brussels (Architecte) and earned her doctorate at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg in 1995. She has published and lectured widely on topics in contemporary and historical architectural and urban planning—notably in Europe and Japan—and has authored several articles and books on capital city issues in Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Berlin, and Tokyo. From 1995 to 1999 she was a Visiting Researcher at Tokyo Metropolitan University and Kogakuin University, focusing on the reconstruction of Japanese cities after World War II and the Western influence on Japanese urban planning. Among other major grants, in 2004, she held a grant by the Brussels-Capital Region Government to investigate the urban location and architectural expression of the European capital function. In 2005-06 she has been working with a grant from the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy for research on Regional integration and land policies affecting the future development of Tallinn, Warsaw, and Budapest. In 2007, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue research on The Global Architecture of Oil.With an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship she investigated large scale urban transformation in Hamburg in international context between 1842 and 2008. Her current interest is the study of international networks and the transmission of architectural and urban ideas along these networks, focusing specifically on port cities and the global architecture of oil.


Carola Hein has authored The Capital of Europe. Architecture and Urban Planning for the European Union (Praeger, 2004), and has edited Port Cities: Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks London: Rutledge 2011; (with Pierre Laconte (eds,)) Brussels: Perspectives on a European Capital. Brussels: Publication of the Foundation for the Urban Environment, 2007. Bruxelles l’Européene: Capitale de qui? Ville de qui?/ European Brussels. Whose capital? Whose city? Brussels: Cahiers de la Cambre-Architecture n 5, Brussels: La Lettre Volée, 2006; (with Philippe Pelletier (eds.)). Cities, Autonomy and Decentralization in Japan. London: Routledge, 2006/2009: (with Jeffry Diefendorf, and Yorifusa Ishida (eds.)), Rebuilding Urban Japan after 1945. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. She has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, and magazines.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, room 190

First Meeting: OCAD Buddhist Group

Friday, October 24, 2008 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

An opportunity for interested OCAD students, faculty and staff to find out more about Buddhism. Special guest Tony Meers, General Director of Soka Gankai International (SGI) Canada will speak.

Venue & Address: 
Location TBA 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario

Daniel Olson

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 9:30pm to 11:30pm

Born in California to Canadian parents in 1955, Daniel Olson completed degrees
in mathematics and architecture before
obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in
1986 from the Nova Scotia College
of Art and Design (Halifax) and a
Master of Fine Arts in 1995 from York
University (Toronto). Olson’s work –
which includes sculpture, multiples,
installation, photography, performance,
audio, video and artist’s books – has
been exhibited widely, including
shows at the Contemporary Art Gallery
(Vancouver), the Art Gallery of Ontario
(Toronto), the Musée national des
beaux-arts du Québec (Québec), Galerie
Optica (Montréal), and the Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris). His works is
documented in several catalogues,
including Playtime (Regina, 2006),
Twenty Minutes’ Sleep (Vancouver,
2005), Silence and Other Conditions
(Kingston, 2005), ViciousCircle
(Chatham/Medicine Hat/Brandon, 2003),
Bang (Paris/Toronto, 2002), Small World
(Cambridge/Lethbridge/Sackville, 2000),
Noisemaker[s] (Toronto, 1999) and
Waste Management (Toronto, 1999).
Olson has published numerous artist’s
books and multiples, most of which
have been available at Art Metropole in
Toronto, where he is also represented by
Birch Libralato. Since 2001 Olson has
been living and working in Montreal.

Venue & Address: 
Room 7514 (Level 5) 205 Richmond Street W., Toronto, Ontario

Design in India: A Paradigm of Ascension

Shri Shashank Mehta
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:00pm

The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to welcome Professor Shashank Mehta to Toronto for the week of September 22 to 26, 2008. The Office of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Design will host a lecture by Professor Mehta on Tuesday, September 23, at 6 p.m. in Central Hall. Professor Mehta is a Mechanical Engineer and a Post Graduate in Industrial Design (Product Design), and is currently the Activity Chairperson, Research & Publications at India’s esteemed National Institute of Design (NID). Prior to this, he headed NID's Programs for Education, Outreach, and Industry, and International Departments at the Institute.

Mehta has successfully anchored Design Clinic and Design Awareness Workshops for various small-scale Industry clusters in India, including: 'Competitive Advantage through Design' (2004); 'Design as Strategy for Development and Quality of Living' (2005), and 'Strategic Design Intervention for Developing Economies' (2006), with specific focus on 'design for crafts' and 'design for development' for the participants from various developing countries. Mehta has authored various articles and actively contributed to various bodies in diverse capacities including lectures on topics such as 'Understanding Design'; 'Imperatives of Technology & Design Interface'; 'New Product development', and 'Aspiring Creativity: the Indian Context'.

All are welcome, admission is free.
Limited seating available. Guests are advised to arrive early.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall (Room 230) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Akira Kurosaki

Akira Kurosaki
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 4:00pm

Akira Kurosaki is a world renowned printmaker and teacher who has attracted many international artists to Kyoto to study mokuhanga under his tutelage. While in college he combined woodblock with other printing techniques, such as silkscreen and photo relief. He later developed a collaborative approach with master printers producing works of great mastery. Kurosaki's work is in the collections of the British Museum, Museum of Modern Art New York, and Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario