Call for Submissions: AZ Awards

AZURE, the influential contemporary design and architecture magazine, announces the opening of submissions to the 2018 AZ Awards. Now in its 8th year, the AZ Awards competition celebrates the best in architecture and design from around the world.

IIDEX, the annual architecture and interior design show

Doreen Balabanoff will be speaking at IIDEX on November 30 at 11:00 am about colour and light and healthcare design.

Colleen Reid

Colleen Reid was born in Toronto and currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Colleen is a Professor, a practicing architect and a practicing artist. Colleen acted as the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Design from 2013 to 2016 and was Acting Dean from July to October, 2016. In the past Ms. Reid has acted as Interim Dean in the Faculty of Design (2008) as well as Assistant Dean for six years (2001-2007) and Chair of Environmental Design (2000). Colleen has been a faculty member at OCAD University since 1994. In the past, Ms.

Jana Macalik

Jana joined the Faculty of Design in 2014 as a tenured Associate Professor in the Environmental Design program from her previous position in the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University. She holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. She has received the NCIDQ certificate and is a member of IDEC and ARIDO.

Colleen Reid

Colleen Reid was born in Toronto and currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Colleen is an Associate Professor, a practicing architect and a practicing artist. At present Colleen is the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Design. In the past Ms. Reid has acted as Interim Dean in the Faculty of Design (2008) as well as Assistant Dean for six years (2001-2007) and Chair of Environmental Design (2000). Colleen has been a faculty member at OCAD University since 1994. In the past, Ms.

OCAD U Students among the finalists for The Kentwood Design Challenge

The Kentwood Design Challenge
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 4:00pm

Metropolitan Hardwood Floors (Metro) has announced the finalists in the 2017 Kentwood IDS Design Challenge. 

Metro is the exclusive manufacturer of the Kentwood line of premium hardwood floors and is a longtime exhibitor at the Interior Design Show (IDS), Canada’s leading exhibition of design innovation and inspiration, held in January at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  

At IDS 2016, Metro introduced the Kentwood IDS Design Challenge. Rather than a traditional trade show booth, the company proposed to showcase the talent and creativity of students from some of Canada’s leading design institutions. 

Students were challenged to create a unique design utilizing Kentwood hardwood flooring, and five finalists were selected to ‘build out’ their visions at IDS, where their work was judged by a panel of industry experts and viewed by the over 50,000 visitors to the show.  The event was a resounding success, and the 2017 edition promises to be bigger and better, says Metro Vice-President of Sales & Marketing Brady Page. 

“This is the second year of the competition and as such we had a higher level of awareness and interest from the students. The quality of the submissions was really impressive and we’re looking forward to seeing them brought to life at IDS.” 

Three teams from OCAD University are among the six finalists that have been selected from the submitted designs:

  • Annie Zheng, Avis Ho, Iris Ho and Sony Chen of OCAD University for Immersion
  • Nazanin Minoei and Raha Rouhollahi of OCAD University for Embrace
  • Parker Galbraith-Nolan and Dylan Roworth of OCAD University for Plaster

All six finalists will now be challenged to bring their visions to life in the Kentwood booth at IDS, which runs January 19-22. Judging will be done during the Gala Opening on Thursday Jan 19 and the winners will be announced from the show floor on Friday Jan 20. The installations will remain on view throughout the weekend, and visitors will be invited to vote on a ‘People’s Choice’ award. 

About Metro: Metropolitan Hardwood Floors is a manufacturer and distributor of premium quality hardwood, laminate and luxury vinyl flooring. Founded as a hardwood flooring retailer in 1992, the company has grown to become a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty flooring products, with sales and distribution centers throughout Canada and the US.  For more visit

About Kentwood: Kentwood is Metropolitan’s flagship product line, launched in 2003. This unique collection of premium quality genuine hardwood floors offers a wealth of ideas for the contemporary home, all bearing the Kentwood hallmarks of superior quality, inspired design, and outstanding value. Unique custom-designed colors, hand-worked artisan surface treatments and innovative finishes are just some of the high value features that have made Kentwood an international success story. For more visit

About IDS: IDS is Canada’s leading showcase of interior design. Begun in 1999, Canada’s design fair celebrates leading brands, innovative speakers and rising local talents as well as internationally known designers and manufacturers. The Interior Design Show has established itself as the breeding ground for design creativity, innovation and inspiration, bringing together hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors each year. For the complete list of finalists and more information visit

Public Presentation: Jules Goss,Tenure Track Candidate, Faculty of Design

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 7:00pm

For the past 7 years Jules Goss has worked in the ID program in OCAD first as a sessional faculty member and currently as an assistant professor. Jules has participated in the many and profound changes in all aspects of the school over this time, from physical growth (Sharp Centre) to transitioning to a university, to engaging in new opportunities in research, cross disciplinary practice and redefinition and development of learning and design education. Jules professional practice has evolved during his time here at OCAD. He transitioned from being a furniture and product designer to running a small consultancy where he facilitates the integration of design process and practice into corporate and not-for-profit organizations. Jules clients include Bell Canada, Ontario Service Safety Alliance, Workers Safety and Insurance Board and the Covenant Group.

Venue & Address: 
Room 669, Level 6 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Interior Design Show 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 5:00am to Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 5:00am

The Interior Design Show 2008 showcases OCAD student work, alongside work from George Brown College, Sheridan College, University of Alberta, Department of Art and Design, Humber College, Ryerson University - The School of Interior Design, and the Institute Without Boundaries, School of Design at George Brown College.

Venue & Address: 
Direct Energy Centre Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario

Karim Rashid: From 15 Minutes into the Future

Karim Rashid; photo by Milovan Knezevic
Friday, November 9, 2007 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 5:00am

Karim Rashid is one of the most significant cultural shapers in the world today. He is a leading figure in the fields of product, interior design, fashion, furniture, lighting and art, known for his uncanny ability to visually describe our contemporary culture with his democratic design sensibility.

The OCAD Professional Gallery will showcase a selection of Rashid's more than 2000 designed objects that have been put into production, as well as custom-designed ceiling and wall treatments created especially for the gallery and the exhibition.

Born in Cairo, half Egyptian, half English, and raised in Canada, Karim now practices in New York. Designing for an impressive array of clients from Alessi to Georg Jensen, Umbra to Prada, Miyake to Method, Rashid is radically changing the aesthetics of product design and the very nature of consumer culture. In addition to his many designed and produced products, Rashid has successfully entered the realm of architecture and interiors as evidenced by the design of the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and Semiramis hotel in Athens, which won a Sleep05 European Hotel Design Award.

OCAD recognized Rashid's extraordinary career with an Honorary Doctorate in 2006. Other awards include the 2005 Honorary Doctorate from Corcoran College, 2005 Pratt Legends Award, 2004 A.D. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction from Carlton University's Alumni Association, 2002 ID Magazine Annual Design Review Best of Category, and 2003 best Retail Store in the USA. His work is in the permanent collections of major museums around the world, including New York's Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Rashid has taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and OCAD, and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally. He has published several books; his most recent entitled Design Your Self is published by Regan Books.

All are welcome; admission is free. Presented with the generous support of M.C. McCain.
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays to Fridays, 1 to 7 pm; Saturdays and Sundays noon to 6 om; closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.

Venue & Address: 
Professional Gallery (Level 2), 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario