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

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.

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.


Inclusive Design alum wins Design Research Award

Masters of Design in Inclusive Design
Angela Bourne & Doaa Khattab (far right) - recipients of Design Research Award
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 4:00am

Doaa Khattab (MDes ’15), an alumna of the Inclusive Design graduate program at OCAD University, is a recipient of the first Design Research Award, presented in conjunction with the Interior Designers of Canada and Milliken.

This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence and innovation through interior design research.

Her work on inclusive wayfinding for visually impaired shoppers in grocery stores was selected for its potential impact on the human experience, and relevance to the profession.

The award was presented at the IDC’s 43rd Annual Meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 11, 2015.

Interior Designers of Canada - Design Research Award:

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