URBANI_T + OCAD U + Ryerson Call for Student Designer Participation in Fashion Mobs

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:00am to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 4:00pm

The summer event will be taking place from Thursday, June 27th to Saturday, June 29th at Nathan Phillips Square. This year we are participating in the Fashion Shows and Moments throughout the three day event. Each day there will be different themes that you are able to participate in and showcase your already created designs/collections.


If you are interested in participating, please fill in the column that you find yourself best fit using the sign-up sheet by Wednesday, April 24th 12:00pm. Once you have signed-up, Sadia Kamran from Ryerson University will be in touch with next steps. Thank you for your participation and interest!!

Venue & Address: 
Nathan Phillips Square
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Invitation to Fashion Studies Issue 2 Launch!

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:00am

Expect a stimulating panel discussion on the interdisciplinary nature of fashion research followed by a Q&A. This event is FREE to attend and will conclude with a networking reception (refreshments and beverages will be served).

The launch will include opening remarks by Jacky Au Duong (Manager, The Catalyst) and the panel will be moderated by Dr. Ben Barry and Dr. Alison Matthews David, co-editors & co-founders of Fashion Studies. We are delighted to present this year's panelists:

- Dr. Esther Berry (PhD University of Sydney in Australia; writer, curator, and instructor at Ryerson University)

- Dr. Nigel Lezama (PhD University of Toronto; Assistant Professor at Brock University)

- Romana Mirza (MA Fashion Candidate; incoming PhD student in Communication & Culture, Ryerson University)

- Presley Mills (MA Fashion Candidate; illustrator, designer, and researcher)

- Ketzia Sherman (MA Fashion Graduate; artist, tattooist, researcher, and lecturer at Humber College)

Please RSVP to indicate your attendance: bit.ly/2v3aDIk.

We hope to see you there,

the Fashion Studies team 


Funded by the Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change (FDSC), Faculty of Communication & Design, Ryerson University


Co-Editors: Dr. Ben Barry and Dr. Alison Matthews David


Graphic Designer: Nabra Badr and Alexa Jovanovic 


Editorial Assistant: Jaclyn Marcus


Editorial Intern: Rachel Rammal


Website: fashionstudies.ca

Fashion Launch
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Environmental Design Student Anna Pogassyan wins national competition

Anna Pogassyan from OCAD U and Temirlan Toktabek from Ryerson (team) are one of 15 winners of the International Competion organized by Red Bull Basement University and our project will represent Canada at the Global Summit in Berlin!

OCAD U Environmental Design Student Anna Pogossyan heads to Berlin!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 7:30am

The main goal of this competition was to come up with an idea that would benefit students and campuses around the world. All ideas were presented in short, 60 second long videos, outlining the main problem and a proposed solution in a form of a pitch.

Winning teams from each country are now presented with funding, mentorship, space, tools and materials to further develop their projects and create first prototypes. In our case, we are envisioning it to be an arduino-based motion sensor and an app, reading the information real-time. We understand that technical ins and outs might and will change, so a lot of issues will be resolved during the prototyping stage within the next 30 days.

All winners of Red Bull Basement University Challenge: https://www.redbull.com/ca-en/projects/red-bull-basement-university

Youtube video about Vacant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9BqzKQo3LA

More about our project: https://annpogossyan.com/vacant/

Little PDF book that we made: 



OCAD U’s Gerald McMaster co-curates exhibition from New York Times photo archive

Archival photo of a person looking at posters of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, 1968
Thursday, August 24, 2017

This fall, the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) will explore a century of Canada’s history through photographs from The New York Times Photo Archive. Titled The Faraway Nearby, the exhibition examines how the country has been understood and discussed in relation to its closest geographical, political, and cultural neighbour.

The Faraway Nearby is organized by Denise Birkhofer, RIC Collections Curator & Research Centre Manager, and Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University. 

“As I reflect on the many meanings of Canada’s 150th birthday, I am continually reminded that we are living in the age of truth and reconciliation,” says McMaster. “I believe this means that we can, at last, honestly discuss and debate the history, merits, and future of this country, as well as recognize and embrace all the groups who have so often been cast into its social, cultural, and economic shadows.”

To mark Canada 150, the exhibition will kick off with a party, open to the public, on Wednesday, September 13, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. It will remain on view until December 10, 2017. 

The Faraway Nearby showcases more than 200 images from the RIC’s newest collection, a cache of nearly 25,000 press photographs chronicling Canadian news, drawn from The New York Times Photo Archive.

The exhibition highlights images of major political events and conflicts, iconic landscapes across the nation, sports heroes, candid reportage on the lives of diverse communities, and portraits of notable Canadians. A photo book by the same name will be published in conjunction with the exhibition by Black Dog Publishing.

Caption: Photographer unknown, [Trudeaumania, Toronto, Ontario], 1968, gelatin silver print.  The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Collection, Ryerson Image Centre

Imperial Measures: An Exhibition of Networked Art

Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Imperial Measures is social network experiment created by students of Ryerson University and OCAD. With twenty-four exhibition sites and a wireless network, people will be able to communicate, touch and even play with those in other locations. The network creates both a path for data and a circuit within which people travel from one place to the next to connect the dots, determine outcomes, and even physically transport and reassemble the pieces of a geo-political puzzle.

As New Media student Jeff Graham puts it, "the people are what make the art." The event is entirely participatory, the audience and participants play just as much of an important role as the artworks themselves he says. The inputs, outputs, relationships, and experiences are completely unique to each participant, which makes for an incredibly exciting and unpredictable experience. Fellow student Diana Brucculieri adds, "people will be able to see how the students of today will be changing the world of tomorrow through technology."

If it sounds like you might get lost in transit, the students want to assure you that the journey will be just as much fun as the destination.

Takes place at OCAD, Ryerson University School of Image Arts, 122 Bond Street, and Ryerson University, Rogers Communication Centre at 80 Gould St.

Venue & Address: 
Integrated Media Wing, Level 3 (Grange Wing) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Rouzbeh Akhbari presenting at Intersections|Cross Sections Graduate Conference

photo of a building
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 7:15pm

Fourth year SCIN student Rouzbeh Akhbari will be presenting at this year's Intersections| Cross Sections Graduate Conference at Ryerson University.  Rouzbeh will be presenting from the paper "Spoliation: From Plinths to Capital" as part of the panel Critical Engagements with Space on March 12th at 2:15 pm. The paper directly references his SCIN thesis body of work that is on exhibit from the 2nd to 12th of March at Birch contemporary.



Venue & Address: 
Intersections| Cross Sections Graduate Conference at Ryerson University Ryerson IMA, 3rd Floor

Art Camp Exhibition at Ryerson Artscape

Black text and marks
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 5:00am

Opening Reception: October 22nd, 7 - 10pm

An exhibition exploring our contemporary understanding of reality from the context of the physical and digital spaces that collectively constitute our world.

Featuring work from 13 Ryerson + OCAD U photography students & alumni:

Andrea Chartrand
Mauricio Estrada
Abigail Lomboy
Antonio Giacchetti
Jesse Marcelo Sarkis
Allison Morris
Manuela Morales
Hilary Riem
Camille Rojas
Evan Roy
Farihah Shah
Morgan Sears-Williams
Cassandera Xavier

Part of the first Art Camp Residency in collaboration with OCAD U & Ryerson University that took place at the Ryerson Artspace from May - October 2015.
Art Camp brings together 13 students from OCAD U’s Photography department and Ryerson’s School of Image Arts to collaborate on community building and art creation.

Gallery Hours:
Thursday - Friday: 1 - 6pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12 - 5pm

Venue & Address: 
Ryerson Artspace 1214 Queen St. West
Media Contact: ryersonartspace@gmail.com
SEEN poster

B3D Design Conference at Ryerson University

Poster with a colourful cube
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 12:00pm to Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 9:00pm

B3D is a research discourse on 3D technology driven design across both the virtual and physical space with a focus on the impacts on society.

Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Ala Roushan, and Greg Sims from OCAD will be speakers on Oct. 23rd and we'd like to invite OCAD students, faculty, staff, and alumni interested in 3D Design to attend. To attend on Oct. 23rd, they will need to register ahead of time.

We are also hoping to have OCAD students with readily available 3D design projects featured in the 3D Design exhibition on the evening of Oct. 23rd and Oct. 24th. This is an outside expert curated exhibition of 3D artistic and industrial design. B3D will be featuring high quality, innovative student projects along side top amateur and professional artists and designers work involving 3D virtual and physical space technologies.

We're reserving student tickets to the Oct. 24th main event (paid event) for student volunteers from Ryerson, U of Toronto, and OCAD.

Venue & Address: 
Ryerson University

StartUp School

Orange logo with black and white text
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 10:30pm to Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:30am


Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in entrepreneurship education. The Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute (REI) in partnership with the Ted Rogers School of Management, is excited to launch Startup School, Ryerson’s first just in time, modular learning series to support rising startups and Zone learning.

Startup School is practical education to complete the entrepreneur’s toolkit. Sessions are delivered by top industry experts and seasoned entrepreneurs. Additional content and assurances of learning are captured on the REI’s online learning platform.

Each semester, students and founders alike can take advantage of the 13 different, free modules that encompass cornerstone topics curated to accelerate startup’s growth.

To discover more or read full bios of our guest speakers, visit us online.

Venue & Address: 
Ryerson University Digital Media Zone and Ted Rogers School of Management