Photo of Angelika Seeschaaf Veres
Photo of Angelika Seeschaaf Veres
Angelika Seeschaaf-Veres
Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies
416-977-6000, Ext. 380

Area(s) of Expertise

Critical & Speculative Design, Product centered interaction design, Industrial Design, Mass production & customisation, Design for Health & Wellness


Angelika Seeschaaf-Veres is an Industrial Designer, researcher and educator and Associate Professor & Chair of Industrial Design at OCAD University. She is in charge of curriculum development, critical and  inclusive approaches in design pedagogy and facilitates cross disciplinary teaching and learning within the university and outside industry partners, non-for-profit organizations and research institution. 

In her over 15-year professional career experience, she uses speculative design as a driver for creating products that explore the intersections of daily routines in relation to the human body and space. She explores how these intersections can manifest in the future by challenging their present notions. Her focus in both her education and research practices involves engaging with underserved communities through using a human centered design process. The products she creates help to unveil personal stories, histories, and traditions, that challenge power structures by giving them shape.

Angelika’s extensive knowledge in mass production processes and materials allow for her ideas to be scaled within larger contexts and engage with a greater number of people. By positioning herself at the junction of human factors and the new emerging technologies influencing both human behaviour and production, she can challenge aesthetics, destigmatize assistive objects and create visions of the future of how we will work and live?

Since 2017 she is co-director of Radical Norms a speculative design research studio in Toronto. The studio explores alternate possibilities for the context in which products, ideas, systems, technology and social behaviours are being formed. Rendering these possibilities tangible through the use of prototyping and visualization methods in order to help organizations gain deeper insights, develop corresponding strategies and investigate avenues that otherwise would go unnoticed.



2004 MA in Design Products, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2002 Diplom Designer, UdK Univeristy of the Arts Berlin, Germany

2000 BA (Hons) in Product Design, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, UK

1999 Vordiplom in Product Design and Architecture, Universitaet Kassel GhK, Germany

Professional Experience

2017 Co-director of Radical Norms speculative research design studio, Toronto

Since 2015 Associate Professor and Program Chair of Industrial Design, OCAD University, Toronto

2011-2015 Assistant Professor, cross-appointment in Industrial Design & Graphic Design, OCAD University

2009-2011 Hayon Studio, London, UK - Lead Designer, Product and Furniture Design

Since 2004 Creative Direcor of eeaa design, product, furniture and retail consultancy based in Toronto, London & Germany.

2003-2004 Mike Smith Studio, London UK, Lead design, construction & project management of contemporary fine art and large scale sculptures for the internationally renown artists.

2001-2000 Haworth-Roeder, Product designer, Office furniture, Berlin, Germany.

1999 Foster and Partners, Product designer, London UK.

Her company eeaa design does research and development of products, office and retail furniture, retail interiors, and large-scale sculptures for internationally renowned clients such as Nike Europe, Foster and Partners, Herman Miller, Haworth-Roeder, Public Works, Jaime Hayon Studio and British artists Damien Hirst. Angelika has conducted interdisciplinary design workshops for Vitra Boisbuchet (France), Summer Academy (Bremerhaven, Germany), Karlsruhe University of Arts & Design (Germany) and the Aalto University (Finland).

Selected Exhibitions

2014 Light it Up, Corner light AKA – "Where did I leave my phone?" Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Toronto Design Week, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2013 Pretty Shiny Things, Reflect/Respect cycling wear collection, Toronto Design Off-site Festival, Toronto Design Week, Cooper Cole Gallery

2008 Orgatec- international office & facility fair, launch of Office seating range for Koehl GmbH Cologne, Germany

2004 Park & Products, Magpie Jewellery, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK

Selected Publications

2018: Presentation and Proceedings. National Conference for the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS 34): Examining Time| Ways in which Past, Present and Future are considered and engaged in beginning design education, NCBDS 34, College of Design, Architecture & Planning, University of Cincinnati, March 1-3 2018, USA, Paper & presnetation entitled: Creating Space for Diverse Design Culture in First Year Studio. Co-author. 

2017: Presentation and Proceedings. Learn x Design 4th International Conference for Design Education Researchers, Ravensbourne, London, United Kingdom. Presentation entitled: Cultural Dimensions in Design Studio Pedagogy: Beginning Design Studio Perspectives. Co-author.

2017: Presentation and Proceedings. National Conference for the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS 33): Begin w/ Why | Ethics and Values in Beginning Design, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT USA Presentation entitled: What Precipitates Change in Cultural Diversity Awareness in a Multicultural Design Studio Practice? Co-author.

2016 EXTENDED ABSTRACT: Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Kate Sellen, Dr. Norma McIntyre. 2016. Workshop presentation and exhibition: Intersections in DIY Health and Designer roles in co-customization for Health. Session Title: Advances in DIY Health & Wellbeing CHI 2016 Workshop. In CHI '16 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (CHI EA '16) San Jose, USA. Published by ACM, May 2016.

2016 PAPER: Rickee Charbonneau, Kate Sellen, Angelika Seeschaaf Veres. 2016. Exploring Downloadable Assistive Technologies through the Co-Fabrication of a 3D Printed Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Dog Wheelchair. Session Title: Designing User Experience for Human Diversity: Lessons from Inclusive Design and Personalization. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interactions HCI, Toronto HCI 2016 (CanadaHCI'16).

Azure magazine, Architectural Digest,  Moco Loco, Mix Interior Magazine UK


Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Design Society

Design Research Society ,  DSR Design Pedagogy Special Interest Group (PedSIG)

Board Member Imagination catalyst OCAD U incubator

Juror Herman Miller Toronto Design offiste award 2017