Faculty of Design
416-977-6000, Ext. 1687

Area(s) of Expertise

Electronic Design, Industrial Design


A practicing designer and professor in Industrial Design, Faculty of Design, Harry Mahler has worked at the Ontario College of Art & Design since 1991. He combines his interest in design education with his work as a consultant industrial designer. He became a partner with the Axis Group International Incorporated in Toronto, a full service design consultancy in 1989. Harry has extensive design and teaching experience, having worked as both staff/consultant designer and design educator in Canada and Europe.


1977: Master of Arts, Industrial Design, M.A.I.D. (Eng.),

Birmingham University, Birmingham, England

1970: Diploma in Industrial Design, AOCA,

Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Canada

Selected Exhibitions

1998: Power Plant Exhibit - Notable Canadian Designers

1993: Virtu 9 - Design Award Exhibition

1983: Plast-ex Design Canada - Award for Excellence Exhibition

Awards \ Grants

Honours - Awards/Competitions

1993: Virtu 9 - Design Award

1987: NCR R&D Awards Programme

1985: Canada Awards for Excellence

1984: Design Canada, Award of Merit

1983: Plast-ex Design Canada - Award for Excellence

1983: Plast-ex Design Engineering Achievement Award

1983: Design Canada, Award of Excellence

1982: IF SIGNET Award - Hanover, Germany

1982: SMAU Design Award Milan, Italy

1975, 1976: Design Canada Scholarship


Capital Equipment

Video Editing Consoles, Franking Machine, Telefax Machines, Fax Tray, Desk Accessories, Computer Workstations, Bank Item Processing Equipment, Computing Equipment, Computer peripherals, Monitors, Keyboards, Input Devices, Virtual Reality Computer System, Point of Purchase -Debit and Credit, Point of Sale Terminals, Pin Pad, Laser Based Remote Gem Scanner, Digital Security Equipment, Video Editing Equipment, Video Projection Equipment, Tube Bending Equipment, Milling Machine, Drilling Equipment, Item processing Equipment, Inventory Control Scanning Devices, Video Editing Consoles, Digital Telephone Systems, Cellular Phones

Medical Equipment

Disposable Syringe, Blood Analyzer, Portable Urine Lavage, Ostomy Products, Urology, Endoscopy and Dialysis Equipment and Accessories

Consumer Goods

Blenders, Telephone Pager, Telephone System, Home Fax Machine, Lighting Fixtures, Bathroom Fixtures, Ventilation Mask, Furniture, Sport Helmets, Cellular Telephone, Telephone Pager, Soft and Hard Luggage, Potters wheel, Pug mill and peripherals, Toys, Hockey Equipment and Accessories, Stereo Television Enhancer, Portable Computers, Plastic Modular Outdoor Structure

Selected Publications

1973: Alcan Mobile Home Design Principles/Exterior - Alcan Canada

1978: Design a Matter of Conscience -University of Birmingham, Eng.

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

RCA Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Member from 1994-present

ACIDO Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ont., 1978-present

ACID Association of Canadian Industrial Designers, Director, 1992-1994

IDSA Industrial Designers of America, Member from 1991-1995

Professional Association Positions

1993 - 1995 ACIDO

President - Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario 1992 - 1994 ACID

Director - Association of Canadian Industrial Designers 1981 -1993 ACIDO

Director - Association of Chartered Industrial Designers/Ontario

Professional Affiliations

1995 Humane Village Conference - Committee Member

1994 Ontario Design Strategy - Committee Member

1993 Ontario Furniture Design Task Force - Chairperson