Jana Macalik
Jana Macalik
Associate Dean, Research, Outreach and Strategic Projects
Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies
416-977-6000, Ext. 247

Area(s) of Expertise

Exhibition Design, Interior Design, Design Research


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. Jana Macalik's practice explores and interprets narrative as the foundation for creative ideation, developing the relationship between architecture, interiors, media and objects, and resulting in works that are emotive, responsive spatial solutions. Her research has developed into avenue of inquiry that allows for the physical and virtual environments to exist simultaneously. Her work has resulted in opportunities to embrace new ways of thinking about how design can transform and activate positive societal changes through self-examination and spatial communication. Her teaching explores how art and design in their truest forms are created to fracture barriers and initiate dialogue with individuals, internally and socially. These topics are explored through theoretical ideation and put into practice in the design studio. She has lectured and presented nationally and internationally, culminating in the organization and co-hosting of the international conference, Discursive Space in Toronto in 2013 with the Art Gallery of Ontario; and most recently being a visiting faculty member at Central Saint Martins in their graduate program in Narrative Environments. Since 1994 she has been involved in cultural exhibition design and branding applications in communications and architecture. She has 20 years of experience working as a designer for cultural institutions in Toronto as well as a designer for multi-disciplinary firms, including Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership in New York, and Perennial Inc. in Toronto and Aldrich Pears Associates in Vancouver.


1992 Bachelor of Environmental Design, Dalhousie University

1994 Master of Architecture, Dalhousie University

2021 in progress PhD (High Education), OISE/University of Toronto

Professional Experience


OCAD University, Toronto, ON

2014 - present  Associate Dean, Research, Outreach and Strategic Projects / Associate Professor

School of Interior Design, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON:

2011 - 2014 Associate Professor

2006 - 2012 Lower School Coordinator

2004 - 2011 Assistant Professor

2001 - 2004 Sessional Instructor

Selected Professional:

2002 - 2003 Director of Design, Environmental Design, Perennial Inc., Toronto, ON

2000 - 2001 Senior Designer, Lee H. Skolnick Architects + Design Partners, New York, NY

1999 - 2000 Exhibition Designer, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, ON

1997 - 1999 Exhibition Designer, Sears & Russell Architects, Toronto, ON

1996 Exhibition Designer, Aldrich Pears Associates, Vancouver, BC:

Selected Exhibitions

"Home is Where", Art Installation, Come Up to My Room: Alternative Design Event, Toronto, ON, 27-30 January 2011 (with Peterson, J, & Watters, D.)

"U-Nity at Work" , Media Installation, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON, 2-3 October 2010

"In Praise of Shadows", Interactive Light Installation, Nuit Blanche, Toronto, ON, 3-4 October 2009 (with Dolgoy, S, Dowling, C.,& Mitchell, A.)

Selected Publications

Selected Publications:

"Introduction to the Special Issue: Discursive Space". J. Fraser. J.Macalik, K. McKinley, Guest Editors. Curator: The Museum Journal. New York: Wiley Publications, Vol. 58, Issue 1, pp.1-3, January 2015 "BIM and I: How advanced modelling technology will change studio learning." Interior Tools, Interior Tactics. London: Libri Books, pp. 59-66, 2011

"U–Nity and the Museum Experience." Design Principles & Practices: An International Journal, Melbourne, Australia: CGPublisher, pp. 83-98, 2010

"The Museum is the Message." Onsite Review 20: Museums + Archives, Calgary, AB: Architectural Fieldwork, pp. 64-65, 2008

"In a Culture Like Ours: U–Nity within the Virtual and Real Museum Experience." The International Journal on the Arts in Society, Melbourne, Australia: CGPublisher, pp. 26-34, 2007 Presentations: "Striking Curiosity: Self-examining identity and the visitor experience." Discursive Space, Toronto, ON, 20-23 June 2013

"U–Nity and the Museum Experience." 4th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Chicago, IL, 13-15 February 2010

"U–Nity and the Museum Experience." Atmosphere 2009, Winnipeg, MB, 5-7 February 2009

Building Information Modeling: State of the A&D Industry and BIM integration into design education"Raison D"Etre, On-Line Proceedings, IDEC 2008 Annual Conference, University of Montreal.

"BIM and I: How advanced modelling technology will change studio learning." Interiors Forum Scotland: Interior Tools, Interior Tactics, Edinburgh, Scotland, 21-23 August 2008

"In a Culture Like Ours: U–Nity within the Virtual and Real Museum Experience." Second International Conference on the Arts in Society, Kassel, Germany, 21-24 August 2007

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

2009 - present LEED Accredited Professional ID+C

2008 - present Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), Site Visitor

2004 - present Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), Registered member

2004 - present National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certificate #020055

2004 - present Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), Professional member