OCAD University
Julian Goss
Associate Professor
Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

Product Design, Strategic Design Process, Design for Healthcare


Julian Goss is a tenured professor of Industrial Design at OCAD University. Since 2011 he has also worked at the Innovation Technology and Design (ITD) Lab at Baycrest, becoming the first designer-in-residence at a Canadian hospital. He currently works with the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation.


Goss’ design career began in the UK, where he worked under Ron Arad at the One Off studios in London. On his return to Glasgow, he taught integrated product design at Glasgow College of Building & Printing and Glasgow Caledonian University, while also working as product design project manager. He later started a design practice in Toronto, working with clients such as Pure Design, Whirlpool, Bell Canada, the Toronto Pan-and-Para Pan Am Games Committee, the Centre for eHealth Innovation, and Cancer Care Ontario.


As a design educator and consultant with a specialty in healthcare, his emphasis has been on the user-focused development, integration and evaluation of new technologies, as well as system and service design. He is particularly interested in the intersection of design ‘thinking’ and strategy implementation in healthcare organizations.



Professional Experience

Practiciing design consultant, ongoing.

Selected Exhibitions

2004                                                      PureProduct Launch, International Contemporary Furniture Fair New York,

2004                                                      CabinExhibition, Felissimo Gallery New York

2004                                                      CabinExhibition, Tokyo

2000and 2001                                    GroundsFor Play, Mackintosh Centre Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

1999and 2000                                    BenchmarksProject, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow City Council

1999                                                      Designaccepted into the Glasgow Collection, the Lighthouse, Glasgow

1999                                                      TheArtists Chair, Bellevue Gallery, Edinburgh

1998                                                      Grantfrom British Polythene Industries to research applications for recycled                                                                         polyethelenecomposite material

1991                                                      HydePark Gallery, London

1990                                                      AberdeenArt Gallery, Aberdeen

1990                                                      RoyalScottish Academy, Edinburgh

1989                                                      RoyalScottish Academy, Edinburgh 


Presentations andKeynotes


2008         Speaker,Digital Futures Initiative, OCAD

2007         Presentationto Board of Governors OCAD re integration of NEL into Industrial Design program

2006-7       Speakerand Keynote, OSSA integration on Canadian tire Seminar on Innovation andindustry

2007         PCMAConvention Keynote, innovation Seminar, Rotman School of  Management

2006-7      MindcampInnovation Seminar Speaker, Kants Imperative of Thought                                   

2005-6      Presentationto Ministry of Economic Development and Trade on Design Strategyand Small and Medium Sized business in Ontario


Awards \ Grants

Price Award in Teaching Excellence 2008