OCAD University
Lenore Richards
Professor Emerita

Area(s) of Expertise

Foresight, design thinking, Product Design, exhibit and retail design


Lenore Richards is currently a Professor Emerita at OCAD University.  Following 12 years of professional practice, Lenore embraced academic life at OCAD U, holding various administrative roles and teaching in the Environnental and Industrial Design programs.  Her 26 years of academic leadership included the positions of Co-Chair of the Environmental Design program, Dean of the Faculty of Design and most recently, Director of the Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. Her belief in the critical importance of integrating innovative thinking with responsive and responsible design led to the development of a philosophical base in the design programs of "Design and Humanity," which was embedded in the curriculum through a complete redevelopment of Design's six professional programs.  She went on to steer the development of OCAD U's successful and innovative graduate program in strategic foresight and subsequently became its founding director.  Her experience in industry includes two of Canada's most creative and influential design firms, Yabu Pushelberg, and Kuypers Adamson Norton, where she was an Associate. Lenore worked on projects in the areas of exhibit, product and retail design, where emphasis was consistently placed on conceptual strength and innovation in the creation of compelling human experience. 


Bachelor of Interior Design, University of Manitoba

Master of Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design

Professional Experience

Professor, OCAD University, Toronto

Director, Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, OCAD University, Toronto

Dean, Faculty of Design, OCAD University, Toronto

Co-Chair Environmental Design, OCAD University, Toronto

Senior Designer, Yabu Pushelberg Interior Design, Toronto

Associate, Kuypers Adamson Norton Industrial Design, Toronto

Intermediate Designer, FM Designs, Interior Design, Toronto

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Former Professional member of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) and of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO)