OCAD U Alumnus Ville Kokkonen is coming to Toronto!

Ville Kokkonen
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Ville Kokkonen is a Finnish industrial designer born in Helsinki, Finland. He graduated from OCAD in Toronto, Canada, and from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. Early in his career, he worked as a researcher at the Smart Products Research Group in UIAH, specializing in early product concept development and futures research. Since starting his own practice in 2004, Kokkonen has worked with leading companies in the field of design and technology, focusing on strategic design and new product development. Currently his practice centers on a project portfolio that is probing advanced product and material performance, driven by technological and scientific discovery. Investigations include therapy light instruments to bio-transformative clean air devices. The resulting products are a conclusion of extensive collaborative research and potential projections towards future living conditions. Kokkonen has also lectured internationally in various academic institutions and currently holds the position of Professor of Practice at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.


Charles Stankievech is a Canadian artist whose research has explored issues such as the notion of “fieldwork” in the embedded landscape, the military industrial complex, and the history of technology. His diverse body of work has been shown internationally at the Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; MassMoca, Massachussetts; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Canadian Centre for Architecture; and the Venice Architecture and SITE Santa Fe Biennales. His lectures for Documenta 13 and the 8th Berlin Biennale were as much performance as pedagogy while his writing has been published in academic journals by MIT and Princeton Architectural Press. His idiosyncratic and obsessively researched curatorial projects include Magnetic Norths at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Concordia University and CounterIntelligence at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto. From 2010-2011 (and again currently from 2014-15) he was hired as a private contractor for the Department of National Defence where he conducted independent research in intelligence operations under the rubric of the CFAP.  He was a founding faculty member of the Yukon School of Visual Arts in Dawson City, Canada and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.  Since 2011, he has been co-director of the art and theory press K. Verlag in Berlin.



Ville Kokkonen, Helsinki and Charles Stankievech, Toronto | Daniels


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Daniels School of Architecture, Main Hall, 1 Spadina Cres.
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Ontario MPP Monte Kwinter, alumnus and former VP, retires

Robert Montgomery, Monte Kwinter, Sara Diamond and MPP John Milloy with plaque
Monday, July 24, 2017

Longtime MPP Monte Kwinter will not be seeking re-election in York Centre next June. At 86, Kwinter has the distinction of being the oldest MPP in Ontario history.

A former vice-president and alumnus of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), Kwinter was first elected to the Legislature in 1985, serving as Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations, Minister of Financial Institutions and Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology.

Over his three-decades-long career at Queen’s Park, Kwinter has and continues to play an important role as a champion for OCAD University. He has been instrumental in advocating on OCAD University’s behalf, most notably in 2002, when the Government of Ontario passed new legislation changing OCAD U’s name from Ontario College of Art & Design to OCAD University. This was a significant victory for the institution in its evolution to become Canada’s most comprehensive art, design and media university.

Kwinter graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1954 and served as Vice-President from 1971 to 1973. For his contributions and achievements, Kwinter was awarded an honorary doctorate from OCAD University in 2003.

OCAD University would like to congratulate MPP Monte Kwinter on a venerable public career, and wish him well in his future pursuits post-retirement.