Bruce Hinds

Bruce Hinds is an Associate Professor and Chair of Environmental Design– OCAD University) As a licensed Architect, Bruce maintains an active practice addressing issues of sustainable community structures in the developing world. Current projects include working with a multidisciplinary team of physicians and specialists in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania to construct a sustainable community for children affected and infected with HIV.

ED Media 2015 - Ambient Experience Lab Paper Accepted

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 4:00am

The Program Committee of EdMedia 2015: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, after rigorous peer review, has decided to accept our submission for presentation as a full paper. EdMedia 2015 will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 22-24, 2015.

Unpacking the Concept of Design Thinking Through a Competency-based Curriculum

(from the abstract) The primary aim of this paper is to report an in-depth analysis of OCADU Industrial Design program’s competency based curriculum, which, in turn, will unpack the notion of design thinking. The research question is to understand how OCADU faculty members designed and implemented a competency-based curriculum that fosters students’ ability in design thinking. The results show three initial principles for defining design thinking within K 12 and higher education: (1) Design thinking as situated within design ‘doing’ and ‘feeling’, (2) Design thinking embedded within different ‘design modeling’ languages’; and (3) building creative confidence by increasingly being able to connect experiences. These three identified design thinking principles need to be taught, documented, measured and organized in order to affect K12 and higher education. 


Angelo Donghia Scholarship goes to...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

Simona Turco a 3rd year Environmental Design student, won the Angelo Donghia Scholarship. OCAD U was up against the very best American Universities and Simona won 1st prize, $24,755.40. Way to go!!!


OCAD U Student bridges gap between young & old

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 1:30pm

Environmental Design graduating student Vihn Le made the Metro News with his thesis project -- a plan to transform an under-enrolled elementary school into an intergenerational community centre.



Earth Day 2016!

For INSTUDIO’s April illustration feature, 2015 grad Lynden Joudrey celebrates the goodwill and diversity of our planet. View more of Lynden’s work online.

Earth Day 2016!, Lynden Joudrey
Earth Day 2016!|Lynden Joudrey, 2016
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Environmental Design Professor Stuart Reid's BELIEFS exhibition & more...

Hacking Time
Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 11:00am to Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 11:00am

April 2 to 30 -- Gallery Gevik will be exhibiting a new body of work by Stuart Reid during the month of April. This series, entitled ‘Beliefs’ are ‘glass canvases,’ and can be viewed as front-lit paintings or as backlit-illuminated images. Last summer, Reid’s world-class art installation ‘zones of immersion’, debuted at Union Station. This installation consists of a 150-metre screen of glass panels with multi-layered mural images, poetic writings and rich primary colors with black and white drawings.

March 28 - May 15 -- Durham Art Gallery will be exhibiting a trio of work called "Hacking Time" Adam Magyar, Stuart Reid, David Rokeby

April 23 to October 2017 -- a group exhibition of International Contemporary glass at Le Centre du Vitrail in Chartres, France Lumieres du Monde  which features 3 of Stuart Reid's glass works


Venue & Address: 
Gallery Gevik 12 Hazelton Avenue Durham Art Gallery 251 George St. E. Durhan

Environmental Design - CIDA Accreditation Open House

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 4:00pm

For the past four years Colleen Reid, Asscoiate Dean, Faculty of Design has been working with the Environmental Design Chair and Faculty to get accreditation for Interior design. The CIDA team will be here to do the review on February 20 to 23, 2016.

We wish to thank Colleen Reid, the Design Office staff, the Environmental Design Faculty and intern Roxana Jakubowska for all the support, long hours and hard work. Most importantly, we would like to thank all the Environmental design students for loaning us your great work!

We will be having an OPEN HOUSE to show the student work on February 23rd from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm -- Please drop by Room 550.




Student design teams triumph at IDS 2016

Nature X Nature flooring installation
Friday, January 22, 2016 - 5:00am

Two interdisciplinary teams of Environmental and Industrial Design students took home the top prizes at the Kentwood Design Challenge held at Toronto’s Interior Design Show (IDS 2016).

Metropolitan Hardwood Floors invited students to create a design concept that uses their Kentwood line of hardwood flooring in unique and innovative ways.  

The first prize of $3000 was awarded to OCAD U’s Olayide Madamidola, Kyung Hyun Kim and Joon Leem for NATURE X NATURE.  

OCAD U students Hamid Shahi and Victor Mancini won the second prize of $2000 for DYNAMIC LANDSCAPE.

Finalists Topher Kong and Avis Ho also received a $1000 prize for SHAN SHUI.

The teams’ work is on display at the Kentwood booth at IDS 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The show closes on Sunday, January 24.

IDS 2016 is the 18th edition of Canada’s interior design showcase, which brings together hundreds of exhibitors and some 50,000 visitors.


Environmental Design team creates Beaches Winter Station

Rendering of a wooden installation on a snowy beach
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 9:15pm

OCAD University professor Mark Tholen and a team of students are building an installation for the city’s whimsical Winter Stations exhibition in the east-end Beach neighbourhood. This is the second year lifeguard stations will be transformed into interactive, sculptural shelters for winter beach-goers.

The OCAD U installation, called The Steam Canoe, is made of laminated wood panels that evoke the shape of the prow of a canoe. Solar tubes at the rear of the shelter will convert snow into steam which will flow from the structure while warming the occupants inside. 

Team members:

  • Mark Tholen, Assistant Professor, Environmental Design
  • Curtis Ho
  • Jungyun Lee
  • Monifa Onca Charles
  • Reila Park
  • Hamid Shahi
  • Lambert St‐Cyr
  • Jaewon Kim
  • Jason Wong 

Ryerson University and Laurentian University are also participating, with another four designs chosen from 378 submissions.

The exhibition opens February 15 and runs through March 20 at the Balmy, Kew and Ashbridge’s Bay beaches.



Lexus Design Challenge

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 5:00am

Hamidreza Aghashahi (Environmental Design student) and Victor Mancini (Industrial Design Student) were selected a one of the finalists, winning an award of $1,000. for the Lexus National Design School Challenge. Their winning design Diamond Motion is on Display outside of the Design Office, Room 500, 100 McCaul until December 5th.