Discursive Space Series: Design Research Salon

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

When is Practice-based Research?

Design faculty routinely approach making as a form of critical research inquiry, working to remove the invisible division between theory and practice. The range of terms used to describe the melding of research and making: “research-creation,” “practice as research,” and “practice-led research” (among others). Despite OCAD U coming from a heritage of making and experimentation, there are comparatively few chances to reflect on the work being done at the university, and to collectively discuss the modes of engagement within diverse disciplinary perspectives. Consideration of what is “research” is altered when discussed in the creative projects of design-scholars.

October 18            TOPIC:

The Scholarship of Discovery 

§  Search for new knowledge 

§  Traditional definition of scholarship 

§  Discovery of new information and new models 

§  Sharing discoveries through scholarly publication 

 

LOCATION:      Digital Salon

                        Room RHB 701k

Schedule

11:00-12:00

KEYNOTE: Lois Weinthal, Chair, School of Interior Design, Ryerson University

 

Professor Weinthal’s practice investigates the relationship between architecture, interiors, clothing and objects, resulting in works that take on an experimental nature. Her teaching explores these topics where theoretical discussions in seminars are put into practice in design studio. Her seminar teaching led to the publication, Toward a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), which organizes the interior as a series of layers that surround the body. This anthology won the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Book Award in 2014. Professor Weinthal uses the design studio as an opportunity for students to test ideas by constructing them at full-scale.

 

Additional publications include co-editor of After Taste: Expanded Practice in Interior Design with Kent Kleinman and Joanna Merwood-Salisbury (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), which began as a series of symposiums to address the interdisciplinary nature of interiors and the tangent disciplines that affect and inform it. A recent publication includes The Interior Design Handbook, co-edited with Graeme Brooker (Berg Publishers, 2013). In 2014-2015, she will become Associate Editor of the international journal: Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture (Bloomsbury). She has received grants from the Graham Foundation, Fulbright, and DAAD and has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally. Design work from her studio courses have won national awards and have been published internationally.

 

Previously, she was Director of the Interior Design Program at Parsons The New School for Design and Graduate Advisor for the Master of Interior Design Program in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. 

 

12:00-1:00

Research-creation roundtable: Research Ethics Board – Nancy Snow

Presentations by Faculty of Design members, collaborators and guests + discussion

 

1:00-2:00pm

Research-creation speed dating

Meet faculty doing groundbreaking practice-based research!

 

 

UPCOMING:

 

November 15        11:00 - 2:00           The Scholarship of Integration

February 14          11:00 - 2:00          The Scholarship of Learning and Teaching

March 21               11:00 - 2:00          The Scholarship of Engagement

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, Digital Salon, Room RHB 701k
Cost: 
Free
Digital Screen: 

Daan Roosegaarde Workshop

Daan Roosegaarde Workshop
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Bio:

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space. Roosegaarde has been driven by nature's gifts such as light emitting fireflies and jellyfishes since an early age. His fascination for nature and technology is reflected in his iconic designs such as Smart Highway (roads which charge from sunlight and glow at night), Waterlicht (a virtual flood) and Smog Free Project (the largest outdoor air purifier in the world which makes jewellery from smog).

Roosegaarde graduated from The Berlage Institute with a master in architecture. He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future. Together they develop ‘Landscapes of the Future’ building smart sustainable prototypes for the cities of tomorrow. Roosegaarde is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and named Artist of the Year 2016 in The Netherlands.

Roosegaarde has won the London Design Innovation Medal, the INDEX Design Award, the World Technology Award, two Dutch Design Awards, the Charlotte Köhler Award, and China's Most Successful Design Award. He exhibited at the Design Museum in London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Tate Modern, Tokyo National Museum, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum and various public spaces in Europe and Asia. Selected by Forbes and Good 100 as a creative change maker, Daan Roosegaarde shares his visionary ideas frequently at conferences across the world such as TED and Design Indaba.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 100 McCaul Street, Room MCA 550
Cost: 
Free
Digital Screen: 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Student Designer – Design4 Program

Design4 logo
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 8:30am

Note: Are you a current student who is looking to get paid work experience in design? See below for the link to the application form via the OCAD U Talent Network.
   
Design4 is a new externally funded initiative that introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for upper year students in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, at both the Undergraduate (BDES) and Masters (MDES) levels. Design4 is geared towards current students in the Faculty of Design.

45 students will be selected to participate in Design4 and placed in smaller multidisciplinary groups of 3-4. Each group will be paired with an employment partner in one of the following sectors:

· Start-up/ new ventures (a small business that has just been started)
· SME private enterprise (small and medium enterprises that employ fewer than 500 employees)
· Arts and cultural (social and economic activity that focuses on artistic production)
· Social innovation/ not-for-profit entities (dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a shared point of view)
 

Summary of Responsibilities:

The work will include creating solutions to various design challenges set by the employer. Students will be working on a part-time basis for 10 hours each week per student. Students will have mentorship and support from the employment supervisor, a dedicated Faculty member and a staff member from the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers.

Where will the work happen?

On campus in the new Rosalie Sharp building (115 McCaul), as well as at the employer’s place of work.

Is this a paid opportunity?

Yes. You will be compensated for your time.

Required documents

  • A 250-word statement explaining why this program would be beneficial to you and outline your design skills and interests
  • Resume (max. 3 pages)
  • Student e-mail, student ID number, program, year of study
  • Provide a link to your portfolio (included on CV or resume)
  • Where you are based (eg address, Etobicoke or downtown Toronto etc)
  • Due to low enrollment at OCAD University, priority will be given to students who identify as Indigenous and/or Black. Do you self-identify as a Black* person or as an Indigenous* person of North America? (Please see definitions below)

 

 

If you don't have a web-based portfolio, you can create one for free as a student on Format (https://www.ocadu.ca/services/career-development/format.htm)

* Indigenous: those who self-identify as Indigenous Peoples of North America or Peoples of Turtle Island. This can include status and non-status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit as well as those with mixed/multi-racial/multi-national identities

* Black: a person who is of and/or a descendant of African peoples AND who experiences systematic racism based on that heritage.

Note: To apply for this job you need to have some documents uploaded to the Talent Network. 

APPLY HERE

Deadline to apply: September 13, 2018

Call for Submissions - Career Launcher: /edition Art Book Fair 2018

Call for Submission Career Launcher /edition Art Book Fair 2018
Friday, August 10, 2018 - 11:15am to Friday, August 31, 2018 - 11:45pm

Opportunity Description

/edition Art Book Fair and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the inaugural OCADU Emerging Artist & Publisher section at the /edition Art Book Fair 2018 from October 25 to 28, 2018.   

Emerging bookmakers, photographers, publishers, printmakers and ephemera-enthusiasts are invited to submit an application for a complimentary half-booth where you can sell editioned prints, books, or other artworks to a growing audience of over 10,000 artists, curators, collectors, and book-lovers.  

/edition Art Book Fair is produced annually in tandem with Art Toronto (Canada’s International Art Fair), and is dedicated to the promotion of art book publishing in all forms and artworks created in editions. /editions Art Book Fair champions forward-thinking projects by artists, publishers, galleries, and organizations who share a similar mission to advance and strengthen Canadian and international art book initiatives. 

 

QUALIFICATION

  • Current OCAD U students (graduating in 2018-19) and recent alumni (who graduated in 2017 or 2018).

 

DEADLINE 
Friday, August 31, 2018

 

PARTNER
/edition Art Book Fair

October 25 - 28, 2018 

http://www.editiontoronto.com/

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS 

  • Application form available here
  • 2 - 3 images of the proposed work.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION
Please submit completed application form and image attachments to the attention of Tak Pham with the subject line: /edition Career Launcher 2018 to tpham@ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre 255 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6
Website: 
https://careerlaunchers.format.com/2018-edition-art-book-fair
Email: 
tpham@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
(416) 977-6000 x361
Cost: 
N/A

Dean Dori Tunstall profiled in Communication Arts magazine

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

In a column titled Respectful Design, Dr. Dori Tunstall, OCAD University’s Dean of the Faculty of Design, discusses her work in decolonizing the design curriculum at OCAD U. Dean Tunstall describes the positive reactions she receives at international presentations where she explains how the university is using Respectful Design. The full profile is available online.

 

 

 

Diagrams of Power showcases the politics of data visualization

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Opening July 11, Onsite Gallery’s newest exhibition, Diagrams of Power,features art and design works that use data, diagrams, maps and visualizations to challenge dominant narratives and support the resilience of marginalized communities. 

The expansive exhibition features the work of eighteen prominent artists, designers, researchers, cartographers, activists and collectives: Joshua Akers, The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Josh Begley, Joseph Beuys, Vincent Brown, Bureau d'études, Department of Unusual Certainties, W. E. B. Du Bois, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Forensic Architecture, Iconoclasistas, Julie Mehretu, Lize Mogel, Ogimaa Mikana, Margaret Pearce, Laura Poitras, Philippe Rekacewicz and Visualizing Impact.

Curated by Patricio Dávila, Associate Professor in OCAD University’s Faculty of Design, the exhibition makes visible both ‘what’ gets represented, and ‘who’ is doing the representing. “Maps, diagrams and visualizations are both artifacts and processes — they are tools that tell a story,” said Dávila. “They create ways to bring people and objects together in the telling of that story, with the outcomes made available to be viewed and inspected, and also performed so they can be heard and felt. Each creator uses this mode to tell inconvenient stories that upset and resist the status quo.”

Diagrams of Power opens with a free, public reception on Wednesday, July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., and continues through to the early morning of September 30, 2018, including the evening of Nuit Blanche Toronto (Saturday, September 29, 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Sunday, September 30). 

A complete list of participating creator biographies is available at https://www2.ocadu.ca/event/diagrams-of-power.

About Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery (www.ocadu.ca/onsite) is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD University, and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8pm; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 pm.

Support
Diagrams of Power is produced with the support of OCAD University's Faculty of Design Office, Public Visualization Lab, Multi Touch Digital, Microsoft and Nexus Investments.

Diagram of Power's public workshops and research engagement events are supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Onsite Gallery gratefully acknowledges that the new gallery construction was funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes. Gallery furniture was supplied by Nienkämper. The Onsite Gallery logo was created by Dean Martin Design.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research, and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. 

Media inquiries:

Sarah Mulholland
OCAD U Communications
416-977-6000 x1327
smulholland@ocadu.ca

OCAD University hires five new permanent Indigenous faculty

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudensaunee, the Anishinabek and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand and create.

(Toronto – June 20, 2018) OCAD University (OCAD U) is pleased to announce the hiring of five new tenured/tenure-track faculty members who self-identify as Indigenous Peoples of North America or Peoples of Turtle Island. Suzanne Morrissette will join OCAD U’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies; Peter Morin will join the Faculty of Art; and James MillerHoward Munroe and Melanie Printup Hope will join the Faculty of Design.

The hiring of these Indigenous faculty members is part of OCAD U’s commitment to decolonize, the first principle identified in the university’s Academic Plan 2017-2022: Transforming Student Experience. In addition to their teaching roles, research activities and service to the governance of the university, they will be key contributors to the ongoing development and decolonization of OCAD U’s undergraduate and graduate program curriculum, policies and initiatives. The hiring initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code. 

OCAD University believes that Indigenous knowledges and cultures are of fundamental importance to the future of Canada, both to Indigenous individuals and communities, and to Canadian society. In the last decade, OCAD U created an Indigenous Visual Culture Program, one of the first of its kind to be established at an art and design university, and established an Aboriginal Education Council. Including national representation, the Council’s mandate is to recommend initiatives and share strategies that provide direction and guidance on the development of the program and supporting initiatives. 

“OCAD University understands that transforming education in response to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada requires that we critically assess the settler social relations that underpin knowledge production and what constitutes knowledge within the university context and beyond,” said Dr. Gillian Siddall, Vice-President, Academic and Provost. “We are delighted to welcome these new members to the OCAD U community, who will help us create a more inclusive learning environment for Indigenous students. These are amazing scholars, artists, and designers, and they will make a tremendous contribution to the university.”

“OCAD University has been an agent of change for more than 140 years. Our commitment to decolonizing the curriculum is part of the evolution of education — both at our university and within the larger Canadian post-secondary education context,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD University’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “OCAD U was one of the first art and design institutions to launch a degree in Indigenous Visual Culture, which laid critical foundations from which to build. We very much look forward to working with these new faculty, and continue working in tandem with our Aboriginal Education Council, our Indigenous Student Association and all our faculty and staff to support the process to decolonize the institution and to recognize, acknowledge, implement and vitalize Indigenous visual culture.” 

Joining OCAD U’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies:

Suzanne Morrissette
Suzanne Morrissette is a Métis artist, curator, and writer from Winnipeg. She received a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design in 2009 and an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in 2011. In 2017, Morrissette completed her PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University, which took an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the historical lineage behind contemporary perceptions of Indigenous political knowledge in mainstream North American society, particularly those which characterize resistance to state powers as aggressive or anti-progress. Looking at artworks by contemporary Indigenous artists, this research examines ways in which creative practice provides a generative site through which to confront and challenge these perceptions. This research has received SSHRC CGS and Provost Dissertation Scholarship support from 2013 to 2017 and has been nominated for the dissertation prize and Governor General’s Gold Medal for 2018. 

Morrissette’s research-creation projects include such recent exhibitions as our land, together at Harbourfront Centre (2015), Surface & Symbol: works by Jean Marshall at the Ontario Crafts Council (2013) and Definitely Superior Art Gallery (2014), and Blueprints for a Long Walk: works by Lisa Myers at Urban Shaman Gallery (2013). Her forthcoming curated project On Being Illiberal extends her recent research to problematize public perception of resistance movements in North America.

Joining OCAD U’s Faculty of Art:

Peter Morin 
Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, curator, and writer. In his artistic practice and curatorial work, Morin’s practice-based research investigates the impact zones that occur when indigenous cultural-based practices and western settler colonialism collide. This work is shaped by Tahltan Nation epistemological production and often takes on the form of performance interventions. In addition to his object making and performance-based practice, Morin has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, Bill Reid Gallery, and Burnaby Art Gallery. In 2014, Peter was long-listed for the Sobey Art Prize. Morin holds a tenured appointment at Brandon University in the Visual and Aboriginal Arts Department.

Joining OCAD U’s Faculty of Design:

James Miller
James Miller is a proud Kānaka Maoli of Hawaiian and Japanese American descent. He is a Sylff Association Fellow whose research focuses on the role of Indigenous knowledge in the production of a culturally supportive built-environment. Miller completes his PhD in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Oregon this June and holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. Miller has a diverse background in architectural practice, urbanism, and social entrepreneurship. He is currently working with municipal governments and non-profits in the Republic of the Marshall Islands to assist in creating culturally appropriate land use planning and climate adaptive building strategies through applied research. 

Miller’s research has been funded by the Sylff Association and the Julie and Rocky Dixon Graduate Student Innovation Award. Miller’s research has been published in the proceedings of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium 2017 Conference and received an ARCC King Medal in 2016. His paper “Colonial Legacy in the Marshall Islands: The Shaping of Everyday Cultural Patterns in America Town” will be presented at the 2018 International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments Conference. Previous research has been published in Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review Working Papers Series and the Proceedings of the International Association for the Study of People-Environment Studies.  Miller’s work has also been presented at the International Disaster Risk Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Miller is a core member of the Collaborative for Inclusive Urbanism, a Program Director for Living Islands non-profit, and a Project Manager with Studio-E Architecture in Eugene, Oregon.

Howard Munroe
Howard Munroe is Red River Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is completing a contractually limited term appointment in OCAD U’s Industrial Design program. He holds a Master’s degree in Urban Aboriginal Education from York University, a Bachelor in Technological Education from Brock University, a Bachelor in Industrial Design from OCAD University (Distinction) and a 3-year advanced Diploma in Furniture Design from Sheridan College.  His academic research focuses on introducing Indigenous ways of knowing into current Industrial Design research pedagogies to help establish protocols that inform systems, sustainability and manufacturing processes. Using an urban Indigenous lens, he explores how Indigenous knowledge can foster productive relationships between Indigenous peoples and the design community by introducing research methodologies that are bounded by Indigenous guidelines and protocols. 

Howard has lectured to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada on Innovation, Indigenization and Appropriation and sits on the Indigenous advisory council to the Toronto District School board. His Industrial Design practice focuses on designing custom furniture, lighting and custom designed projects for the home and is a self-taught luthier. Prior to academia, Howard was well established in the performing arts as a lighting designer, technical director, project manager and set fabricator for many major theatrical, television, dance, display and film projects and continues to consult in these industries.

Melanie Printup Hope
Melanie Printup Hope is of Tuscarora and European descent and was raised on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in New York State. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. She is an Associate Professor Emerita at The Sage Colleges, Albany and Troy, New York and has also taught at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, in Banff, Alberta, Canada. She received a Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship in 1996 and has received additional awards and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fund. Her biography has been included in Who’s Who Among America’s TeachersWho’s Who of American Women and The World Who’s Who of Women.

About OCAD University
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca)is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research, and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. 

Media inquiries:

Sarah Mulholland
Communications, OCAD University
416-977-6000 Ext. 1327
smulholland@ocadu.ca

Educator, author, graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa will be guest lecturing at OCAD U

Saki Mafundikwa
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

Saki Mafundikwa has been a graphic designer, author, and educator for over 30 years.  Saki is a globally recognized expert on African writing systems and has given lectures, exhibits and workshops all over the world.  He also started Zimbabwe’s first graphic design and new media college, the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA) in 1999.  His book on African writing systems, “Afrikan Alphabets”, 2004 is currently being considered for a second edition by Cassava Republic Press, London.

 

Mr. Mafundikwa, has a MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and upon graduation worked as an Art Director in New York City.  He also taught at Cooper Union, New York, and while he was at Cooper Union, he created the course, “Writing Systems from Non-Western Societies”, which later became, “Experimental Typography”.  He also makes documentaries and his first one, “Shungu” won the Ousmane Sembene Prize at Zanzibar International Film Festival and Best Documentary at Kenya International Film Festival, both in 2010.

 

Nowadays, Mr. Mafundikwa teaches design and film at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

 

Venue & Address: 
Room 230, 100 McCaul
Cost: 
Free

Study Abroad India Exhibition

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:00am to Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

An exhibition of work by OCAD U students in the Design Abroad: India course in May 2017, inspired by their experiences engaging in participatory design projects with communities in Goa, India.

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Great Hall, 2nd Floor, 100 McCaul
Cost: 
free
Study Abroad India

Dean Dori Tunstall on Respectful Design

A design leader, professional design anthropologist, advocate and educator, Dr. Dori Tunstall is celebrating a year as the head of OCAD U’s Faculty of Design.
 

Dean Dori Tunstall standing in front of a wall of red, brown and pink thread spools
Dr. Dori Tunstall. Photos by Samuel Engelking

As new Dean of the Faculty of Design, one of the big questions I had upon arrival was: How do you hold together six undergraduate programs and five graduate degrees? Of course you need a unifying ethos — the unique character of the culture. Over the last few months, the Faculty of Design has been developing the ethos of Respectful Design.

What is Respectful Design? It’s not about a specific definition but rather, diverse meanings. At the original Respectful Design workshop held in October 2016, more than 40 faculty members and guests from other faculties created video statements in answer to the question, “What does respectful design mean to me?” These were aggregated into departmental or program level statements as well as the entire Design faculty level, and serve as the basis for our meanings of Respectful Design:

Respectful Design means valuing inclusivity, peoples’ cultures and ways of knowing through empathic and responsible creative methodologies.

It means deepening our relationships to the lives of the materials that connect us to the craft of making.

It means designing ourselves back into the environment. For example, adding Indigenous concepts of Seven Generations to inform sustainable design.

It means celebrating need over want.

Respectful design means acknowledging different values, different manners of production, and different ways of knowing.

Respectful Design is the evolution of the faculty’s “Design for Humanity” ethos, established by Professor Alex Manu out of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) The Humane Village for Compassionate Design journals in 1994 and 1997. In the first The Human Village Journal, Manu writes:

We have been led in our present condition by the short-sighted greed and insecurity of both individuals and corporations, by the titillation of covetousness to stimulate consumption, and by our narcotic love affair with technology at its most trivial. A moral code for the Humane Village must recognize that the creation of artifacts and environments is a holistic act. People, communities and the ecosystem are indissoluably intertwined (2004: 14).

Respectful Design interweaves Design for Humanity with new understandings based on Indigenous learning and ways of being. Respect is a key principal in various Indigenous communities, including the Seven Grandfather teachings in the local Canadian Ojibwe nations, where it is referred to as mnaadendimowin. Respectful Design decentres human beings to describe more relational connections between all things plant, animal, fungal and mineral, and requires greater accountability in our social and environmental relations.

The context for the evolution of the Faculty of Design’s ethos is OCAD U’s commitment to decolonizing its curriculum, research and practices. Decolonization is the first principle in OCAD U’s Academic Plan. Decolonization in the Indigenous context is about reclaiming Indigenous land, languages and communities. It’s about reclaiming the sovereignty stolen from them.

In the context of the Faculty of Design, it is holding ourselves accountable for design’s role in glorifying colonialism. For example, OCAD U is famous for supporting the Group of Seven painters who put Canadian art on the global map. One of those seven, Franklin Carmichael created the brochures for the Canadian National Railway promoting the travel and settlement of Canada by Europeans.

Respectful Design means embarking on a process of identifying and reframing the Eurocentric biases in our curriculum so that we can minimize the harm that we do though our teaching.  The important thing is that this ethos is mostly embedded in the work carried out by our students, faculty and staff. The job now is to further discover and deepen what it means to the Faculty of Design, so that we can share those meanings more clearly with the rest of the world.

 

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