OCAD Design Competition - Announcement of Winners

Design Competition
Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 3:00pm

The Faculty of Design is gearing up to announce the annual OCAD Design Competition, an intensive 4-day charette, in which interdisciplinary teams respond to a given design challenge. Past challenges included to design and promote a product, service, environment that could/should/will exist in 10 years time; to re-envision McCaul Street; to design ways to effect change in society by addressing excessive consumption; and to develop 'Humanitarian Emergency Life Packages'.

Established in 1990, this year's competition challenge will be announced on Thursday, January 31 at 9:30 am in the Auditorium (Rm 190). Teams will have until 5 pm on Monday, February 4 to develop their concepts and have them ready for presentation. Competition critique sessions with faculty members and guest critics will take place on Saturday, February 2, from 12 to 4 pm.

Jurying takes place on February 5 and 6, and at 10 am on Thursday, February 7, winners will be announced and awards will be presented as part of a closing event.

To save paper, this year's competition brief will be posted online when the challenge is announced.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Faculty of Design Speaker Series: Tali Krakowsky: Algorithmic Anthologies

Tali Krakowsky
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 11:30pm

The Faculty of Design is pleased to present an evening talk by Tali Krakowsky, Director of Experience Design for Imaginary Forces, as the final presentation in its annual speaker series.

Tali Krakowsky: "Algorithmic Anthologies: The Architecture of Play"

Tali Krakowsky, Director of Experience Design for Imaginary Forces, has been extensively involved for the last five years in concept development, management and development of the division and its projects in both the New York and Los Angeles offices. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design from Parsons the New School for Design and a Master of Arts from UCLA's School of Architecture, with a thesis on interactive architecture.

Krakowsky has had a leading role in a range of projects for Imaginary Forces, including immersive environments for Airbus, BMW, IBM, MoMA and the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. Additionally, she has worked on the World Trade Center redesign competition, an installation for the Netherlands Architecture Institute and MoMA's Tall Buildings exhibition as part of the design consortium United Architects. In addition to her work at Imaginary Forces, Tali has published several articles on design, architecture, and innovation through collaboration, and has been teaching a class on Experience Design at Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles.

Presented with the generous support of M.C. McCain.

All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. This presentation takes place in the OCAD Auditorium at 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
general@ocad.ca
Cost: 
Free

Faculty of Design Speaker Series: Rusty Smith

Rusty Smith
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 11:30pm

The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to present a free public lecture by Rusty Smith, Associate Director of the Rural Studio at the Auburn University School of Architecture, on Wed., Jan. 23 at 6:30 pm. Smith's presentation is the second in the Faculty of Design Speaker Series, which will include talks later this year by Rafael Fajardo and Tali Krakowsky.

Rusty Smith:
Inside the Rural Studio: The Responsibility of Citizen Artists and Designers

Rusty Smith is an Associate Professor, the Chair of the Program of Architecture, Associate Director of the Rural Studio, and the Coordinator of the First Year Program in the Auburn University School of Architecture in Alabama. He has also taught and lectured as a Distinguished Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects. He is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar and has received numerous awards including the 2005 American Institute of Architects National Teaching Honor Award and the 2003 American Institute of Architecture Students National Teaching Honor Award.

Smith is currently an independent consultant specializing in life safety, health and human welfare, He has practiced professionally since 1991 and has held the position of senior designer for a variety of internationally recognized architectural firms, including Perkins + Will and Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum.

The Rural Studio, a program of the Auburn University School of Architecture, was originally conceived as a method to improve the living conditions in rural Alabama and to include hands-on experience in an architectural pedagogy. It continues today as a vision of a process to make housing and community projects in one of the poorest regions of the nation.

The students who attend the Rural Studio expand their design knowledge through actually building what they have designed. Utilizing the concept of 'context-based learning,' the Rural Studio asks the students to leave the university environment and take up residency in Hale County, Alabama. In doing so, the student joins a poverty-stricken region and 'shares the sweat' with a housing client who lives far below the poverty level. The goal of this exercise is to refine the student's social conscience and to learn first-hand the necessary social, cultural and technological concepts of designing and building. This exercise requires the collaboration of the practicing architect. Read more information on the Rural Studio.

Presented with the generous support of M.C. McCain.

All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. The presentation takes place in the OCAD Auditorium at 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
general@ocad.ca
Cost: 
Free

Faculty of Design Speaker Series: Katherine Hayles

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 10:30pm

N. Katherine Hayles is the John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature and Distinguished Professor in the Departments of English and Design/Media Arts at University of California, Los Angeles. She writes and teaches on the relations of literature, science, and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her book How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics won the Ren' Wellek Prize for the best book in literary theory for 1998-99, and her book Writing Machines won the Suzanne Langer Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Her latest book is My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts, and her forthcoming book, out in February 2008 from the University of Notre Dame Press, is Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary. She is currently at work on a book exploring the complex ecologies of narrative and data.
Hayles presents RFID: Human Agency and Meaning in Information-Intensive Environments

Abstract:
From the beginning, RFID technology has been entangled with politics. Now that RFID tags are so small and cheap they can be spread pervasively in the environment, surveillance is an urgent concern. Also at issue, however, are the effects of RFID in creating an animate environment with agential and communicative powers. This talk will explore the epistemological and ontological issues raised by RFID in the context of two fictional scenarios of an RFID-embedded worlds, David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas and Philip K. Dick's Ubik.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
general@ocad.ca
Cost: 
Free

Faculty of Design Speaker Series: Rafael Fajardo: Reflective Play

Rafael Fajardo
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 - 11:30pm

The Faculty of Design is pleased to present a free public talk by Rafael Fajardo, founder of SWEAT, as part of its annual speaker series.

Rafael Fajardo: 'Reflective Play: Exploring the Creation of Games and Toys to Raise Consciousness and Stimulate Thinking'

Rafael Fajardo is the founder of SWEAT, a loose collaborative that makes socially conscious video games. SWEAT has published two video games, Crosser and La Migra, that comment on the game-like nature of (il)legal human traffic at the US/Mexico border. SWEAT is currently working on a game, set in Colombia, which explores the effects of the culture of drug agriculture. This game, Juan & the Beanstalk, has been released as playable fragments. SWEAT's games have been exhibited internationally. Fajardo also teaches at the University of Denver where he is an associate professor of Electronic Media Arts Design and the Director of Digital Media Studies. With his colleague Scott Leutenegger he has overseen the creation of Squeezed, a videogame, co-sponsored by mtvU that comments on the lives of (im)migrant farm workers in the US. With Dr. Leutenegger and with Dr. Debra Austin he has received a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation to explore the teaching of videogames as a holistic pedagogy in high schools.

Presented with the generous support of M.C. McCain.

On February 27, the Faculty of Design Speaker Series presents Tali Krakowsky, Director of Experience Design for Imaginary Forces.

All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Presentations take place in the OCAD Auditorium at 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
general@ocad.ca
Cost: 
Free

Deadline: Applications for Alfred T. Vivash Bursary for Graduate Studies in Design

Monday, October 22, 2007 - 4:00am

Deadline for 2007 graduates from the Faculty of Design pursuing graduate studies in design in 2007/2008 to submit applications for the Alfred T. Vivash Bursary for Graduate Studies in Design to the Financial Aid & Awards Office.

Email: 
Kelly Faller, Financial Aid Assistant (Scholarships)

Congratulations Audrey Hudson

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 11:30am

Please join me in congratulating Audrey Hudson, our colleague in the Faculty of Design, on her recent successful defense of her doctoral thesis entitled, "Decolonizing Indigenous Youth Studies: Photography and Hip Hop as Sites of Resilience". Audrey completed her research at University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UT/OISE), in the department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning.  Audrey holds a BFA from OCAD University, and an MEd from York University. She has been teaching at OCADU for the past four years, teaching in our Design colour courses, Think Tank and recently a course she developed and taught a course on the influence of hip hop on design. Audrey has also recently taught in ADEL, a cross appointed education-based course with OCADU and the AGO.

Congratulations Audrey!

Dr. Gayle Nicoll, Dean, Faculty of Design

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.

 

 

 

Faculty of Design instructors to share research presented at UK conference

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 4:00am

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, OCAD University Faculty of Design members Nancy Snow and Saskia van Kampen will share their experiences with and insights into the integration of writing in the design process. This talk will be based on a paper Nancy and Saskia presented at the Designing Critical Messages Symposium, recently held at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom.

Titled Learning through and from Process: Studying the Benefits of Reflective Studio Practice, Nancy and Sakia’s paper described a framework developed for a study underway at OCAD U in Communication Design 2. This research project – a collaboration among Nancy, Saskia and Emilie Brancato (ELL Specialist, Writing and Learning Centre) – examines whether a more holistic inclusion of writing in the design process can help students engage more critically with their making and help them to conduct more purposeful critiquing of their peers’ work. Nancy, Saskia and Emilie are documenting students’ perceptions of themselves as writers and makers as they embark upon theoretical and empirical research, peer-to-peer criticism and self-reflection. The project is part of OCAD U’s Writing Across the Curriculum initiative.

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)

Where: Sharp Centre for Design, Room 530, 100 McCaul St.

Brilliant (Colour Show)

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 5:00pm to Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 5:00pm

Faculty of Design, Brilliant (Colour Show)

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Transit Space, 2nd Floor 100 McCaul Street
Cost: 
Free

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