OCAD University appoints architect Will Alsop as Adjunct Professor

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 5:00am

Alsop’s appointment to be celebrated at a book launch
for Will Alsop – The Noise tonight, 6 p.m. at OCADU

(Toronto — January 13, 2011) The Faculty of Design at OCAD University announced today that it has appointed internationally renowned architect Will Alsop, designer behind the Sharp Centre for Design at OCAD University, as an Adjunct Professor. His appointment commenced in November, 2010 and will continue until 2013.

“The Faculty of Design only offers an Adjunct Professor appointment to distinguished individuals who have the special expertise needed to complement our academic programs,” explained Doreen Balabanoff, Acting Dean of OCADU’s Faculty of Design. “Professor Alsop is engaging with us to develop research collaborations and new educational opportunities, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. We value his unique and imaginative approach, his hallmark commitment to connectivity between art and design, and his interest in social issues and innovative participatory design processes.”

In September, Alsop will being teaching an Architectural Design Studio course for upper year undergraduate students, focusing on the local urban context, in collaboration with architect Greg Woods, who worked with him on OCADU’s iconic Sharp Centre for Design, and remains an ongoing business partner.

“Professor Alsop will make a valued contribution to the Faculty of Design and particularly to Environmental Design as it moves forward in defining its future,” expressed Bruce Hinds, Chair of Environmental Design at OCADU.

“Professor Alsop will fulfill the role of eminent guest critic and lecturer, to both our graduate students and thesis level undergraduate students,” commented Martha Ladly, Chair of OCADU’s Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design Masters program. “Through his practice, Will Alsop has proven to the world his commitment to standards of excellence, and to the necessity of design for humanity through sustainable practices, creativity and imagination. All of these are cornerstones of OCAD University’s philosophy and strategic plans.”

Book launch and signing for Will Alsop – The Noise
Tonight, January 13, 6 p.m.

Alsop and his appointment at the university will be celebrated at a book launch and signing this evening for Will Alsop – The Noise, written by late author Tom Porter and published by Routledge. The event will be held in OCADU’s Great Hall, starting at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The Noise describes the unique state of Professor Alsop’s inventive mind before the creative imagination starts, and shows how his design process acts as a conduit that catches the dreams and aspirations of others.

The book reveals the creative and artistic vision of Professor Alsop in astonishing detail, charting the design process behind some of his most celebrated buildings, including the coveted Stirling Prize-winning Peckham Library (2000) and the Sharp Centre for Design at OCADU.

Will Alsop comments: “Tom Porter’s expertise in architecture, colour and graphics was second to none and his passing earlier this year was a tremendous loss,” said Alsop. “It is testament to his brilliance that he was able to tackle such an abstract subject and deliver a book that is both revelatory and entertaining.”

Elements of a collaborative project initiated by Professor Alsop, a “two-city exhibition” entitled EnRoute: Proper Behaviour in the Park, will also be on display in the Great Hall. This project engaged OCADU students in a ‘transatlantic painting project’, with Alsop receiving images from OCADU students working in Toronto, as he was painting two large canvases at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The project asks the mischievous question, “What would you do in public space?”

More about Will Alsop
Professor Alsop is one of the UK’s most prominent architects and is a respected artist who has applied his bold and colourful approach to award-winning projects across the world. His stance is that art and architecture are inseparable disciplines and he actively promotes artistic contribution to the built environment. He is guided by the principle that architecture is both a vehicle and symbol of social change and renewal.

His many awards include the Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year Special Award for Fawood Children’s Centre (London, UK), a project that was also shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2005.

Alsop is guided by the principle that architecture is both a vehicle and symbol of social change and renewal. This philosophy extends from the design of individual buildings to embracing broader principles of urbanism and city development. He has expertise across every sector, including transportation, health, education, retail, residential, office, public, hospitality, leisure and interiors.

Will Alsop has worked extensively across the UK and internationally, with major projects in cities such as Toronto, Marseilles, Hamburg, Shanghai, Singapore and New York. Recent projects in the UK include the Chips apartments in Manchester, The Public, an exhibition space in West Bromwich, and the Puddle Dock luxury hotel development on the north bank of the River Thames.

In addition to his design work, Alsop follows a parallel path as an artist. His stance is that art and architecture are inseparable disciplines and he actively promotes artistic contribution to the built environment. His paintings and sketches have been exhibited at Sir John Soane’s Museum, Milton Keynes Gallery, Cube Gallery, Manchester and the British Pavilion at Venice Biennale.

Alsop has held many academic posts around the world. He is currently a professor at the Technical University of Vienna. For several years he was a tutor of sculpture at Central St Martins College of Art & Design in London and was visiting professor at institutions including the University of Hanover, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and San Francisco Institute of Art. Alsop is a Royal Academician and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

About the Faculty of Design at OCADU
The Faculty of Design provides a provocative, diverse and culturally rich environment, guiding the development of critical thinking, innovation and responsiveness in the context of human and environmental needs. Our primary objective is to enable students to develop their own voice in the formation of ideas and in the expression of these ideas through both verbal and visual language.

We seek to empower each student to develop a personal voice grounded in historical and contemporary knowledge, equipped with vital skills in creative practice as well as critical analysis.

Our guiding theme of ‘design and humanity’ provides a strong and ethical foundation for all of our programs, and shapes our students’ educational experience. Drawing on depth of insight, our emerging designers and thought leaders will shape, enhance and transform the world in which they live, creating innovative responses to changing economic, technological and social realities.

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OCAD U’s Faculty of Design Speaker Series continues with David Small and Neri Oxman

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 5:00am

(Toronto — February 9, 2011) OCAD University’s Faculty of Design Speaker Series will conclude this March with two talks by leading designers. David Small, creative director of Small Design Firm, will give his talk “Small Firm on a Boisterous Sea” on Thursday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. Architect and designer Neri Oxman will give her talk “Mediated Matter” on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m.

David Small: "Small Firm on a Boisterous Sea"
Thursday, March 3, 6:30 p.m.
At the messy intersection of design and technology, there is confusion and frustration, but also great potential. Small Design Firm has been camped in this frontier for some time. In his lecture, founder David Small will recount some of his adventures creating experience with software, electronics and even some typography.

Biography:
David Small completed his Ph.D. at the MIT Media Laboratory in 1999, where his research focused on the display and manipulation of complex visual information. This was his third degree from MIT. He began his studies of dynamic typography in three dimensional landscapes as a student of Muriel Cooper, founder of the Visible Language Workshop, and later joined the Aesthetics and Computation Group under the direction of John Maeda. His thesis, Rethinking the Book, examined how digital media, in particular the use of three-dimensional and dynamic typography, will change the way designers approach large bodies of information. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Documenta11, the Centre Pompidou, and the Cooper-Hewitt. He is the principal and founder of Small Design Firm.

Neri Oxman: "Mediated Matter"
Thursday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.
How can we contribute to human and environmental good by learning about material and design from nature? Over the last century of design, the creation of artifacts has been characterized by the growing separation of form and material. Materiality is, by tradition, secondary to form. With the exception of a few pioneering cases in contemporary design, the material realm has been humbled from its equal footing, and not without consequences in product and spatial design. Oxman’s presentation concludes with a call to shift the design paradigm of the machine to a paradigm of the organism, by promoting seamless objects that mediate physical behaviour and functional constraints.

Biography:
Architect and designer Neri Oxman is Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where she directs the Mediated Matter research group. Her group explores how digital design and fabrication technologies mediate between matter and environment to radically transform the design and construction of objects, buildings, and systems. Oxman’s goal is to enhance the relationship between the built and the natural environments by employing design principles inspired by nature and implementing them in the invention of digital design technologies. Areas of application include product and architectural design, as well as digital fabrication and construction.

Oxman was named to ICON magazine's list of the top 20 most influential architects to shape our future (2009), and was selected as one of the "100 most creative people" by FastCompany (2009). In 2008, she was named "Revolutionary Mind" by SEED magazine. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA (New York) and is part of the museum’s permanent collection; other exhibitions include the Museum of Science (Boston), FRAC Centre Collection (Orleans, France), and the 2010 Beijing Biennale. She has received numerous awards including a Graham Foundation Carter Manny Award, the International Earth Award for Future-Crucial Design, and a Metropolis magazine Next Generation Award. Neri Oxman received her PhD in design computation as a Presidential Fellow at MIT, where she developed the theory and practice of material-based design computation. In this approach, the shaping of material structure is conceived of as a novel form of computation. Prior to MIT, she earned her diploma from the Architectural Association (RIBA 2) after attending the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and the Department of Medical Sciences at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

The Faculty of Design Speaker Series is generously supported by TD Bank Group.

OCAD University
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca

All are welcome; admission is free. Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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OCAD University appoints Dr. Gayle Nicoll as Dean, Faculty of Design

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 4:00am

(Toronto—June 8, 2011) OCAD University (OCAD U) has appointed Dr. Gayle Nicoll as Dean in its Faculty of Design, effective July 1, 2011.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Nicoll to her new position here within our Faculty of Design,” said Dr. Sarah McKinnon, Vice-President, Academic at OCAD University. “She brings with her a wealth of experience that will help us continue to enhance our curriculum, support our faculty and grow our research initiatives.”

A Toronto native and current member of the Ontario Association of Architects, Dr. Nicoll holds degrees in architecture from Ryerson University, Clemson University and Georgia Institute of Technology where she obtained her PhD in 2006. Dr. Nicoll’s career focus for the past twenty years has been in multi-disciplinary design education and she has substantial experience both as an administrator and as practicing architect. During this tenure, she has worked to develop a comprehensive understanding and ability in pedagogical management and has taught a broad range of courses in architectural design, building science and professional practice at many levels within design programs. Dr. Nicoll’s teaching and research work has focused on issues related to public health, sustainability, human behavior and building performance. Her recent work on Active Design practice has been presented at many conferences and includes the multi-award winning publication, The Active Design Guidelines.

Dr. Nicoll was the Program Director of the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University from 1992 – 2001 and she has recently completed a term as Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Throughout her administrative career, she has demonstrated a commitment to multi-disciplinary education and, in her previous position at UTSA, was responsible for several key initiatives including building the leadership, managerial and administrative abilities that enhance collegial relationships among the faculty, staff, students and professional community; expanding the opportunities for service learning through design-build and community-oriented curriculum; improving administrative effectiveness; restructuring curriculum to accommodate growing undergraduate and graduate programs within a time of economic restraint; improving physical facilities that support curriculum and research; and enhancing professional development of students and faculty.

About OCAD University (OCAD U):
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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OCAD U's Faculty of Design Speaker Series

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 5:00am

Judith Heumann:
"Changing Society: The Power of Inclusive Thinking"
Thursday, January 19, 6:30 p.m.

(Toronto—December 15, 2011) OCAD University is pleased to welcome Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State, who will give her free public talk "Changing Society: The Power of Inclusive Thinking" as part of the Faculty of Design speaker series.

Judith Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate for disadvantaged people. She has been appointed Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State. She previously served as the Director for the Department on Disability Services for the District of Columbia, where she was responsible for the Developmental Disability Administration and the Rehabilitation Services Administration.

From June 2002-2006, Heumann served as the World Bank's first Adviser on Disability and Development. In this position, Heumann led the World Bank's disability work to expand the Bank's knowledge and capability to work with governments and civil society on including disability in the Bank discussions with client countries; its country-based analytical work; and support for improving policies, programs, and projects that allow disabled people around the world to live and work in the economic and social mainstream of their communities. She was Lead Consultant to the Global Partnership for Disability and Development.

From 1993 to 2001, Heumann served in the Clinton Administration as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the Department of Education. Heumann was responsible for the implementation of legislation at the national level for programs in special education, disability research, vocational rehabilitation and independent living, serving more than 8 million youth and adults with disabilities.

For more than 30 years, Heumann has been involved on the international front working with disabled people's organizations and governments around the world to advance the human rights of disabled people. She represented Education Secretary, Richard Riley, at the 1995 International Congress on Disability in Mexico City. She was a US delegate to the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. She has been active with Disabled Peoples' International, Rehabilitation International and numerous Independent Living Centers throughout the world. She co-founded the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley California and the World Institute on Disability in Oakland California.

Heumann graduated from Long Island University in 1969 and received her Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. She has received numerous awards including being the first recipient of the Henry B. Betts Award in recognition of efforts to significantly improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. She has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University in Brooklyn, an Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Toledo.

The Faculty of Design Speaker Series is generously supported by TD Bank Group.

Heumann's talk is presented in conjunction with OCAD University's annual Design Competition. All are welcome to attend. Please register for tickets (free).

OCAD University - 135 Years of Imagination
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000  |  http://www.ocadu.ca/

OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD U students design strategies to address Canada’s homelessness crisis

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 4:00am

(Toronto—October 26, 2012) How do you design a solution with the power to lift Canada's 300,000 homeless and at-risk people out of poverty? What can be done to shift the perception that the condition of homelessness is "normal"?

OCAD University students were challenged with these very questions in the university's annual Design Competition, Four by Six. Over a four-day period, 19 student teams researched, consulted experts in the field and collaborated to develop solutions that challenge the status quo and change the lives of the homeless.

The first place submission, Revolution, suggests an amendment to Canada's Constitution Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect social welfare funding. In second place, Toronto Beyond Homeless, a concept to give people a virtual home on the web that helps them develop social connections, which in turn could lead to employment opportunities. Other winning concepts suggest awareness campaigns paired with matched donations online towards housing, or mentoring solutions that bring the homeless and those with past experience together to form a community of support.

"This competition challenges students to get outside their comfort zone and expand their thought and design processes to address large systemic social issues through the collaborative efforts of interdisciplinary teams," said Gayle Nicoll, Dean of the Faculty of Design. "Designers from every discipline have something to contribute to resolving a real-world problem - the catch being for this competition, we want them to do it in record time."

OCAD University congratulates the winning teams:

First Place, $2000: Revolution
Revolution proposes to amend Canada's Constitution Act, which contains the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to "make adequate funding for social welfare in Canada inexorable, and untouchable by the Canadian political climate." The team expressed that social welfare is too much at the whim of political powers, and should be made immune from shifting political policy.
Team members: Reid Langille, Sarah Crossley, Mary Bulnes Velez, and Maximillian Wessman in third-year Industrial Design, and Fiorella Martinez, third-year Advertising.

Revolution (video)

Second Place, $1000: Toronto Beyond Homelessness
Toronto Beyond Homelessness is designed to "take you through the footsteps of an individual left without a home, from the moment they are forced out onto the street, up until their moment in front of you now." The campaign includes a website that gives homeless people a virtual address, where they can tell their stories and create new networks that can lead to opportunities.
Team members: Nikoli Berda, Mandad Tabrizi, Daniel Sookdeo and Sina Afshani in fourth-year (thesis) Industrial Design.

Third Place, $500: home=x
home=x is an awareness campaign that makes use of 12 by 12 inch sheets of white paper that symbolize a square foot of space. Coupled with the formation of a charitable organization called blueprint and a website, people are encouraged to consider the meaning of the word home and confront traditionally held views. Donations through the website towards providing housing solutions are matched by the organization.
Team members: Brad MacDonald, third-year Advertising, and Jen DeVera and Sarah Lever in third-year Industrial Design.

Honourable Mention: On the Dot Mentors
On the Dot Mentors is a network designed to give people at risk or homeless individuals a real, live human resource. The system pairs an individual with past experience with mentees in transition, to help provide access to services and support. In addition to linking a community full-circle, the system is designed to elevate stereotypical perception and help at risk individuals maintain dignity.
Team members: Daria Yurchenko, Jurgis Mikens and Dimitry Galamiyev in second-year Industrial Design, Luiza Kazi in fourth-year Graphic Design, Emily Pop Paulauskas in second-year Environmental Design and Jane Lee in second-year Material Art and Design.

Concepts by all of the student teams are on exhibit until Friday, November 2 in OCAD University's Great Hall (Level 2, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto). For more information on the competition and the exhibit, visit www.ocadu.ca/designcompetition.  

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Career Planning for Designers

Career Planning for Designers
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 7:00pm

With special guest Yousuf Afridi!

Developed for Faculty of Design students and recent alumni, this practical session will help you to start thinking about how you can leverage your design skills beyond school.

Joining us to share his insights will be OCAD U design alumni Yousuf Afridi, who is currently an Account Manager at TAXI 2 and was recently named one of Marketing Magazine's "30 Under 30".

 

416-977-6000 x3843

 

www.ocadu.ca/careerdevelopment

zfarber@ocadu.ca

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
Room 1516 113 McCaul St., 5th Floor Toronto, Ontario

Career Planning for Designers

Career Planning for Designers
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 7:00pm

A practical look at professionalism in the field

Developed for Faculty of Design students and recent alumni, this practical session will help you to start thinking about how you can leverage your design skills beyond school.

This is a repeat offering from Oct. 25. We will share specific insights from OCAD U design alumni Yousuf Afridi, who is currently an Account Manager at TAXI 2 and was recently named one of Marketing Magazine's "30 Under 30".

 

416-977-6000 x3843

 

www.ocadu.ca/careerdevelopment

zfarber@ocadu.ca

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
Room 240 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor Toronto, Ontario

Exposé 2

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 10:15pm

Faculty of Design Student and Faculty Exhibition

The first Exposé was run as a photoshow and contest. This exhibition will feature work by students and instructors as part of the new Faculty of Design photographic initiative.

 

Free

 

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Expose 2 poster with event info, OCAD U logo and warped photograph of woman's head

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