The Practice of Puncturing - Making Spaces for Decolonized Graphic Design

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Kelly Walters is a designer and educator whose work investigates the intersection of black cultural vernacular in mainstream media. She feels her role as a designer is to understand how socio-political frameworks and shifting technology influence the sounds, symbols and style of black people. In her independent design studio Bright Polka Dot, she produces websites, print publications and environmental designs for exhibitions. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at The New School in Parsons School of Design. >> 

Ramon Tejada is an independent Dominican/American designer and teacher based in Providence. He works in a hybrid design/teaching practice that focuses on collaborative design practices working with not-for-profit and educational organizations. His recent design research interest lies in the area of Decolonizing Design—disruption of the Canon, inclusivity, diversity, collaboration and the expansion of design narratives and languages beyond the “traditional” Westernized narratives of design. Ramon is an Assistant Professor at RISD in Providence. >>


This event is organized by Ali Qadeer, Patricio Davila and the Public Visualization Lab at OCAD University.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, Room 230
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The 2018 Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum

Feminist Forum
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 10:00am to Monday, December 3, 2018 - 4:00pm

LiisBeth and Feminists at Work hosted the first Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum at OCAD University in November 2017 with support from the City of Toronto, SheEO, Moxie Trades, and the Flourishing Business Model Canvas. 100+ feminists from Toronto and beyond shared stories, knowledge, and new tools. 


This year, we’re back at it with an expanded two-day program. Join us December 2-3, 2018 to explore feminist approaches to business design, product and service innovation, strategic planning, and more. We’re uplifting the voices of feminist business practitioners of all genders and identities.

​Workshops will be about learning and co-creating. We'll move during the day and leave room for emotion as well as intellect. Wild! Meet, get energized, and identify collaboration opportunities.

The future of business is what we make it, and it is most certainly feminist. Join us!


Venue & Address: 
Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. East
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House Guests: The Most Important Unimportant Things

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:00am to Sunday, November 11, 2018 - 8:00pm

work by:
Kristi Chen -
Eryn Lougheed -
Lily Snowden-Fine -
Adam de Souza -
Mary Kirkpatrick -
And in loving memory, Sarah Mason -"

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Avenue
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Adobe XD Creative Jam at OCAD U

Adobe Jam
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Get a crash course in Adobe XD, a user experience design application, to help you quickly and easily create simple interactive prototypes! You and your five-person team can use Adobe XD to be victorious in the tournament, advance your career opportunities, and put some gift card cred in your pocket.


The first, second, and third place teams will receive Amazon Gift Cards worth up to US $250 each! ALL participants who compete in the tournament receive a 1-year subscription to Adobe Stock after completion (worth up to US $360).


Oh, and this event is being held solely for the talented students of OCAD University, Sheridan CollegeHumber College, and/or George Brown College. Yep, that’s you.

Are you READY? Register NOW.


Registration is limited to currently enrolled OCAD, Sheridan College, Humber College, and/or George Brown College students. Please read the rules of the Creative JamYour responses and information are securely collected and stored by Adobe's registration provider, Eventbrite, in accordance with Adobe's Privacy Policy. If you have any additional questions about registration, please contact Rachel at:

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Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 7:15am to Sunday, November 25, 2018 - 5:00pm

Each unique artwork reflects on an aspect of women’s historic contribution to the arts in Canada

OPENING: Saturday, November 3, 1-4 pm at Boarding House Arts

 6 Dublin Street South, 2nd Floor, Guelph

The exhibition is open from 12-5 pm Wednesday through Sunday until

 25 November 2018. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.


Contemporary silver candleholders created by 15 renowned Canadian metalsmiths. Each piece creatively reflects on art forms that generations of Canadian women have practised, including architecture, art, craft, design, fashion and textile, film and video, gastronomy, horticulture, music, photography, sculpture, theatre and writing.

The artists are 15 of Canada’s most renowned metalsmiths: Beth Alber, Jackie Anderson, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Anne Barros, Lois Etherington Betteridge, Brigitte Clavette, Charles Funnell, Chantal Gilbert, Elizabeth Goluch, Fiona Macintyre, Mary K. McIntyre, Myra Tulonen Smith, Kye-Yeon Son, Anne-Sophie Vallée, Ken Vickerson


“I am delighted to be part of this project,” says Guelph resident Lois Etherington Betteridge.  “It is not only a celebration of the craft of metalsmithing but sends a strong signal that women count in the arts in Canada and always have.”

“We believe that through the work of artists, a material that mattered to past generations – silverware that was treasured and displayed in every dining room – can become newly relevant and exciting in the present,” says the exhibition curator Dr. Laura Brandon, a specialist in art, memory and commemoration who has written about Canada’s forgotten women artists.

The exhibition was inspired by Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Two families donated the heritage silver.

Venue & Address: 
Boarding House Arts, 6 Dublin Street South, 2nd Floor, Guelph
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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



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. 



Research-creation roundtable: Research Ethics Board – Nancy Snow

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



Research-creation speed dating

Meet faculty doing groundbreaking practice-based research!





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
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Daan Roosegaarde Workshop

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


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
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The Inclusive City

Resume of Meg Graham
Architect, educator and advocate
K. Greenberg
A. Gomez-Palacio
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Inclusive City

Are our cities becoming a monoculture of the super rich? What can we do to ensure that housing and public space are available to all? And how do we maintain dynamic retail, restaurant and cultural scenes in the face of skyrocketing rents and taxes?

Don’t miss this mashup of ideas with our solutions-focused panel of urban thinkers, architects and designers.



*This talk qualifies for one ConEd structured learning hour



Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, Auditorium Room 190
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What is Your Unconscious Bias?

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Building Equality in Architeture Toronto





Hosted at OCAD University and co-organized by the BEAT Forum Team:

Maya Desai, Assistant Professor, OCAD U / Sr. Urban Designer, Moriyama Teshima Architects

Stephanie Hosein, OAA, Associate at Omar Gandhi Architect Inc.

Camille Mitchell, OAA, KPMB Architects 

Safoura Zahedi, Architectural Designer, Moriyama Teshima Architects


This event qualifies for OAA ConEd

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, The Great Hall, 100 McCaul St.
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Richard Smolinski exhibit
Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:00am to Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 5:00pm

The timely and pertinent installation critiques angry white masculinity and male power posturing in an era featuring both the Trump Presidency and the Ford Clan’s ascension to prominence in Ontario politics. SMOLinski teaches in the Faculty of Art and The Faculty of Design, and previously taught for several years at The University of Calgary and The Alberta College of Art & Design.


Open Reception: Friday, October 5 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm - IA&A At Hillyer

Venue & Address: 
IA & A At Hillyer, 9 Hillyer court, NW, Washington, DC
Free, suggest $8.00 donation
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