Design Studies in Canada: a symposium - Toronto

Come and contribute to a symposium on design studies in Canada, and discuss the ways that design studies can become a distinct discipline, in a country with a huge design industry but no degree programs in design studies.


The field has clearly grown to become essential to Canada’s many design studio programs, and it is our hope that this event will inspire your thoughts on the past, present, and future of design studies as part of the growth of the field and its presence in universities.


Date: Thursday afternoon, May 30, 2019

Location: The Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street, Toronto 

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Free admission, no reservations required.



1:00 p.m. Invited papers

Keith Bresnahan, PhD, OCAD University
Carole Charette, PhD, Trio Communication-Marketing
Bianca DiPietro, MDes, Humber College
Arlene Gehmacher, PhD, Royal Ontario Museum
Caroline Seck Langill, PhD, OCAD University
Bonne Zabolotney, PhD, Emily Carr University
Plus a featured video by
Janice Wong, Senior UX Researcher, Amazon UX Lab


4:30 Respondent’s remarks
(Dr. Brian Donnelly), open discussion


6:00 Dinner in the neighbourhood


7:30 Social and retirement party – cash bar


Sponsored by the MA Maruska Scholarship