2012 Design Competition: For All


Thursday, January 19, 12 to 2 p.m.

Launch & Team Registration
OCAD U Auditorium, Room 190, 100 McCaul Street

Thursday, January 19, 4 to 6 p.m.

Questions about the Competition
Beth Alber, Associate Dean, Design will be available to answer any questions about the brief or the competition.
OCAD U Faculty of Design Office, Room 500, Level 5, 100 McCaul Street

Download a full-sized, accessible PDF version of the competition's poster.


2012 Design Competition FOR ALL Brief (.PDF)
2012 Design Competition FOR ALL Project Template (.DOT)


Judith Heumann: "Changing Society: The Power of Inclusive Thinking"
Part of the Faculty of Design Speaker Series
Thursday, January 19, 6:30 p.m.
OCAD U Auditorium, Room 190, 100 McCaul Street

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.


Saturday, January 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Room 284, 100 McCaul Street
Faculty and technical monitors will be available to discuss concepts and technical problems.

Print Services Bureau Deadline:

Monday, January 23, 10 a.m.
Students to hand in their files to the Print Services Bureau on Level 2 of 100 McCaul Street, in order to pick up finished poster by 5 p.m. on Monday, and access reduced cost printing.

Great Hall Exhibition Installation:

Monday, January 23, 5 to 7 p.m.
Students must install poster and other deliverables, including process work and models/prototypes in the Great Hall, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street. 

Design Competition Exhibit:

Tuesday, January 24 to Friday, February 3

Competition Jurying:

Tuesday, January 24
Student teams are not required to attend. 

Reception & Announcement of Winners:

Thursday, January 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Reception for all participants and the OCAD University community. Announcement of winners and presentation of awards will be officiated by OCAD U Acting President Sarah McKinnon.
Great Hall, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street

Exhibition Take-down:

Friday, February 3, 3 to 4 p.m.
Student teams must pick up work in the Great Hall during this time slot. All work remaining at 4 p.m. will be disposed of.
Great Hall, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street

About the Competition

OCAD University's Design Competition, presented by the Faculty of Design, is an annual event wherein interdisciplinary teams of 3 to 6 students are presented with a design challenge — usually a real-world issue — and over the course of an extended weekend asked to respond with their solutions. Faculty advisors with expertise relating to the challenge are on hand on Saturday to answer questions about concepts and technicalities, and students must present their designs by the end of day on the following Monday. Many of OCAD U graduates cite the challenge as one of the most important experiences in their time at the university.