Fall 2012 Design Competition: Four by Six

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. 

Download the 2012 Design Competition Brief, Four by Six (PDF)

Download talk by Dr. David Hulchanski, Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work and Associate Director, Research Cities Centre: "Homelessness: What's in a Word"


Film screening: Urbanized, Directed by Gary Hustwit
Wednesday October 10, 6:30 p.m.
Central Hall, Room 230
Part of Brave New Worlds: People, Cities & Design, a new film series organized by the Faculty of Design, and presented in conjunction with the design competition.

Thursday, October 18: COMPETITION LAUNCH DAY!

OCAD U Auditorium Room 190

2:30 p.m.: Competition details announced and brief provided
Team sign-up will take place after the launch in the auditorium.
A tutorial will take place after the signup in the Auditorium

5 to 6:30 p.m.: Questions
Faculty of Design Associate Dean Beth Alber will be available in the Auditorium to answer any questions about the brief or the competition.

7 p.m.: Guest Speaker
Our special guest will provide insight and inspiration related to the competition's subject for competition teams

Saturday, October 20

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Mentorship
Rooms 550 to 554: Faculty and technical monitors will be available to discuss concepts and technical problems. These rooms have been booked for the weekend for student teams to work/confer in.

Monday, October 22

10 a.m.: Level 2 Service Bureau Print Deadline
Students must hand in their files to the Service Bureau at the Level 2 Service Bureau in order to pick up finished poster by Monday at 5 p.m. and access reduced cost printing.

1 p.m.: Video File Upload Deadline
Digital movie files must be uploaded on-campus to OCAD U Network File Share.

5 to 7 p.m.: Great Hall Room 270: Installation
Students must install deliverables including process work and models/prototypes. Installation may continue until 7 p.m.

October 23 to November 2: Design Competition Exhibit in OCAD University's Great Hall

Tuesday, October 23: Competition Jury
Student teams are not required to attend.

Thursday, October 25, 5 to 6:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony
OCAD University hosts a reception for all participants and the OCAD U community where the winners will be announced and awards presented. Officiated by OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond.

Friday, November 2, 3 to 4 p.m.: Great Hall Room 270 Competition Take-Down
Student teams must pick up their work in the Great Hall during this time. All work remaining after 4 p.m. will be disposed of.


First Place: $2,000
Second Place: $1,000
Third Place: $500
Honourable mentions