Maya Desai (Interim Graduate Program Director)
Health Culture and Human-Environment Interaction, Urban Design and Ecological Planning, Smart Landscapes
Maya is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design. Educated as an Architect, with a diverse academic and professional background in architecture, design and the health sciences, Maya is interested in the integrative role design and technology can play in bridging disciplinary territories. Her work continues to investigate the relationship between nature, culture and human health in both research and practice.
Design for Healthcare, Interaction Design, Design Research
Kate is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design working on interaction design and innovation in healthcare. She works on bringing an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare challenges by combining design thinking and design practice with theories and knowledge from information systems, human factors, and health related disciplines. Much of her work focuses on design for patient safety in safety critical and high sensitivity care processes, including high risk drug orders in pediatric anesthesia, dosage calculations in chemotherapy, communication of decline at end of life, and the issuing and delivery of blood units for surgery.
Inclusive Design, Perceptual-Cognitive Approaches to Design, Visual Art and Design
Peter is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design, a designer, visual artist, and cognitive scientist. His work seeks to improve information access through a better understanding of how individuals make use of their diverse perceptual-motor capabilities to interact with interfaces and other designed artifacts (such as diagrams in problem solving or sonic interfaces to financial charts and graphs).
Product Design, Strategic Design Process, Design for Healthcare
Julian is an associate professor in the Faculty Design. Since 2011 he has also worked at the Innovation Technology and Design (ITD) Lab at Baycrest, becoming the first designer-in-residence at a Canadian hospital. His work explores user-focused development, integration and evaluation of new technologies, as well as system and service design. He is particularly interested in the intersection of design ‘thinking’ and strategy in healthcare organizations, and is currently working on defining and integrating design-informed organizational models for the development and delivery of optimal client experience in the contexts of brain health and long-term care.
Bruce is an associate professor and the Chair of Environmental Design and a practicing architect. His architectural practice is focused on socially sustainable communities in the developing world. His research interest has focused on using Biomimicry as an innovation tool in the design process. This has been instrumental in establishing OCADU as a Center of Bio-Inspired Design. He has consulted in the areas of “Sensing in the Built Environment: Creating Building Awareness” and the “Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers in Bed Ridden Patients”.
Typography, Information Design, Research Methods
Richard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Design. He has worked in the design field for over 30 years, specializing in typographical practice and acting as a consultant to designers, architects, publishers, and organizations. His practice focuses on typography for architectural applications and communication design. His research interests include the functionality of typography in health contexts, an area in which he has been involved with the University Health Network and the Safefont project at OCAD University, and issues of legibility and readability in traditional and new media in both single user and environmental contexts.
Social and Design Research, Services/Systems Design for Healthcare, Social Systems Design
Peter is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design. He has led the design and user research of interactive resources for clinical, educational and scientific practice throughout the Internet era. He teaches and advises in human-centred service design for clinical work, health IT and workflow, with an interest in transforming health practice from a whole person care perspective. Peter has over 10 years’ experience with major providers in ethnographic research and full-lifecycle design of point of care informatics and learning resources for physicians, nurses and specialists.
Health Design, Environment-based Health Policy and Practice, Human/Environmental Behaviour
Gayle is a full professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Design, an architect and internationally recognized environmental researcher and advocate for the design of healthy environments. Her research focuses on how the relationship between environment, human behaviour and design/business practices can promote health and improve performance of health environments. Dr. Nicoll’s work on professional design practice and policy implementation strategies for affecting change blends the use of professional training, communications and policy development.
Experience Design, Strategic Design, Ambient Experience Design
Job is the principal investigator of the Ambient Experience Lab and a full professor in the Faculty of Design. Ambient Experience Design aims to make spaces and places more meaningful experiences for people. Projects starts with a deep understanding of people’s social, emotional and cultural needs. Based on these insights the lab designs ambient, multi sensorial experiences that incorporate digital technologies (lighting, image, sound, scent and connectivity) and architectural solutions.
Angelika Seeschaaf Veres
Industrial, Furniture & Retail Design, User Centered Design, Mass Production & Customisation
Angelika is an industrial designer, educator and researcher utilizing an interdisciplinary, human centered approach to the design and making of furniture, products, retail interiors and fashion. Angelika’s research investigates tools and methods to create customized products for anthropometric fit and biomechanical needs. This research explores customized approaches for the design of eyewear and every day products for people with arthritis using 3D printing, mass and local manufacturing techniques and anthropometric data sets.
Community Health, Medical Illustration, Anatomy
Stephen is a practicing family physician and a medical illustrator and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Art & Sciences. His clinical practice is in a Community Health Centre designed to serve high needs patients, including new Canadians, refugees and non-insured patients, and people with barriers to accessing healthcare due to mental health, poverty or housing difficulties. He works as a team member with a social worker, nurse practitioner, dietician, chiropodist and diabetes educators. He has also worked as a medical illustrator, editor and advisor for medical publications and for the pharmaceutical industry.
Nancy is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design and graphic designer—predominately in government and higher education. her research and writing focuses on graphic design in a variety of contexts: the beginning design student, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), rhetoric and social semiotics, human-computer interaction and food insecurity. Her making practices focus on knowledge exchange, narratives, and interactivity. Nancy currently teaches graphic design, typography, drawing, and communication in design for health.