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Call for Participants Intensive Digital Residency with ENSCI ‘Les Ateliers’ in Paris, France by OCAD U International

Intensive Digital Residency with ENSCI ‘Les Ateliers’ in Paris, France by OCAD U International

Intensive Digital Residency with ENSCI ‘Les Ateliers’ in Paris, France by OCAD U International



Apply to this international collaboration opportunity!


  • Current upper year (3rd and 4th year) OCAD U students in the Faculty of Design, Indigenous Visual Culture or Digital Futures Program
  • Current OCAD U graduate students
  • Recent OCAD U alumni from the Design Faculty of, Indigenous Visual Culture Program, Digital Futures Program or Graduate Studies
  • Participants will be selected through an application process that is based on designerly merit, availability and interest in collaboration.


Designers interested in collaboration to focus on interaction design, service design, product design and spatial design within the contemporary cultural diversity within the public sphere.

“Design for Diversity” 2020 brings together 8 emerging designers from each OCAD University, (Toronto, Canada) and ENSI Les Ateliers (Paris, France) for a five-day virtual design workshop that will investigate a new role for designers as ‘cultural connectors. Students will be encouraged to look at the cultural diversity in both France and Canada with an optimistic, ‘designerly’ attitude. This stance is based on the expectations that every culture should be respected, and each culture has valuable elements or assets to share.
We will focus on the everyday interactions between different cultures who are co-living and co-working in the same cosmopolitan or rural areas. The overall aim of the workshop is for students to learn to understand the complex intercultural cultural fabric both our societies are made up from, but also to design and ‘embroider’ functional, cultural, emotional ‘experiences’ that can connect different ‘cultural threads’ into meaningful, respectful and mutually beneficial ways.

The virtual (both synchronous and asynchronous) exchange is organized along a well structured design thinking process, in which each day marks the groups moving to the next stage. On Monday the 15th February, students will be getting to know each other and get introduced to workshop theme, projects and integrative design process. On Tuesday, students will engage in Research to explore cultural differences and similarities and identify integrative opportunities. On Wednesday students will collaboratively ideate ideas that will be developed and visualized on Thursday. On Friday, there will be a panel presentation to speakers and faculty.

The five-day digital residency features an international lecture series that will present participants with a socio-cultural context on the need, role and opportunities for designers as well inspiration and examples of designers who have started to operate in this new field. Potential participants are not required to submit work on this theme in their application but will create work during the course of the residency that engages with this theme. We encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their letter of intent in their application.

Faculty from both ENSCI-Les Ateliers and OCAD University will guide the students throughout both the plenary activities and also support the team members in Toronto and Paris both in their own time zone and collaboratively.

The residency will run from February 15th, 2021 to February 19, 2021 between 9 AM and 5 PM (UTC -5/ EST). All OCAD U affiliated participants will receive a budget/honourarium of $150 Canadian for their participation and receive a digital micro credential on ‘Design for Diversity’.

The students presentations and their design process will be documented along the way and be featured as an online exhibition in 2021, which will be shared in each international location.


In a Google Drive/Dropbox link or single PDF document, include the following:
Applicant information:

  • Name, Email address & Program of Study
  • The year of study you will at in February 2021 or year you graduated from OCAD U
  • Confirmation of your availability on the above dates/times (some exceptions can be granted)
  • A Statement of Intent expressing your interest in this residency, what inspires your practice and how you might approach the exhibition theme. (max. 250 words)
  • Portfolio of past work: include 6 Images and/or videos from 2 to 3 different series. If your work is time-based, please include web links for up to 3 works. NOTE: All pieces should be edited down to 3 minutes. You are encouraged to include a secondary link showcasing the entire piece.
  • Images should be JPG format, at 72 dpi
  • Include an image credit under each visual detailing the title, year, medium, time/length, and scale or provide an accompanying image list.

Email the completed PDF or Dropbox link to before Thursday, January 14th, 2021 (midnight). Applicants will be notified between January 18th and 22nd, 2021 of their acceptance.


Sarngsan Na Soontorn - ENSCI-Les Ateliers

A Design Teacher at ENSCI-Les Ateliers, Sarngsan Na Soontorn graduated from Chiang Mai University (Thailand) in 2003, went to École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris, and has since spent his career in France and Thailand, combining the influences of both worlds into products and projects.

Job Rutgers - OCAD University

Job is a Sr. design facilitator at OCAD U Co, the executive Education arm of the university. Job is a full professor in Design at OCAD University in Toronto. At OCADU’s digital futures initiative, job is the principal investigator of the Ambient Experience Lab.

Job Rutgers –
Jennie Suddick –