H.B.A. // M.Arch. // OAA Intern
Joy aims to create intelligent architecture and design. Her work is thoughtful and inventive - it is often her motivation to provoke curiosity and delight. Joy has lived and worked in Germany and Holland and now resides in Toronto. Her work has been shown in various publications including Wallpaper and Azure. She works with Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects in Toronto, and frequently collaborates with Derek McLeod Design.
Derek McLeod creates furniture and objects for people who like to live with quality. The pieces can be described as archetypal, comfortable and usable – things which make life better by looking and performing well. A reduction occurs in the design process which strips away unnecessary elements to arrive at a clear and obvious result. Chasing the ideal is a phrase which describes Derek's work, striving for the best version of a thing while understanding that the idea of best is always changing.
Chromoly studio is art director Adam Pickard and product designer Jonathan Sabine. Far better at design than they are at Call of Duty, they nevertheless spend disproportionately more time on the latter pursuit. Jonathan Sabine is a product designer by profession. This informs his preference for the practical and well-rounded AUG assault rifle (with FMJ, hard-surface-penetrating bullets). Pickard produces work that is clever and unexpected. This tendency is paralleled in his Black Ops preference for the quick draw Mac-11 (extended mags), complimented by an abundance of melee attacks. Both partners in this design project appreciate the pursuit of purity in ideas and form, and they also both prefer claymores to frag grenades when forced to choose between the two. Pwning noobs, and having a design in the permanent collection at SFMOMA are their main achievements to date.
CORYN KEMPTSER & JULIA JAMROZIK
Coryn Kempster studied architecture and visual art at the University of Toronto. He attended MIT as a Presidential Scholar where he earned his M.Arch. Julia Jamrozik studied architecture and art history at the University of Toronto. She received an M.Arch from the University of British Columbia. Together they have exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, USA, France and Germany.
Through video art, installations and architecture, Coryn and Julia investigate everyday urban situations and re-present them to be experienced anew. Interested in the public realm, they instigate projects that are critically engaging and playful.
Rob Southcott is a Toronto based designer that strives to create unique objects that enhance our everyday environments while fulfilling the practical needs of modern life. Items that encourage us too see the world with a fresh perspective and that appeal to our inner emotions. Believing that a strong emotional connection to the objects that surround us leads to a more enjoyable standard of living.
Crawford Noble has been working at various industrial design consultancies in Toronto for the past 10 years. He is also a sessional instructor at OCAD. He has designed and collaborated on a wide range of consumer products, systems, and branding solutions for international clients. He studied industrial design at of OCAD and Parsons, and English Literature and other at Queen's University and Groningen, the Netherlands. He currently works for Yabu Pushelberg.
Brent Cordner is an industrial designer who lives and works in Toronto. His Felt chair for Keilhauer won 'Best in Show' for innovation at NEOCON in 2002 and a 'Best in Canada' award at the Toronto Design Exchange the following year. He has recently founded the company, luflic, to manufacture and distribute his own work. luflic was awarded a 'Best New Prototype' award for the 'Snowshoe Chair' at the Toronto Interior Design Show in 2009 and the 'In the Round' chair was exhibited at the Milan Trienalle in 2009. He writes about material culture and selectively engages in graphic design projects. Brent teaches architecture and industrial design in the undergraduate and Masters programs at the Daniels School of Architecture at the University of Toronto, where he also engages in research involving new materials, passive technologies in architecture, and tensegrity.
Currently teaching at the University of Toronto as well as practicing, Dieter Janssen has been directing his studio, DJA, since 1999. The architect works with a range of residential projects and keeps an open mind about inspiration, although he admits that photographers, such as Thomas Demand as well as travelling with his own camera have proved to be a valuable resource. 'My architectural ambition is that type of experiment: one in which the potential of establishing an exchange between people and spaces could lead to a novel form of intimacy,' says Janssen. Influenced by his teachers, he also finds the work of designers like Maarten van Severen, Karel Martens and Jorg Conzett an exciting knowledge pool.
Emil Teleki studied Interior Design at Ryerson University. He has since worked as an Exhibit Designer for Umbra and recently co-founded N/A Collective. Operating amongst this group of divergent creatives, his work shifts between art and design. Influenced by the humility of ubiquitous materials, objects and interactions; the exploration of new visual, tactile and emotive assemblages are at the root of his work.