Leveraging more than 25 years of experience in the field of visual communication, experiential and interactive design, I decided to give back to the community by starting with teaching (in 2010) and now running academic programs.

GEORGE BROWN SCHOOL OF DESIGN


2018. THUNDERWOMAN HEALING LODGE SOCIETY

Students of the GBC School of Design post graduate Interactive Media Management program collaborated with members of the indigenous community during a two days design jam. Together we imagined how the futur Thunderwoman Healing Lodge will support Aboriginal women offenders discover a different way of life. 
http://twhls.ca


2014. VITRUVIAN POWER

In 2014 four of my “Interactive Media Management” students at George Brown College School of Design (in Toronto) won the “Sharing Energy in 2030” international challenge organized by Electricité de France (EDF) the French leader in energy production. The winning concept answered a simple question, could the human being individually produce, harvest and store energy? The four mousquetaires and myself designed a garment which could harvest solar, thermal and kinetic energy. 3 years and two generations of porotypes later the team travelled the world to work with fashion, textile and energy experts, a true multi disciplinary collaboration.
http://vitruvianpower.com

 

2016. CISCO HEDRON

Cisco, the information technology world leader wanted to work with an inter disciplinary team of students in order to augment the experience of their innovation center visitors in Toronto. The mission was to explore in particular a more immersive and interactive usage of the two touch walls manufactured by Prysm. I assembled an “Ocean 11” style team made of graphic designers, game designers, computer engineers and interactive designers. The team dove right into Cisco’s business strategy (digital transformation and systems design and integration) and created an impressive prototype, called Cisco Hedron (the faces of Cisco) equally as creative (interactive) as technically intelligent (gaming engine Unity) which took the user into an immersive and interactive story.
http://saumyaarora.com/ciscohedron
(Credit Saumya Arora)

 

ECV CREATIVE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY

2017. NEW SCHOOL OF DESIGN IN MUMBAI

ECV Creative Schools & Community and Whistling Woods International in Mumbai joined their expertise to launch the WWI School of Design. Together they created a unique BA in visual communication and design. See more about my last visit in Mumbai here.
https://www.whistlingwoods.net/academic-schools/school-of-design


 

2017. EDF INNOVATION CENTRE CHARRETTE​
The EDF Innovation Hub based in Saclay (France) and the Paris ECV Digital + ECV Creative School & Community partnered to run a two weeks interdisciplinary design workshop.
Students  had a unique opportunity to conceptualize and visualize the daily life of worldwide interdisciplinary innovation teams collaborating  and interacting in order to add value to their work by communicating and sharing with their communities.

2016. CREATION OF THE MASTER IN DESIGN STRATEGY

The world of design is growingly in need of young professionals who have a transversal vision of design, who can manage a team and imagine global design strategies, designers who can build innovative interdisciplinary projects. That is why ECV recently added this master to its curriculum.
https://en.ecv.fr/international/master-design-strategy