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Design Exchange, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, announces the fifth annual Connect Post-Secondary Design Competition.

 

This provincial, post-secondary design competition seeks to explore design that is accessible to the greatest number of people, to the largest extent possible, regardless of their age or ability, across all design disciplines.

Winners


ARCHITECTURE


1st
Olivia Sementsova

Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

2nd
Betty Wu, Irina Efremova, Kelechi Onyeije, Phillippe Gagne

Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

3rd
Bonnie Zeng, Hilary Leehane

Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Honourable Mention
Asa Couture’Pinch, Kenny Nguyen, Diana Druhora, Lilit Ayrapetyan

Humber College

 


GRAPHIC + USER INTERFACE


1st
Thomas Aurelius Cusimano

Humber College

2nd
Taylor Reale, Natascha Del Prete, Stefano Tocco, Quinn Lo

Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

3rd
Kimberlyn Dampitan

Humber College

Honourable Mention
Asa Couture’Pinisch

Humber College

 


INDUSTRIAL DESIGN


1st
Alyssia Ma

Carleton University

2nd
Daniel Willison

Humber College

3rd
Mohafizali Merali, Talia Missaghi, Roxanne Van Dam, Ervin Yalung

Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Honourable Mention
Laura Cheng

Carleton University

 

CONCEPT

This year, students studying in all design disciplines are invited to submit proposals that demonstrate how existing public spaces in Ontario can be re-designed to be accessible to the greatest number of individuals.

ELIGIBILITY

Participation is open to all currently enrolled students studying design at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Ontario in a college or university program. All submitted projects must have been completed during the student’s 2016-17 course of study in an Ontario, undergraduate or graduate design program. Projects may be completed independently or as course work, and group and individual projects are eligible for entry.


 

       

 

 

Meet the Jury

Luke Anderson
Founder, StopGap Foundation

In 2011, Luke founded the StopGap Foundation which has launched Community Ramp Projects across Canada. The volunteer run campaigns not only open up previously inaccessible spaces, but they also build awareness about how we don’t need to look far for examples of barriers to access – they are often right at your doorstep. StopGap is building brightly coloured single-step ramps to not only increase accessibility, but also to start a conversation about the importance of an inclusive society. The project has had early success in Toronto, and is building grassroots support in communities from coast to coast.

Naomi Schafler
Executive Director of Ontario Track 3 Ski Association.

Naomi Schafler is the Executive Director of Ontario Track 3 Ski Association, a non-profit charitable organization that teaches skiing and snowboarding to children and young adults with special needs. Naomi has a passion to build community and support individuals of all abilities to reach their full potential. Naomi has spent years developing recreational programming and consistently looks for ways to enable individuals of all abilities to build independence and self-worth. Naomi is a strong advocate for community engagement and will consistently find ways to embed herself in causes that serve the purpose to strengthen our neighbourhoods, our city and ultimately our citizens.

Barbara Anthony

Barbara Anthony is a Recreation Therapy professional with expertise helping children who have disabilities increase their inclusion and participation in activities at home, at school and in the community. Barbara gained her expertise working for 23 years at Holland Bloorview, Canada's largest children's rehabilitation hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, in association with organizations like Easter Seals, City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation and the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion. Her scope of work includes community engagement and networking with hundreds of associations and agencies such as Easter Seals, City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation and the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion.

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