RSID: Lecture Series
This year, Ryerson’s School of Interior Design, in collaboration with the Course Union, put out a 3-speaker lecture series featuring prominent designers and design educators from all over Europe. The theme of the series was the process of “making and observing”. With support from the Austrian Cultural Forum, Thomas Feichtner, an internationally renowned product designer, stressed the impact that balancing commercialized processes with traditional craftsmanship has had on his work. Another speaker was Graeme Brooker, the head of Interiors at the Royal College of Art in London, who spoke about “Proximities, Inhabitations, Identities: Interior Matter(s)”. Last but not least, the series closed off with Sanjit Manku of Jouin Manku from Paris, who explained his firm’s practice of combining conceptual/experimental approaches with fundamental design philosophies in every project.
With each lecture, students had the opportunity to learn outside the classroom and meet an influential member of the international design community. The lecture series gave students the chance to ask questions, push boundaries on potential career paths, and give overall perspective to the design process. The events were a solid success with both students and faculty members in attendance. The School of Interior Design and its Course Union hope to continue to grow the lecture series as an annual event and expand its breadth of speakers in the upcoming year.
Thomas Feichtner, Feb. 25, 2016
Graeme Brooker, March 29, 2016
Sanjit Manku, April 7, 2016