Creativity will always be our greatest natural resource
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT + VICE-CHANCELLOR Emily Carr University of Art + Design is in the midst of a significant transformation and there has never been a more exciting time to be part of our community. In the last year we have broken ground on our new state-ofâ€“the-art campus at Great Northern Way, expanded our impact through local and international partnerships, and were named the top art + design university in Canada by the QS World University Rankings and by Red Dot. This academic year, Emily Carr University marks its 90th anniversary and celebrates its place as one of the longest standing post-secondary institutions in B.C. As part of these celebrations we installed our new Chancellor, Geoff Plant, and will be hosting various community events and continuing to engage our research partners and distinguished alumni world-wide. Within the pages of this report you will see stories of inspiration and innovation; snapshots of the next generation of thought leaders in art and design, and the impact of their work, both locally and globally. As we move into the future, we will continue to celebrate our belief that creativity will always be our greatest natural resource. I invite you to join us as we shape the future of our city, our province and our country.
Dr. Ron Burnett C.M., O.B.C., CHEVALIER DE Lâ€™ORDRE DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES, RCA PRESIDENT + VICE-CHANCELLOR
Emily Carr University at Great Northern Way In January 2013, the Province of BC announced a new home for Emily Carr University of Art + Design at Great Northern Way. Since that time our community has been engaged in extensive community consultations to imagine and create a 21st century campus dedicated to art and design and the creative economy.
We’ve based the design of our new campus on eight principles— aspirations to inform the physical, social and experiential attributes of our new space.
Our 8 principles for transformation are: 1 Students at the centre 2 Bringing the public in with Emily Carr values at the core
On April 24, 2015 Emily Carr and the Government of BC broke ground at the Great Northern Way site marking the most significant investment in the arts and culture in the history of British Columbia. This endeavour has been made possible by the countless hours of hard work by our volunteers, Board of Governors, faculty and staff, and by the generous support of our dedicated donors.
3 Closer to home 4 Making + remaking 5 21st century infrastructure 6 Access and diversity 7 Visibility and transparency 8 Creative work everywhere and opportunities for performance
“ We are now building a bigger and better home for Emily Carr University of Art and Design,” said Wilkinson. “An important consideration in the design is the use of distinctive features to reflect the special character of Emily Carr University.”
Transformational gift fuels our new campus vision Real estate developer Reliance Properties announced a $7 million donation, which publicly launched Emily Carr’s capital campaign, THE BIG IDEA .
THE BIG IDEA
The gift is the largest financial donation ever given to Emily Carr and will help build the Libby Leshgold Gallery and the Reliance Lecture Theatre at our new campus. This contribution sets a new standard for philanthropy, and is the largest gift ever given to an arts-only university in Canada. “We saw the new campus as a huge initiative, not only for Emily Carr but for the growth of Vancouver’s arts and culture scene, the initiative aligns with our passions arts and the creative process,” said Jon Stovell of Reliance Properties.
over $1 M in student support and community engagement
Intersections Digital Studios We are global leaders in dedicated research for studio-based art, design and media. This year we continued to support many innovative initiatives and projects with direct links to the creative economy and the broader community. Here are just a few examples of the many projects taking place in the Intersections Digital Studios.
HEALTH DESIGN > Calli project Leigh Selden is passionate about helping the lives of others. A graduating student in the Industrial Design program, Selden created the Calli project, a wearable migraine aid to create comfort and relief for its users. It works through a combination of adjustable pressure, coldness and blocking light and sound that can be customized by the user. These features address the key findings from primary and secondary research that are integral to creating migraine relief. It has been shown that Calli helps relieve
migraine pain by more than 50% and after completing a competitive analysis, it became clear that Calli is unique amongst its competitors. Seldonâ€™s plan includes developing her project into a small business through the creation of her company, Solely Design, and membership with Maker Labs in Vancouver. MATERIAL MATTERS > Longboards Canadian Rayne Longboards is widely known for its innovative longboard manufacturing. The company teamed with Emily Carr to stay ahead of the curve and go beyond boards into production of trucks and wheels. As a result of their research with Emily Carr they
We are global leaders in research through studio-based art, design + media
are further innovating their products while designing, testing and producing new components in small inexpensive runs allowing for immediate iteration around testing and production. LIVING LABS > HIGHLINE Emily Carr’s Living Labs has developed Design for Startups, an innovative initiative to pair design talent with early stage startups by establishing research partnerships with accelerators. In Fall 2015, Living Labs is working with HIGHLINE, a top-tier venture investment platform with operations in both Vancouver and Toronto. Now in its third phase, Design for Startups, supported by
the British Columbia Innovation Council (BCIC), students blend design methods with Lean UX methodologies in order to quickly solve a range of defined problems. STEREOSCOPIC 3D FILM > VRoaming Working with a new twist on augmented reality experience, Emily Carr’s Motion Capture Studio furthered the new phenomenon VROAMING, an adventure in Virtual Reality innovation. The Motion Capture team works with head-mounted display technology with an industry partner, Wavesine, to push the boundaries of visual reality and augmented reality experiences.
The research project focuses on real-time, passive motion capture to track an Oculus Rift and creates a more embodied experience through connecting the movement of a person in the studio space to a gaming engine. The motion capture data is streamed in real time to the gaming engine which then maps it to a character in a virtual world, and renders the scene to the person’s head mounted display. People using the headset are said to be virtually roaming, or VROAMING, untethered in another reality.
Canada Research Chairs We are honoured to announce the appointments of Associate Professors Amber Frid-Jimenez and Dr. Garnet Hertz as Emily Carr’s first Canada Research Chairs, an historic milestone that recognizes our capacity, faculty and contributions-to-date in the fields of art, media and design research. In 2015 Emily Carr welcomed Richard William Hill as the third Canada Research Chair. These appointments will help build Emily Carr’s capacity to contribute to national and international academic research in art, design and media and to Canada’s creative economy.
Dr. Richard William Hill
Associate Professor Amber Frid-Jimenez is an artist, designer and writer whose work explores the role of technology in contemporary society. She has presented her work internationally at venues including Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory, Ars Electronica, and the Smithsonian Institution, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post and the CBC, among others.
Richard William Hill is a curator, critic and art historian of Cree and other heritages. His research focuses primarily on historical and contemporary art created by Indigenous North American artists. As a curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Dr. Hill oversaw the museum’s first substantial effort to include Indigenous North American art and ideas in permanent collection galleries.
Dr. Garnet Hertz Associate Professor Dr. Garnet Hertz’s work explores themes of DIY culture and interdisciplinary art/design practices. His work has been shown at several notable international venues including SIGGRAPH, Arts Electronica, and DEAF, and he was awarded the 2008 Oscar Signorini Award in robotic art.
SSHRC FUNDING 2005-2015
Research Funding Emily Carr is a leader in creative and design-based research. Our researchers are impacting the University through innovative approaches to academic questions, and transforming industry and community through the creative application of cutting edge academic knowledge. Our approaches are nimble, making us a partner of choice for many institutions and industry, government, and community partners. As a small institution, we consistently punch above our weight in funding competitions, hosting three Tier Two Canada Research Chairs, four designated research centres, and achieving consistent success in highly competitive federal funding opportunities.
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A DAY IN THE LIFE
The Faculty of Culture + Community forges meaningful
The Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media responds to the
and engaged partnerships with the larger community, industry and other institutions and universities. The mandate of the Faculty of Culture + Community includes sustainability, both environmental and social, effective communication strategies and adaptive, innovative curriculum able to respond to changing social conditions.
changing needs in the world around us. Our award-winning students take leadership in areas such as sustainable design, medical and health issues, regional products, recreational products, systems design, information design, typography, visual communications, commercial, experimental and 3D animation, visual story-telling, film, video, integrated media and interactivity.
The Audain Faculty of Visual Art + Material Practice offers a
The Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies supports
studio-based education that reflects the diversity and complexity of contemporary art practices. The programs engage with a diverse set of ideas and materials to imagine and explore the creation of new objects and images. Our teaching faculty are artists dedicated to providing students with a positive, productive, learning community immersed in contemporary art practices.
graduate level programs and research at Emily Carr. The Master of Applied Arts and Master of Design degrees facilitate multi-disciplinary interaction among students and learning experiences across the disciplines of design, media and visual arts. The MAA is offered through full-time residential and low-residency streams.
Continuing Studies supports lifelong learning pathways for students across the fields of art, media and design. It offers a breadth of personal enrichment opportunities, professional certificates, employment focused training, and university pathways to transition into post-secondary art and design education.
Emily Carr is a world-renowned art and design university with four distinct faculties.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Visual Art/Public Art In January 2015 Emily Carr came together with a number of unique business, academic and community partners to reinvent the way public spaces are considered and created. The partners, which included Ampri Group, the City of Richmond and Stantec, came together to challenge the way public art is shaped, resulting in the development of a new course, The Social Practice of Public Art and Community Design, housed within Emily Carr’s Faculty of Culture + Community and led by Dr. Cameron Cartiere, Emily Carr Associate Professor.
Students worked with the partners to develop the public art plan for Ampri Group’s most recent development and gained an insider’s view into how public art is both selected and created. The class liaised with city departments, landscape architects, public art experts, environmental biologists, historians and public artists to create a detailed and inspiring plan, which has become the integral document for the site’s public art call.
A COMMUNITY OF DESIGN
Chenny Xia While Chenny Zia was a student pursuing her BDes in Communication Design, she was selected as one of Canadaâ€™s Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs by The Next 36 Leaders of Canada. Chenny is a partner of the boutique design collective, Pixelbot, based in Toronto and Vancouver and founder of an employee software platform called Vokko Inc.
that an independent art and design university has been a part of the program.
In addition to the Next 36, Chenny was the 2014 recipient of the Canadian Regional Design Award for Mobile Design, a 2013 finalist in the CNET Best of CES Awards, a 2012 CEA Innovation Award winner and one of Tourism Vancouverâ€™s 2014 featured Vancouverites.
Through the Next 36 awards, Chenny was selected from more than 1,000 young entrepreneur applicants and is the only designer among the winners. Her selection adds Emily Carr to a list of just 13 universities represented in this competition and the first time
Encouraging experimentation, collaboration, dialogue + engagement
Culture and Community
CAR2GO, TED + EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY PARTNER TO DISPLAY ARTWORK
Emily Carr students are constantly impacting our world and in early 2015 seven students had the opportunity to work with two outstanding community partners, TED and car2go. Through an open call, students were selected to create creative wraps for car2go vehicles that would be used in the 2015 TED conference. The vehicles officially launched at the opening of TED2015 and the wraps were so successful in catching the public imagination that car2go main-
tained the wraps for many months after the TED conference was over. This project was led by Associate Professor, Durwin Talon. Selected artists/designers include: Christel Chan/4th year Illustration, Jane Q Cheng/4th year Illustration, Nomi Chi/4th year Illustration, Daniela Ivanova/3rd year Illustration,
Jenn Moore/3rd year Integrated Media, Andrew Tavukciyan/ 3rd year Industrial Design and Anita Vu/4th year Illustration.
world-class education at your fingertips
Lifelong Learning In June of 2015 Emily Carr launched a course with international partner Kadenze, an online learning platform purpose-built for the arts and creative technologies. Kadenze pairs world-class instructors with a digital platform specifically created to support an online arts-based curriculum.
“We are proud to partner with Emily Carr University and TED, and offer our blue and white car2go vehicles as a canvas for someof Vancouver’s most gifted artists,” says Chris luvancigh, car2go Vancouver Location Manager. “Vancouver has one of the most vibrant artistic communities, and we look forward to continuing our commitment to such an important scene in our local community.”
Kadenze courses are open to learners anywhere in the world and it has partnerships with creative arts departments at leading universities and institutions, including: Princeton, Stanford, California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, Otis College of Art and Design, California College of the Arts, School of the Art Institute
of Chicago, Goldsmiths University of London, Cornish College of the Arts, and Emily Carr, the only art and design university in Canada participating in this program.
Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George In January of 2015, Emily Carr, along with the Ministry of Advanced Education, announced the creation of the Emily Carr Centre for Design Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Wood Innovation Design Centre.
Located in Prince George, the Wood Innovation Design Centre is the tallest wood-only structure in North America, highlighting new and dynamic uses for wood. The Emily Carr Centre for Design Innovation and Entrepreneurship will bring design thinking to this unique building. We have been in discussions with community partners such as UNBC, CNC, the Lheidli Tâ€™enneh First Nation and the Two Rivers Gallery to begin
consultations around innovative programing ideas for the Centre. As this community engagement process continues Emily Carr is looking forward to providing unique courses in art + design to northern BC by the fall of 2016.
90 YEARS Throughout the 2015–2016 academic year, we will be celebrating our 90th anniversary. October 1st marked the day, 90 years ago when the Vancouver School of Decorative and Fine Arts first began to offer classes. Since that time, Emily Carr students, alumni, faculty and staff have been a driving force in the creative economy of Vancouver. We celebrated this milestone with the installation of our new Chancellor, Geoff Plant, on October 1st 2015.
On October 16th Emily Carr and Pecha Kucha Vancouver hosted a city wide event celebrating Emily Carr University’s 90’s anniversary. The event featured inspiring talks related to art, design and media in Vancouver. Many were Emily Carr Alumni including Dave Humphrey, President of the Emily Carr Alumni Association and Justin Langlois, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Culture and Community. The event was SOLD out, highlighting the important place the Emily Carr University holds with respect to the creative economy in Vancouver.
Emily Carr University Alumni are some of the most prestigious artists in their fields and on October 17th and 18th our alumni participated in the second annual Alumni Art Market. This was an opportunity for the public to come and purchase one-of-a-kind original work and meet the artists.
International Alumni Chapters In the past 3 years the Emily Carr Alumni Association has established an alumni network that spans the globe. We have launched alumni chapters in Toronto, San Francisco and New York City. This year we traveled to London England and are working to establish our first European chapter.
NEW CHANCELLOR INSTALLATION CEREMONY 2015
Board of Governors + Senior Leadership 2015/2016
GEOFF PLANT Q.C. Counsel, Gall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP
DR. RANDY LEE CUTLER Associate Professor, Visual Art + Material Practice
PRESIDENT + VICE-CHANCELLOR
ALEXANDRA PHILLIPS Associate Professor, Culture + Community
DR. RON BURNETT
C.M., O.B.C., CHEVALIER
DE L’ORDRE DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES, RCA
APPOINTED MEMBERS SHAUNA BRYAN Vice Preisdent, New Business and Production Executive, Sony Imageworks JO DELESALLE President and Managing Partner, Dayhu Capital Group of Companies RICK MISCHEL Senior Vice President, Sony Pictures Entertainment MICHAEL O’BRIAN President, Nairbo Investments Inc. KIM PEACOCK Principal, K2 Strategies BLAIR QUALEY President and CEO, New Car Dealers Association of BC BOB RENNIE Founder and CEO, Rennie Marketing Systems
STUDENT MEMBERS GLORIA HAN 4th Year Undergraduate SALGUERO KIERNAN 4th Year Undergraduate
EMPLOYEE MEMBER GAYE FOWLER Foundation Program Advisor
SENIOR ADMINISTRATION DR. RON BURNETT President + Vice-Chancellor BONNE ZABOLOTNEY Vice President Academic + Provost MICHAEL CLIFFORD Vice President, Finance + Administration JENNIFER DEDOMINICIS Vice President Enrolment + Student Services/Registrar BROEK BOSMA Associate Vice President, External Relations
JAMES ROUT Associate Vice President, Learning Services + Information Technologies ADRIAN TEES Associate Vice President, Human Resources TENE BARBER Executive Director, Continuing Studies DEBORAH SHACKLETON Dean, Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media SUSAN STEWART Dean, Faculty of Culture + Community JUDY DAVIS Dean, Faculty of Visual Art + Material Practice DR. CHRIS JONES Director, Graduate Studies
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Emily Carr University's President's Report for 2016