Lenore Richards

Portrait of Lenore Richards

Co-founder, sLab
Director, Strategic Foresight & Innovation Graduate Program (SFI)

Expertise

Innovation, design thinking, strategic foresight, environmental design, product and retail design

Biography

As Graduate Program Director, Master of Design in Strategic Foresight & Innovation, Lenore is responsible for oversight, managing and developing the SFI program, which is unique in Canada and one of a few of its kind in the world. Lenore has eighteen years of experience in academic leadership at OCAD University, having held the positions of Co-Chair of the Environmental Design program and more recently, Dean of the Faculty of Design. Her belief in the critical importance of integrating innovative thinking with responsive and responsible design led to the development of a philosophical base in the design programs of "Design and Humanity," which subsequently was embedded in the curriculum through a complete redevelopment of Design's six programs. Her experience in industry includes two of Canada's most creative and influential design firms, Yabu Pushelberg, and Kuypers Adamson Norton, where she was an associate. Lenore worked on projects in the areas of exhibit, product and retail design, where emphasis was consistently placed on conceptual strength and innovation in the creation of compelling human experiences.

Affiliations

Member, Association of Interior Designers of Ontario (AIDO)
Member, Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO)
Board Director, Laidlaw Foundation

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