Laura Kozak is a designer, educator, and organizer. For fifteen years she has built partnerships and collaborated on projects with artists and organizations including Access Gallery, 221A, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, the Aboriginal Housing Society, the Vancouver Park Board, and the City of Vancouver. Recent publications include Open Source City (in Now Urbanism: the Future City is Here, Routledge, 2014), Infinite Mappings, with Rebecca Bayer (Access, 2015) and Design for Startups, with Kate Armstrong and Haig Armen (Living Labs, 2016). In 2014 she was a lead organizer of Culture and Community: Social Practice and the City with the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board, and has curated numerous exhibitions and educational institutes, including Some Powers of Ten (221A, 2010), Design in the Field (2011) and Design Every Day (2012). A core interest in cartography and collaborative design of the urban environment informs her research and teaching practice. She holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture from UBC (2012) and a BFA from Emily Carr (2005). Laura currently teaches in the Master of Design program and is a Research Associate at Emily Carr University.

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Laura Kozak

Education

2012

  • Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture (MASA), School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia

2009

  • Environmental Design Studies, School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture,
    University of British Columbia

2005

  • Bachelor of Fine Art, Visual Arts Major (BFA),
    Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design

Research and Scholarly Activity

2019

  • Designing for Public Space, Partnered Research Project with the City of Prince George, Nusdeh Yoh School, Harwin Elementary, and Great Northern Way Trust. In collaboration with Charlotte Falk, Jean Chisholm, Marcus Denomme, Celine Hong, and Augusta Lutynski
  • Coalescing Resources for Creative Practitioners, Comparative Case Studies of Nova Iskra (Belgrade), The New Inc. (New York) and the DMZ (Toronto), Shumka Centre, Emily Carr University
  • Spatial Power: Patriarchal Biases in Architecture and Infrastructure, Ongoing Research Project

2017

  • Bro-culture, Technocracy and the Sidelining of the Imagination: Creative Talent in Tech, Abstract for Advocacy Paper

2016

  • Design for Startups: An Open Source Toolkit, with Kate Armstrong, Living Labs, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

2015

  • Infinite Mappings, The Hadden Park Map Exchange, Field Studies: Exercises in a Living Landscape, Access Gallery

2014

  • Open Source City, in Now Urbanism: the Future City is Here. Jeffrey Hou, Ben Spencer, Thaisa Way and Ken Yocom, eds. New York: Routledge

2014

  • Community Research Studios for Youth, Curricular research and development, with M. Simon Levin, Mimi Gellman and Carley Hodgkinson, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Research interests: Collaborative design, urban systems, participatory models, cartography, material-based pedagogy, open source theory , exchange systems

Professional Roles

Ongoing

  • Sessional and CS Faculty,
    Emily Carr University of Art + Design,
    650+ Contact Hours (2011 – 2019)
  • Research Associate, Living Labs, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Instructor, Short Courses
    Museum of Vancouver
    CityStudio Vancouver
    Technische Universität Darmstadt
    Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre
    The Leeway
    Vancouver Design Nerds Society

2014

  • Program Coordinator – Design + Transition, Continuing Studies, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

2014

  • Academic Coordinator, The Commons, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

2013

  • Design Coordinator, CityStudio Vancouver

2013

  • Research Assistant, Jill Anholt Studio

2012

  • Special Projects Coordinator, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

2012

  • Lead Designer, Remaking Research – Annual Symposium, The Association of Independent Colleges of Art + Design, hosted by Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver

2011

  • Lead Designer, W/Here: Contesting Knowledge in the 21st Century – ELIA Leadership Symposium, European League of Institutions of the Arts, Vancouver

Select Projects

2015

  • The Hadden Park Map Exchange, Access Gallery and Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, with Rebecca Bayer

2012

  • Design Every Day, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, with Lloyd Khan, DISPLAY Magazine, Josh Doherty, Roman Izdebski, University of Oregon School of Architecture, and Fieldwork

2012

  • The City is the Classroom, CityStudio Vancouver and the Museum of Vancouver

2011

  • The Long Table Series, CityStudio Vancouver, with Justin Hay, Alex Mitchell, Theunis Snyman and Josh Welsh

2011

  • Second Nature Lab, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, curated by Holly Schmidt, with the Art Is Land Network

2011

  • Design in the Field, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, with Working Format, Marianne Amodio Studio, Oliver Kelhammer, and 221A Artist Run Centre

2010

  • Some Powers of Ten, 221A Artist Run Centre, with Sarah Hay, Josh Jordan, Dallas Spiller and Ellen Ziegler

2010

  • Yue Shan Courtyard Project, ASIR Studio, RUF Projects, and Organelle Design

Grants and Awards

2014

  • Project Grant for Visual Artists, British Columbia Arts Council, with Rebecca Bayer for The Hadden Park Map Exchange

2011

  • Project Support, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, for The Long Table Series

2008

  • Settlements Award, UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design

Service Activities

Ongoing

  • President, 221A
  • External Reviewer, Senior IDSN Studio, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Contributing Writer, Spacing Vancouver

2010

  • Curatorial Resident, 221A Artist Run Centre

2009

  • Board Member, Helen Pitt Gallery Artist Run Centre