Laura Kozak (she/her) is a designer, educator, and organizer living and working on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh Nations. With a focus on relational ways of working, she has built partnerships and collaborated on projects with artists, designers and organizations since 2005, including Access Gallery, 221A, the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George, the Vancouver Park Board, and the City of Vancouver.

A core interest in place-based design, systems of reciprocity and exchange and locality 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). She currently teaches design in the Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies and is a Research Associate of the DESIS Lab and Shumka Centre at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She has served on 221A’s Board of Directors since 2016 and is the mother of two kids.

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Recent Publications

Place-Based Responsibility, Laura Kozak and Jean Chisholm, Emily Carr DESIS Lab, 2021

Satellite x DESIS: Report and Archive, Laura Kozak and Jean Chisholm, Shumka Centre and Emily Carr DESIS Lab, 2020

Micro-Care: Small Acts of Resilience for Living Within the Earth’s Carrying Capacity, Jean Chisholm, Avi Farber, Julie Van Oyen and Laura Kozak, 2020, presented at AICAD 2020 and Cumulus Roma 2020 (forthcoming)

Sticks, Ropes, Land: Confronting Colonial Practices in Public Space Design, Jean Chisholm, Charlotte Falk and Laura Kozak, 2020, presented at Participatory Design Conference 2020 and PIVOT 2020

Superimpositions: Mountain Embassy as Marker, SFU Galleries, 2019