Haig Armen is an award winning designer with over 15 years experience. He was a key figure behind the concept, strategic and design development for CBC Radio 3, a project that earned over 20 international awards. He is the founder of influential interactive design boutique, LiFT studios, working with clients including BMW, Chanel, and Nokia. Haig is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University and a Senior Researcher with Living Labs.
Kate Armstrong is the Director of Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, a research lab that builds projects and partnership models that use art and design as a mechanism for innovation and community building and connects with organizations to develop adaptive design labs that create an experimental “third space”. In addition to creating research partnerships with companies and organizations including Mozilla, Microsoft, Rogers, and the Vancouver Airport, she has 15 years of international experience in the creative sector as an artist, writer, and curator. She founded Upgrade Vancouver as part of an network of art and technology organizations in 30 cities, was a founder of the Goethe Satellite, an initiative of the Goethe Institut that produced ten exhibitions in Vancouver between 2011-2013, and is past President of the Board of the Western Front (2007-2014). Armstrong serves on the boards of BC Artscape, Innovation Central Society (ICS), and the New Forms Festival. She participates in the activities of a range of organizations and has acted on juries for SIGGRAPH, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver, and Creative BC. Armstrong was an Artistic Director of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2015), which partnered with 15 galleries and organizations including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the New Media Gallery, and the Museum of Vancouver to present the work of over 150 artists in Vancouver in 2015. She is the founder of Startland, which has raised over 500K to support free training for immigrants and refugees who wish to enter the technology sector.
Laura Kozak is a designer and project coordinator, with a practice that spans graphic design, cartography, architecture and urban design. She is a graduate of the Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture Program (UBC, 2012) and holds a BFA from Emily Carr (2005). She has worked at a variety of scales on major public projects, with roles including Lead Artist, The Hadden Park Map Exchange (Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation/Access Gallery, 2014); Lead Designer, Remaking Research, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (2012); Design Coordinator, CityStudio Vancouver (2013) and Curator, Design in the Field (2010 - 2011). A core interest in collaborative design of the urban environment informs her research and teaching practice. Laura has contributed to projects at the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Design Nerds Society, 221A Artist Run Centre, ASIR Studio, and Spacing Vancouver, and is currently Coordinator of Living Labs at Emily Carr University.