Associate Professor


Lorella Di Cintio has been educated in Canada, United States, and Europe in the fields of Interior Design, Architecture, and Media and Communications. Her research focuses primarily on design activism and is the founder of The Design Activism = Change Initiative.

Her research concentration is on the social and political positions undertaken by designers. Di Cintio creates unique pedagogical links among design activism, service and experiential learning and social innovation. She has forged working partnerships with First Nations communities in Canada and Mexico and her students’ designs have supported Toronto food-bank users and Haitian earthquake survivors. She has received a silver medal for the advancement of design education and service from the Universidad Iberoamericana. In 2014, she received from the Interior Design Educators Council – the IDEC Community Service Award.

Ryerson University research affiliations: The Centre for Studies in Food Security, Edge Lab: Experiential Design and Gaming Lab (Adaptive Design), Design Fabrication Zone and Yeates School of Graduate Studies. Currently she is the guest editor for the IDEA Journal (Design Activism: Developing Models, Modes and Methodologies of Practice 2014). She is an academic reviewer for the Journal of Interior Design with a focus on service-learning pedagogy, and she is Editor-in-Charge of Service Activi- ties in Academia with the Interior Design Educators Council. She has received grants from Canada Council for the Arts and has exhibited her creative work internationally: the Drawing Centre in New York, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and recently exhibited Unconscious House: Erasing Domesticity at Curtin University, Australia. This year she will be presenting a paper at Cumulus Johannesberg: Design with the other 90%: Changing the world by design and she will be exhibiting her collaborative work at the Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania.