I am an interdisciplinary designer investigating ancestral knowledges through inter-dimensional models of digital and physical environments. My experience in advertising and brand development fuels a passion for - and critique of - mediated landscapes as social interfaces through an anti-oppressive lens. Research interests in architecture and communication theory have arrived at a nexus of envisioning a space for the imaginary: a studio methodology unbound by and from processes, with- and through things; a practice shaping possible futures by making thinking happen.

Jay is an Assistant Professor teaching Advertising, Environmental Design, and Graphic Design. In between teaching, researching the Japanese internment experience for his PhD, public speaking, and writing material, he is the acting interim Graduate Program Director of Interdisciplinary Art, Media, and Design (I<3AMD) at OCAD University.

Contact: jay@jayirizawa.com

Sample Awards / Current Projects

2022 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Conference Proceedings Extended Reality and Internet of Things for Hyper-Connected Metaverse EnvironmentsJie GuanJay IrizawaAlexis Morris 2022. Presented at the IEEEVR Conference 2022

Panel Discussion at Inter/Access Toronto Canada Power, Agency, and Marginalization: Critical and Creative Uses of Big Data -  with Public Visualization Studios October 09 2018

Diagrams Of Power: Group exhibition at OCAD University's Onsite Gallery, curated by Patricio Dávila. July 11 - September 29 2018

OCAD University Summer Design Institute: Thinking Through Making New Graduate course developed for interdisciplinary studies in digital and material culture. Launching Summer 2018

University of Ottawa / Carlton University: Guest Instructor A 12hr workshop on processes and the disruption of mediated spaces. Digital Humanities Summer Institute Technologies East / DHSITE May 04-05 2018

Shadow! Public interactive installation at the Bentway  with Public Visualization Studios (Patricio Dàvila, Dave Colangelo, Immony Men) thebentway.ca/  January 6 - March 5 2018

Feature: University Affairs "Digital humanists get hands-on with data at summer institute" - editorial by Anqi Shen, www.universityaffairs.ca  June 01 2017

Digital Humanities Workshop: Creative Data: New Media Interdisciplinary Design, University of Ottawa + Carleton University Summer Institute. Conducting a 2-day workshop, Digital Humanities Summer Institute: Technologies East (DHSITE), May 17-20 2017

Entanglements: Quantum Theory and Creative Practice  A Leonardo LASER Panel discussion, OCAD University, April 27 2017

Design Principles and Practices Conference, March 2-4 2017, paper presentation designprinciplesandpractices.com

Unboundaries of Space A collaborative publication, Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group, a treatise on emergent theoretical approaches to design, 2018

Award: The Alfred T. Vivash Bursary for International Graduate Studies in Design, OCAD University, 2017

Extra:Muros:Intra - immersive multimedia art installation, Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, ON September 01-08 2016 #extramurosintra

Thirteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities - paper presentation, Vancouver, B.C. June 2015 thehumanities.com

Best Trade Show Environment -Event Design Awards, 2012

Event Design Summit - Featured speaker: New World stages Design Conference, NY 2011

Design Exchange Awards - Cadillac Experience: interior design, 2006   

Sponsorship Marketing Council Canada (SMCC) - TIFF sponsorship Gold, 2009  

PROMO! Awards - Best awareness campaign, 2009

Best Trade Show Environment -Event Design Awards, 2007



Surfing, Yoga, McLuhanizing, 3D printing improbabilities, Improvisational cooking, Image making, Collaborating on Design, Historicizing the Future.


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