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Product Design Faculty

Our faculty are the backbone of our incredible program. They are passionate about inspiring and guiding future designers to develop designs that have impact, and lead to a more positive, sustainable world.

They are accomplished designers in their own rights and bring experience in a range of fields including transportation design by Victor Martinez, food design by Iryna Karaush, ergonomics design by Sue Fairburn or design research by Stephanie Phillips. Active research is an ongoing pursuit for our faculty who continue to delve into design solutions for the planet. 

Name Title Phone Email Product Design
Lindsay Norris Product Design, Program Chair 604-599-2591 lindsay.norris@kpu.ca Product Design
Rufino Speratti Decoud Product Design, Program Assistant 604-599-2596 product.design@kpu.ca Product Design
Flavio Ruiz Oliveras Faculty 604-599-2203 flavio.ruizoliveras@kpu.ca Product Design
Iryna Karaush Faculty 604-599-2669 iryna.karaush@kpu.ca Product Design
Stephanie Phillips Faculty 604-599-2570 stephanie.phillips@kpu.ca Product Design
Sue Fairburn Faculty 604.599.7571 sue.fairburn@kpu.ca Product Design
Victor Martinez Faculty 604-599-2594 victor.martinez@kpu.ca Product Design
Lindsay Norris

Lindsay Norris, Chair

Lindsay has been teaching in Design for the past 15 years specializing in technical outerwear and soft product. Over her Career she has worked with several local companies in design and development of soft product. She specializes in articulation for sport and movement as well as research and development. Lindsay is also currently pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Fashion Management.


Flavio Ruiz Oliveras

Flavio Ruiz Oliveras

Flavio holds a PhD in Physics and teaches within the Physics department and Product Design.


Iryna Karaush

Iryna, B.Arch. MASA (University of British Columbia), has teaching experience in post-secondary education over 12 years, having practiced architectural design, interior design, and furniture design in Ukraine and Canada. Professionally trained as an architect, she takes design approaches throughout all aspects of her career. She utilizes design values and approaches to her practice in the fields of spatial, social and sportswear design. Having practiced architecture and interior design for over 15 years, Iryna gained cross-cultural experience in residential and commercial architectural practices as well as interior and furniture design. Her academic research focus is on Food Design. In 2015, she founded Design Plus Food Atelier, D+FA  (https://dplusfa.com), the research group in the Wilson School of Design. The group explores social and material meaning of food, investigates emerging food related issues, and explores future opportunities for a sustainable food system. Working with communities, this group facilitates Food Thinking and Future Food workshops. As a post-secondary educator, Iryna has taught a broad variety of courses such as design history, social design, design semiotics, design methods, design thinking, and business and leadership in design. She views teaching as another way of learning.  


 Stephanie Phillips

Stephanie graduated with a Masters of Art in Textile Futures from Central Saint Martin’s College & Design in the UK with the focus of material sustainability. Her design research practices focus on the development of functional composite textiles for a single waste stream, focusing on bio-derived material sources. Stephanie has been working in the field of Textile Design since 2003, and has been teaching Design since 2010, having taught at OCAD University prior to moving to Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2014. Her work has been exhibited at Tent as part of London Design week, as well as The Munich Craft Council’s Exhibition on Craft & Innovation. She has worked as a trend forecaster with WGSN, and has run workshops with Subtle Technologies, IDEO and The University of Toronto.


Sue Fairburn

Sue is new to the Wilson School of Design (2018) after teaching design studio (3D Design, Design Futures) and theory (Critical and Contextual Studies) in Scotland for the past 10 years. She is an established Design Educator and Researcher who draws from her knowledge of the body (science) and takes critical inspiration from challenging environments (design). Educated in Canada, Sue holds post-graduate degrees in Environmental Physiology (MSc. in Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University) and Industrial Design (MDes, University of Calgary). She co-founded a Social Enterprise, Design for Development [DFD 2005-2012] which applied design as engagement and problem solving. Sue is a co-Pilot in City As A Spaceship (CAAS); an all women collective applying closed-loop system thinking used in spaceship design onto extreme urban realities. Since joining KPU she initiated research into Materials and Objects in Extreme Environments (MOEE).


Victor Martinez

Dr Martinez started his professional career as car designer in Mexico and later in Italy collaborating in projects for FIAT, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Italdesign-Giugiaro among many others. He has worked as an independent designer for 15 years winning a Red Dot Award and as an academic has explored the sustainability and future of design linked to Systems Thinking and Complexity Theory.