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Technical Apparel Faculty

Our faculty bring diverse professional points of view, design backgrounds, and experiences. In addition to a core of permanent and contract faculty and guest critics, we often invite practicing professionals to share their views and experiences with our students.

Name Title Phone Email Technical Apparel Design
Emily Heaps Technical Apparel Design, Program Chair 604-599-7597 Technical Apparel Design
Rufino Speratti Decoud Technical Apparel Design, Program Assistant 604-599-2596 Technical Apparel Design
Daniel Robinson Faculty 604-599-2542 Technical Apparel Design
Evelyn May Faculty 604-599-2826 Technical Apparel Design
Stephanie Phillips Faculty 604-599-2570 Technical Apparel Design

Daniel RobinsonDaniel Robinson - Faculty, Technical Apparel   

Dan is Faculty in the Wilson School of Design at KPU and an Ergonomics Consultant for more than 25 years. He is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist (CCPE), Fellow of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists, Member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the BC Association of Kinesiologists. Dan is Chair of the Canadian Advisory Committee to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on Ergonomics (TC159) and a member of several related ISO committees: Anthropometry and Biomechanics (TC159/SC3); Ergonomics of the Physical Environment (TC159/SC5); and Human Exposure to Vibration and Mechanical Shock (TC108/SC4). Dan’s M.Sc. (SFU, 1992) examined pesticide exposure and physiological strain in tree planters. His Ph.D. in Kinesiology (SFU, 1999) examined spinal biomechanics during repeated mechanical shocks in off-road military vehicles. 

Research Interests: User-centred design process, User experience and Research skill development.

Evelyn MayEvelyn May - Faculty, Technical Apparel 

Evelyn is a hybrid thinker with the ability to strategically synthesize current research with future trends in technical apparel. A graduate of Thomas Jefferson University with an MBA in Strategic Design, her interests lie in applying innovation strategies to functional apparel design, using strategic design processes as a competitive advantage in order to build product distinction. She is a bridge builder to the creative side of strategy and helps a range of audiences understand and apply user-centered principles to their particular work. A strong student advocate, she has over 25 years of experience in higher education as the head of fashion design, fashion marketing and technical apparel programs and in the apparel industry as a designer, pattern and fit specialist, and production manager.

Research Interests: Strategic Design, Functional Apparel


Stephanie PhillipsStephanie Phillips - Faculty, Technical Apparel 

Stephanie graduated with a Masters of Art in Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins College & Design with the focus of material sustainability. Her design research practices focuses 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.

Research Interests: Biomaterials, Sustainability, Textiles, Functional Materials, Creativity and Innovation


Emily HeapsEmily Heaps - Chair, Technical Apparel 

Emily Heaps has been the Coordinator of the Technical Apparel Design program Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Wilson School of Design since 2018. In addition to working at KPU, Emily operates a consulting business where she helps local apparel companies with business development and product development, is the Chair of the Board of Directors for Our Social Fabric, and the President of the Wilson School of Design Alumni Chapter. Emily completed her Bachelor of Design at KPU’s Fashion & Technology program. During the program she studied global apparel abroad in Lyon, France. She then went on to Simon Fraser University to complete her Master’s of Business Administration at the Beedie School of Business. As a dedicated lifelong learner, she is currently working on completing her Provincial Instructor Diploma at Vancouver Community College. Her professional experience is varied, and she has worked as a Fashion Designer, Operations Manager, Project Manager and Instructor all in the realm of fashion and technical apparel. Emily loves the outdoors and when she is not working or volunteering, she is up on the local mountains, running the seawall, or practicing yoga.