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Our Students

Our students are creative innovators who are willing to take risks, technologists who can strategize, and leaders who can manage the continuing shifts in today’s economy. They are critical thinkers who challenge existing frameworks and elevate their industry.They are independent learners who are driven to explore in a creative learning environment that allows unexpected, surprising, and delightful ideas to emerge.

They often come from a wide range of disciplines that include fashion, textile design, product design, industrial design, interior design, engineering, business or kinesiology. Great designers, like our students, come from a range of places, life experiences and educational settings.

From developing new and improved products such as protective pants for rock climbing to an urban cycling jacket for increased safety and a haptic navigational harness for the visually impaired, our students, develop and apply strategies in user centered design and creative innovation. Real life, client-based projects elevate the learning experience for students. Projects have included research into cut protection, working with local firefighters to improve their protective wear, and collaborating with the University of Manitoba on a prototype for hypothermia victims.

Meet the Class of 2019-20

Alison Cowling


Alison is inspired by the intersection of aesthetic, utility, and sustainability in design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC where she studied art history and linguistics, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in architectural technology from Ryerson University. Currently, she is curious about how heritage and storytelling can affect positive impact on the sustainability movement and consumer behaviour. When she’s not investigating the latest in sustainable innovation, you can find Alison in her other happy place, running long distances in the PNW backcountry.



Amandeep is a Fashion Designer and Stylist by profession. She did her Graduation in Fashion Design from Lovely Professional University, India. Other than this Make is also her forte. She did Freelancing after her graduation and did internship in Indian Fashion industries and leading designers even worked in Indian Couture week. Colors attract her and she loves to make a fusion of two different concepts. Currently she is pursuing Technical Apparel and interested in learning an applying the idea of how fashion and technical apparel can go synchronously. Sketching, Sewing and Styling are her strengths.

Denia Cardenas Cuellar


Denia is a Graphic Designer originally from Mexico City. After getting her degree in Graphic Design, she has taken interest and involved herself in editorial design, logo design + branding, website design and packaging design. However, her passion for yoga and an active lifestyle drew her out to Vancouver to pursue a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Technical Apparel Design. As a hardworking, passionate and determined creator, Denia has always been driven through challenges who inspired her to create solutions to society's problems through innovative design products and services.

Gabrielle Hebert


With a passion for functional products, Gaby believes in apparel that increases users’ comfort, safety, and performance when participating in outdoor activities. Currently working as a Graphic Designer, Gaby graduated with a B.Com (Honours) in Finance with a concentration in Sustainability from the University of British Columbia. To Gaby, designing technical apparel is the ultimate challenge: creating beauty in simplicity, practicality, and durability. Informed by her diverse background, Gaby employs a holistic approach to design, focused on big picture thinking that gets projects across the finish line. Gaby’s interest in technical apparel is fuelled by her love of the mountains, where she spends her free time rock climbing, ski touring and mountaineering.

Gazella Cheng


Gazella has a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of British Columbia. Her experience in luxury retail and in the apparel industry sparked her interest in technical apparel design. After her studies, she has been building her dancewear brand and wants to further expand into lifestyle. Gazella is always curious and interested in creating thoughtful garments.

Hanae Yaskawa


An avid runner and basketball official from California, Hanae is drawn to the value that "form follows function" in the technical apparel design. Having studied Physics and Italian in Boston, she enjoys mixing the laws of science with intricate human emotion for interdisciplinary problem-solving. She hopes to continue building both her technical and creative skills that will allow her to design user-focused performance wear.

Joel Maerz


Joel is an outdoor enthusiast and engineer with a passion for hiking, skiing and very long road-trips. Upon graduating with a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, Joel began exploring options to combine his hard skills in engineering and design with his interests in the outdoors. Shortly after starting the Technical Apparel Design program Joel found an opportunity to put his skills to the test working for a local start-up. During the week, you will find Joel working on the development team at Stoko Design Inc. pushing the bounds of traditional joint support and designing products that fit, feel and function like the human body.

Monica Chandel


M.Sc. in Clothing and textiles and B.Sc. in fashion designing with 3 year’s experience in teaching. currently pursuing a post baccalaureate diploma in Technical Apparel Design at The Wilson School of Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic University. she hopes to combine her new skill from Tech-apparel program with fashion and textile designing to develop more thoughtful, functional and sustainable products.

Sanskriti Singh


I have a background in Textile Design with a Bachelor of Design from Pearl Academy, affiliated by Nottingham Trent University, UK. I plan to utilise my knowledge about textiles to understand the very functionality of a product. For a designer like me technical apparel design will leverage my current understanding and enable me to serve my future client portfolio better. I wish to learn functionality of garments enabling their application to sports activities and exploring on innovating fabrics.

Savannah Sami-Bacon


Savannah was originally drawn to the technical design program by her personal experience as a high performance athlete. Training with Canada’s national rowing team while in university she understands the importance that clothing can have on an athlete’s performance. She has a passion for products that that support athletes in pushing their physical limits and assist them on their journey to success. Informed by her background in the outdoor retailing industry and a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia Savannah hopes to pair her professional experience with her love for athletics and create functional products that enhance outdoor pursuits.

Tiffany Mao Xu

Tiffany’s passion for design and craft started as a young child, when she spent free time designing and sewing together fancy dresses for her doll collection.  Tiffany attended Jilin University to obtain a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, then came to Korea to study at Kongju National University for her masters.  Afterwards she studied at University of Victoria for her Ph.D. in mechanical Engineering.  She has a great passion for Zumba, running the Stanley Park seawall, Grouse grinding and Grouse snowshoe grinding, and badminton.  Her strong engineering background and interest in fashion and design provide a unique perspective which she can apply to the world of tech apparel.