SHASHI CAAN to lecture at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce

Wednesday 13 March 2013
07:00pm Open Seating   07:30pm Lecture   09:00pm Reception
250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90012

This lecture and cocktail reception are free and open to the public.

SHASHI CAAN is Founder and Principal of the SHASHI CAAN COLLECTIVE. Through a unique collaborative design process, the COLLECTIVE provides architecture, interior, workplace and product design solutions that focus on supporting people both pragmatically and qualitatively. The COLLECTIVE’s collaborative structure results in highly innovative and successful work as exemplified by the firm’s reputation and receipt of major industry awards and accolades from sources such as Metropolis, Architecture and Interior Design Magazine; the IIDA, GlobalShop and NeoCon. Ms. CAAN was Contract Magazine’s 25th Anniversary “Designer of Year” in 2004, as well as IFMA’s “Educator of Year” for Greater New York in 2006.

Ms. CAAN is acclaimed internationally for bridging the divide between design practice, theory, and education. At the forefront of advocating the role of Design in society, Ms. CAAN holds the highest positions in international design advocacy, as President of The International Federation of Interior Architects/ Designers (IFI) – representing over 270,000 designers worldwide – and as previous Executive Chair, and current Executive Committee member, of the International Design Alliance (IDA).

Previously, Ms. CAAN held senior positions in three major US firms; Swanke Hayden Connell Architects (SHCA), Gensler, and Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM), where she was Director of Design and Associate Partner. Her diverse international portfolio of work includes architectural interiors projects of 1300 to 3,000,000 square feet, as well as several product lines and an executive aircraft interior for Alcoa and Gulfstream. Her clients include SEPA-The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Goldman Sachs; Fidelity; Merrill Lynch; Inver House Distillers; Mohawk Industries; Carnegie Science Center; DuPont and NBC Studios. Ms. CAAN is also a sought-after textile designer and an internationally-recognized color authority, as evidenced in her widely-publicized live-lab study, Spatial Color.

Equally respected for her valuable contribution to design education, Ms. CAAN is the former Chair of the Interior Design Department at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. She has been on the faculty of several educational institutions including Pratt Institute. Active in research for the development and improvement of design education, Ms. CAAN has worked with New York’s Columbia University, conducting a research program exploring the parameters and content for an innovative new design curriculum.

Ms. CAAN sits on numerous advisory boards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Academically, she holds both a Masters Degree in Architecture and a Masters Degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, and a BFA (hons) in Environmental Design from the Edinburgh College of Art, UK. In May 2010, Ms. Caan was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts Degree by the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID).



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