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Design meets dream project

By Eleanor Ching-yee Kuan

Eleanor Ching-yee Kuan

School of Interior Design, Faculty of Communication & Design (FCAD)

When Amsterdam-based Frame magazine needed a booth that would make a statement at the 2015 Interior Design Show in Toronto, it commissioned a team of Ryerson students.

Interior Design student Eleanor Ching-yee Kuan led the team in the design, fabrication and installation of a bold, environmentally conscious booth using cardboard. Ryerson’s unique Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ) – one of 10 Ryerson experiential learning zones – helped the whole team learn valuable design and entrepreneurial skills and gave them space to foster their ideas. And through Ryerson, Eleanor has also travelled with fellow students to Norway to compete at the Bergen International Wood Festival and she’s set to make a return with her team to the Interior Design Show for the 2017 edition as a finalist to design an installation for flooring company Kentwood.

At Ryerson, zone learning offers students the opportunity to collaborate in teams on real-world projects before they graduate, giving them invaluable experience that sets them apart from the crowd and helps them kickstart their careers.