The Studio for Critical Making at Emily Carr University is a research facility that explores how humanities-based modes of critical inquiry – like the arts and ethics – can be directly applied to building more engaging product concepts and information technologies. The lab works to replace the traditional engineering goals of efficiency, speed or usability with more complex cultural, social and human-oriented values. The end result is technology that is more culturally relevant, socially engaged and personalized.

The facility is directed by Dr. Garnet Hertz, Canada Research Chair in Design and Media Arts and opened in December 2014. More on Hertz can be found at


The Studio for Critical Making
1399 Johnston Street, Room 190
Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3R9
(604) 630-7427

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