Lauren Thu is a designer and settler living and working on the unceded territories of the MusSḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, colonially known as Vancouver, Canada.

She has interests in critically engaged design, “sustainability”, scruffy dogs and the ocean at night.


Emily Carr University of Art and Design [2017 – 2021]
Bachelor of Design, Major: Industrial Design, Minor: Curatorial Practice

Capilano University [2009]
Certificate in Motion Picture Production


Associate – SL-IMAGE, Beacon

Research Assistant – Fables for Imagining [Sept 2020 – Sept 2021]
Defamiliarisation Lab

Research Assistant – Human-Centered Orthotics [Sept 2019 – Jun 2020]
Emily Carr Health Design Lab, Material Matters Lab, Kintec Footwear

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Shows, Residencies, Conferences, Publications

[2021] PIVOT 2021 Virtual Conference – Dismantling and Reassembling
Panelist – Hirudinea lampyris: Using Counterfactual Narratives to Imagine Alternate Futures

[2021] The Grad Show, group show, Emily Carr University, (virtual and physical exhibition), Vancouver BC

[2021] U+Zine 4 “Food” (with Zara Huntley as Studio Peal), Plurality University

[2021] CriticALL!: (Un)professional Everyday Design Criticism, Onomatopee 186, Joannette van der Veer

[2020] ECUAD DESIS Lab x Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship – Satellite Summer Residency

[2020] CriticALL!, group show, Onomatopee Projects, Eindhoven NL

[2019] Interactive Wearables, group show, Diffuser Gallery, Vancouver BC

[2016] Art Waste ~ Strange Magic, group show, Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver BC


[2021] ECUAD DESIS Radical Sustainability Award
[2021] John C. Kerr Chancellor Emeritus Award for Excellence in Design
[2020] Onomatopee Publishing – CriticALL! design criticism open call – Third Place (published)
[2020] Recipient of the Emily Carr University Design and Digital Media Micro-Grant (Declined)
[2020] Recipient of the BC Arts Council Scholarship
[2020] Simon Chang Award
[2020] Christopher Foundation Scholarship
[2019] Recipient of the Ian Gillespie Design Scholarship
[2018] Recipient of the BC Arts Council Scholarship
[2018] Recipient of the Emily Carr University Achievement Scholarship
[2018] Recipient of the Faculty of Culture and Community’s Micro-Grant


Co-Founder – Studio Peal
Member – The Roving Designers
Founder/President – ECUAD Design Reading Group
Member – Design and Digital Media 2021 Grad Show Committee

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