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, more-than-human philosophies, hopeful futures, 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


Seminar Leader [Jan 2023 – present]
Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Associate/Futures Designer [Jan 2022 – present]
OneEarth Living

Sustainability Associate [March 2022 – present]
Green Spark Group

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

[2022] Experimental Realism Mentee

[2022] On Walking: rhythm, repetition, movement, group show (with The Roving Designers Collective), OCAD Graduate Gallery, Toronto ON

[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


Program Lead (Volunteer) – False Creek Friends Society
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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