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Bruce Mau        

Enterprise Strategist and Design Thinker; Author of "Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau on Rethinking Design"

Bruce Mau is a Canadian designer. He started as a graphic designer but later focused on architecture, art, museums, film, eco-environmental design, and conceptual philosophy.

From 1985-2010, Mau was the creative director of Bruce Mau Design (BMD), and in 2003, he founded the Institute Without Boundaries in collaboration with the School of Design at George Brown College, Toronto. In 2010 Mau went on to co-found The Massive Change Network in Chicago with Bisi Williams.

From 1996 to 1999, he was the associate cullinan professor at Rice University School of Architecture in Houston. He has also been a thesis advisor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design; artist in residence at California Institute of the Arts; and a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. He has lectured widely across North America and Europe, and currently serves on the International Advisory Committee of the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition, Mau is an honorary fellow of the Ontario College of Art & Design and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He was awarded the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation in 1998, and the Toronto Arts Award for Architecture and Design in 1999. In 2001 he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.

In 2015, Freeman, a global provider of brand experiences, appointed him Chief Design Officer. Mau works with Freeman to drive innovation in the events industry. In 2016, he received the Cooper Hewitt 2016, National Design Award for Design Mind.

Speech Topics

Massive Change: The Power and Possibility of Design

In his talks, Bruce Mau gives us a glimpse at the future of human civilization. An expert on innovation and creativity, he shows us how design is improving the quality of life for millions of people around the world, and how we can-- and must-- extend this revolution to the entire human race. Drawing on new developments in urban planning, social philanthropy, material science, radical economics, architecture and social networking, to name just a few, he provides an inspiring, big picture look that offers countless examples of positive change-- massive changes-- that are reshaping the world for the better.


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