Respectful Design

The Context for Design's Ethical Obligations towards Cultural, Social, and Environmental Justice.

A keynote by Dori Tunstall

Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) has initiated the challenge of decolonizing its institution. Dori Tunstall, the Dean of the Faculty of Design, describes how Respectful Design serves the appropriate design ethos for this process. She shares comments and projects about what Respectful Design means for the Faculty in the context of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Report and the global obligations towards cultural, social, and environmental justice.


Dori Tunstall

Dean of the Faculty of Design, OCAD University

Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black and black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategists for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.