Car Martin is an interdisciplinary designer working on three-dimensional projects of all scales, from cityscapes to small precious objects. Trained as an architect, Martin has roots in visual art, fashion design, photography and fabrication. much of Martin’s work revolves around the interface between social and physical systems, examining the ways in which the physical world shapes our interactions as social beings. Martin is an intern member of the Ontario Association of Architects and works as a designer at Creative Union Network, a boutique architecture and design collaborative in West-end Toronto.
Masters of Architecture, University of Washington 2012
Honors Bachelor of the Arts, University of Toronto: Environmental Studies & Visual Studies 2005
Fashion Design Foundations, Ryerson University 2001
Areas of Specialization
participatory design, transportation futures, environmental justice, praxis, urban studies, fashion
Areas of Expertise
Spatial design, digital fabrication, prototyping, architecture, design theory, facilitation, 3D modelling, interaction design, construction
Artist & Fabricator - Nuit Blanche ‘Revolutions’, Curated public exhibition, Scarborough 2019
Resident - Design for Dance. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, 2018
Professor - Ryerson Chang School: Planning Active Transportation 2018
Artist - Digital Junkyard, presented as part of “Unique forms of Continuity in Space”, Group exhibition, Design TO Festival 2016
Ontario Project Manager - “Co-designing the Active city”, Public Health Agency of Canada Innovation Strategy. The Centre for active Transportation http://participatoryplanning.ca/ 2013-2017
Architectural Designer - unit a architecture 2015-2017
Architectural Designer - Larkin Architects 2012-2014
Resident - Concord Arts Collective, Los Angeles 2012
Teaching & lab assistant - Architectural Photography, University of Washington 2009-2011
Founder, “Bikechain” Community Repair shop, University of Toronto 2005
Member of the Board of Directors, Inter/Access non-profit arts organization 2019-present
Guest Reviewer, Digital Design & Fabrication, Digital Futures, Ontario College of Art and Design 2019
Guest lecturer, University of Toronto at Scarborough Cities Program 2015-2017
Guest Critic, Design Studio, Ryerson School of Interior Design 2016
Guest lecturer, Graduate Research Methods course, Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning, 2014-2015
Trained in ‘Technology of Participation’ Professional facilitation Course, ICA Associates 2015
Guest Critic, Environmental Design Studio, Ontario College of Art and Design 2014
Workshop leader “Accepting Invitations in Public,” Collaborative workshop, Complete Streets Conference, Toronto 2014
Guest lecturer, Participatory Design methods, Station 20 Saskatoon 2014
Guest Critic, Architecture Studio, University of Washington 2013
Guest Critic, Architecture Studio, University of Detroit Mercy 2012
Public Health Agency of Canada, Innovation Strategy Program Grant –Phase 3 Funding award, with The Centre for Active Transportation, Montreal Urban Ecology Centre & Sustainable Calgary 2018
Healthier Cities and Communities Hub, Research Seed Grant Award with Nancy Smith Lea and Dr. Suzanne Jackson 2016
A Bicycle Built for You, Project Grant, City of Toronto's Community Recreation and Investment Program with ArtStarts 2013
Healthy U of T Award, Dalla Lana School of Public Health 2005
TD Friends of the Environment Project Grant 2005
Douglas Pimlott Award, University of Toronto 2005
Douglas Pimlott Scholarship, University of Toronto 2004
(Forthcoming) “Fighting Data Collection Through Fashion Design”, M. Valverde & A. Flynn (Eds.) Smart City Initiatives: A Canadian Perspective.
“Co-designing the Active City”, Conference Presentation, Ontario Association of Architects Annual Conference: Empowering Change, 2019
“Walking in the Suburbs: Five Qualitative Tools for Mapping Low-density Environments” Workshop guide and online publication, The Centre for Active Transportation, 2018.
“Designing for Environmental Justice”, Conference Presentation World Design Summit, Montreal, 2017
“Donovan: Active Neighbourhood Vision”, Co-design report for Active Neighbourhoods Canada, The Centre for Active Transportation, 2017.
“Bridging Community and Municipal Decision-making to Impact the Built Environment,” Conference Presentation, Walk21 Conference, Calgary, 2017.
“Creating a Town Centre in a Tower Neighbourhood” Action-research Project & Symposium Presentation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health Collaborative Seed Grant Symposium, Toronto, 2017
“County Road 21/Highland St. Haliburton: Portrait and Active Neighbourhood Plan”, Co-design report for Active Neighbourhoods Canada, The Centre for Active Transportation, 2016.
“Connecting People to Power: Designing for and with Communities,” Conference Presentation, ProWalk, ProBike, ProPlace, Vancouver, 2016.
“Portrait: Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park”, Co-design report for Active Neighbourhoods Canada, The Centre for Active Transportation, 2015.
“Portrait: Stewart Street Neighbourhood”, Co-design report for Active Neighbourhoods Canada, The Centre for Active Transportation, 2015.
“Experiential Mapping and Collaborative Urbanism,” Urban Ecologies Conference, Proceeding Journal & Paper Presentation, Toronto, 2015.
“Participatory Design” Conference Presentation, Livable Cities Conference, Vancouver, 2014
“Architecture Mexico 2010: University of Washington & Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Xochimilco”, Joint Studio Publication, 2010.