Car Martin

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Car Martin
Car Martin,
BA, M.Arch
Professor Interaction Design, Interactive Media Management & Digital Experience Design


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. 

Academic Credentials

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

Career Highlights

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 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

Other Activities

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.