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German-Canadian Designer and Educator
Ruth‘s multi-disciplinary practice is branching of her education as a product designer and shoemaker, focusing on creating experimental lifestyle concepts, participatory installations, and experience-come-devices.
She is co-founder of dorkenwald und spitzer (2002) -- a creative partnership focusing on designing for and equipping a nomadic urban lifestyle. She continues with her independent practice to manufacture the (un) common event with a sense of purpose and delight.
Her work has been exhibited in Europe and Canada and has garnered numerous awards and accolades.
Parallel to her practice, she has taught in studio and lecture settings in various design colleges since 2004. From 2004 to 2006, she led interdisciplinary courses such as Think Tank at OCADU.
In 2007 she was visiting designer at Syracuse University, Industrial Design Department, N.Y., focusing on New Work New Culture.
At present, Spitzer lectures and teaches at the School for Interior Design at the Metropolitan University (formerly known as Ryerson University); as a contract lecturer, she focuses on design theory and studio-based inquiry.
In addition, she is pursuing a master’s in philosophy, art, and critical thought at the European Graduate School, Switzerland (2024).
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