German-Canadian Designer and Educator
Drawing on her education as a product designer and shoe maker Ruth‘s
multi-disciplinary practice focuses on creating innovative lifestyle concepts, household products and augmented accouterments-come-devices.
She is co-founder of dorkenwald und spitzer (2002) -- a creative partnership focusing on designing for and equipping a nomadic urban lifestyle, and 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.
She has lectured and taught in studio settings in several design colleges since 2004. From 2004 to 2006 she taught interdisciplinary courses such as Think Tank at OCADU. In 2007 she was visiting designer at Syracuse University, Industrial Design Department, N.Y. with a research focus on New Work New Culture. At present Spitzer lectures and teaches at the School for Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto; as contract lecturer she focuses on Trompe-l'œil and illusion within interior design.
She participates in workshops and in judging panels.