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Doreen Balabanoff is an artist, designer and researcher, and Professor Emerita at OCAD University, where she taught and served as an administrator in the Faculty of Design for over 20 years. She was first in Foundation Studies, and then as a professor in the Environmental Design undergraduate program, and the Design for Health and Inclusive Design graduate programs. She taught, initiated and collaborated on various colour courses at OCADU.


In 2011 Doreen co-founded the Colour Research Society of Canada (CRSC) with a group of colleagues from OCADU and beyond.


She holds a Masters’ of Architecture from UCLA and a PhD in Architecture from University College Dublin.


Since 1992 she has been a member of an international group of women glass artists who meet bi-annually to share work and exhibit together.


Her doctoral work and ongoing SSHRC-funded research is devoted to creating transformational change for birth environment design. Her focus on the power of colour and light in spatial settings continues in this work.

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