The Tyee Profiles Faculty Member Haig Armen

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By Michelle Cyca | filed in Design, Faculty

Posted on February 19, 2019 | Updated August 06, 2019, 9:07AM

Writer Steve Burgess talks to Haig about our Interaction Design program, the first of its kind in Canada.

The Tyee published an in-depth interview with faculty member Haig Armen. Currently on sabbatical, Haig founded the Interaction Design program at Emily Carr—the first program of its kind in Canada. Haig explains interaction design as, "One of those areas of design that is not about how something looks, but about how it feels and how it functions."

Emily Carr offers a BDes in Interaction Design, and starting in Fall 2019 will offer an Interaction Design stream for our MDes students.

In the interview, Haig explains what makes interaction design unique and how the program uniquely prepares students for a changing world:

My role is how to teach young people to negotiate the future. Things are moving so quickly we don’t know what careers are going to look like in 10 years. Students need to learn about adaptability. They need to learn about hybridization. My career came out of mixing or mashing up all those things that I do — architecture, music, digital media. When I was in university no one predicted the Internet. Our role is not to make the predictions, but it’s to train your students to be adaptable, to be able to react to how the world is evolving.

Read the full interview with Haig at the Tyee.