Learning the comprehensive design process to inform equitable and sustainable design futures ☻

Katya Koroscil

OCADU 4th Year BD Industrial Design

Toronto Metropolitan University ’15 BFA Photography


DESIGNwith is a community-centred design lab for social and environmental sustainability located in Toronto, CA.

As DESIGNwith’s design intern, I leverage my multifaceted skills from design projects and production-level fabrication to communications and working with various stakeholders. I oversee collaborations, product development, communications, and management of DESIGNwith as a startup incubator and innovation space. 


Areas of interest


I am currently in my fourth year in industrial design at OCAD University where I am exploring purposeful service and product design for a circular economy. I design for social and environmental sustainability by addressing our current linear economy with circular and meaningful ideas through design. I am interested in the potential of reuse for valuable products and defining opportunities for services to lead to positive systemic change.

Service design, Furniture and Soft Goods Design


For 10 years I’ve been a freelance photographer with a Bachelor of Fine art from Toronto Metropolitan University where I studied the photographic arts. As a visual designer, my photography background expands my ability to communicate through storytelling in both 2D and 3D creation. My photography practice welcomes like-minded businesses to explore product photography as a means of artful and purposeful communication.

Commercial product tabletop, art direction, pre-production, post-production, and styling




How do we democratize the creation of furniture pieces using accessible materials and methods of fabrication?

Using the work of Enzo Mari and the Ishinomaki Laboratory as a departure point, DESIGNwith’s furniture collection is designed for easy assembly using readily available materials, tools, and fasteners. Resulting in a high degree of modularity and disassembly furthering its participation in the circular economy.

Furniture line co-designed by Lee Fletcher, Ranee Lee, Ernesto Ramirez and Katya Koroscil

Apple Box 001


19″ x 8″ x 9″

A furniture study exploring an apple box from the studios of the photography industry.

Using white ash for construction and the Danish soap technique to finish and preserve while maintaining the natural tone and texture of the wood.

Features: Organic hand-carved upper, and a routed internal angled cubby opposite to the routed handle

Design TO


Imagining the future of personal protective equipment (PPE)

How might the things that we wear and carry change or adapt to better suit future scenarios? How might antiviral and antibacterial materials and technologies be used to help protect us?

Representing future scenarios, we see how casually worn masks, shields and accessories represent optimism, while the technology that supports how we interact with others helps communicate a message of caution.

Living within a diverse social and urban landscape, we crisscross our way through a weaving network of transportation hubs and corridors, where protection from both the climate and illness is paramount but accomplishing both comfortably is a challenge. 

Hoodi includes a mask with a medical insert, an adjustable neck warmer, and a hood, all of which connect using recycled magnets. Its modular design eases clothing transitions and outfit changes within the flow of a day, as the magnets allow for simple and varying points of connection. Like the city we live in, we are always moving – Hoodi will keep us warm, healthy, and protected as we make our way.

Service Design


Our over reliance on crisis-based responses has not produced the necessary outcomes in supporting the homeless population. Our research suggests that the best approach to this issue is prevention, particularly starting with the homeless youth population.

How might we design a service for youth at risk of homelessness while at school in order to prevent them from entering a state of homelessness before and/or after they transition to adulthood?

By Katya Koroscil, Scott Do & Marc Ortali



Design Parameters

70% Eska board

Secondary material and adhesive must be natural and biodegradable

Must house IKEA HEMMA

Le Tronbone


The Eglinton West BIA Design Parameters

Minimal Fabrication & Easy Installation

Art Deco Inspired

Children Safe

Client Photography