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

Katya Koroscil

OCADU 4th Year BD Industrial Design

Ryerson University ’15 BFA Photography


As DESIGNwith’s design intern, Katya leverages her multifaceted skills from production level fabrication to communication and working with various stakeholders. She oversees design details and projects, communications, and management of DESIGNwith as a startup incubator and innovation space. 


Areas of focus


Circular Design, Co-design, and Participatory Design

System and service design, UX/UI, Graphic Design, Furniture, Soft Goods Design, and Construction


Her photographic study of light, colour and form has informed her ability to communicate storytelling through imagery.

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


Apple Box 001


19″ x 8″ x 9″

A furniture study exploring the form and function of an apple box. Typically found in a film or photography production studio, the apple box serves as a utilitarian form.

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

Features: Organic hand carved upper, and a routed internal angled cubby opposite to 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 criss-cross 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.

Katya Koroscil, Scott Do & Marc Ortali

How might we design a service for authority figures in the education system to identify and intervene with students at risk of homelessness at school in order to divert them from entering homelessness in the future? 

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?



Design Parameters

70% Eska board

Secondary material and adhesive must be natural and biodegradable

Must house IKEA HEMMA

Le Tronbone


BIA Design Parameters

Minimal Fabrication & Easy Installation

Art Deco Inspired

Children Safe

Client Photography



Small Business Socials

DESIGNwith, Cove Bronte, Berkeley North

Huey Lightshop Press

Globe and Mail, Style Section, House, and Home CA, Designlines, dwell magazine


Modality Magazine MMXV, Function 16