Russell Taylor

Senior Lecturer


  • B.A. Fine Arts,  UBC
  • M.A. Fine Arts, UBC
  • M.Arch, Architecture, UBC (incomplete)


Russell Taylor B.A. (UBC, Architectural History), M.A. (UBC, Design History), M.Arch, Architecture, UBC (incomplete), proudly specializes in undergraduate teaching and learning and has taught at Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design (design history and theory, industrial design), Kwantlen University College (graphic design), and the Technical University of British Columbia (TechBC, interaction and experience Design), and has been a full-time faculty member at SFU since 2002. He was the founding chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee of SIAT, has served as FCAT University Teaching Fellow, and is the Director of two international SFU field schools (italiaDesign, since 2003 and dutchDesign since 2011). His teaching practice is focused on “design-driven” approaches for professional practice of design in business contexts, using “design thinking” and the design method and process, and specifically in the domains of Human-Centred Design, Experience Design, Interaction Design, User Experience Design, Brand + Identity Design, Visual Design, and Spatial Design. He is the founder and director of SIAT’s annual Design conference, “Touchpoint”, and has been a leader in SIAT’s Internationalization efforts since 2003. He works with Professor Ron Wakkary in the Interaction Design Research Centre.

In 2013 he was awarded the first "SIAT Outstanding Faculty Award" on the occasion of SIAT's 10th Anniversary for his "passion for design, for contributions to the development of the school and its culture, engaging students and ongoing involvement within the SIAT alumni community".

Research Interests

  • Teaching and Learning Pedagogy
  • Experience Design
  • Maker Culture
  • Cultural + Context Studies
  • Industrial Design