Filiz Klassen (M.Arch., B.Arch.) is an artist, researcher and professor at Ryerson University, School of Interior Design. Her research emphasizes materiality as ‘responsive matter’ and focuses on adaptability of architecture and interiors to variables in environmental conditions. She has received industry and government funding for her project Malleable Matter: Material Innovations in Architecture (Research Creation Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canad, and Integrated Projects Grant from Ontario Arts Council). Her ‘Snow, Rain, Light, Wind: Weathering Architecture’ exhibition is displayed at Triangle Gallery, Calgary (May 28-June 24, 2010) and Design at Riverside Gallery, Cambridge (November 2009 to January 2010).
She has presented at conferences internationally in Aarhus, Boras, Singapore, London, New York, Istanbul, Eindhoven, Delft, Venice and nationally in Banff, Calgary, Cambridge, Montreal and Toronto. Her articles on material innovations and responsive environments are published in books Snow, Rain, Light, Wind: Weathering Architecture (2009), Arium: Weather + Architecture (Hatje Cantz, 2010) and Mobile Nation (Riverside Press, 2008), as well as in other academic and professional journals. She is the co-editor of Transportable Environments 3, the third book on portable architecture and design published by Spon Press (UK, 2006) following the international conference she organized and co-chaired at Ryerson. She has curated exhibitions and also exhibited her work at Archive Gallery, Gladstone Hotel, Design Exchange, and various other venues in Toronto. She directed ‘Weathering Architecture’, a performance that was staged as part of Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH: Emerging Performance Projects in 2008.
Professor Klassen is the founder and co-director of the Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ), an interdisciplinary hub for design/fabrication innovation and entrepreneurship at Ryerson, funded by Ontario Centers of Excellence & Campus Links Accelerator.
Filiz Klassen, M.Arch., B.Arch., UIA, ARIDO, IDEC
Professor, School of Interior Design
Co-Director, Design Fabrication Zone