Toyota Lecture Series

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The Toyota Lecture Series in Design was established through a generous $1 million endowment gift to the College for Creative Studies from Toyota Motor Company. The endowment is used to bring prominent designers and scholars in all fields of design to speak at CCS.

Previous Toyota Lecturers include Hideichi Misonom, Shiro Nakamura, Alexander Gelman, April Greiman, Wahei Hirai, Kevin Hunter, Syd Mead, Daniel Pink, Karim Rashid, Chris Lefteri, Matthew Crawford, Stephen Burks, Stefan Sielaff, Kyle Cooper, Ezio Manzini and Min Wang.

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Sooshin Choi is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for the College for Creative Studies (CCS). Choi has over 25 years experience as a designer and worked for such notable companies as Daewoo Motors, Kia Motors, Fursys, Lloom, and DEKA Research and Development. His portfolio includes a number of vehicles, furniture, and innovative products such as iBOT Mobility System.

In 2003, Choi began his successful career in academia, emphasizing international outreach, design research, and innovative multidisciplinary projects. He began as a design professor with the University of Cincinnati and later became the Director of the School of Design. Choi joined CCS in 2014 and quickly initiated projects that will raise the College’s reputation and competitiveness.

Choi has actively served numerous design organizations: Vice Chair of Southern Ohio Chapter of Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA); member of the Korea Industrial Designers Association (KIDA); U.S. Director of the Korea Society of Design Sciences (KSDS); founder and moderator of Korean Designers in America. He was named the 2014 IDSA Educator of the Year and Chair for the IDSA 2016 International Conference. Choi holds degrees from Seoul National University of Technology, Hong-lk University Graduate School, Royal College of Art, and studied at The Ohio State University.

Join CCS’s own Sooshin Choi for his special lecture, “Becoming a Better Designer for the Future.”


Join us:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
CCS's Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium
Walter B. Ford II Building, Walter and Josephine Ford Campus
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI


Past Lecturers

Louise Fili
Hideichi Misonom
Shiro Nakamura
Alexander Gelman
April Greiman
Wahei Hirai
Kevin Hunter
Syd Mead
Daniel Pink
Karim Rashid
Chris Lefteri
Matthew Crawford
Stephen Burks
Stefan Sielaff
Ed Fella
Kyle Cooper
Ezio Manzini
Min Wang
Glenn Shrum

David Gibson
Massimo Ferragamo
Ken Walker
Stefan Sagmiester
Cynthia E. Smith
Walter Hood
Marco Susani
Leo Espinosa
Neville Page
Gordon Bruce
Chris Pullman
Matthew Crawford
Brian Connelly
Scott Robertson
Toshikatzu Koyiashi
Jon Calame
Damon Rich

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