Community Outreach & Engagement

The Toyota Lecture Series in Design

The Toyota Lecture Series 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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Upcoming Lectures

TLS Szenazy

"Beyond the Design Brief: How big picture thinking is changing the ways and
means of product design"

Susan S. Szenasy
Director of Design Innovation, Metropolis Magazine
Former Publisher/Editor in Chief

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

This lecture focuses on how big picture thinking is changing the ways and means of product design. Posing the question, “Can 21 st century designers afford to ignore their responsibility to be advocates for human and Earth health?” NO! Shifting cultural, economic, and environmental standards point the way to ethical design practices. Be part of a global debate and help define the way forward to an ethical future.

Since 1985, as editor in chief, later as publisher, Susan S. Szenasy, now director of design innovation has led Metropolis Magazine, its digital platforms, and events programs earning acclaim as a leader in landmark design discourse. In 2017 she was selected to receive the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Her book of her writings and speeches, Szenasy, Design Advocate, explores ethical design. She holds an MA in Modern European History from Rutgers University, and honorary doctorates from Kendall College of Art and Design, the Art Center College of Design, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the New York School of Interior Design.


Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 6 p.m.

GM Auditorium, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, CCS
The Toyota Lecture Series and the Woodward Lecture Series