Bruce Mau

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Bruce Mau
Born (1959-10-25) October 25, 1959 (age 58)
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Architect
Awards AIGA Gold Medal (2007)
Global Creative Leadership Award (2009)
Cooper Hewitt National Design Award (2016)
Practice Bruce Mau Design
Massive Change Network
Institute Without Boundaries
Projects Massive Change
Seattle Public Library
Zone Books

Bruce Mau (born October 25, 1959) is a Canadian designer. He started as a graphic designer but later focused on architecture, art, museums, film, eco-environmental design, and conceptual philosophy.[1]

From 1985-2010, Mau was the creative director of Bruce Mau Design (BMD), and in 2003, he founded the Institute Without Boundaries in collaboration with the School of Design at George Brown College, Toronto;[2] in 2010 Mau went on to co-found The Massive Change Network in Chicago with Bisi Williams.[3][4]

In 2015, Freeman, a global provider of brand experiences, appointed him Chief Design Officer. Mau works with Freeman to drive innovation in the events industry.[5][6]

Life and career[edit]

Mau was born in Sudbury, Ontario, he studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto, but left prior to graduation in order to join the Fifty Fingers design group in 1980. He stayed there for two years, before crossing the ocean for a brief sojourn at Pentagram in the UK. Returning to Toronto a year later, he became part of the founding triumvirate of Public Good Design and Communications. Soon after, the opportunity to design Zone 1/2 presented itself and he left to establish his own studio, Bruce Mau Design. Zone 1/2: The Contemporary City, a complex compendium of critical thinking about urbanism from philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze and Paul Virilio, architects Rem Koolhaas and Christopher Alexander remains one of his most notable works. The firm has produced work for the Andy Warhol Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Gagosian Gallery.[7] Mau remained the design director of Zone Books until 2004, to which he has added duties as co-editor of Swerve Editions, a Zone imprint, from 1991 to 1993, he also served as creative director of I.D. magazine.[citation needed]

From 1996 to 1999, he was the associate cullinan professor at Rice University School of Architecture in Houston, he has also been a thesis advisor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design; artist in residence at California Institute of the Arts; and a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. He has lectured widely across North America and Europe, and currently serves on the International Advisory Committee of the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio.[citation needed]

In addition, Mau is an honorary fellow of the Ontario College of Art & Design and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He was awarded the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation in 1998, and the Toronto Arts Award for Architecture and Design in 1999. In 2001 he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.[8]

In 1998, Mau produced a 43-point program called an Incomplete Manifesto for Growth that attempts to help designers and creative folks think about their design process, the manifesto has been widely circulated on the web since then.[9]

In 2006, he participated in the Stock Exchange of Visions.

As of 2007, Mau was in residence at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in the Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Design Objects Department.[citation needed]

Since 2009, Mau has served as a Distinguished Fellow of the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University.

In 2010 Bruce Mau and Bisi Williams founded the Massive Change Network.[10][11]

In the 2010s, Bruce Mau Design was involved in the redevelopment and redesign of Ontario's ONroute service centres.[12]

As of November 19, 2015, Bruce Mau is the Chief Design Officer for Freeman, a brand experience company and service contractor.[13]

At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mau exhibited his designs for books, graphics, and social projects, he received the Museum's Design Excellence Award in 2015.[14] Mau received the Cooper Hewitt 2016, National Design Award for Design Mind, for his impact on design theory, design practice and/or public awareness.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Mau is married to Aiyemobisi “Bisi” Williams (1966) and they have three daughters named Osunkemi, Omalola, and Adeshola (named in honor of Bisi Williams’s Nigerian heritage).[1]

Graphic design[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Froelke Coburn, Marcia (July 6, 2010). "Bruce Mau: From Innovative Graphic Designer to World-Class Conceptualist". Chicago Magazine. Chicago Tribune Media Group. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Jermyn, Diane. "Bruce Mau uses design to create positive change". The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Robinson, Joe. "Innovation Gurus: Bruce Mau and John Kao". Entrepreneur. Entrepreneur Media. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Sisson, Patrick. "Bruce Mau leads design brainstorm by encouraging leaps in thought". Chicago Tribune. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Palmer, Barbara. "Design Thinking on Exhibit". PCMA Convene. PCMA Convene. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Oates, Greg. "CMOs Are Investing More in Live Events to Engage Distracted Audiences". Skift. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Fast Company "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  8. ^ Design Futures Council Senior Fellows[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Incomplete Manifesto for growth
  10. ^ "Massive Change Network". Massive Change Network. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Bruce Mau Exhibited and Honored By Philadelphia Museum of Art". Graphic Design USA. Graphic Design USA. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "ONroute in Ontario". Toronto Sun, January 31, 2012.
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  14. ^ "Designing the Future with Bruce Mau". University of Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "Freeman's Chief Design Officer Bruce Mau Recognized with Cooper Hewitt 2016 National Design Award: Design Mind". News Channel 10. Frankly Media and Raycom Media. Archived from the original on 2016-05-30. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  16. ^ Lasky, Julie (2016-05-05). "National Design Awards Announced". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 

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