Professor Di Cintio, has been educated in Canada, United States, and Europe in the fields of Interior Design, Architecture, and Philosophy. Her research focuses primarily on design activism and social responsibility and is the founder of The Design Activism = Change Initiative.
Her research concentration is on the social and political positions undertaken by designers. Di Cintio creates unique pedagogical links among design activism, service and experiential learning and social innovation. She has forged working partnerships with First Nations communities in Canada and Mexico, and her students’ designs have supported Toronto food-bank users, Haitian earthquake survivors, and others.
In 2010, Di Cintio represented Ryerson University on a design mission to China sponsored by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. She has received a silver medal for the advancement of design education and service from the Universidad Iberoamericana in 2010. In 2014, she received from the Interior Design Educators Council – the IDEC Community Service Award. In 2015, Professor Di Cintio won the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award at Ryerson University.
Ryerson University research affiliations: Design Fabrication Zone, The Centre for Studies in Food Security, Edge Lab: Experiential Design and Gaming Lab (Adaptive Design), and Yeates School of Graduate Studies.
Professor Di Cintio is an academic reviewer for the Journal of Interior Design with a focus on service-learning pedagogy, and she is Editor-in-Charge of Service Activities in Academia with the Interior Design Educators Council. Currently she is the guest editor for the IDEA Journal Design Activism: Developing Models, Modes and Methodologies of Practice 2014.
She has received grants from Canada Council for the Arts and has exhibited her creative work internationally. The Drawing Centre in New York, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Unconscious House: Erasing Domesticity at Curtin University, Australia and Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, Past Present: Conversations across time.