Professor Di Cintio’s practice focuses on the social-political dimensions of design. Her ongoing research interests range from design activism, the archive, materiality and interiors.

She has received academic and creative fellowships from Massey College, University of Toronto, The MacDowell Colony, NH, USA, Fundacao da Casa Mateus, Portugal, and The McLuhan Centre, University of Toronto.

She has received teaching, service and leadership awards for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion from her university, a Silver Medal from the Universidad Iberoamericana  Mexico, and the Interior Design Educators Council IDEC for Community Service, USA. 

Di Cintio creates unique pedagogical links among design activism, service and experiential learning. She has forged working partnerships with First Nations communities in Canada, Mexico and Guatemala, and her students’ designs have supported Toronto food-bank users and Haitian earthquake survivors.

She has exhibited her creative work locally and internationally. Selected exhibitions: The Drawing Centre, New York, USA, The Detroit Institute of Arts, MI, USA, Curtin University and Form Gallery, Perth, Australia, Mary E. Black Gallery, NS, Canada, and Allentown Art Museum, PA, USA.

Lorella Di Cintio, PhD