• Profile:

    Tania Ursomarzo's creative work and professional career has taken an unconventional path and crosses the fields of architectural, interior, fashion, product and graphic design, as well as visual art and performance. Formally trained as an architect, she has practiced architecture and interior design in Canada and the United States, working on local and international projects in both the private and public sectors. Alongside architectural pursuits, she maintains an active visual art and multidisciplinary design practice. Tania is the owner and creative director of an independent art and design studio, ETCETERAcreative, focused on design and fabrication research and experimentation. Under the umbrella of this studio, she launched the accessories brand, TRIPTYCH: a line of objects by and for the body at the intersection of innovative design and masterful artisanship. Diverse as they are, these threads of practice all interweave in her life, placing her work and thinking somewhere between art, design, fashion and architecture. Her work has been exhibited, screened, performed, published, built and received awards in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. Currently, Tania teaches in the School of Constructed Environments, School of Design Strategies, School of Fashion, and SPACE at Parsons School of Design while balancing personal and professional projects close to her heart. 

    Degrees Held:

    Master of Architecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 2012

    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Toronto, 2002

    Professional Affiliations:

    LEED Acredited Professional

    Recent Publications:

    Genova, Aneta and Moriwaki, Katherine, Guide to Fashion and Technology: Materials and Applications, 2016

    Artisan Footwear: TRIPTYCH Spring/Summer 2016 Collection, Deux Hommes Mag, December 2015

    Into Bloom, The Korea Issue, Deux Hommes Mag, June 2015

    Fashion Editorial, RLegacy Mag, June 2015

    Over-Shoe-Turated: How TRIPTYCH’s Changing the Game One Step at a Time, Deux Hommes Mag, June 2015

    Bell, Jennie, NY Architect Builds Shoe Line, WWD, 30 September 2014

    McGregor, Lyndsay, Tania Ursomarzo’s Labor of Love, Footwear Plus Magazine, 24 September 2014

    Research Interests:

    Study of how the hybridization of traditional and contemporary fabrication techniques can yield innovative design practice and work.



    Awards And Honors:

    2011  Migrating Landscapes: Canada at the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture

    2011  Toddman Ice Fishing Shelter Competition, Department of Architecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art

    2011  J.B.C. Watkins Scholarship, Canada Council for the Arts

    2010  Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council

    2009  London International Creative Competition, London UK | winner in the Installation category

    Visual Arts Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts

    2008  World One Minutes International Expo, Beijing Olympic Games | BEIJING 2007 selected to represent Canada

    Upper Canada College Design Competition, Toronto

    Design Exchange Award, Cabbagetown Residence (with Dubbeldam Design Architects)

    2007  Patricia Foyer Special Jury Prize for BEIJING 2007

    Media Artist Grant, Toronto Arts Council

    Design Matters Competition, Toronto Society of Architects, Toronto

    2006  Best of Canada Design Competition, Canadian Interiors | room 411 Offset in The Gladstone Hotel

               Best of Canada Design Competition, Canadian Interiors | When the Front is Also the Back

    2003  Project Grant, Ontario Arts Council

    2000  Café Design Competition, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto

    Current Courses:

    Accessory Design (Summer 2019)