Joanna Berzowska

Joanna Berzowska

Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts

Concordia University


Joanna Berzowska is the founder and research director of XS Labs, a design research studio with a focus on innovation in the fields of electronic textiles and reactive garments. A core component of her research involves the development of enabling methods, materials, and technologies, focusing on innovation in composite functional fibers, soft electronics, and additive manufacturing. Joanna’s art and design work has been shown in the V&A in London, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in NYC, the Millennium Museum in Beijing, the Art Directors Club in NYC, the Australian Museum in Sydney, NTT ICC in Tokyo, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, SIGCHI, and Ars Electronica Center in Linz among others. She lectures internationally about the field of electronic textiles and related social, cultural, aesthetic, and political issues. She also consults for industry, most recently as the Head of Electronic Textiles at OMsignal, a Montreal company that developed the Ralph Lauren PoloTech biometric garments. She is Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University and formerly served as Department Chair and as Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Fine Arts.

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