Robert Ree is a designer, renderer, maker and surfer based in Toronto. With a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill, he spent more than a decade working on a range of projects in both Canada and the US, including a major redesign of the Central Library in Burlington, Ontario. Along the way, he became very interested in digital media and culture, earning a Master of Information degree from the University of Toronto. There he was a founding and active member of the Critical Making lab, a group dedicated to hands-on digital/material exploration as a method of cultural research.
Obsessed with the convergences between digital media and material making, Robert’s ongoing work has explored ‘tactile’ data visualization using open source hardware and software, code-generated parametric sculpture, as well as research and writing on the physical and social dimensions of desktop materialization technologies such as 3D printing. Joining the faculty at Sheridan in 2004, Robert teaches courses in drawing, 3D design, digital media and digital fabrication. He is also the faculty sponsor of Sheridan Makers, a campus club that encourages students to engage emerging technologies in creative work.
- Bachelor of Architecture (McGill University).
- Master of Information (Univeristy of Toronto).
Selected Publications & Presentations
- Co-author, SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Report on the Digital Economy, December 2010.
- Presenter and Discussion Panelist, ‘Mobility Shifts’ International Future of Learning Summit, The New School, NYC, October 2011.
- Co-author, “Materializing Information: 3D Printing and Social Change.” First Monday, July 2012.
- Guest lecturer, Critical Making graduate seminar, Knowledge Media Design Institute, University of Toronto, December, 2012.
- Keynote Speaker and Discussion Panelist, Wikitopia Festival of Collaborative Futures, Hong Kong, January 2013.