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Ana Rita Morais (she/her) is a Portuguese-born, Toronto-based academic, educator, and administrator. She is the Chair of the School of Design at George Brown College where she works closely with faculty and students across twelve academic programs. While in this role she was the recipient of Eastern Canada's 2021 RGD Educator Award.
Currently, she runs Pay Design Interns (an ongoing database of the companies and studios across Toronto that are committed to paying design and creative interns), is the Principal Investigator on a multi-year NSERC CCSIF funded project in partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and a member of the Board of Directors of The ArQuives.
Ana Rita holds a Doctorate from the Communication and Culture Program at Toronto Metropolitan University where she produced a SSHRC-funded research-creation project, me-dérive: toronto— an augmented reality counter-archive of Toronto's historical urban environments.
Previously, she was a member of the HXOUSE programming team, and faculty at both George Brown College and Toronto Metropolitan University, teaching courses in Interaction Design, Media Research, Strategic Storytelling, and Research Methodologies for Design and Media.
She has given talks at MIT, Oxford, City University London, and TIFF. Her work has been featured by the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, the Registered Graphic Design Association, The—Brand Identity, and Typewolf (twice!).
Overall, she's passionate about pedagogy, research, calendars, and her English Bulldog Rosie.
Ana Rita Morais lives and works on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mazina'iga-ziibing Misi-zaagiwininiwag (Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation), the ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒃ (Anishnaabeg), the ᐅᒋᑉᐧᐁ (ᒋᑉᐯᐧᐊ) (Chippewa), the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.