Our People

Robert Andruchow

Department Chair, Art and Design 
Assistant Professor, Design Studies

M. Des. (Alberta)

11-425N, Allard Hall
11110-104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Robert plays a leadership role in the design community through his teaching, work and research. He is currently an assistant professor in and coordinator of the Design Studies program at MacEwan University with a teaching focus in user experience design. Previous to his appointment at MacEwan, Robert taught part-time as a sessional instructor for 12 years at the University of Alberta, teaching a range of courses including design fundamentals, design research, design issues and interaction design. During this time, Robert worked for the federal government as a user experience designer until 2006 and since then has run his own design company, Big Pixel Creative working with government organizations and non-profits. Most recently, Robert was co-chair organizing UX Edmonton's annual conference, UX Camp. Robert's Masters and current research is about the philosophy of design, specifically, the role design theory plays in providing a strong foundation for design education and practice.

Available to supervise honours or individual study students.

Design theory, design pedagogy, user experience design, information architecture, interaction design, information design

Teaching and Research Interests


DESN240 Introduction to User Experience Design
DESN313 Information Design
DESN340 Web Design and Development I
DESN343 Web Design and Development II
DESN342 User Experience Design Theory & Methods

Research interests:

  • User experience design: Interaction design, information architecture, user interface design, data visualization
  • Design theory: Philosophy of design (ie. what is design?), design and the social sciences
  • Design education: Connecting philosophy of design with curriculum development for user experience design and design in general
  • Design for social good: Working with government, non-profits and political organizations

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Andruchow, R. (2017). Making Alberta a digital design leader: Charting a path for the next 10 years. Panel discussion, moderator and organizer, Edmonton.

Andruchow, R. (2016). Creating a UXD major. Presentation, UX Camp 2016. UX Edmonton.

Andruchow, R. (2010). A survey of definition and its role in strengthening design theory." In Proceedings from 2010 DRS Montreal Conference: Design and Complexity. Design Research Society.

Andruchow, R. (2010). Approaches to definition and resolving definitional disputes in design. Presentation, Centre for Philosophy & Design 2010 Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Eva Toban Scholarship Award, superior academic achievement, 2007
  • Alberta Advanced Education Award, exceptional academic achievement, 2007

Boards / Committees

  • Digital Alberta, board member, 2018–present
  • IxDA Education Summit, reviewer, 2018
  • UX Camp, UX Edmonton, co-chair, 2017–present
  • Social Innovation Institute, MacEwan University, Advisory Committee member, 2017–present