Creative Director of Bruce Mau Design and Founder of the Institute Without Boundaries
Mr. Mau is the creative director of Bruce Mau Design. He founded his studio in 1985, and his first project was the celebrated Zone Books series. A decade later he produced S,M,L,XL, an award-winning compendium developed in close collaboration with Rem Koolhaas.
In 2003, Mr. Mau founded the Institute without Boundaries, a studio-based postgraduate program that was formed out of the conviction that the future demands a new breed of designer. This became the engine for Massive Change, an ambitious travelling exhibition, publication and educational program series that mapped out the power and possibility of design. Mr. Mau has gained an international reputation for his commitment to interdisciplinary and purpose-driven innovation. As the creative force driving studios in Chicago and Toronto, he recognizes that the complex challenges of the future demand innovation across disciplines and industries.
He was a former Associate Cullinan Professor at Rice University School of Architecture in Houston, a thesis advisor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design, artist in residence at California Institute of the Arts, and a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. He has lectured widely across North America and Europe, and currently serves on the International Advisory Committee of the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio.
In 2007 Mr. Mau was presented with the AIGA Gold Medal for communication design. He was named the Bill and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Among other honors, in 2001 he received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver.