about qlab

Founded in 2015 with the support of an Ontario Early Researcher Award, qlab is located in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo, the School of Communication Studies at Mount Royal University, and the College of Fine & Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Our members work with universities, private industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations across North America.

We maintain a continuous virtual presence right here at qcollaborative.com and a timely material presence wherever qlaborations are happening.


qlab is an intersectional feminist design research lab focused on performance and technology in public practice.

We fulfil these commitments through projects that are usually: 

  • collaborative 
  • interdisciplinary
  • interested in making as a method 
  • committed to mentoring students 
  • paced to encourage reflection
  • funded by grants and/or partnerships 
  • shared in academic and non-academic settings

thinking through making