BA, BFA, Cornell University; MFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Josh Owen holds the titles of Distinguished Professor and Director of Industrial Design at RIT. Owen is also the president of Josh Owen LLC. His professional projects are produced by major manufacturers and have won many awards. Owen's work is included in the permanent design collections of the ADAM Brussels Design Museum (BE), the Centre Georges Pompidou (FR), the Chicago Athenaeum (USA), the Corning Museum of Glass (USA), the Denver Art Museum (USA), the Museum of American Jewish History (USA), the Musee des beaux-arts de Montreal (CA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (USA) and the Taiwan Design Museum (TP). His students' works have won awards, been exhibited and featured in international publications and critical venues and have been put into mass production prior to graduation. Owen's professional work has been featured in major exhibitions, numerous books on design and is regularly included in critical design discourse. Besides teaching in the industrial design department, Owen is actively involved in supporting the mission of RIT's Vignelli Center for Design Studies. He is the author of the book, Lenses for Design and the forthcoming book, Design for Study.
In the News
March 18, 2020
Retiring Remington leaves legacy of design
While he’ll soon step away from the day-to-day at the university to which he has dedicated nearly six decades, R. Roger Remington wants people to know, “I’m not going anywhere.” The Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design and longest-serving faculty member at RIT will retire in May after 57 years at the university.
March 9, 2020
Shopping for Match Strikers
The New York Times features a match striker designed by Josh Owen, distinguished professor and director of the industrial design program.
January 15, 2020
RIT students create pinball machines for History and Design of Pinball course
As part of an interactive games and media course, 12 RIT students made cardboard and digital pinball machines designed around themes of their own choosing. For the final exam, students brought their creations to The Strong National Museum of Play and had visitors give their physical and virtual pinball machines a test drive.
Confluence Exhibition Catalog
Roberto Bertoia explores site, context, material, and craft as it relates to his investigation of isolation, absence, and presence at the intersection of sculpture, landscape, architecture, and design...
Stryk Match Holder for OTHR
A refinement of the traditional match-stick holder, this multi-faceted heirloom vessel features a striking surface as well as a safe deposit for spent matches. Historic examples of this product left...
Torq Nut Cracker for OTHR
Inspired by industrial components, Torq is the first 3D printed object commissioned by OTHR that explores the mechanical potential of 3D printed output. Turning the business of nut cracking into a...