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KPU tech design grad wins bronze for cycling jacket

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:29 PDT, Tue September 3, 2019

Last Updated: 2:13 PDT, Wed May 12, 2021

A recent graduate of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Wilson School of Design is making huge inroads.

A recent graduate of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Wilson School of Design is making huge inroads.

Philip Siwek, who recently graduated from the Richmond school’s technical apparel class, earned bronze at the prestigious 2019 IDEA International Design Conference held Aug. 21 to 23 in Chicago.

Siwek submitted his capstone project for the award. The innovative cycling jacket lets self-driving cars detect cyclists on the road.

“Along with the joy of winning the award, I feel honoured to have established design professionals from all over recognize my work,” says Siwek.

His project helps solve an emerging problem as autonomous vehicles hit the road. There are barcodes placed on the jacket that are scanned by vehicles. This lessens the risk of accidents involving self-driving cars and cyclists.

“Philip dove deep into the research aspect for his capstone project. He thought of every possible detail and worked tirelessly to solve each problem that arose,” says Emily Heaps, co-ordinator for the technical apparel design program. “Philip also conducted an immense amount of testing and field research throughout his development process, which clearly paid off in the end product.”

“To be recognized for his innovative design solution speaks to the calibre of our programs and the skills of our faculty to teach and inspire the next generations of grads. The Wilson School of Design continues to forge a path for driven, passionate students like Philip who have a big vision for the future. We are honoured to be part of that journey,” says Andhra Goundrey, interim dean of the Wilson School of Design. 

Siwek is currently working with lululemon’s Whitespace team as a junior innovation designer. 

“I never knew where my work would take me. I just had an idea and made sure to explore it the best I could,” he says.

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