Arunas Oslapas, IDSA, taught industrial design at Western Washington University since 1991, challenging his students to solve the world’s problems. He serves as department head. In order to maintain his academic sanity, since 1999, Oslapas has woven metal baskets and metal quilts for his business Red Rivet Studios. Previously, he and his wife Kathryn founded WOW design, a product design consultancy. He also worked for Haworth in Holland, MI as an office systems furniture designer.
Oslapas earned an MFA in industrial design from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BFA from Montana State University in design.
He enjoys the mountain sports of skiing, hiking and fly fishing, and tries to spend winter breaks with his family south of the border.