Meet the Designers | Design Career Fair 2019

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DESIGN + TECHNOLOGY

Design+Social Good/Equity

DESIGN + BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Design + Materials

DESIGN + HUMAN EXPERIENCE

Colleges Represented

 

DESIGN + TECHNOLOGY

TOBIAS FRERE-JONES, Founder and design director | Frere-jones type

2019 National Design Award Winner

Over 25 years, Tobias Frere-Jones has established himself as one of the world’s leading typeface designers, creating some of the most widely used typefaces, including Interstate, Poynter Oldstyle, Whitney, Gotham, Surveyor, Tungsten, and Retina. Tobias received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992. He joined the faculty of the Yale University School of Art in 1996 and has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. His work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has received the Gerrit Noordzij Prijs, the AIGA Medal, and most recently Cooper Hewitt’s 2019 National Design Award for Communication Design, recognizing his contributions to typographic design, writing, and education.


ERIC RODENBECK, Founder, ceo, Creative director | STAMEN

2017 National Design Award Winner

Eric Rodenbeck came to San Francisco in 1994, lured by a deep curiosity for the budding internet-based industry in the city. Twenty years later, Eric’s passion for cities, design, and technology has made him a both a local and international leader at the intersection of all three.Through connecting design with civic duty, people with place, and passion with data with delight, Eric fulfills his mission of being an ambassador of San Francisco values: openness, inclusiveness, experimentation, and a damn good party.

DAN VILLELLA, associate leader| interior design at integrated design group | IIDA, ncidq

Dan has 10 years of combined experience in Libraries, Educational, Healthcare, and Institutional Interior Design. His major assignments include clients from NYU Langone Health, Columbia University, Northwell Health, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the U.S. Veterans Administration. Working with the Integrated Design Group team, Dan develops design concepts and interior finish schemes, selects furnishings, and presents complete design presentations. He also coordinates with consultants, completes construction documentation, and administers all phases of construction. Dan has a wide range of experience in institutional applications, and is an expert in healthcare finishes and furniture. As a technical expert, Dan is Adjunct Faculty at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Dan strongly believes in supporting the design industry and has been a Vice-President of IIDA New York, as well as the President of IDLNY.

Alessandra villaamil, product designer | FACEBOOK

Alessandra is a product designer with a passion for design thinking and user experience. She is certified by the Nielsen Norman Group in UX Management and holds  a Master of Interaction Design from the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University. Alessandra has had the privilege of presenting her work at various conferences including UX Alive in Istanbul and SXSW. She looks forward to more opportunities to share her experiences with a wide audience.

 

lara hanlon, senior designer | IBM

Lara is currently designing for the IBM Digital Design System and the future of IBM’s web-based experiences. At IBM, you’ll also find her dabbling in design research, strategy, storytelling, and facilitation of Enterprise Design Thinking. Lara has held lecturing positions at the Institute of Art, Design +Technology specializing in Design Thinking, UX and UI module delivery for under-and post-grad students.

 

Joanna Peña-Bickley, Head of Design, Internet of Things | Amazon

Joanna Peña-Bickley is a 21st-century renaissance woman, a design technologist  known as the mother of Cognitive Experience Design. She is propelled by a multidisciplinary acumen in design, data, media and technology, and her insatiable curiosity moves the C-Suite beyond obvious ideas and products, towards enduring market making experiences for the connected era. Joanna’s award-winning artist hand has helped the world’s most recognized companies and brands, such as Land Rover, Nokia, Sephora, American Express, John Deere, Boeing, MTV, Pepsi, and Jay Z imagine and make innovative breakthroughs, with a philosophy of radical collaboration, empathetic conviction and remarkable digital craft. Whether creating one of the first streaming video players, that changed the delivery of live news events for ABC, designing the first banking app for the Apple Watch, that made banking personal again for Citibank, or reinventing the connected car as a cognitive mobility platform for General Motor’s OnStar, Joanna’s tenacious creativity disrupts industry and makes new markets.

TAPASYA KOTHAPALLY | MCKINSEY

Tapasya Kothapally is a Senior Designer at McKinsey, New York. Designing for complex problems tying user needs with cohesive strategy is her forte. She brings expertise in human-centered research, strategy, and interaction design. Her contributions to projects tend to involve creative solutions for complex service systems and digital technology. Instagram: @mckinseydesign

LIMASSOL ZOK | MCKINSEY

Born in Cyprus, and raised in Lebanon, Limassol moved to NYC 5 years ago to pursue a Masters degree in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons School of Design, graduating in 2016. She previously received a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon in 2005. Limassol has been with the McKinsey for 3 years now. In her role, she works with the internal Cybersecurity and Data Risk team on raising the awareness of colleagues on best practices and policies. Her day-to-day involves applying a user-centric model: conducting user research, ideation workshops, and design collateral aiming at protecting the firm. Instagram: @mckinseydesign

 

Design + Materials

Derek Lam. Photo: Masato Onoda

DEREK LAM | Derek Lam international, llc

2019 National Design Award Winner

Derek Lam International, LLC was founded in New York by Derek Lam and partner Jan-Hendrik Schlottmann in October 2002. Lam, a native of San Francisco, began his fashion career in 1990 after graduating from Parsons School of Design. Lam spent eight years at the highest levels of American fashion as a designer at Michael Kors before starting his own label. In 2006 the collection expanded to include handbags, followed by shoes and eyewear in 2007. Lam’s vision for his label is to create clothes that are both luxurious and wearable, with a feminine yet modern simplicity about them. His touch is especially sophisticated: modern but never cold, fantastical but always rational. “I am interested in what it means to live a contemporary life,” says Lam. “I always consider what will work for women at this moment, and to me this moment is about luxury without formality. Even at their most feminine, my clothes are not precious or staid.” Lam has received abundant recognition within the fashion industry. He won the CFDA Perry Ellis-Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear in 2005, and was a winner of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Prize in 2005. In 2007, he won Accessory Designer of the Year at the 2007 CFDA Awards. His work was exhibited at the Kennedy Center’s “The New China Chic” exhibition in 2006, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibit of significant New York fashion, and The Museum at FIT’s Gothic: Dark Glamour exhibition in 2008. His deep engagement and creative dialogue with the worlds of art and architecture led to the inclusion of his design in the Neue Galerie’s monograph on Egon Schiele, whom Lam considers an inspiration. In June 2011, Lam presented his first ever diffusion line“10 Crosby Derek Lam” named after the address of the Derek Lam International, LLC headquarters in downtown Manhattan. The collection launched in stores for the Resort 2012 season.

CAROL BENTEL, founder, faia, asid, iida partner | Bentel + bentel 

Carol R. Bentel received her undergraduate degree in architecture at Washington University and her graduate degree in architecture at North Carolina State University. Prior to receiving her PhD in the history and theory of modern architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Venice (Italy). Carol is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, FAAR ’94. She has taught at Harvard, MIT, Georgia Tech, and the Architectural Association in London. She currently teaches at Webb Institute, a naval engineering college. Carol has delivered lectures at Harvard, MIT, Yale, the Architectural Association in London, and the Centro Palladio in Vicenza (Italy), and has published numerous articles on Italian Modernism. She was the national chair of the AIA Committee on Design with over 10,000 members. She is a partner in the studio of Bentel & Bentel, Architects/Planners AIA, a licensed architect, and is NCARB, NCIDQ and LEED AP certified.

WHITNEY DELGADO, Vice President of Design |  SHINOLA

 

 

 

 

JOE DoUCET, designer, entrepreneur, inventor and creative director

2017 National Design Award Winner

Joe Doucet is one of the most sought-after creative talents working in America today. After graduating from the Art Center College of Design, Doucet quickly began exporting his vision into product, furniture, environment, and technology to find solutions for daily and societal challenges through design. His work deftly hybridizes function and visual appeal while conveying layers of meaning and message. Doucet believes that design and, more importantly, a designer’s thought process can play a larger role in innovation and problem solving, as well as aesthetics. He currently holds numerous patents for his designs and inventions. Doucet’s work has been exhibited globally, including the London Design Museum and the Biennale International Design in Saint-Etienne. He has received numerous international awards, including a World Technology Award for Design Innovation and multiple Good Design Awards. He was also named the only ever Avant Guardian for Design by Surface Magazine. In 2017, Doucet was named the 2017 Winner of the National Design Award as Product Designer—the highest honor in his field. As an entrepreneur, Doucet has created and launched a myriad of businesses aimed at making the world a better place though design, including OTHR and Citizen A.

MARY PING, fashion designer | SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

2017 National Design Award Winner

Mary Ping, 36, was born in New York and received her BA degree in Art from Vassar College. Upon completing her studies at Vassar, Ping spent one year studying womens wear at London College of Fashion. In 2002, she launched her eponymous line of designer ready-to-wear and a year later started Slow and Steady Wins the Race, a label known for its sartorial wit, comprised of collections based on categories, concepts, and classics and rooted in modern cultural anthropology. Styles are distilled. Materials are re-assessed. And ideas about the wardrobe are re-interpreted

Rod Berg, director of talent acquisition, design | VF CORPORATION

Rod is the Director of Talent Acquisition, Design at VF Corporation, parent company to iconic lifestyle brands; Vans, The North Face, Timberland, Dickies and more. Prior to joining VF, Rod was the Associate Director of Career Services at Parsons for almost a decade. At Parsons, he assisted countless students and grads launch successful careers in the design industry, across all creative disciplines. Rod also worked in advertising, heading up creative recruitment for a global IPG agency, Momentum Worldwide.

Rod was born in Los Angeles and raised in London. His passion for the arts developed at an early age. Rod’s grandparents were neighbors with the famed Peanuts animator Bill Melendez, and he was fascinated by seeing the likes of Charlie Brown and Snoopy come to life in Bill’s studio. The die was cast for a career in the arts thanks to ‘A Boy Named Charlie Brown.’ Rod began his career as a graphic designer. An early career highlight was working with British rock icons ‘Queen.’ He also worked for clients including Walt Disney in both London and Paris. Rod now lives in New York City. https://www.vfc.com

rachel ann reading, sensory experience & education | PERFUMARIE

 

DESIGN + SOCIAL GOOD/EQUITY

Martha Thompson, Instructor and Humanitarian Innovation Specialist | MIT D-Lab

2019 National Design Award Winner

Instructor and Humanitarian Innovation Specialist Martha Thompson is co-instructor (with Amy Smith) for Humanitarian Innovation: Design for Relief, Recovery, and Rebuilding, offered for the first time in spring of 2016. She is a humanitarian worker with a focus on gender and exclusion in crisis situations. She has worked in conflict and emergency situations all over the globe, taught humanitarian practice at Tufts University and Brandeis University and has published extensively on issues on gender, emergency response and working in conflict situations. In emergencies like the Asian tsunami, Darfur, Somalia, the Japanese tsunami and the Haitian earthquake, Martha’s focus has been on how to remedy the inequalities in humanitarian response as it is currently practiced. In 2009, she began to collaborate with D-Lab to see how appropriate, sustainable technologies could be used to improve the situation for communities returning from war in Northern Uganda. With D-Lab founder and co-director Amy Smith, she has further developed this work with through Rethink Relief. Rethink Relief focuses on getting aid workers to think differently about humanitarian work and to get refugees and displaced involved in designing technologies to improve their lives in the camps and in the transition towards home.

Amy smith, Founding director | MIT D-LAB

2019 National Design Award Winner

Amy Smith is the Founding Director of MIT D-Lab, an innovative university-based program in international development, and a senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is also the founder of the International Development Design Summit, co-founder of the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge, co-founder of Rethink Relief conference, and originator of the Creative Capacity Building Methodology.

Following her graduation from MIT in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, she served in the US Peace Corps in Botswana. She went on to receive a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering and Master of Engineering degree, both from MIT. In 2002, she founded MIT D-Lab. D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges. Over 15 years, D-Lab has developed more than 20 MIT courses, hosts half a dozen research groups, and through the International Development Design Summits, has established a diverse international network of more than 1,000 innovators from four continents as well as local innovation centers in countries in Africa, Central America, South America, India, and Southeast Asia.


JON OTIS, Principal & Creative Director,
IIDA  | Object Agency

Object Agency is led by Principal & Creative Director Jon Otis. Otis received his Masters Degree in Design from the University of Massachusetts, and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Milan, Italy in 1985. He worked with heralded industrial designers DePas D’Urbino Lomazzi, designing furniture, lighting, and exhibitions. Otis later joined legendary designer Ettore Sottsass at Sottsass Associati, and worked on diverse projects such as the Enorme telephone, Brion Vega televisions, Esprit showrooms and stores, fashion showrooms and furniture projects. After returning to New York, he worked as a Studio Director with Mancini Duffy and was charged with designing offices and showrooms for Calvin Klein Cosmetics and Teknion Systems Furniture. In 1991, Otis formed The Moderns design studio as partner in charge of interior architecture and product design and won numerous design awards for showroom and exhibition design. The work has been published extensively in design journals. He left to form Object Inc. in 1999.

MARIANA AMATULLO, Vice Provost for Global Strategic InitiativeS | THE NEW SCHOOL; Associate Professor | Parsons School of Design, The New School

Mariana Amatullo is the Vice Provost for Global Strategic Initiatives at The New School and an Associate Professor of Strategic Design and Management at Parsons School of Design, The New School. Mariana is also the President of Cumulus, the only global association of universities focused on art, design, and media. In 2001, Mariana co-founded Designmatters, the award-winning social innovation department of ArtCenter College of Design and led the program for seventeen years. She is a Global Fellow of theSalzburg Seminar, an RSA Fellow and a scholar-in-residence with the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Amatullo lectures internationally about the role of design in social innovation. She holds a PhD in management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, an MA in art history and museum studies from the University of Southern California, and a licence en lettres degree from the Sorbonne University.


deborah ADLER, founder | adler design

Deborah Adler is a designer, inventor, and entrepreneur with a focus on health and beauty. Her studio, Adler Design, is guided by the belief that meaningful innovation requires a deep understanding of the people at the heart of their work and the changing world that surrounds them. She believes that empathy is the most important ingredient in great design and that a change in behavior is the most important outcome. Adler is the inventor and lead designer behind Target’s ClearRx and CVS Health’s ScriptPath, both award-winning systems designed to help millions of people take and manage their medications. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art(MoMA) and has been shown at the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial. Adler worked closely with Milton Glaser for five years as his senior designer and has served on the AIGA National Board of Directors.

Instagram: @adlerdeb
Instagram:@adlerdesignteam
Twitter:@da_studio

lona vincent, senior manager, insights and strategy | JOHNSON & JOHNSON

Lona Vincent is currently working in strategy and design thinking at Johnson & Johnson in New York City where she supports the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and medical device businesses. A former management consultant and researcher, Lona seeks to bring her background in strategy, operations, business development, partnerships, business modeling, human centered design, and product development to the innovation sector. Lona worked in venture philanthropy and digital health innovation with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and has experience as a technology fellow with Columbia Technology Ventures and the Department of Defense. Lona has a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and lives in New York City, where she enjoys weekend brunch.

 

DESIGN + HUMAN EXPERIENCE


Patricia Moore, president | MOOREDESIGN ASSOCIATES

2019 National Design Award winner

Patricia Moore is an internationally renowned gerontologist and designer, serving as a leading authority on consumer lifespan behaviors and requirements. For a period of three years, Dr. Moore traveled throughout the United States and Canada disguised as women more than eighty years of age. Named by ID Magazine as one of The 40 Most Socially Conscious Designers in the world Moore was selected in 2000, by a consortium of news editors and organizations, as one of The 100 Most Important Women in America. Syracuse University selected Moore for a 2012 Honorary Doctorate for serving as a “guiding force for a more humane and livable world, blazing a path for inclusiveness, as a true leader in the movement of Universal Design.” Hasselt University in Belgium bestowed a Doctor Honoris Causa to Moore in 2019 for being a true pioneer of inclusion and as a prodigious Designer For All, valuing diversity and equality through empathy. ABC World News featured Moore as one of 50 Americans Defining the New Millennium. Moore has been named the 2019 recipient of the National Design Award as “Design Mind”.

JIN HUANG, senior designer | SCAPE

2019 National Design Award winner

Jin is a Senior Designer at SCAPE. With a background in urban design, landscape architecture, and industrial design, Jin has experience working on urban project types of varying scale and complexity. His passion for design stems from a profound respect for beauty in the natural and built environment. Jin holds a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from SUNY – College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he was named a university scholar and awarded the George Earle Grant to fund an independent study on food systems in the Netherlands.

DANIEL HERNANDEZ, landscape designer | SCAPE

2019 National Design Award winner

Daniel is a landscape designer at SCAPE. His interdisciplinary design background in art, architecture, interior design, urban design, and landscape architecture enables him to approach each project through a dynamic lens. He seeks to artfully integrate natural systems into the built environment across all scales. At SCAPE, Daniel has worked on the Ohio Creek Watershed Resilience Park project and is currently designer on Vital Brooklyn. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University where he graduated with honors. He received the Louisiana Chapter ASLA merit award for his project improving Louisiana Black Bear habitat and public safety along highways and private property.

corey gutch, co-founder, interactive director | CIVILIZATION

2018 National Design Award winner

Corey began his career in design and technology in 1996 at Adobe Systems. Before co-founding Civilization, Gutch was the lead instructor of Web Design at the University of Washington and the Northwest College of Art & Design. He continues his teaching practice and is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science.Corey is the co/founder and interactive director of the design practice Civilization. Civilization works on a variety of projects for public, private, and non–profit clients that share a commitment to creating positive change and promoting greater insights about our world. They specialize in building identity systems, digital experiences, printed materials, environmental graphics and exhibitions that are engaging, empathetic, sustainable and create meaningful connections. Their client list includes The Nature Conservancy, Higher Ground Productions, National Headstart Association and the Biennale of Sydney.

michael ellsworth, co-founder and pricipal | CIVILIZATION

2018 National Design Award winner

For all the complex ways you can push boundaries, Michael has always kept it very simple: find the creative idea at the core of the story, question or experience—and then let it lead you to the next one. Over the last decade, this has been the central element of Ellsworth’s eclectically driven career, bringing together work as a creative director, producer, curator and public programmer. Michael continues to stay on the path of ideas that matter in this unique moment—and the next. Michael is the co/founder and principal of the design practice Civilization. Civilization works on a variety of projects for public, private and non–profit clients that share a commitment to creating positive change andpromoting greater insights about our world. They specialize in building identity systems, digital experiences, printed materials, environmental graphics and exhibitions that are engaging, empathetic, sustainable and create meaningful connections. Their client list includes The Nature Conservancy, Higher Ground Productions, National Headstart Association and the Biennale of Sydney.

scott stowell, proprietor | OPEN

2008 National Design Award winner

Scott Stowell is the proprietor of Open, an independent design studio in New York City. Scott’s first book, Design for People, was published in 2016 by Metropolis Books. In 2008, Scott won the National Design Award for Communication Design.

 

cat kirk, senior designer | OPEN

2008 National Design Award winner

Cat Kirk is a New York based designer and is currently a Senior Designer at Open. Cat is a multidisciplinary designer, having worked with environmental, motion, and UI design. She graduated with a BFA from The Cooper Union with The Henry Dropkin Award for Excellence in Graphic Design. She also studied information design at the Universität der Künste Berlin. In 2016, Cat received a SEGD Merit Award for the Learning Complexat Riverdale. She has worked with some great people at some great places such as Etsy, Fuse, Art21, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brown University, ACLU, Harvard Business Review, and Metropolis Magazine.

Corey Dangel, Executive Producer, Amazon Design Community Leader | AMAZON

As the Amazon Design Community Leader, Corey drives programs to help Amazon attract, inspire, and develop diverse and influential design talent around the globe. Prior to Amazon, he invested 20 years in the games industry creating game studios and IP for Microsoft, GT Interactive, Sony Online, and Wargaming.net.

 

christina d’avignon, Product Design Manager | Instagram

Christina d’Avignon is a Product Design Manager at Instagram, responsible for the team that leads the Feed experience. She guides product strategy and design direction to ensure people on Instagram feel connected, inspired and happy. Prior to joining Instagram, Christina was the Founder and CEO of Ringly, a wearable technology company building smart jewelry and accessories. Her work at Ringly has garnered attention from national and global media and was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s Top Inventions of 2014 and one of Forbes’s Top 25 Innovative Consumer and Retail Brands of 2015. Christina was also profiled in the Business of Fashion’s 500 list, an index of the most influential people shaping the global fashion industry. Before founding Ringly, Christina was the VP of Product at Hunch, a machine learning company connecting people to the things they love. Hunch was acquired by eBay in 2011 where she played a major role in revamping the social shopping and merchandising experience across ebay.com. Christina’s passion for art and technology started at an early age. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in both Fine Art and Human Computer Interaction. She has a strong interest in user-centered design and its power to bring happiness and joy to people. She enjoys sharing her experiences and has spoken at conferences and events including SxSW, CES, Shoptalk, NYT, WWD, and TED Women.

ALEXANDER KOZOVSKI, product designer | MCKINSEy cube tech

Alexander is a product designer with McKinsey CubeTech with a background in creative technology. He uses design thinking to solve interesting business problems and is interested in AI and how this will change the way we think about Design. Instagram: @akozovski


MITUL IYENGAR, product designer | MCKINSEY cube tech

Mitul is a Product Designer with McKinsey Cube Tech. She has a background in Visual Communication Design, and has worked on a range of digital products and web-based applications. She enjoys solving complex problems by figuring out what’s going on with the humans involved, and turning concepts into usable solutions through collaborative problem-solving. Instagram: @mitseye

 

DESIGN + BUILT ENVIRONMENT


Steve Dayton, founding member | THOMAS PHIFER and partners

2019 National Design Award Winner

Steve is a founding member of Thomas Phifer and Partners, having joined at its inception in 1997. He has been a partner since 2004. He has been responsible for the design and management of such diverse projects as the United States Courthouse, Salt Lake City, Utah, office tower designs in Washington, DC and Boston, a prototype modular office building for Steelcase Furniture, the renovation of courtrooms for the United States Bankruptcy Court in Phoenix, Arizona, and a 6,000-square-foot residence in the Hudson River Valley.He is currently engaged in the design of two academic buildings at Indiana University Bloomington and the construction administration of the TR Warszawa Theatre in Warsaw, Poland. He also recently oversaw the design and construction of a 34-story office tower in San Francisco, California. As a partner, he is involved in all aspects of the practice, including conceptual design, detail development, project team management, consultant coordination, client communication, and construction administration. His professional focus is on creatively solving and managing complex projects.

mary-kate kelley, designer | DAVID STARK DESIGN AND PRODUCTION

Mary Kate Kelly is a designer at David Stark Design & Production. Having roots in fine art, she began her career as a scenic painter creating sets for photography, film, and theater. After honing 3D modeling skills, Mary Kate applied her fabrication knowledge to pursuing a career as an environmental designer. She is influenced by interiors, architecture, and runway, and has passion for new materials. Instagram: @m.k.kelly

 

 

DARia semenova, designer | DAVID STARK DESIGN AND PRODUCTION

 

 

Verda Alexander, founder | STUDIO O+A

2016 National Design Award Winner

As the co-founder of Studio O+A, the San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking offices at Facebook, Microsoft, Yelp, Cisco and many others, Verda Alexander has spent 28 years in the design industry redefining workplace. Now as she branches off from the commercial mainstream of O+A’s core business, Verda’s new work focuses on expanding the dialogue between design and the arts.

Her concept booth at the 2017 Salone del Mobile in Milan speculated on the future of workplace in a world of dwindling resources. Her guest editorship at Metropolis Magazine in April 2018 examined the intersection of technology and interiors. Verda’s current works in progress include a public art commission in Seattle and The Food for Thought Truck, a mobile design lab that is on the road through March of 2019 collaborating with local communities on design interventions and experimental projects.

Named by Contract Magazine Designer of the Year with Primo Orpilla in 2012, Verda is also a member of Interior Design Magazine’s Hall of Fame. In 2016 Studio O+A received the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design.

oshoke pamela abalu, co-founder | LOVE & MAGIC company

Design Pioneer, Oshoke Pamela Abalu is the co-founder of Love & Magic Company, a tech-forward consultancy powered by Love, Magic & Artificial Intelligence. Their mantra? The Kahlil Gibran verse, “Work is love made visible.”A dynamic speaker and thought leader, Abalu pioneers human-centered design solutions that infuse consciousness, energy flow, and inclusivity into global workplace transformations. A Crain’s 40 Under 40 honoree, she is re-imagining the future of work through ecosystem innovations like “Inclusion & Symphony” and “Smiles Per Square Foot”, where people and technology work side by side to improve lived experiences and amplify human potential. Licensed at the age of 26 as the 179th licensed black female architect in the U.S., she has since led the transformation of over $1B of workplaces for thousands of individuals in 65 countries. Abalu and her work have been featured in TIME, Smart Planet, Real Simple Magazine, Domino Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, The Network Journal, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, Fast Company, and more.


grace dials, senior designer | SCAPE

2019 National Design Award winner

Grace is a Registered Landscape Architect at SCAPE. Through an academic design background to working in various stages of architecture and landscape projects, Grace brings an interest in building landscapes and collaborating with architects and engineers. Grace earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia, where she earned credits in graduate course work and minored in Chemistry. She also previously worked as a Programs Committee Member for NY ASLA.

Colleges Represented

ALFRED UNIVERSITY

BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

bRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS

FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

laguna college of art + design

MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART

MICHAEL GRAVES COLLEGE, KEAN UNIVERSITY

PRATT INSTITUTE

SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS

THE BERNARD AND ANNE SPITZER SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

THE NEW SCHOOL

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Featured Image: The NYC Teen Design Fair with Tim Gunn held at the National Museum of the American Indian as part of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's National Design Week in New York City on October 13, 2015. Photo by Angela Jimenez Photography for Cooper Hewitt www.angelajimenezphotography.com