Meet the Designers | Teen Design Fair

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Architecture Design

Marlon Blackwell Architects | Blessings Golf Clubhouse (Johnson, Arkansas, 2005). Photo: Timothy Hursley

Marlon Blackwell Architects | Blessings Golf Clubhouse (Johnson, Arkansas, 2005). Photo: Timothy Hursley

Marlon Blackwell
Marlon Blackwell Architects

Practicing architect. Founder of Marlon Blackwell Architects. Creates architecture that responds to the physical and cultural eccentricities of a place.
2016 National Design Award winner for Architecture Design
Learn more about Marlon Blackwell.

Yvonne Choy
CCS Architecture

Project architect and manager at CCS Architecture with experience in hospitality and residential projects.
Learn more about Yvonne Choy.

Michael Davis
Michael Davis Architects + Interiors

Architect and interior designer. Founder of Michael Davis Architects. Firm’s diverse body of work has been featured in New York magazine, The New York Times, multiple films, and more.
Learn more about Michael Davis.

Jane Greenwood
Kostow Greenwood Architects

Co-principal at Kostow Greenwood Architects. Believes every client is unique and thus design solutions can’t follow a “one-size-fits-all” formula. Clients include MTV, Nickelodeon, and CNN.
Learn more about Jane Greenwood.


Director of construction administration at ODA overseeing the efforts to bring concepts to full construction.
Learn more about Dongyoung Kim.


Project architect at ODA. Adjunct studio professor at NYIT School of Architecture and Design.
Learn more about Kris Levine.

MEGAN Radebaugh

Senior Associate project manager at Gensler—an integrated architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm.
Learn more about Megan Radebaugh.

Communication Design

Cassidy Arkin
iHeart Radio & Little Brown Girl Productions

Producer for leading media and entertainment networks including, MTV, VH1, ABC, and CBS. Director for the multimedia project Little Brown Girl.
Learn more about Cassidy Arkin.


Visual experience designer at Local Projects and freelance illustrator whose clients include Adidas and the School of Visual Arts.
Learn more about Rona Binay.


Visual experience designer at Local Projects. Previously worked as a graphic designer on the Brand & Environments team at Bruce Mau Design.
Learn more about Charlotte van den Bosch.

Vincent Diga
Strange Fauna

Freelance creative. Produces design and illustration for broadcast, print, and the web. Clients include ABC, FOX, LIFETIME, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.
Learn more about Vincent Diga.

Lauren Hodges
Union Square Hospitality Group

Lead graphic designer at Union Square Hospitality Group, creating work for thirteen of the company’s fine dining restaurants, including Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, Blue Smoke, and Marta, as well as the events catering company Union Square Events.
Learn more about Lauren Hodges.

Champion Graphcs | Us As A Pattern, 2014, acrylic on canvas. Photo: Champion Graphics

Champion Graphcs | Us As A Pattern, 2014, acrylic on canvas. Photo: Champion Graphics

Geoff McFetridge
Champion Graphics

Graphic designer and artist. Founder of Champion Graphics. Creates work with a uniquely human touch for clients such as MTV, Nike, Vans, Pepsi, Wallpaper magazine, and Warby Parker.
2016 National Design Award winner for Communication Design
Learn more about Geoff McFetridge.

Miko McGinty
Miko McGinty Inc.

Principal at namesake firm. Collaborates with artists and curators to design art books. Clients include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and MoMA.
Learn more about Miko McGinty.

gloria lora pichhadze
Little Brown Girl productions

Video design is a creative field of stagecraft which only recently gained some recognition. As a film editor I am always looking for new ways to integrate creative video design in my work.
Learn more about Gloria Lora Pichhadze.

Cathie Urushibata
Shake Shack

Art director and Shake Shack’s first in-house designer. Previously practiced design and illustration at Paper + Cup Design and worked at 3SL Creative, creating branding for start-up companies.
Learn more about Cathie Urushibata.

Fashion Design

Christopher Bevans

Creative director at DYNE. Previously, design director for Nike’s Blue Ribbon Sportwear label, creative director for Adidas, and other fashion brands such as Sean John.
Learn more about Christopher Bevans.

Kate Cusack
Kate Cusack

Art jeweler and costume designer. Created a multi-faceted career involving her unique Zipper Jewelry and whimsical window display installations for stores like Nordstrom and Tiffany & Company.
Learn more about Kate Cusack.

Jacki easlick
jacki easlick LLC

Jacki Easlick is the former design director for Kenneth Cole Productions and Vera Bradley. Has designed handbags for respected brands including Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Henri Bendel Izak, Nine West, Steve Madden, Baggallini, and Target.  Jacki has also designed handbags for successful pop culture icons such as Kardashian Kollection and Hello Kitty.
Learn more about Jacki Easlick.

Nathan Laffin

Vice president of Brand, Trend, and Design for Women’s Apparel and Accessories.
Learn more about Nathan Laffin.

Ann Taylor

QA Analyst (Quality Control Dept) for ANN TAYLOR/THE LOFT; Owner/Fashion Designer of brand Adrina Fanore.
Learn more about Adrina Nelson.

Betty Tarantola
Ann Taylor

Technical designer at Ann Taylor Stores and Factory Stores. Develops the dress and woven top category, providing fabric choices, design details, and construction.
Learn more about Betty Tarantola.

Sena Yang
SENA & Asteria Active

Fashion designer. Worked with Alexander McQueen. Launched eponymous line SENA, with clients such as Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian. Recently launched Asteria Active, a luxury women’s active wear company.
Learn more about Sena Yang.

Interaction Design

Tellart | Imagination Machine, an installation at a busy Moscow shopping mall where travelers could sit in front of a globe and fly a plane to their dream destination using only the power of their mind, and when successful, they were awarded tickets to that destination (Moscow, Russia, 2015). Project partner: Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam. Photo: Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam

Matt Cottam

Co-founder of Tellart, an international design studio that creates interactive objects, immersive spaces, and digital experiences for brands, museums, and multinational companies.
2016 National Design Award winner for Interaction Design
Learn more about Matt Cottam.

Jane Depgen

Visual designer creating new software experiences for several Watson Health products and producing research-driven user interface designs.
Learn more about Jane Depgen.

John Emerson

Activist, graphic designer, and programmer. Clients have included Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations.
Learn more about John Emerson.

Chris Grimley
over, under

Leads the design of ArtFarm, an art and urban agriculture venue in Somerville, as well as environmental graphics projects at Harvard Graduate School of Design and at MIT. Chris is co-director of over,under’s pinkcomma gallery, co-author of Heroic: Concrete and the New Boston, and an adjunct professor at Northeastern.
Learn more about Chris Grimley.

Matthew Richmond

Director of experience design at Adobe. Developing the next generation of digital imaging, photography and drawing tools with his team.
Learn more about Matthew Richmond.

Nic sanchez
local projects

Graphic designer and art director with expertise in strategy, design, and architecture.
Learn more about Nic Sanchez.

Ian spalter

Head of design at Instagram. Before joining google in 2013, Ian alum was the director of design at UX and Foursquare.
Learn more about Ian Spalter.

Margaret gould stewart

Vice-President of product design at Facebook. Previously served as director of user experience at YouTube and spent two years leading Search and Consumer Products at Google. Over the course of her career, Margaret has led the design teams for five of the top ten most visited websites in the world.
Learn more about Margaret Gould Stewart.

Jennifer Whyte

User experience designer. Working on healthcare products that leverage the power of IBM Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities. Previously worked on projects for Coca-Cola, UBS, and HP.
Learn more about Jennifer Whyte.

Interior Design

An image of the Yelp offices with colorful striped patterns on the walls and large black light fixtures. Seven people can be seen in various seating areas in the office talking or on their cell phones.

Studio O+A | Yelp offices, abstracting the visual patterns of Dutch tulip fields as seen from the air and turning them into Mondrian-like wall art in a simple space (San Francisco, California, 2015). Photo: Jasper Sanidad

Verda Alexander
Studio O+A

Co-founder and principal at Studio O+A. Clients include Nike, Uber, and Yelp. Believes every client has a story and the designed work environment is a vehicle to tell it.
2016 National Design Award winner for Interior Design
Learn more about Verda Alexander.


Connects students, educators, and professionals who study retail design with career professionals for mentoring, design competitions, and scholarships.
Learn more about Ray Ehscheid.

Linda MacLeod fannon
Elkus Manfredi Architects

Senior associate and interior designer at Elkus Manfredi Architects. Focused on strategy, design, management, and the integration of brand and culture into workspace and retail design.
Learn more about Linda MacLeod.

Katie McVittie
Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design

Designer at Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design, a firm that brings an intuitive sense of humor, wit, and color to all their projects.
Learn more about Katie McVittie.

Braxton satterfield

Job captain at Gensler, specializing in design development of all phases.
Learn more about Braxton Satterfield.

Landscape Architecture

cecil howell
margie ruddick landscape

Associate at Margie Ruddick Landscape, a firm that has forged a design language integrating ecology and culture.
Learn more about Cecil Howell.

Elizabeth Caruthers Park, a boardwalk traverses the shade-loving plantings that filter storm water on site with the Song Cycles sculpture animating the walk (Portland, Oregon, 2005). Photo: Bruce Forster

Mary Margaret jones
hargreaves associates

President and senior designer at Hargreaves Associates, a firm globally renowned for transforming neglected urban sites, waterfronts, and campuses into icons for their cities.
2016 National Design Award winner for Landscape Design
Learn more about Mary Margaret Jones.

Mouzayan al Khalil

Senior Associate at HMWhite. Has a deep knowledge of cutting-edge ecological based landscape design strategies informing projects with sustainable design intentions.
Learn more about Mouzayan al Khalil.

Product Design

Sheri Gillett
Adri design, llc and pet perch

Industrial designer for 20 years. IDEA Gold, Good Design and Red Dot awards. Over 55 Patents. Founder of Adri Design. Designs products to fit in people’s life and style. Think Sideways.
Learn more about Sheri Gillett.

Oscar Lopez
Lite Lab Corp.

Industrial designer working in lighting fixture design for Lite Lab. Worked in various fields of design such as branding, pet products, and humanitarian projects.
Learn more about Oscar Lopez.

Jillian Lustig

Design manager at Target dedicated to making good design accessible and affordable to all.
Learn more about Jillian Lustig.

Anhdao Nguyen
ED by Ellen Degeneres

Design director for ED by Ellen DeGeneres. Collaborates with Ellen to curate and establish a collection line specializing in furniture, lighting, tabletop and decorative accessories.
Learn more about Anhdao Nguyen.

Olivia Schafer

Product designer at Adobe helping customers create, deliver, and optimize content and applications.
Learn more about Olivia Schafer.

Ammunition | Beats by Dr. Dre, a line of high-performance headphones and speaker systems in partnership with hip-hop artist and producer Dr. Dre and Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Iovine (2008–present). Project partner: Beats by Dr. Dre. Photo: Beats by Dr. Dre

Hamish Thain

Vice president of Packaging at Ammunition. Firm’s noteworthy projects include Beats by Dr. Dre, Lyft Glowstache, Polaroid Cube, and UNICEF’s Kid Power Band.
2016 National Design Award winner for Product Design
Learn more about Hamish Thain.

Chris Vella

Senior footwear designer for running and training at Puma. Previously worked for Kenneth Cole and Reebok.
Learn more about Chris Vella.

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