Join Cooper Hewitt for the Design Fair | Educator Open House

How might design enhance the health of our communities? Join designer Jeffrey Mansfield as we discuss creating spaces of care for the future. Throughout the workshop, we will peel back the process and explore how design can be used in teaching practice through hands-on experiences with students. Educators will explore Cooper Hewitt’s free design resources, including professional development and school programs.


Jeffrey Mansfield is a design director at MASS Design Group, a John W. Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, and a Disability Futures Fellow with the Ford Foundation, whose work explores the relationships between architecture, landscape, and power. Currently, he is researching how Deaf schools and other Deaf Spaces emerged as sites of cultural resistance in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as part of his research, on the Architecture of Deafness, for which he is a Graham Foundation grantee. At MASS, Mansfield leads the firm’s work related to Deaf Spaces as well as the Incarceration and Justice Design Lab, which leverages architecture to call out spatial injustice and advocate for mass decarceration and abolition. Mansfield‘s work has been published in the Cooper Hewitt Design Journal, AD, Tacet and presented at MoMA PS1, Bergen Assembly, Sao Paulo Biennale, and the Sharjah Biennial. Mansfield holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and an AB in Architecture from Princeton University and has been deaf since birth.

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This free program will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. CART captioning will be provided. Please reach out to us with any information on how we can support your participation, and with requests for services by emailing

About National Design Month

In 2020, National Design Week expands to a monthlong virtual celebration, gathering the country’s leading designers and communities around the country to celebrate the power of design in our everyday world. Held in conjunction with the National Design Awards, National Design Month will highlight the work of Award winners through a series of free virtual education programs throughout October including talks, tours, workshops, a professional development training, a college fair, and a career fair. Check back throughout October for new activities to be released on the Smithsonian Learning Lab and more!


2020 Special Thanks