University Courses

Sustainable Systems

  • Parsons School of Design, The New School, New York, NY (2018 – current)

Anything we extract from the earth must ultimately go back into it. This course aims to create an emotional and intellectual connection with the life forms and environments which bear the burden of our choices. How can designers, artists and strategic thinkers create products, systems and services that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable? Sustainable Systems is structured around four major themes: Climate Change, Materials, Energy, and Water. We explore these environmental issues as complex and interrelated topics. Understanding them can help us address current social and justice issues in new ways. In this course you will study real conditions that are both local and global. Class activities will combine field trips, lectures, discussion, studio-based workshops, lab experiments and seminars. Fieldwork and applied research methods will be developed into creative works that address diversity, adaptability and resilience in the face of ever changing conditions.

Design for Change: Technology and Interaction

  • Pratt Institute, School of Art (2014-2016)

As digital technologies influence and redefine public culture and contemporary art and design, practitioners must be equipped to talk about and use technology as a tool and opportunity for creative expression. What are some of the aesthetic and social issues involved with digital art making? Through a series of studio projects, discussions, and papers, students explore how digital technology, while enhancing teaching and learning, can also be a tool for creative expression and a means of individual and social change. These concepts will support a studio-lab environment through which students will experiment with digital photography, film, sound and create physical technologies that encourage participation and interaction with media and artworks.

Art, Community and Social Change

  • Pratt Institute, School of Art (2015-2016)

Art, Community and Social Change, is a hands-on exploration of urban art and design and their relationship to local communities. Through research and realization of a community-based project in Pratt’s “backyard” — Downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill or Bedford Stuyvesant –students will study and work with local community based organizations. Students will explore the following questions as they do their research and work on a community-based project: How do artists, designers, planners, architects and art educators shape and develop a sense of social responsibility at the community level? How do they become informed about and learn from the communities in which they work? How can art and design contribute to community-based efforts to address urban issues such as gentrification, foreclosure, community health, and access to healthy and affordable food?

Materials and Methods for Designers

Schooling in a Democratic Society

  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Education

This course explores the institution of education in the United States, its historical purposes, social contexts, and potential future. We will look closely at how schools have been socially constructed and how they inform the identity, practices and ideas of teachers and students in relationship to an extended school community and neighborhood. This will involve an examination of issues related to class, race, gender, privilege and difference, and a consideration of how systems of inequity and oppression are reproduced and learned within schools and through certain pedagogical methods. Our goal is to question and re-imagine what education can and should be through a critical and sociologically-mindful lens. In doing so, we’ll develop our own individual and collective ideas of how education can serve as a catalyst for socially just, democratic and creative ways of understanding the world around us.

Guest Lectures and Critiques

Environmental Education