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Heather Barker is an Assistant Professor of Design and Founder and Coordinator of the Immersive Design Research Lab at California State University Long Beach.
Heather Barker is the Director of ROAM.STUDIO, an interactive design research space developing solutions across a range of scales – from urban to haptic. Engaging in a human-centered approach to design, the studio develops novel solutions integrating the psychology of experience and the performative factors of interface and space. In Heather Barker’s scholarly work, a synthesis of philosophy of mind with philosophy of science reveals synergistic conditions in our hybrid virtual-physical condition. This work develops synthesized design methodologies applicable to personal interface, space and sustainable architectural and urban conditions while supporting pedagogy built upon a rigorous theoretical premise combined with the intelligence of making. Heather Barker practices and teaches in both Los Angeles and in Munich, Germany
She has presented and published her interdisciplinary work on architecture, strategy, theory and methods in psychology and behavioral sciences, and design-related conferences. Ms. Barker received her terminal degree in Architecture; Metropolitan Research and Design from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in addition to post-graduate studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München (Art Academy Munich).
UX/XD (User Experience Design) Committee Chair
History/Theory Curriculum Sub-Committee Chair
Academic Senate International Education Committee Member
Campus Sustainability Living Lab Working Group