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How do experiential designers respond to society’s growing reliance on technology to connect everyone? And how might the design of physical spaces, defining “place,” evolve to meet this challenge? Guest contributor Jessica Finch (Principal at Selbert Perkins Design) explores the future design possibilities and how those possibilities can best foster human connection.
Jessica Finch is a Principal at Selbert Perkins Designwhere she oversees wayfinding, placemaking, and branded environment projects. She has over 18 years’ experience working on multi-faceted projects in collaboration with architects and owners. She is passionate about forging unlikely partnerships and developing concepts that engage communities. In her previous role in Boston Children’s Hospital's office of Planning and Design, she established public art programs and museum partnerships, led greenspace and donor recognition efforts, and developed themes and multi-site placemaking strategies in collaboration with architects, project managers, hospital staff and families.
"I am not from a traditional design background but came to it through public art. In art school, I was making installations, trying to create an experience. No one was talking about placemaking then and there are (still) very few places to study EGD. I found my band of misfits when I learned about SEGD and immediately felt a connection with Selbert Perkins Design - especially because Robin Perkins also studied sculpture at MassArt! Some years later, I am proud to be working for them, leading projects in their Boston office."
Her specialties include: placemaking, community engagement, environmental graphics, sculpture, interactive art, art planning, and business development.
I'm active in the Gilman Square Neighborhood Association, Somerville, MA. Currently volunteering to help organize our first call-for-public art.
In my previous neighborhood, I was on the Jamaica Plain Arts Council.
I'm an active member of Design Museum Everywhere and involved in the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA Space), especially the Healthcare and Placemaking committees.
I also write articles occasionally:
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