Michele Washington

Michele Washington, Assistant Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology
New York

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This paper proposes a transformative framework for how Speculative Design—and more specifically, research methods—can be used as a model for student engagement and to enhance learning outcomes. The goal is for my students to become better critical thinker
Speculative Design + Research Paper // Michele Washington, Exhibition and Experience Design

Michele Washington is a design researcher and design strategist who works with non-profits, startups, and cultural institutions. She is currently a Columbia University Community Scholar and the founder of “CuriousStories Lab,” a curated series of podcasts and short docs on architects and designers of color. She has an MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts, and M.S. in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.

Michele Washington is on the faculty of the graduate Exhibition and Experience Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work has been exhibited in Women Designers in the USA, 1900-2000: Diversity and Difference and Design Journey: You Are Here at the AIGA headquarters, as well as Google Black History and Culture. She serves on the advisory board for the architecture and design at the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the AIGA Making History advisory committee and Design Journeys advisory board. Michele is a past board member of AIGA NY chapter. In her off time, she loves making quirky felted and knitted objects or watching Korean Dramas.

Michele Washington Volunteer Activities:

  • IXDANYC Local Leader, and AIGA Design Journey and Making History series.
  • Served on the Board of the Sing Sing Prison Museum.
  • Advisor for Indigo Arts Alliance and adhoc advisor for Arch/Design archive at the National Museum of African American History Culture.


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