Design Research

Michele Washington

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, Assistant Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
New York

Steer

Steer is a global business consultancy that combines commercial, economic, technical and planning expertise to find powerful answers to their clients’ complex challenges. Answers that help people, places and economies thrive.

Jason Azar

Jason Azar is a designer and researcher based in Austin, TX. His expertise is in the fields of wayfinding and environmental graphic design, cartography, and community-based planning and urban design,.

He is a designer at TBG Partners in Austin, Texas. He previously worked as an information designer and researcher at City-ID, a wayfinding and environmental graphic design firm based in New York City and Bristol, England, and as an archivist and gallery curator at Ford, Powell and Carson Architects and Planners in San Antonio, TX.

Jason Azar
TBG Partners
Austin, TX

Jody Nyboer

Jody Nyboer, PhD is an assistant professor of Environmental and Interior Design and MFA Design program. She teaches design studios and a variety of design courses including Environmental Factors, Creative Problem Solving, and other courses open to both design and non-design majors.

Jody Nyboer
Syracuse University
New York

Tina Holmes

Tina Holmes is a Recent Graduate of Parsons and a Self-Employed Designer in the Greater New York City Area.

Tina Holmes is a New York-based interdisciplinary designer, researcher, and artist. She is a member of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD).

Tina Holmes graduated from The New School University in 2018, receiving a BFA from Parsons School of Design in Integrative Design with a minor in Communication Design, and a BA in Psychology of Media and Communications from Eugene Lang College.

Tina Holmes is a Recent Graduate of Parsons and a Self-Employed Designer in the Greater New York City Area.
Parsons the New School for Design
Greater New York City Area

Sapna Budev

Sapna Budev is the Executive Director at the Sign Research Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Sapna Budev works with the Board of Trustees to establish vision and direction for the Foundation.

She establishes and oversees program, financial, and operational goals; guides the creation and implementation of the strategic plan, and represents the Foundation before key constituencies. She works closely with academics at Tier 1 universities to manage the research pipeline and enable academic research.

Sapna Budev is the Executive Director at the Sign Research Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Sign Research Foundation
Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Leah Scolere

Leah Scolere is an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Leah Scolere holds a Bachelor of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis and Interior Design, an MA in Interior Design, an MS in Communication, New Media and Society, and a PhD in Communication and Media Studies with a minor in history of architecture and urban development, all from Cornell University. 

Leah Scolere is an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado

Greg Flannigan

Greg Flannigan is an Independent Contractor specializing in Brand, Design, and Social Content Strategy located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Flannigan is a communications and marketing professional proficient in brand, digital and content strategy. Greg Flannigan has experience supporting some of the most respected brands in the technology, retail, hospitality and built environment including Google ATAP, National Park Service, Pizza Hut, and Windstar Cruises.

Greg Flannigan
None
Los Angeles, CA

Sarah McKeen

Sarah McKeen is a Project Manager in the New York office of Pentagram.

Before Joining Pentagram Sarah McKeen worked for Gensler for 8 years of which half of her time there was spent as an Interior Designer and half as an Environmental Graphic Designer. Before Gensler, Sarah was at Morgan Gick McBeath & Associates as an Interior Designer in Falls Church, VA for three years.

Sarah McKeen graduated from the University of Florida's Interior Design program.

Sarah McKeen, Project Manager at Pentagram, New York
Pentagram
New York

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