http://www.designbeing.org/

Bio

BFA, 1985, Cleveland Institute of Art; MFA, 1987, Cranbrook Academy of Art. Affiliations: Associate, Studio At the Edge of the World; Hothouse Design Action, Leadership, and the Future. Publications: Integral Leadership Review; Art Asia Pacific; Design Issues; E+E Design Journal; Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art; Craft Culture. Public Collections: Xiamen City Public Sculpture Collection; Mint Museum of Craft + Design; Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Cranbrook Art Museum.


Experience at SAIC

I am privileged to have learned and taught in the SAIC community since 1992. My educational background is based in sculpture and metalsmithing. Through my participation with fellow colleagues in establishing the Designed Objects area of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects, my appreciation for everyday interactions led me from a fine art focus into design. SAIC is an ideal context for exploring intermedia overlaps between perspectives, interactions and behaviors in relation to making, craft, design and technology.

I currently teach Sophomore Seminar: Designerly Ways of Navigating; MFA Graduate Projects; and I co-teach the Designed Objects Thesis Studio Initiate with Sara Huston.


Personal Statement

Our design thinking is only as conscious we are. As life conditions continue complexify, current best practices in design are insufficient to safeguard the vitality of future generations. The emerging generation of design leaders will face and engage outmoded structures to envision new possibilities. Design of future worlds—during this time of unprecedented technological and ecological change—will require embodied stances and breakthrough approaches.


Current Interests

Due to its everday situatedness, design is (for better or worse) an instrument of individual and systemic change with human relationships at the core. How does our built environment both reflect and reproduce the values and consciousness of society? Understanding patterns of order and disorder, designers can propose models, processes, images, and artifacts to inspire alternative futures. My forthcoming book, Design Being, invites designers to explore the paradoxical fact that worlds arrive via design, and that thriving will demand nothing less than the "redesign" of our very ways of Being.

Recent Publications

Integral Design Leadership: An Ecological Gateway to 21st Century Co-Development Integral Leadership Review. September 2013

Integral Design Leadership: Collective Designing in the Anthropocene Integral Leadership Review. June 2013

Integral Design Leadership: STEM to STEAM: Negative Capability in Service to Empowered Creative Participation  Integral Leadership Review. March 2013

Integral Design Leadership: Francesco Morace's Hummingbird Strategy Integral Leadership Review, January 2013.

Integral Design Leadership: Envisioning Pure Land @Taiwan Integral Leadership Review, October 2012.

The Unavoidability of Ethics Design Philosophy Politics, August 2012.

Integral Design Leadership: A Personal IntroductionIntegral Leadership Review, August 2012.

Integral Design Thinking: Guessing the Future Integral Leadership Review, March 2012.

Integral Sustainable Design: a new book challenges us to create a culture of transformation Point of View (POV) Blog, January 2012.

Recent Projects

HOTHOUSE: Design Action, Leadership and the Future [PDF] sponsored by Queensland College of Art in Brisbane. Radical design futures based on the shift to a mobile urbanism of THINGS, POLITICS, PROJECTS and PRACTICES in the 'Urmadic' context of the coming 'Age of Unsettlement'.

Call for participation in the ongoing project oDESsey.

 

Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.