I believe good design can improve the world we live and dream in. Design is a communicative tool that ties many cultural facets together: desire, need, practicality, and the relationships people maintain with their community, to their surroundings and to the systems that sustain them.
As an instructor at Art Center, I enjoy collaborating with faculty, corporate sponsors and students to go deep into design research. My teaching philosophy is to 'lead people from behind'. Since design is such a subjective discipline, I try to help students discover and develop their own strengths in a positive and constructive manner. I work with them to research their client's brand identity, their target demographics' characteristics, and identify relevant factors within the context they are designing in. Together, we develop visual narratives that communicate the thought process behind their concepts, and tailor their presentations to diverse audiences.
As a public speaker, I seek to change people's perception regarding 'alternative' (ie non-automotive) mobility. Good design is a fantastic tool to enact behavioral change, and I love the pursuit of changing the way we move around our communities for the better.
I believe my passion around mobility to stem partially from my geographical conditions: I was raised by a family of bicycling hippies in Washinton, D.C., yet I call Los Angeles, a city that enjoys such a rich automotive history, my beloved home. I believe there is a happy medium between the joy of movement and responsible mobility.
I've spoken on the topic of alternative mobility at several esteemed thought leadership events, ranging from SXSW Eco, Shanghai Biennale, Art Center Sustainability Summit, and Innovate Pasadena.
2010- Faculty Instructor, Art Center College of Design
Co-instruct design & narrative development for corporate-sponsored transportation design classes.
Accounts: Honda: Mobility for paraplegic thrill-seekers
Coda: Designing ‘Electric Sports Luxury’ Experience
Mazda: Hybrid 5 Passenger Car for Gen Y, in conjunction with Clemsen University
Tongji University of Architecture: Led a group of international architecture and design students ina research and design project documenting and
re-imagining a Shanghainese neighborhood for the ‘08 Shanghai Biennale.
AWARDS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
2013 Pasadena Innovation Fast Pitch Summit: 1st Prize
2012 PICHTR Energy Excelerator Grant Recipient 2010 Michelin Challenge Design Winner
2008 Dura Design/ Interior Motives Winner
2008 Shanghai Biennale Architecture Installation Team Award
2007 Hagerty/Ford Hotrod Design Competition Scholarship Winner
2013 SXSW Thought Leadership Panel: ‘First and Final Mile Mobility Solutions’
2013 DesignMatters LEAP Symposium: ‘Designing For A Social Economy’
2011 SXSW Eco Thought Leadership Panel: “Solving the First and Final Mile Commuting Problem’
2008 Art Center Sustainability Summit: ‘Multi-modal Solutions for Los Angeles’