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Currently the Associate Director for Design for America (DFA) and a lecturer at the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University, I am a San Francisco native and passionate about the intersection of design education and local/social impact. My studio, students' projects, and DFA have been discussed in publications and blogs such as Fast Company, Chicago Tribune, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Core77 and more. I have been fortunate enough to have spoken and given workshops at TEDx, the NE IDSA Conference, Better Word by Design Conferences, Fulbright Seminar, and given workshops at college campuses across the country. I earned my BFA in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design where I received RISD’s Community Service Award and the Rachel Carson Award upon graduation. I am currently working on a masters in learning and organizational change at Northwestern University. At the start, I founded and taught the advanced studio, Design for Social Entrepreneurship at RISD, Design Futures at Pratt and worked with nonprofits such as Design that Matters and GreenBlue.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Sami @ Design for America

Update on Sami:

I've packed my bags and for the next 7 weeks, I will excitedly be helping to run this year's Design for America Fellows Program at Northwestern! Check us out here.

I'll be working as the Studio Lead and resident "Design Therapist" so to speak, helping to bring greater clarity to students' ideas, while also working to develop a systemetized documentation approach to build our DfA brand.

So, my blog posts might be slowed, but stay tuned for updates!

With my apartment being a 10 minute bike ride to the lakeside beach, I might just like it here...