We are delighted to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Spring 2018 season. Read more below about Layla-Joy Williams, Ellen Lupton, Lea Simpson, Nicole Katz, and Cameron Tonkinwise below!


Layla-Joy Williams

For more than 14 years, Layla-joy has used her design experience to gain insights into the most prized accessory category within women’s fashion—footwear. Graduating with honors from the Pratt Institute of Technology in New York City with a focus in Industrial Design, Williams quickly established her presence in the industry. She has designed for industry leaders like Converse and Nina Shoes, and worked with Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman. In 2015, she launched her own company, IYLIA.


Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, educator, and designer. She is Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Recent exhibitions include Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (with Andreas Lipps), How Posters Work, and Beautiful Users. Lupton also serves as director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore, where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with TypeGraphic Design ThinkingGraphic Design: The New Basics, and Type on Screen. Her most recent book, Design Is Storytelling, was published by Cooper Hewitt in 2017. Her next exhibition, The Senses: Design Beyond Vision, opens in April 2018. Lupton earned her BFA from The Cooper Union in 1985.


Lea Simpson

Lea Simpson is a strategist, innovator, trained coach, tech optimist and founder of innovation practise Brink. Brink works with organizations to make sense of the future and what to do about it. From reimagining big corporates for a digital world to applying frontier technologies like machine learning in developing countries, Lea works with teams all over the world. She has two decades of experience in strategy, innovation, and digital transformation—working with some of the world's biggest brands like Nike, Cadbury, Nokia, and Warner Bros. More recently she runs Frontier Technology Livestreaming, an award winning, three-year programme designed to help UKAid apply frontier technologies like drones, 3D printing and blockchain to real challenges in developing countries. Lea is a regular writer and speaker on all things innovation for publications like Wired and The Guardian and on BBC and Bloomberg.


Nicole Katz

Nicole Katz is the CEO of Paper Chase Press, a second-generation, family-run press and bindery in Los Angeles. Paper Chase Press has served creative professionals as a preeminent resource for custom printed matter since its founding in 1976. Prior to taking the lead at Paper Chase in 2009, Katz along with her partner Kane Austin founded Eighth Veil, a contemporary art gallery and publishing imprint in Hollywood. Katz diversified Paper Chase Press through the development of its ecommerce platform, publishing imprint, and collection of retail goods.


Cameron Tonkinwise

Cameron Tonkinwise is a Professor at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Austrialia. Previously, Cameron was the Director of Design Studies and Doctoral Studies at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design, and the Associate Dean Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design and co-Chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School in NYC. Cameron has a background in continental philosophy and continues to research what design practice can learn from material cultural studies and sociologies of technology. His primary area of research and teaching is Sustainable Design. Cameron is widely published on the ways in which Service Design can advance social sustainability by decoupling use and ownership - what these days is referred to as the 'Sharing Economy.' He has also been a strong advocated for the importance of critical practice-based design research. Cameron's current focus, in collaboration with colleagues at CMU and an international network of scholar-practitioners, is Transition Design - design-enabled multi-level, multi-stage structural change toward more sustainable futures.