We are delighted to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Fall 2017 season. Read more below about Jessica Helfand, Chelsea Mauldin, George Aye, Andrea Steele, and Laura Forlano below!

George Aye [September 12, 2017]

George co-founded Greater Good Studio with the belief that design can lead to positive behavior change. Previously, he spent seven years at global innovation firm IDEO before being hired as the first human-centered designer at the Chicago Transit Authority. Since founding Greater Good, he has worked across multiple social issues including autism, criminal justice, education, public health and health care. George is an Adjunct Full Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was nominated for the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design award’s Design Mind category in 2016 and with his co-founder, was awarded the TED Prize City 2.0 (2012) and recognized in the Public Interest Design 100 list (2013). The studio’s work was featured in LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation (published 2016) and Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook (published 2015).


Jessica Helfand  [September 28, 2017]

An award-winning graphic designer, Jessica Helfand received both her B.A. in graphic design and architectural theory and her MFA in graphic design from Yale University. A partner with William Drenttel in Winterhouse and a founding editor of Design Observer, Helfand has written for many national publications, including the Los Angeles Times Book ReviewAperture, and The New Republic. She is the author of numerous books on design and cultural criticism, including Paul Rand: American Modernist (1998), Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media, and Visual Culture (2001), and Reinventing the Wheel (2002), which formed the basis for an exhibition in 2004 at the Grolier Club in New York City. Her critically acclaimed Scrapbooks: An American History (2008) was named that year’s best visual gift book by the New York Times.


Laura Forlano [October 11, 2017]

Laura Forlano, a Fulbright award-winning and National Science Foundation funded scholar, is a social scientist and design researcher. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Design at the Institute of Design and and Affiliated Faculty in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she is Director of the Critical Futures Lab. Her research is focused on the aesthetics and politics of socio-technical systems and infrastructures at the intersection between emerging technologies, material practices and the future of cities; specifically, she writes about emergent forms of work, organizing and urbanism. Forlano’s research and writing has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Design Issues, the Journal of Peer Production, Fibreculture, Digital Culture & Society, ADA, Journal of Urban TechnologyFirst Monday, The Information Society, Journal of Community Informatics, IEEE Pervasive Computing and Science and Public Policy. She is co-editor with Marcus Foth, Christine Satchell and Martin Gibbs of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen (MIT Press 2011). She received her Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University.


Andrea Steele [November 1, 2017]

Andrea Steele, AIA, is a Partner at TEN Arquitectos and oversees the New York office. Andrea is in charge of the firm's US projects, with a particular focus on institutional, cultural and community oriented projects. (Andrea was also the lead architect of the MFA Products of Design and Visible Futures Lab Spaces!) Andrea received her Masters in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and has taught several architecture studios, including most recently at Cornell University. She has participated in awards and academic juries around the world and has lectured on TEN’s work throughout the US. Her current TEN Arquitectos projects include a new innovative hub for NASA, part of the GSA Design Excellence Program, to be located on the Glenn Research campus in Cleveland, Ohio; a new mixed use residential waterfront development in East Harlem, New York; a new cultural heart for Downtown Brooklyn including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Public Library, MoCADA and 651 Arts; a new community center in Queens for Make the Road New York; and the recently completed new 53rd Street branch library for the New York Public Library across from the Museum of Modern Art.


Chelsea Mauldin [November 29, 2017]

Chelsea Mauldin is a social scientist and designer with a focus on government innovation. She directs the Public Policy Lab, a New York City nonprofit that designs better public services for low-income and at-risk Americans. The Public Policy Lab partners with government agencies to develop more satisfying and effective services through ethnographic research, human-centered design, rapid prototyping, and formative evaluation. Previously, Chelsea consulted to municipal and federal agencies, directed a community-development organization, and led government partnerships at a public-space advocacy nonprofit. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the London School of Economics.