We are delighted to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Fall 2016 season. Read more below about Neri Oxman, Anthony Dunne, Matt Manos, and Matthew Burnett, and don't forget to RSVP for the public lectures if you're in NYC!

Neri Oxman: Friday, October 7th, 2016, 7pm 

Neri Oxman is an Architect, Designer and Associate Professor based at the MIT Media Lab, where she heads the Mediated Matter group. Oxman’s work is included in permanent collections at MoMA, SFMOMA, Pompidou, MFA, Cooper Hewitt, the FRAC and the Boston Museum of Science. Amongst her awards are the Vilcek Prize in Design (2014), the BSA Women in Design Award (2014), Carnegie’s Pride of America (2014), a Graham Foundation award (2008) and the Earth Award (2009). In 2015 she was named to ROADS' 100 Global Minds: the Most Daring Cross-Disciplinary Thinkers in the World, and in 2016 she was named a Cultural Leader at the World Economic Forum.

[This lecture is open to the public, but seating is very limited; RSVP here.]


Matt Manos: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Named one of seven millennials changing the world by The Huffington Post, Matthew Manos is an educator, essayist, and design strategist. He is the Founder and Managing Director of verynice, and is the author of How to Give Half of Your Work Away for Free and Toward a Preemptive Social Enterprise. verynice’s clientele has included the American Heart Association, UNICEF, and Google. Matthew is also the creator of Models of Impact, a groundbreaking business-design methodology that has been leveraged by entrepreneurs and educators spanning 75 countries. He holds an MFA from ArtCenter College of Design, and is currently a Faculty member at ArtCenter College of Design, an Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts, and a Curator and Teacher at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow.


Anthony Dunne: Wednesday, November 16th, 7pm

Anthony is Professor of Design and Emerging Technology and a Fellow of the Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought at The New School in New York. Between 2005-2015 he was professor and head of the Design Interactions department/programme at the Royal College of Art in London. He studied Industrial Design at the RCA before working at Sony Design in Tokyo. On returning to London he completed a PhD in Computer Related Design at the RCA. He was a founding member of the CRD Research Studio where he worked as a Senior Research Fellow leading EU and industry funded research projects. Between 1998-2004 he was a senior tutor in Design products where he led Platform 3. Anthony was awarded the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education in 2009.

[This lecture is open to the public, but seating is very limited; RSVP here.]


Matthew Burnett: 7pm, Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Matthew Burnett is a Detroit native whose grandfather inspired his interest in manufacturing, as he was a watchmaker by trade. Matthew received a BFA in industrial design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 2007. He began his professional career designing watches for Marc Jacobs, DKNY, and Diesel. After working in the watch industry, he decided to start his own line, Steel Cake, having watches made overseas. Though previously designing and overseeing production for big brands, he found that manufacturing as an independent brand overseas would be a much different experience. Extended turnaround periods, language barriers, and continuous manufacturing errors brought the Steel Cake Watch line to a close. In 2010, Burnett decided to start a line of leather goods (The Brooklyn Bakery) using domestic manufacturers in order to maintain control over the quality of production and form closer relationships with the suppliers and contractors. In 2011 Burnett partnered with Tanya Menendez on The Brooklyn Bakery to manage sales and operations. After pairing with Burnett on the accessories brand, Menendez suggested that they develop a resource that would assist designers in finding American manufacturers. With Burnett’s background in manufacturing and Menendez’s experience with operations, they began to develop the blueprint for what is today, Maker’s Row.

[This lecture is open to the public, but seating is very limited; RSVP here.]