We are thrilled to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Spring 2015 semester:

Valerie Casey

Director, Samsung Accelerator: Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dong-Ping Wong

Partner, Family; Co-Founder, + POOL: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jill Magid

Artist: Thursday, March 12, 21, 2015

Cameron Tonkinwise

Director of Design Studies, CMU: April 15, 2015, 7:00pm

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

Valerie Casey is VP of Innovation at Samsung and head of the Samsung Accelerator in San Francisco. She is a globally recognized designer and innovator, and has worked with organizations across the world on challenges ranging from creating new products and services, to transforming system processes and behaviors. Casey has held executive leadership positions at Necessary Projects, IDEO, frog, and Pentagram. She also founded the global design coalition, Designers Accord. Casey was named “Guru” of the year by Fortune magazine, a “Hero of the Environment” by TIME magazine, “Master of Design” by Fast Company and one of the “World’s Most Influential Designers” by Businessweek, and has also been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Dong-Ping Wong is a partner at the architecture design studio of Family and co-founder of + POOL, the world’s first water-filtering floating pool. In addition to + POOL, Family’s work is focused on civic and cultural projects in cities around the world including an energy-productive city block in downtown Dallas, the largest private-collection museum in Finland and Kanye West’s Yeezus stage, as well as under-construction projects in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Moscow. Family's work has won numerous awards including the New York Design Award for best small office in New York City, and has been featured in an array of international publications including the The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Wired, The Economist, Vice and TIME. Dong graduated from UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design before earning his Masters at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. He has worked at a number of internationally recognized offices including REX and OMA.

American artist Jill Magid’s work is deeply ingrained in her lived experience, exploring and blurring the boundaries between art and life. Through her performance-based practice, Magid has initiated intimate relations with a number of organizations and structures of authority. She explores the emotional, philosophical and legal tensions between the individual and ‘protective’ institutions, such as intelligence agencies or the police. To work alongside or within large organizations, Magid makes use of institutional quirks, systemic loopholes that allow her to make contact with people ‘on the inside’. Her work tends to be characterized by the dynamics of seduction, the resulting narratives often taking the form of a love story. It is typical of Magid’s practice that she follows the rules of engagement with an institution to the letter – sometimes to the point of absurdity.

Cameron Tonkinwise is the Director of Design Studies at the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He also directs the School of Design's Doctoral research program. Cameron has a background in philosophy and continues to research what designers can learn from philosophies of making, material culture studies and sociologies of technology. His primary area of research is sustainable design. In particular, he focuses on the design of systems that lower societal materials intensity, primarily by decoupling use and ownership - in other words, systems of shared use. Cameron has published a range of articles on service design, speculative design, design thinking, and design as delegated morality.