PhD Student in Interaction Design, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden
As part of a five year PhD (80% research, 20% teaching), I’m investigating designing with care in more-than-human worlds.
Supervised by Ylva Fernaeus (KTH), Anna Ståhl (RISE), and Airi Lampinen (Stockholm University).
On parental leave from May 2019 through February 2020.
MFA in Interaction Design, Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå, Sweden
My thesis The Family Circuit: A New Narrative of Domesticity sought to critique society’s relationship with energy through a near-future speculative fiction that asked “what if you were required to produce all the energy you desire to consume?”
BS in Architecture (High Honors), University of Virginia (UVa), Charlottesville, VA, United States
Pursued design studios on kinetic and robotic architectural systems that were explored through the physical fabrication of speculative materials and structures.
High Honors, Faculty Award for Design Excellence, Faculty Award for Public Service to the School
Mar 2015 – Dec 2016
Senior Interaction & Service Designer, Zebra Technologies, London, United Kingdom
An enterprise IoT company that builds tracking technology and solutions. Service Design Lead for Transportation & Logistic co-creation projects, ethnographic and user research across enterprise and consumer industries within UK and USA, and User Experience Designer for cross-platform interfaces. Led internal cross-disciplinary workshops on future product development and strategy, and co-managed a Service Design Intern.
May 2007 – Dec 2013
Interaction Designer & Front End Developer, Self-employed, Washington, DC, USA
Jan 2011 – June 2013
Interaction Designer & Front End Developer, The John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, USA
The United States’ busiest performing arts facility. Worked part-time in-house in an agile environment. Lead user experience designer and front-end developer of the Center’s first mobile website, and lead developer and information architect for lobby directional and educational interfaces.
Aug 2007 – Dec 2007
Architectural Design Assistant, Future Cities Lab, Charlottesville, VA, USA
An experimental design studio and architectural think tank. Assisted in the fabrication of a kinetic installation project (VIVISYS) displayed in Chicago and part of the Grow [DC] team in the History Channel’s City of the Future competition.
May 2007 – Dec 2007
Digital Information Designer, IATH, Charlottesville, VA, USA
University of Virginia research unit developing information technology as a tool for scholarly humanities research. Roles included user research, information architecture, and web design and development.
MSc Thesis Supervision
Over ten degree projects in Interactive Media Technology, KTH, 2018 – 2019, 2021 – 2022
Topics include: care in multi-species kinship, Machine Learning as a design material, perceptions of UX complexity, address infrastructures in Ugandan and Rwandan, and wearable audio experiences
Media Technology and Interaction Design (DM2601), KTH, 2018 and 2020 – 2021
Advanced Project Course (DM2799), KTH, 2018 – 2019
Human Perception for Information Technology (DM2350), KTH, 2017 – 2018
Human-Computer Interaction Introductory Course (DH1620), KTH, 2018 – 2022
Interaction Design as a Reflective Practice (DH2629), KTH, 2017
CAAD 3d Modeling & Visualization (ARCH 541), University of Virginia, 2006
Lessons of the Lawn (ARCH 101), University of Virginia, 2006
Design Fiction, Biomaterial Explorations, Service Design, Implicit Interactions, Industry Experiences as an Interaction Designer
Invited Talks (Academic)
“Careful Designs in More-than-human Worlds”. 2021. Design Informatics Edinburgh, Virtual.
“Unmaking Utopian Fabulations”. 2021. Umeå Institute of Design, Virtual.
“Humorous Fictions and Taboo Frictions”. 2018. Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå, Sweden.
Invited Talks (Industry)
“Internet of Everything. But what is everything?”. 2017. Internetdagarna, Stockholm, Sweden.
“Implicit Interactions: Implied, Intangible and Intelligent” . 2017. EuroIA, Stockholm, Sweden.
“Insights in Self-centered Design”. 2016. Interact London, London, United Kingdom.
“Implicit Interaction”. 2016. Interaction Design Association (IxDA) London, United Kingdom.
“Making the Invisible Physical”. 2016. World IA Day, Bristol, United Kingdom.
ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), virtual, 2020
Future Digileaders, virtual, 2020
International UBI Summer School (UBISS), Oulu, Finland, 2018
Six day summer school on humanistic HCI
UrbanIxD Summer School, Split, Croatia, 2013
Eight day interdisciplinary summer school on urban interaction design through a critical design lens
Vicenza Program, Vicenza, Italy, 2006
Six week study abroad program on design drawing as a means of seeing and interrogation
The Cultures of Machine Participation, Oslo, Norway, 2017
Two day workshop on strategies to re-imagine the role of intelligent technologies in our daily lives
Associate Chair Pictorials, ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), 2018 – 2019, 2022
Web Chair, ACM Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI), 2018
Co-organizer, international event on Humanising AI, 2018
ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2018 – 2019, 2021 – 2022
ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), 2017 – 2022
ACM Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI), 2018 and 2020
Design Research Society (DRS), 2022
Interaction Design & Architecture(s) Journal, 2021
Diseña (Design and Somatic Sensibilities special issue), 2021
ACM conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2018
Lift Conference, 2016
Design Research Society (DRS), 2014
KTH university student body PhD representative, 2017 – 2019
KTH departmental student body PhD representative, 2017 – 2019
KTH departmental management PhD representative, 2017 – 2019
Umeå Institute of Design student body representative, 2013 – 2014
UVa School of Architecture President, 2006 – 2007
UVa School of Architecture Tour Guide for Prospective Students, 2004 – 2007
UVa Lawn Selection Committee Chair, 2007
Interaction Design Association (IxDA) London, 2015 – 2016
Guest host, assistant organizer, and speaker for IxDA London chapter events
Honors & Awards
Honorable Mention Best Paper Award, CHI
1st Place Award Student Design Challenge, OzCHI
UVa Faculty of Architecture Award for Design Excellence
UVa Faculty of Architecture Award for Public Service to the School, the University, and the Community
Member of UVa’s The Raven Society