MFA in Collaborative Design
MA in Design Systems

Faculty

Andrew McCollough

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Andrew McCollough

Assistant Professor


Dr. Andrew McCollough is serial entrepreneur, speaker,and expert in the realm of visual cognition. He has been active in the startup community in Oregon for over ten years in diverse verticals focused on enterprise software. In addition to his business activities, he has published in a number of journals and magazines ranging from Nature to Scientific American Mind, and has lectured at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the University of Oregon, the Oregon Health & Science University, and is currently coaching a entrepreneurship course at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Cat Kramer

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Cat Kramer

Assistant Professor
2009 - MA in Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2005 - Bachelor of Design, Visual Communications, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia


Cathrine Kramer is an artist, designer, researcher and curator working internationally. Inspired by human ecology, she creates playful scenarios that investigate our relationships to each other and the environments we live in. Her experimental practice employs a range of collaborations, objects, performance, digital media, graphics, animation and food to uncover the good, the bad and the ugly of life on Spaceship Earth.

Most recently, she has been working collaboratively on the development of the Center for Genomic Gastronomy and is a visiting lecturer in the Design & Environment MA at Goldsmiths College, London.

Dawn Nafus

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Dawn Nafus

PhD 2003 University of Cambridge (Anthropology)
BA 1997 Johns Hopkins University (International Studies)

Dawn Nafus is a Senior Research Scientist at Intel, where she conducts design research to inform new product design and business strategy. Her primary focus is on the social life of data.

She is editor of Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life and co-author of Self-Tracking (both MIT Press).

DeAunne Denmark

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DeAunne Denmark

Assistant Professor, Mentor
MD, PhD Oregon Health & Science University (Neuroscience, Behavioral Genetics)
BA, BS University of Nevada, Reno (Economics, Biology)


DeAunne Denmark completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at OHSU and a NIH fellowship for graduate work on identifying genes in the brain that contribute to alcoholism. With another neuroscientist, Andrew McCollough, she has developed a new course and methodology applying principles of cognitive and behavioral neuroscience to improve design thinking, strategy and outcomes in all varieties of social, industry, and community systems.

In addition to post-graduate research, she has been building partnerships between healthcare and design graduate education programs including the OHSU Brain Institute, PNCA, and OHSU/PSU Healthcare MBA to help further integrate systems and design thinking into medicine and healthcare reform.

DeAunne is currently exploring career options in personalized diagnostics and therapeutics, medical imaging and visual communications, and movement and arts-based rehabilitation, and envisions a world where collaborations between doctors, scientists, designers, and artists are a mainstay of translational medicine and sustainable, integrative healthcare.

Don Harker

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Don Harker

Assistant Professor

MS University of Notre Dame (Biology)
BS Austin Peah State University (Biology)


Don Harker has 30 years of experience in the private, government and nonprofit sectors and has a national reputation for innovative leadership. He worked in Kentucky state government for more than 10 years as director of the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, director of the Kentucky Division of Water and director of the Kentucky Division of Waste Management.

He initiated the Kentucky Water Watch program which is now 20 years old (www.state.ky.us/nrepc/water/wwhomepg.htm). Don co-founded and served as board treasurer of the Kentucky Natural Lands Trust and is active with local groups in Oregon working on forest issues. He consults with Sustainable Northwest and communities throughout the US on sustainable development.

He has coauthored several books, including the Landscape Restoration Handbook and Where We Live: A Citizen’s Guide to Conducting a Community Environmental Inventory.

Howard Silverman

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Howard Silverman

Assistant Professor
hsilverman@pnca.edu

BS 1984 University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School (Decision Sciences: Management of Information Systems)


Howard Silverman is a principal at the consultancy Pattern Labs, working with the tools of systems, scenarios, resilience, and design thinking and practice. He teaches systems thinking in the MFA Collaborative Design program at PNCA. For many years, Howard was senior writer and analyst at Portland, Oregon-based Ecotrust, where he led the development of publications large and small, for dozens of partners and clients, in a wide range of media.

Along the way, he gained experience in sectors (food systems, fisheries and forestry, climate and energy, green building, regenerative finance) and with approaches (scenario planning, spatial planning, market design, event design, life cycle assessment, online-offline engagement, and developmental evaluation). Howard writes at Solving for Pattern.

Jody Turner

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Jody Turner

Strategy+design innovation forecasting, insight strategy, future story building and strategic process planning toward innovative future experiences and betterment. Communication design background, currently insight consultant with companies, non-profits, think tanks and innovation labs. Over 14+ years consulting as Culture of Future with IDEO, Apple, Starbucks, Adidas Germany, BMW Germany, TrendWatching London, Microsoft SE Asia and multiple others. Interested in Brand Anthropology and Future Archaeology, where empathy=innovation, with an understanding that what we design today builds the culture we live in tomorrow.

JooYoung Oh

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JooYoung Oh

Assistant Professor


Design researcher of many years. I have lead many design research programs around the world to gain consumer understanding in various topics such as how people take a shower, sleep, communicate, eat, listen to music, start their own business, enjoy outdoors, feed their pets, care for their babies, keep medical equipments sterile, save money, donate, retire, ship packages and manage nuclear pharmaceutical medicine.

Juliet Moran

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Juliet Moran

BA Japanese, University of Oregon


A working artist and entrepreneur, Co-founder of Open Eye Art, LLC, a business devoted to stimulating creativity and innovation through hands on art collaborations. 30+ years experience in global marketing and business, with overseas living experiences in American Samoa, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Passionate advocate for lifelong learning, holistic health practices and creativity. An optimist.

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Trustee. (2010-present); Retired, VP Nike Inc. (1983-2001).

Kimberlee Chambers

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Kimberlee Chambers

Assistant Professor
kchambers@pnca.edu

BA Hon, 1994, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada (Geography: cultural ecology)
MSc., 2001, University of Victoria, BC, Canada (Environmental Studies and Geography: ethnobotany)
Ph.D., 2006, University of California, Davis (Geography: agrobiodiversity conservation)


Kimberlee is an interdisciplinary scholar interested in understanding human-environment interactions with an emphasis on questions relating to food, agriculture, and traditional systems of land and resource management. She has applied her interests to research and teaching topics that include agriculture origins and dispersals, Indigenous People’s traditional ecological knowledge, traditional land and resource management, local food systems, sustainable development, ecological restoration, and the conservation of biological and cultural diversity.

To date, her regions of focus have composed a continuum of landscapes encompassing experiences and interests in British Columbia, Oregon, California, and central and Sonoran Mexico. Currently her research focuses on harvesting and commercialization of a native wild chile pepper (chiltepins) in Northern Mexico and the ‘locavore’ movement in the Willamette Valley, Oregon.

Her research has been published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, Agriculture and Human Values, Journal of Ethnobiology, The Professional Geographer, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Journal of Economic Botany, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Native Plants Journal, Cartographica, and Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin.

Kristin Rogers Brown

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Kristin Rogers Brown

Assistant Professor
krogersbrown@pnca.edu

Grad Cert 1999 Denver Publishing Institute (Book Publishing)
BA 1994 Kenyon College (Studio Art, English)


Kristin Rogers Brown is an art director and graphic designer who has worked in a wide variety of environments, from small studio to corporate in-house design to publishing. She joined Bitch Media as art director in March, 2010.

Though her first love in design is print, she loves finding the right media for the message, and believes in keeping a balance of intelligence, function, and fun in all the details of her work, whether it’s brand development, packaging, identity, or web design. In addition to designing Bitch, Rogers Brown is a freelance art director, and served on the board of AIGA Portland from 2004 to 2011, finishing her term as vice president.

She has worked with sustainable design initiatives for a variety of clients (including a long-time stint as creative director for The Bear Deluxe magazine), and has been instrumental in working with AIGA Portland’s sustainability team (established in 2008) and Worldstudio’s Urban Forest Project.

Peter Schoonmaker

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Peter Schoonmaker

Founding Chair
pschoonmaker@pnca.edu

PhD 1992 Harvard University (Organismic & Evolutionary Biology)
BA 1981 Colorado College (Biology)


Peter Schoonmaker is Founding Chair of the MFA in Collaborative Design at PNCA, the first program in the United States to apply collaborative design thinking to real-world wicked problems. He comes to PNCA with a background in non-profit entrepreneurship, working with conservation organizations, community groups, government agencies, and natural resource businesses to design mutually beneficial forest, fisheries and watershed partnerships in the Pacific Northwest.

Peter is founding president of Illahee, a non-profit organization that provides a forum for environmental innovators to exchange ideas and increase the rigor of public discourse around environmental, social, and economic systems. He was also board president of Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, facilitating a process that permanently protected 35,000 acres of ancient forest.

Peter has held positions at University of Massachusetts, Oregon State University, Willamette University, Portland State University and Linfield College.

Roel Uleners

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Roel Uleners

Assistant Professor
MFA Sint-Lucas Antwerpen (Belgium)


Roel is currently the Creative Director of XPLANE, a global design consultancy that uses visual thinking to make sense of complexity. By creating clarity, XPLANE helps large organizations bring to live an improved future, defined strategies and a roadmap to execute breakthrough results.

After earning an MFA in Visual Communications, Roel started his career in the creative industry as a print designer and has since built 15 years of experience in graphic design, advertising, audio & video production and experiential marketing.

He has owned his own studio, as well as held different positions at both European and American companies, ranging from graphic designer to creative director. He loves using design as a strategic asset for individuals and organizations to reach their goals.

Sara Huston

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Sara Huston

Assistant Professor

MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art
BFA Art Academy of Cincinnati


Sara Huston is an artist, designer, educator and curator. She is one half of The Last Attempt at Greatness, an interdisciplinary avant-garde studio she established in 2008 with her partner John Paananen.

Huston’s work explores subjects of progress, expectation, liminality, categorization, perception, value and the intersection and language of art and design. Her work is aimed at provoking discourse and contemplation in the viewer or user in an attempt to disrupt conventional ways of thinking, induce reflection and challenge the boundaries of what is known.

Skye Moret

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Skye Moret

Assistant Professor


Skye Morét believes in the power of visualization and meaningful engagement in bridging the gap between two traditionally polar disciplines: design and science. Her work investigates the complex relationship between humans, technology and nature. Skye creates work that encourages curiosity, empathy, and interaction, and explores these themes through data-driven design and visual storytelling. Her award-winning design work has been featured in ‘Popular Science’ magazine and her scientific and art-based curricular work can be found in publications ranging from ‘Science’ to ‘Green Teacher’ magazine. Skye strongly believes that the synergy of seemingly disparate disciplines (art + science) will create the social-environmental engagement necessary for the proper care of our planet and each other.

Sophia Tzeng

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Sophia Tzeng

stzeng@pnca.edu


Sophia teaches in the Collaborative Design MFA Program at PNCA. Her classes include Design Ecologies (Human-Centered Design), Professional Practice (Social Entrepreneurship and Professionalism), and Collaboration/Facilitation. She also teaches Social Venture Management (i.e. Nonprofit Management, Social Entrepreneurship, and Social Impact Strategies) in the Executive MBA Program at the University of Portland.

Currently, Sophia is a business and design strategist supporting large organization leadership teams, social entrepreneurs, and social enterprises. A former corporate attorney, nonprofit executive and entrepreneur, Sophia has created capacity and increased impact in areas including the environment, arts, human rights, food, education, economic empowerment, health care, and juvenile justice, in addition to various business sectors.

A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, Sophia is a licensed attorney in New York and Oregon, and has served on the Boards of Directors of DePaul Industries, the Oregon Environmental Council, Campfire Columbia, and Kids Community Learning Center. She was founding Board President of Camions of Care, on which she still serves. She is also a Partner with Social Venture Partners Portland.

Zack Denfeld

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Zack Denfeld

Instructor


Zack Denfeld is an artist, designer and educator working at the intersection of the natural, built and information environments. Zack is currently running the Center for Genomic Gastronomy and CoClimate. He helped launch the Center for Experimental Media Art at the Srishti School of Art Design & Technology (Bangalore, India) and the MFA in Collaborative Design at PNCA.

He has worked with CKS on the Emerging Economy Report and with CSTEP‘s Next Generation Infrastructure Lab and has several years experience as an educator, designer and convener of workshop and conferences. Zack holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Syracuse University.

Mentors

Alister Fenix

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Alister Fenix

Mentor


Alister is a GIS analyst and chief cartographer at Ecotrust, a non-profit whose goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world. Alister has 10 years of broad professional experience using GIS in various aspects of geomatics and cartographic representation, ranging from spatial data analysis to remote sensing, GPS, server and database management, and the use of multimedia and interactive web mapping as evolving mediums for cartography.

The focus of Alister’s work to date has been in watershed, natural resource management, and the environmental science sectors. Recently, maps have been published in a report titled “Resilience & Transformation in the Pacific Northwest” and the book “Wolves in the Land of Salmon”. At present Alister is on the GIS certificate program steering committee for Portland Community College, is working on the first Cultural Atlas of Portland with Portland State University and is Co-Chair for the Green Design Atlas. Alister received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Oregon.

Amy Pearl

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Amy Pearl

Amy founded Hatch Innovation, a nonprofit social enterprise, in 2004, and has been its director since. Its mission is to enable citizens to launch enterprises that improve communities. The conviction that ordinary citizens have immense untapped capacity for problem solving and innovation grounds her work. By making innovative strategies "learnable" she enables youth and adults to foster a more equitable, innovative, and capable society. She prefers to work upstream, at the system level, replacing unjust and inefficient systems with better mechanisms for equity, creating an “enabling ecosystem” for community-building enterprises to flourish. She launched Hatch: A Community Innovation Lab in 2013, the economic engine HatchOregon in 2014, ComCap in 2015, and HatchLab Baker in 2016. The global program PurposeWorks launches in 2017. 

David Garnand

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David Garnand

Dave is the Executive Director of College Housing Northwest, a private nonprofit developer and manager of housing for college students. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Oregon, was a licensed architect for 17 years,

and was an executive in two Portland software startups. He believes that everything is "architecture" and loves the words "collaborative" and "design" when used together. 

Derrick Mead

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Derrick Mead

Derrick Mead is a design strategist at Ziba in Portland, Oregon, where he leads qualitative and quantitative design research programs around the world. He holds an MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Literature and Creative Writing from Bard College. Derrick has worked as a freelance journalist and editor, a cataloguer of contemporary art for Phillips auction house and managed businesses ranging from a 100-year old orchard to a Frank Gehry-designed performing arts center. His writing has been published in Metropolis, Architects Newspaper and elsewhere; in 2015 the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum published his book Design for Repair: Things can be fixed. 

Faye Yoshihara

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Faye Yoshihara

Mentor


Specializing in building bridges between the often polarized sectors of society, Faye merges a 20 year corporate career with a decade of brokering cross-sector partnerships and supporting start-up & growth-stage social enterprises. Prior to launching Pontes Consulting LLC, Faye was a general manager for Nike, Inc. and held diverse positions for S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

With over two decades of private sector experience specializing in Latin America and Asia Pacific, she has developed expertise in business development, management, and enterprise restructuring. Faye has also been an adjunct instructor at Portland State University School of Business, Masters in International Management since 2004.

She serves on the board of the Homeless World Cup Foundation and advisory board for Biomimicry Oregon. Faye earned her bachelors’ degrees in Food Science and Technology and Microbiology from Oregon State University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Gina Johnson Morris

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Gina Johnson Morris

GINA is a Portland based choreographer, artist, educator, and entrepreneur with a passion for helping creative professionals thrive. She is the co-founder of the independent boutique Radish Underground (est. 2008) in downtown Portland’s West End, where she was the designer of three in-house jewelry lines made from dinosaur bones and recycled wine barrels, as well as the co-founder of the West End Marketing Co-Op (wepdx.com). Gina began teaching designer and artist development workshops in business basics when the store opened and later became the founding Director of BridgeLab Career Center at Pacific Northwest College of Art. At PNCA, she provided entrepreneurial development and resources for artists, designers, and makers looking to build a sustainable professional practice. Gina achieved unexpected worldwide internet fame in the first Live Lip Dub Proposal. Gina, otherwise known as "The Girl in the Red Dress", choreographed this viral video sensation which has over 80 million views (and counting), and was named in the Top 10 of 2012 lists of Time, CNN, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and many more. 

Heather K. Julius

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Heather K. Julius

Heather K. Julius is a freelance writer and researcher.  She consults on food-focused museum exhibits and art installations. View examples of her work at snowstudiocollab.com.

Tenneson Woolf

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Tenneson Woolf

(www.tennesonwoolf.com; tenneson@tennesonwoolf.com)

I am a facilitator, workshop leader, speaker, and writer. I design and lead meetings in participative formats. To help people be smart together. To get people interacting with each other — learning together, building relationships, and focused on projects. To get deeper to the heart of what matters. From strategic visioning with boards to large conference design. Living systems, self-organization, and emergence inspire my work.