Design Conversations

July 21, 2020 | 11:44 am

For Fall 2021, we will be continuing our theme, For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging, first launched in the Spring of 2019. This series investigates design’s exclusions and invites guests to discuss the ways their work examines ideas around inclusivity. Learn more about the series here.

Each guest will be joining us virtually through Zoom’s Webinar feature, with audience questions taken at the end of each lecture. Most lectures in this series are recorded, and available to watch within a week of the event. All video links will be posted to this page once available.

CART live captioning is available during the talk. Captioning services will be provided for the post-recording as well. For other access requests, please email:

All Design Conversations talks are free and open to the public.

November 5, 2021: Rosten Woo
Artist, Designer, Writer, and Educator
12pm – 1pm PST
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Rosten Woo (he/him/his) is a designer, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles. He produces civic-scale artworks and works as a collaborator and consultant to a variety of grassroots and non-profit organizations. including the Little Tokyo Service Center, the Los Angeles Poverty Department, Advancement Project, the Black Workers Center, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, and Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, as well as the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County.

His work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Netherlands Architectural Institute, the Exploratorium, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and various piers, public housing developments, tugboats, shopping malls, and parks in New York and Los Angeles. His work has been supported by grants and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The Durfee Foundation, and the Exploratorium. He is co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York Based non-profit organization dedicated to using art and design to foster civic participation, winner of the 2016 National Design Award for institutional achievement. His book, “Street Value,” about race, design, and urban retail development, was published by Princeton Architectural Press. He teaches art and design at the California Institute of the Arts, Pomona College, and Art Center College of Design and has lectured internationally. He is currently engaged in a Stanton fellowship, researching civic memory and the civic imagination.

September 24, 2021: Liz Gerber
Co-Founder of the Center for Human Computer Interaction
12pm – 1pm PST
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Liz Gerber is Co-Founder and C0-Director of the Center for Human Computer Interaction + Design and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Communication Studies. She is the faculty founder of Design for America, a network of social innovators. Gerber works at the intersection of design, social computing, and organizational behavior to understand the future of collaboration. Gerber co-directs the Delta Lab whose mission is to create technology-based systems to enhance learning, collaboration, and performance. Gerber has received awards for her research and teaching from the National Science Foundation, Joyce, MacArthur, Watson, and Mozilla Foundations, Microsoft, Smithsonian, and Adobe. Her work has been featured in such venues as the Wall Street Journal, NPR, ABC, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company. Gerber completed her M.S. in Product Design, Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Beth Anderson

Past Speakers in this series:

Bess Williamson, Spring 2021

Ahmed Ansari, Spring 2021

Bryce Johnson, Fall 2020

Benjamin Earl Evans, Fall 2020

Leah Buechley, Fall 2020

Aza Raskin, Fall 2019

Mario Ballesteros, Fall 2019

Claire Evans, Fall 2019

Dori Tunstall, Spring 2019

August de los ReyesSpring 2019

Jodi Forlizzi, Spring 2019

Ellen Pao, Spring 2019