Voices Without Roofs

Voices Without Roofs seeks to answer the question, “how might we help street homeless New Yorkers move into housing?” After extensive interviews with unsheltered homeless New Yorkers frontline outreach workers, we identified three key trends. First, folks experiencing homelessness were generally unaware of what steps they needed to take to move inside. Second, outreach teams…

Story from NYU Tandon: Student Leaders Brainstorm Ideas for an Accessible Future

Image: DFA e-board member participated in the Design for America (DFA) national leadership conference From the left: Tuba Naziruddin, Kathleen Chao, Michael Niamehr, and Emma Hoffman.  At the recent Design for America (DFA) Leadership Studio, 106 students from DFA university chapters across the U.S. — including four student leaders from the DFA NYU studio —…

OpenIDEO New York Chapter

OpenIDEO.com is an open innovation community for social innovation launched and run by IDEO, an international design and innovation consultancy. Participating to OpenIDEO challenges is a great opportunity to learn in real time the human-centered design process while collaborating with an amazingly diverse and global community. DFA NYU members are active participants and facilitators of the…

Elana Blinder

Elana is a researcher at the Center for Children and Technology at the Education Development Center, where she contributes to the design and evaluation of educational media aimed at improving teacher practice and student learning. In her former career as a New York City public elementary school teacher, she watched opportunities for educational play and creative exploration…

Placemaking Reimagined

Our project started in September 2017 with the idea to address hygiene issues homeless women face during their menstruation period. We eventually found during our research that  there’s a much greater need for a private, safe space where the women can clean themselves and feel dignified. We therefore developed our opportunity statement into “There is…

S.S Columbia Project (2017-2018 term)

Join us in designing playful STEAM-learning experiences for kids! Team JAZET from the Design for America at NYU Studio is currently exploring the relationship between intrinsic student learning within the context of the S.S. Columbia project, one of the oldest steamships in the United States. In order to support intrinsic learning among middle school students,…

Emma Hoffman

Emma is a senior at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she is a member of the Dean’s Honor Society and is creating an interdisciplinary major she calls, “Urban Food Sustainability and Food Justice.” Before serving on NYU DFA’s Eboard, Emma co-led The NYU FREEdge project which aims to tackle interrelated issues of food…

Michael Niamehr

Michael Niamehr is an electrical engineering undergrad at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. Michael’s interests in social impact and outreach have led him to latch strongly onto Human Centered Deisgn after his first DFA workshop. As an advocate of multidisciplinary teamwork and learning beyond one’s major, Michael is passionate about overcoming the obstacles associated with…

Kathleen Chao

Kathleen is a Design Strategist who is passionate about improving the quality of life through human-centered design. She has graduated with a master’s degree in Integrated Digital Media at Tandon School of Engineering. Prior to graduate school, she has worked across 3 continents where she managed multi-disciplinary teams in fast-paced consumer product industries. Her unique…

Crescent Rainbow

Team Names: Harshita Nedunuri, Gallatin School of Individualized Study; Katja Luostarinen, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Project description: Crescent Rainbow is focused on the intersections of identities, and creating safe spaces that empower, encourage expression and create a sense of community. Our problem statement is How might we facilitate the expression of identities at…