Lawson, Cynthia

Cynthia Lawson

Assoc Provost for Distrib & Global Edu & Assoc Prof of Integrated Design, Design Strategies

Office Location:

Sheila Johnson Design Center
  • Email: LawsonC@newschool.edu


  • Cynthia Lawson is a Brooklyn-based Colombian digital artist, technologist and educator. Her artwork, centered around themes of time and transience, has been internationally exhibited and performed, including at The Kitchen and Exit Art in NYC; UCLA's Hammer Museum; and the Museums of Modern Art in Bogotá and Medellín, Colombia. Lawson has taught university courses and workshops, since 1997, in Latin America, Japan, and the U.S. and since 2003 has worked at The New School where she is currently Associate Provost of Distributed and Global Education and Associate Professor of Integrated Design at Parsons’ School of Design Strategies. Since 2007 she has been an active participant in, and until recently coordinated, the university-wide project Development Through Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, and Design (DEED), which has connected over 50 New School students with artisans in Latin America to support craft-based, income-generating opportunities. Her work with DEED has been featured in the NY Daily News and the TV show LatiNation, and was published in the peer-reviewed top-tier journal Visible Language. Lawson’s recent presentations include TEDxFurmanU, and a keynote presentation at the Global Fashion Conference in Madrid. Prior to joining academia full-time, Lawson worked as an educational technologist in Bogotá and at Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. As a consultant she has worked with international organizations such as CARE and the World Bank. Lawson has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá) and a Master’s in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University’s ITP. She lives in possibly the smallest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Greenwood Heights, and is a founding member of Occupy University.


    Research Interests:

    social practice, design activism, social design, pedagogy, design education, media, fine art, technology



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