Scott Brown

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Curriculum vitae (PDF)

Dissertation Abstract
In recent years, the field of design has been undergoing a significant shift. In addition to its traditional focus on creating specific objects such as buildings, clothes and interfaces, designers are increasingly addressing a wider range of material, social and political problems by designing social systems and processes. Hired by governments, NGOs and corporations alike, designers today are working to solve issues ranging from healthcare service delivery to enhancing relationships between citizens and the state. This project investigates the forms of knowledge and practice that constitute the work of this new generation of ‘social innovation’ design. It will investigate how these designers are rendering social and political complexity into ‘design problems’ that have specific solutions, as well as how are they being trained to do so. In seeking answers to these questions, this research will consist of twelve months of ethnographic fieldwork in the New York City area at various design firms and schools. Situated within the spaces of everyday design practice - the studios, labs, consultancies and training institutes- this project seeks to understand this emergent community of expertise by attending to the everyday habits, practices, ideas and common sensibilities of which constitute the work of ‘social innovation’ designers.

Honors and Awards
2012: John L. Tishman Scholarship for Sustainable Development, Design and Construction
2011: NSSR Full-Tuition Scholarship
2009: John Jay College of Criminal Justice Upper Division Scholarship
Courses Taught
Spring 2014: Introduction to Design Studies (TA)/ Parsons the New School for Design
Spring 2013: Public and Collaborative Services/ Parsons the New School for Design
Fall 2012: Anthropology as a History of the Present (TA)/ The New School for Social Research
Spring 2012: Rethinking Sustainable Design (TA)/ Parsons the New School for Design
Spring 2011: Urban Bike Studio (TA)/ Parsons the New School for Design
Conference Presentations
April 2013: "Designing for Social Innovation in the Public Sector", Milano
Spring 2013: Brown Bag Series, The New School
April 2012: "Building Legacies" - Rethinking Inheritance, The New School
Nov. 2011: "Shifting Gears: Towards an Anthropology of Design", American Anthropological Association, Montreal
Selected Publications
2014 Reflections on Designing for Social Innovation in the Public Sector: A Case Study in New York City. In Design for Policy. Christian Bason Ed. Gower Publishing. (Forthcoming)
Recent Placements
Member of the Parsons DESIS Lab
Contact Information
64-04 Woodbine Street Floor 2
Ridgewood, NY, 11385

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