Parsons has appointed the award-winning designer Rama Chorpash to direct its Product Design program.
“Rama's wide breadth of knowledge, his collaborative design approach, and experience working in a number of industries make him a perfect fit at Parsons,” says William Morrish, dean of the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons. “At the School of Constructed Environments, we are blurring the lines between architecture, interior design, lighting design, and product design to reflect the evolution of these fields."
Through his namesake New York studio, Chorpash has designed for companies such as Herman Miller, Hewlett Packard, and Colgate. He also helped establish the Swatch Lab New York, where he designed for many collections and participated in the design of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Pavilion in Atlanta. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Art Basel in Switzerland; and honored in the I.D. Annual Design Review and the Industrial Design Excellence Awards.
“It is an exciting time to be leading product design at Parsons,” says Chorpash. "The interdisciplinary dialogue that is happening—not only within the School of Constructed Environments but among faculty and students from fashion design, design and technology, and other areas of practice—truly captures what it means to be a product designer in the 21st century."