• About Us 

    The Tishman Environment and Design Center fosters the integration of bold design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues to advance just and sustainable outcomes in collaboration with communities.

    The Tishman Center is a university-wide center that is committed to bringing an interdisciplinary and environmental justice approach to contemporary environmental challenges. We work on the following core areas:

    Advancing Climate and Environmental Justice

    The Tishman Center is designed to serve as a hub for climate and environmental justice research and practice, with a focus on deep engagement with underserved urban communities. Through our collaborative efforts with a variety of organizations, we intend to influence research, practice and policy. The Tishman Center seeks to offer technical support to community-based organizations, advocates, and policymakers on the frontlines of these movements, with an emphasis on supporting the co-production of inclusive, bottom-up approaches that amplify the knowledge and expertise of these communities.

    Supporting Progressive Innovation for Sustainability

    The New School has a rich record and deep knowledge in the design and social science fields, and we are therefore uniquely positioned to critically address the most complex environmental issues of our time. At the Tishman Center, we create opportunities that bring together the diverse talents of students and faculty from across our schools of design, public engagement, jazz, music, drama, and social research to develop creative, interdisciplinary solutions and new possibilities for change.   

    Creating Justice and Sustainability as Core Literacies for the 21st Century

    By incorporating climate action and sustainability grounded in social justice into our campus culture, The New School is mobilizing 14,000 students, faculty, and staff to have a positive impact on our community and the larger society. The Tishman Center’s role is to educate and prepare students through experiential learning to be leaders in this change toward a more just and sustainable society. Our intention is that students graduating from The New School will be able to demonstrate deep knowledge of environmental issues, a heightened awareness of their social justice implications, and a measure of responsibility for taking action.

  • Leadership

    Director

    Michelle DePass, Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Associate Directors

    Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Yvonne Watson, Associate Dean, School of Fashion, Parsons School of Design

    University Sustainability Associate

    Molly Craft Johnson

    Manager of Operations and External Affairs

    Adrienne Perovich

    Communication and Partnership Associate

    Rebecca Fuger

    Research Assistants

    Marcel Howard, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Affiliated Faculty

    Judith Albert, Part-Time Assistant Professor, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Charles Allison, Associate Professor, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Patricia Beirne, Assistant Professor of Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons School of Design

    David Bergman, Part-Time Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Andrew Bernheimer, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Parsons School of Design

    Nicholas Brinen, Part-Time Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Katayoun Chamany, Associate Professor of Biology, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    Gyungju Chyon, Assistant Professor of Product and Industrial Design, Parsons School of Design

    Michael Cohen, Professor of International Affairs, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Michelle DePass, Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Nadia Elrokhsy, Assistant Professor and Director, BFA Integrated Design Program, Parsons School of Design

    Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Urban Policy and Health

    Jean Gardner, Associate Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Boris Grinkot, Part-time Faculty, Parsons School of Design

    Titania Inglis, Part-Time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design

    Tanya Kalmanovitch, Associate Professor, Mannes College of Music

    Oliver Kellhammer, Part-time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design

    Jamie Kruse, Part-Time Faculty, Parsons School of Design

    David Leven, Associate Professor of Architecture, Parsons School of Design

    Colleen Macklin, Associate Professor of Media Design, Parsons School of Design

    Alan McGowan, Associate Professor, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    Brian McGrath, Dean of the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School of Design

    Timon McPhearson, Assistant Professor, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    Kevin McQueen, Part-Time Lecturer, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Alison Mears, Dean of the School of Design Strategies, Parsons School of Design

    Shagun Mehrotra, Assistant Professor, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Dan Michalik, Assistant Professor of Product and Industrial Design, Parsons School of Design 

    William Morrish, Professor of Urban Ecology, Parsons School of Design

    Fabio Parasecoli, Coordinator, Food Studies Program, The New School

    Lara Penin, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Wendy Popp, Part-Time Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Ivan Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    Kristin Reynolds, Part-Time Faculty, Schools of Public Engagement

    Timo Rissanen, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design

    Barent Roth, Part-Time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design

    John Rudolph, Part-Time Lecturer, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Mehdi Salehi, Part-Time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design

    Alison Schuettinger, Part-Time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design

    Hilary Semel, Part-Time Lecturer, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Willi Semmler, Professor of Economics, The New School

    Andrew Smith, Part-Time Faculty, School of Public Engagement

    Kimberly Tate, Part-Time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design

    Joel Towers, Executive Dean, Parsons School of Design

    Bhawani Venkataraman, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    Peter Wheelwright, Associate Professor, Parsons School of Design

    David White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Technology and Material Sciences, Parsons School of Design

    Mia White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Schools of Public Engagement

    Maya Wiley, Senior Vice President for Social Justice and Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management, Schools of Public Engagement

    Rafi Youatt, Assistant Professor, The New School for Social Research

    Yuji Hara, Fulbright Fellow

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