Kate Fisher is a design strategist, researcher, and social practice artist focused on service design, design research, participatory planning, community engagement, and capacity building. She works with communities, organizations, and governments to design processes and build a culture of collaboration to frame problems & uncover opportunities. She believes design methods can be used to transcend disciplines and move teams from a research question to the design of interventions ranging from programs, policies, processes, services, and engagement tools that impact systemic problems. Kate Fisher is currently a Strategist and Program Manager at 3x3 and a service designer at the United Nations. Kate has experience designing programs, tools, processes, curricula, and research frameworks for the United Nations, The Mayor’s Office for Small Business Services, The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, The Alliance for Coney Island, NYC Department of Veterans Services, Rotary International, Center for Court Innovation, African Center for Cities, World Vision, Refugees International, Slum Dwellers International as well as various nonprofits within Hong Kong, New York, Chicago, Uganda, and South Africa. Kate’s work has contributed to Civic Art Lab, Gehl Institute’s PublicxDesign, Touchpoint Service Design Journal, Habitat III, Van Alen Institute, The World Urban Forum, and The Queens Museum. At The New School, she has helped teach Social Practice with Lydia Matthews, Urban Intelligence with Shannon Mattern, and The United Nations Summer Study within the International Affairs program. Kate holds a MFA in Design Strategies for Cities, Ecologies and Systems from Parsons and a BFA in Design from Columbia in Chicago.
Integrated Design Studio 3 (Fall 2018)