• Mariana Amatullo

    Associate Professor of Strategic Design and Management


    Mariana Amatullo is an Associate Professor of Strategic Design and Management at the School of Design Strategies. She also serves as the co-chair of the Management initiative at The New School, a university-wide effort developing an integrated approach to the conception and delivery of  a new vision of management education for the 21st century driven by principles of design, creativity and social justice.

    Amatullo joined The New School in August 2017 after 16 years at ArtCenter College of Design where she co-founded and led its award-winning department, Designmatters. As a practitioner-scholar, Amatullo has extensive expertise managing a portfolio of international and national educational projects, research initiatives and publications at the intersection of design, design management and social innovation. Her research focuses on the agency of design in organizational culture. She lectures internationally about design and social innovation and serves on a variety of executive and advisory boards in design and the arts. She is the lead editor of LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation (Designmatters/DAP, 2016) and recently published an open-source digest of the book: LEAP Dialogues: The Educator's Guide (Designmatters, September 2017). Her dissertation “Design Attitude and Social Innovation: Empirical Studies of the Return on Design establishes the first quantitative metrics in the literature that demonstrate the statistical significance of design capabilities in the context of social innovation aims. She holds a Ph.D. in Management (Designing Sustainable Systems) from Case Western Reserve University; an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California, and a Licence en Lettres Degree from the Sorbonne University, Paris, where she also studied Art History at L’Ecole du Louvre. A native of Argentina and the child of a diplomat, Amatullo grew up around the world.

    Degrees Held:

    PhD, Management (Designing Sustainable Systems), Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. M.A. Art History and Museum Studies, University of Southern California. License en Lettres, Paris IV, Sorbonne.

    Professional Affiliations:

    Board member, Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. Fellow, RSA. Member, Design Management Institute (DMI). Member, AIGA. Member, Academy of Management. Member, Design Research Society (DRS). Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society

    Recent Publications:

    Amatullo, M., Gottlieb, D., Herscovitch, P. and Ramshaw, S. Book chapter: “Educating the Next Generation of Social Innovators: Designmatters at ArtCenter, ” in Public Interest Design Education Guidebook: Curricula, Strategies, and SEED Academic Case Studies, edited by Lisa Abendroth and Bryan Bell. Routledge, September  2018. Amatullo, M. and May, J. Embedding Designers in Government: A Case Study about Complexity, in Proceedings of Emerging Practices: Design in Complexity, the Design Research and Education Conference 2016, Tongji University, School of Design and Innovation, September 2018. Amatullo, M., May, J., and Shea, A: LEAP Dialogues: The Educator's Guide (Designmatters 2017). Amatullo, M. chapter. Organizational Design in a Social Innovation Context, in Yee, J, Jefferies, E. & Michlewski, K. Transformations: 7 Roles to Drive Change by Design. Amsterdam: BIS, spring 2017. LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation (Lead editor with eds. Bryan Boyer, Liz Danzico and Andrew Shea. Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design/Distributed Art Publisher, 2016. Amatullo, M. Insights from Integrating a Design Attitude Approach to the Ecosystem of International Development. 20th DMI Academic Design Management Conference. Inflection Point: Design Research Meets Design Practice, July 2016, Boston. Amatullo, M and Fabian, Christopher. Chapter: The UNICEF Experience of Innovation, A Conversation, in Ramalingam, B. and Bound, K. Innovation in International Development: Insights for Navigating the Paths and Pitfalls. April 2016. NESTA, UK. Amatullo, M. (April 2014). “Codifying Practices in an Emergent Space: Insights from the LEAP Symposium on the New Professional Frontier of Design for Social Innovation.” Journal of Design Principles and Practices: Annual Review Issue. Common Ground Publishing.

    Research Interests:

    Design and Social Innovation, Design and International Development, Design Management, Design and Organizational Culture

    Awards And Honors:

    Global Fellow, Salzburg Global Seminar; Fellow, RSA; Innovation and Non-Profit Fellow, Weatherhead School of Mangement, Case Western Reserve University (2011-2015); Outstanding Leadership Education Award, DELL Social Innovation Education Award, 2012; FastCompany's Design 50 Designers Shaping the Future, 2012.