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  • John Bruce

    Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management


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    John Bruce


    John A. Bruce is a filmmaker, designer, researcher, and educator.

    His work involves participatory design-led research, narrative, and complex dynamic systems.

    He directed and produced, in partnership with Pawel Wojtasik, the feature documentary End of Life, as well as many independent short films and installations. His work has been exhibited internationally, including: New York Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel, Museum of the Moving Image, Doclisboa, Thessaloniki Film Festival, ICA London, Chicago Film Festival, The Julliard School, and The Brooklyn Academy of Music, among others. He served as production manager and art director for a number of feature films, and platform producer for several transmedia projects addressing social issues. He is senior strategist at Forward Mapworks, a consultancy.

    He is Assistant Professor of Design Strategy at Parsons School of Design, and serves as Director of the Transdisciplinary Design MFA program where he co-founded the studio Design for Living and Dying.

    John recently served as the President of the Board of Trustees for the Flaherty Film Seminar. He earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot (Presidio). He was a 2015/16 Fellow at the Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought at The New School.

    Degrees Held

    Presidio (Pinchot University), MBA 2009

    School of Visual Arts, BFA 1987

    Recent Publications

    Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design 2017. Chapter, “Design Strategy for Impact.” Editor: Rachel Beth Egenhoefer

    End of Life, documentary feature film. 2017. Directed by John Bruce and Pawel Wojtasik. Co-producers: HAOS Film and Train-Tracks INc. (USA, Greece)

    Research Interests

    Design, identity, participatory design-led research, design as policy, end of life.


    Forward Mapworks


    End of Life

    MFA Studio: Design for Living and Dying

    John A Bruce

    Current Courses

    Cinematic Tropes

    Cinematic Tropes

    Design-Led Research

    Design-Led Research (Fall 2020)

    Intensive 1: Orientation

    Intensive 1: Orientation (Fall 2020)

    Intensive 2: Workshop

    Intensive 2: Workshop (Fall 2020)

    Projects Studio 1

    Projects Studio 1 (Fall 2020)

    Projects Studio 3

    Projects Studio 3 (Fall 2020)

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