Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Design
Albert and Vera List Academic Center
Lara Penin is Director of Transdisciplinary Design Graduate (MFA) Program. She is an Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Design at the School of Design Strategies. She is a co-founder of Parsons DESIS Lab, a multidisciplinary research lab that works at the intersection of strategic and service design, management, and social theory, applied to sustainable practices and social innovation. In her work she seeks to explore the agency of service design to effect positive social change towards sustainability while bridging the gap between the innovation of design pedagogy and practice to equip designers to play a more transformative role, involving both civil society and the public sector. She is the Principal Investigator of the project “Amplifying Creative Communities”. She has been the chair of the Service Design Network Global Conference 2015. She has received numerous grants from organizations including the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the São Paulo Architecture Biennale. Lara is currently writing a book on service design (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017). Lara holds a PhD in Industrial Design from Milan Polytechnic University and a BA in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo.
Design and Social Innovation, Service Design, Sustainable Design, Transdisciplinary Design