Director MFA Industrial Design and Assoc. Professor of Product Design
Rama Chorpash focuses on exchange between people and everyday things. Designs have traversed a wide spectrum of project types, from innovative office furniture for Herman Miller to a celebratory roller-skate disco in Central Park. Embedded in each project is an exploration of social use. As an generalist industrial designer, developing benchmark products challenges him to express not only what role he plays in creating the useful and sublime, but in_articulating complex frameworks of practice. He is interested to expand the notion of product to include intentional and unexpected by-products. His work has been widely published, from: 1,000 Product Designs, Co.Design | Fast Company, The New York Times Style Magazine to Metropolis. Work has exhibited coast to coast, from the Museum of Modern Art to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and internationally, from Portugal's Bienal da Prata to Switzerland's Design Miami/Basel Art Fair. While engaged in his creative-practice, he is an Associate Professor and the Director of Product Design at Parsons. As an academic leader, his design discourse extends to activities such as organizing symposia, judging design reviews, and acting as moderator or panelists. He has judged: I.D. Annual Design Review, Core77 Design Awards and is currently judging the Art Directors Club 91st Annual Design Awards. Parsons the New School for Design is an ideal platform to cultivate critical inquiry into industrial design, exploring what it is, what it could be, and how it might tangibly posit positive change in an uncertain world.
business design,product design,social innovation,sustainable design,transdisciplinary design
Admin Co-Dir (Fall 2019)
Design Studio 5
Product Design Semantics
Product Design Semantics (Fall 2019)
Professional Internship (Fall 2019)