Teaching Philosophy and Recent Student Works


Student Work

The work below well captures key areas of focus within all of my teaching, pertaining to the hybridization of design disciplines, the role of research methods, and the role of design as a means to understand and tame poorly structured problems.

Carnegie Mellon School of Design
Sensing Environments

Mushy Edges Spatial Selection UI

UX/UI design for selection of amorphous spatial regions such as light diffusion or economic zone.
Work by Cameron Burgess.


Storm Management Software Concept. Provides a fluid relationship between cities and residents on infrastructure risks and storm hazards. By Allana Wooley, Tyler Stern, and Jeong Min Seo


#Campus Wall

Students designed a hybrid spatial user experience for media advocacy to drive human empathy through the use of "digital materialism" and "virtual place making."

Place Based Language Learning

Students integrated concepts of spatial cognitive mapping to with insights in language acquisition with location-based UI/UX 

Heritage Apron

Following deep mixed methods user research, students channel insights into a highly refined and minimal product to drive new family experiences without disrupting existing social patterns


Experience Music

Students experimented with new applications of machine learning for scene recognition to drive rich-media experiences and to design new sonic landscapes. This approach creates a place-based aural soundtrack that does not use GPS location, but derives inputs from visual scanning

Visualizing The Sounds of Carnegie Mellon University

Tasked to integrate mixed research methods and to engage in serious play, so as to use an existing technology (library or built) for a task it was not intended, these students mapped the university campus by its sub-tonal properties.


Johns Hopkins University & MICA
Joint MBA Design Leadership


Course: Cultural Relevance and Awareness

Students working through Mixed Methods Research

Students working through Mixed Methods Research

This challenging course for MBAs with limited design experience demanded student led ethnographic research to understand the Migrant Entrepreneurial Ecosystems within Baltimore, Maryland. Student were taught to translate cross cultural research into product and market intervention concepts. Syllabus digital content is available at MEDIUM.



These students initially began visiting migrant mini-markets within Baltimore and quickly discovered a sophisticated network of actors, financiers, alternative management processes, and territorial implications for store owners.  



As the final output, these students generated two infographics and a video that captured and reflected on their process.  The video intricately describes research methods, processes in sense-making, and discoveries.  The infographics display their critical findings. Motivated by the value of grounded theory and the depth of discovery, the students are presently continuing this project in additional coursework.