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Introducing our New Faculty

This semester we welcome Corwin Green, Kate Reed Petty, Kalli Retzepi and Kara Meyer to our faculty.

Corwin Green, who is co-teaching Communication Design with chair Miya Osaki, is an educator and communications designer, whose focus is to investigate how collective power is created in design and art. A generalist, he works in print, environmental and digital platforms. He is fascinated by brand development and engagement, the function and dysfunction of cities, and the ways space can be augmented and manipulated.

He currently teaches graduate courses on topics like design for behavior and social change, exhibition production, and thesis research and development. He previously worked at the Prospect Park Alliance as a Graphic Designer in the Marketing and Communications Department.

As a design researcher, Corwin developed a scope of designed communication channels and tactics for a pilot campaign for the Department of Environmental Protection. Additionally, his work as a researcher recently took place in the Appalachian mountains where his team studied community stewardship and resistance to green infrastructure.

Corwin received his MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute and BS in Communications from North Carolina State University. The Massachusetts native has been a visiting critic at the Parson’s School of Design, the NYU Wagner School and Magnetic Collaborative.

Kate Reed Petty, who will be teaching Creative Writing for Social Designers starting in March, is a writer and communications consultant who specializes in civic and nonprofit organizations. She has 12 years of experience collaborating with designers, researchers, and thought leaders to translate complicated subject matter into clear, compelling prose—in formats ranging from 280-character social media posts to 280-page research reports. As an editor, writing coach, workshop leader, and strategist, Kate has worked with organizations including Friends of the High Line, Women Make Movies, McCann Global Health, the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability, and the New York City Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity.

Kate is also an accomplished fiction writer with work appearing online in Electric Literature, American Short Fiction, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other outlets. Her debut novel, entitled TRUE STORY, will be published August 4, 2020 by Viking Books.

Kalli Retzepi is co-teaching Metrics and Data Visualization with Wenfei Xu. Outside of DSI, she is a designer and technologist, and a grad of the Media Lab at MIT. She uses technology, design and images in order to explore the politics of digital interfaces, the narrative of the user and to imagine new metaphors for the Web. She has presented her work in various institutions (MIT, NYU, Rutgers, New Museum) and conferences (Radical Networks, Interface Politics, Decentralized Web Summit) as well as print publications (Interface Critique). She is currently part of NEW INC’s Year 6 cohort and works as a freelancer in Brooklyn, NY.

Kara Meyer is joining us as a new thesis advisor, and is the Managing Director at + POOL, where she oversees the development of the world’s first water-filtering, floating swimming pool. She helped establish the 501c3, Friends of + POOL in 2015 and heads the organization’s operations, programming and administration, with a focus on fundraising and expanding partnerships for the development of the + POOL project. Before joining + POOL, Kara was the Director of External Relations at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, where she secured and managed a contract with the U.S. Department of State and lead the team that represented the United States at the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. During her time at Storefront for Art and Architecture and Art in General in New York, she organized funding for major art and architecture commissions by Brendan Fernandes, Sebastian Errazuriz, Josh Melnick, Ohad Meromi, and Kambui Olujimi, among many others; and secured and managed contracts with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Council on the Humanities, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, among other government agencies. Kara began her career with the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, working in hospitality and events.

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