9/22/2022 Fall ’22 Designer in Residence: Karen Proctor, Improv Lab


Autism in the Future

Autism in the Future Yiran Guo “Autism in the Future” aims to build a more inclusive environment for students on the Autism spectrum in China to help them build a better future by changing the perceptions and raising the awareness of autism in society.

Museum Unmuted

Museum Unmuted Shuyu Fang “Museum Unmuted” aims to amplify museum BIPOC staff’s voices by connecting them with designers/artists to help them create visual stories. The goal by doing so is to stimulate conversation and an understanding of BIPOC staff’s experiences among the public.

Rooted Restaurants

Rooted Restaurants Evan Ressegger, Qingyi Bridget Qian & Dasha Zlochesvky “Rooted Restaurants” is reimagining restaurant resilience. The project focuses on local solutions and tools to co-create community restaurant resilience. The goal is to increase communications between restaurants on Avenue B in the East Village and their respective communities.

More Than One

More Than One Hailey Feng “More Than One” is creating an environment where Chinese young women can support each other and build a community to cope with body shaming.

From Harm to Harmony: Designing Reformative Principles for Missionary Work

From Harm to Harmony: Designing Reformative Principles for Missionary Work Sohoon Yi “From Harm to Harmony” aims to build reformative mission principles by considering cultural diversity and reduce harm to their engaged population.

Nihao(Hello), Friends

Nihao(Hello), Friends Sharon Qianwen Xing “Nihao(Hello), Friends” aims to enrich senior Chinese immigrants’ lives in New York City by building a community to reduce social isolation caused by the pandemic.

___ Around: Connecting with Urban Wildlife

___ Around: Connecting with Urban Wildlife Jacqueline Bao “___ Around” is a project that calls for heightened awareness of urban wildlife in NYC, aiming to create a relationship and foster healthy coexistence between wildlife and humans.

The Crossover

The Crossover Janvi Ghatalia & Mahima Jaju The Crossover is an experiential learning program that equips non-disabled film students with tools to identify ableism and write stories that amplify disability.

Community Conservation: Creating Connection Through Closure

Community Conservation: Creating Connection Through Closure Leah Brown Green spaces are important for thriving communities. This is particularly true in New York City, and evermore necessary in a time of COVID-19. By closing East River Park, a 57.5 acre waterfront park along the East River in Lower Manhattan for climate resiliency, the individuals and communities…

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Kind Amwaj Alzahrani “Kind”, is a platform that celebrates the art of people with Down Syndrome, fosters their talents, spreads hope and positivity among families, and shows the local Saudi community how awesome and creative people with Down Syndrome can be.

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