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

Tuesday May 1st, 2018

The annual DSI Thesis Show presentations will be held on Tuesday May 1st, from 1pm to 5pm at the SVA Theatre.

This year, our graduates have once again developed brilliant projects that solve social problems and prepare them for careers as creative leaders. Please join us for the show, featuring design programs that make life better for cancer survivors, intervene in the flow of ocean-bound plastics, transform clinic design to improve health inside American jails, connect people on the autism spectrum through making, bring visibility and equity to unmarried women in China, facilitate conversations about sexual health between mothers and daughters, engage young people in curtailing food waste, support artists and craftspeople from other cultures, support Black women through cultural sensitivity and empowerment, protect canners and the future of local recycling, reclaim a South Bronx park from an opioid crisis, build confidence in stutterers, connect and support seniors in nursing homes, overcome racial bias due to ignorance and provide access to vital services for non-native English speakers.

For you, it will be fun and inspiring. Please join us.

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1:00 pm – Introduction: Cheryl Heller, Chair
1:15 pm – Archie Lee Coates IV, faculty  
1:20 pm – Chuyao Geng & Ishita Jain
1:30 pm – Andrea Archer
1:40 pm – Jeralyn Powell
1:50 pm – Benedetta Piantella, faculty
1:55 pm – Lang Qin         
2:05 pm – Mayu Inoue
2:15 pm – Zongliang Shang & Qianshang Chen
2:25 pm – Amanda Finuccio
2:35 pm – BREAK

3:00 pm – Jeffrey Franklin, faculty
3:05 pm – Yuka Fukuoka
3:15 pm – Sandy Wijaya Guberti-Ng & Alejandro Cercas
3:25 pm – Lirong Yang & Jinwei Hu
3:35 pm – Miya Osaki, faculty
3:40 pm – Nicholas Chan & Maria Alejandra Sandoval
3:50 pm – Parppim Pimmaratana
4:00 pm – Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala & Stephen Morrison
4:10 pm – Jessie Silver & Sofia Granefelt Lauren
4:20 pm – Closing Remarks: Cheryl Heller

Thesis Presentations 1:00 – 5:00PM
SVA Theatre
333 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011

DSI Reception
136 W 21st St.
5th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Hey Polly

Sandy Wijaya Guberti-Ng, Alejandro Cercas

An open-source online platform which helps communities and cities with limited English proficient populations (LEP) create more equitable access to vital services.

The MakeGuffin Project

Nicholas Chan, Maria Alejandra Sandoval

A relating-by-making environment for and by individuals on the Autism spectrum that enables individuals to bond and develop informal support systems as they share a common goal around a passion project.

Yummy Secret

Jinwei Hu, Lirong Yang

A program that creates closer relationships between local communities and seniors in nursing homes through recipe and memory sharing.

Flying Solo Salon

Lang Qin

In China, the term “leftover women” is a slur identifying women who have passed the usual age of marriage. Flying Solo Salon is an identity and community building program that helps women challenge the stigma.


Zongliang Shang, Phoenix Chen

Helping reduce the half a billion pounds of fruit waste generated annually by restaurants in New York City by training young chefs to become zero-waste chefs who repurpose excess fruit into innovative dishes and beverages.


Yuka Fukuoka

A step-by-step approach to building confidence and reducing anxiety in people who stutter, particularly in stressful situations, such as job interviews.

32 Flavors of Black Women

Jeralyn Powell

Exploring how the intersectionality of being black and a woman affects self-discovery and perception of future selves, 32 Flavors creates a safe space to be accepted and validated while experiencing their multi-faceted identity.  


Chuyao Geng, Ishita Jain

More than 7,000 “local recyclers” divert recyclables from the landfills, but their contribution is not known. Canversation provides an interactive stage and behind-the-scenes understanding that changes the way New Yorkers see their lives and contributions.

Headway: A Survivors’ Guide To Survivorship

Stephen Morrison, Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala

A real-time survivor’s guide to support for cancer survivors, Headway connects survivors to each other, and to caring experts who can give them what they need to thrive.

Moms Make Books

Amanda Finuccio

A bookmaking workshop for mothers with children between ages 4 and 12 who want sexual health development to begin at home, and include the messages and values they want to impart to their children.

Just Ask.

Jessica Silver, Sofia Granefelt Lauren

How can the design of health clinics inside jails and prisons improve people’s ability to give and receive healthcare? Can it change the fact that people behind bars lose two years of life expectancy for every one they spend there?  Just Ask a novel and simple approach that surfaces solutions from the patients and providers themselves.

Guardians of the Ocean Club

Parppim Pimmaratana

An in-school program that inspires children to rescue beloved ocean species by reducing plastic trash, and through them, to influence adults to do the same.


Mayu Inoue

A program that uses rich, indigenous stories to address the unintended chasm between African-born immigrant vendors and the communities in which they live.

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Estuvo Aquí / Was Here

Andrea Archer

A program that applies the social design process to the effort to solve the overwhelming issues of the opioid epidemic in public parks. Estuvo Aquí/Was Here shifts from working on the symptoms of public injection and discarded syringes to the urgent need for supporting health in the most vulnerable populations.

136 W 21st St,
5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 592–2205