Design Conversations is back for the Fall 2020 semester! We will be continuing our theme, For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging first launched in the Spring of 2019. This series investigates design’s blindspots and exclusions and invites guests to discuss the ways their work examines ideas around inclusivity.
Kicking off the Fall series is Leah Buechley, associate professor in the computer science department at the University of New Mexico where she directs the Hand and Machine research group. Her work explores the integrations of electronics, computing, art, craft, and design. She is a pioneer in paper and fabric-based electronics and her inventions include the LilyPad Arduino, a construction kit for sew-able electronics. Previously, she was a professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directed the High-Low Tech group. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Boston Globe, and Wired and exhibited in venues including Ars Electronica, the Exploratorium, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 2017, her work was recognized with the Edith Ackerman award for Interaction Design and Children. Leah received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in physics from Skidmore College. She also studied dance, theater, fine art, and design at both institutions.