May 3, 2023


Tomorrow’s Designers, Designing Today

This event is part of the Boston Design Week.

This event will present innovative areas of design action, by showcasing some of the key topics explored by MIT Morningside Academy for Design’s Fellows during the academic year 2023. The event will be a celebration of the capacity of design to deeply improve and transform our relation to the world, through works that seek how we can create better, more sustainable, and more inclusive buildings, public spaces, communities, and digital systems.

We will also present the incoming cohort of Design Fellows, who will join MAD for the 2024 academic year.


Tomorrow’s Designers, Designing Today will include three dialogues, moderated by Svafa Grönfeldt:

- Justin Brazier and Sheila Kennedy
Justin is an architect who studies how design enhances cultural identity, agriculture, environmental education, and economic sovereignty through the development of the Green Innovation Corridor that will run through Boston’s Mattapan and Dorchester neighborhoods.
Sheila Kennedy is a professor of Architecture at MIT, founding principal in Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd., and Justin's advisor.

- Jana Saadi and Maria Yang
Jana is an engineer and designer who investigates the interaction between designers and computational design tools throughout the design process.
Maria, Gail E. Kendall (1978) Professor of Mechanical Engineering, founder and director of MIT’s Ideation Lab, is Jana's advisor. She is also MAD's associate director.

- Jonathan Zong and Arvind Satyanarayan
Jonathan is a designer, computer scientist, and artist using design to empower marginalized individuals and communities, primarily blind and low-vision people. He creates tools for multi-sensory data analysis, making complementary use of graphics, description, and sound, thus allowing data to be more accessible to all.
Arvind is Associate Professor of Computer Science and director of the MIT CSAIL Visualization Group, as well as Jonathan's advisor.


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May 3, 2023 Forum 3 pm

MIT Museum
314 Main Street
Gambrill Center
Building E-28
Cambridge, MA 02142