My graduate thesis work investigates building resilient cultures of collective care in pressurized workplaces. Its focus is on the Rhode Island School of Design MID (Master of Industrial Design) program as a proxy. While every work environment has its own specific context, many work cultures face similar challenges. The aims, avenues, tools, and social events in this thesis have applicability beyond the context of RISD.


  • Designed, tested, and established two participatory artifacts and two recurring social events aimed at promoting an engaged pedagogy, increasing collaboration, and improving information opacity.
  • Built out a lounge space in the studio
  • Synthesized my research, interviews, and insights in a thesis book