DEED is a collaborative effort between students and faculty of The New School, artisan groups in emerging economies, generous donors and foundations, external partners, and retailers. For people involved in each project, refer to our projects page.
Students – from all schools and disciplines are welcome. More than 50 New School students have done fieldwork with us, from a wide variety of backgrounds including integrated and fashion design, nonprofit management, and urban policy. Select students also participate as research fellows in the lab.
Faculty – from Parsons The New School for Design and The New School for Public Engagement co-founded and run our fieldwork programs since 2007. Additionally, they disseminate our work as guest lecturers, presenters at conferences, and in publications.
Artisans – have amazed, inspired, and worked with us in Guatemala, Colombia, and more places to come! Most of the craftspeople with whom we have worked as master weavers (using both backstrap and floor looms as well as handweaving techniques).
Partners – local organizations who connect us with the Artisans and sometimes help us get funding. They are key to the long-term sustainable success of our projects, as they diminish the dependency between the artisan groups and our lab.
Interns – in both New York City and our various sites, young creative professionals keep the projects alive outside of the fieldwork time. They are key to the long-term sustainable success of our projects, as they diminish the dependency between the artisan groups and our lab.
Cynthia Lawson (co-founder and Director), Associate Professor of Integrated Design, School of Design Strategies, Parsons The New School for Design, The New School
Nicole Bohrer (Research Fellow), MA Candidate, Economics, New School for Social Research, The New School
Daphna Lewinshtein (Research Fellow), MA Candidate, Nonprofit Management, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School
Madhav Tankha (Web and Graphic Design), MFA Candidate, Design and Technology, Parsons The New School for Design, The New School
María José Sáenz Penagos, Guatemala City-based industrial designer, DEED design intern 2011 – present
Fabiola Berdiel (co-founder), International Field Program Director, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School
There are many people who have supported DEED since its inception
– as advisors, guest critics and lecturers, development officers, and more.
Pascale Gatzen (co-founder), Associate Professor of Fashion, School of Design Strategies, Parsons
Grace Salem, Parsons Design & Technology alumna
J. Erin Cho, Associate Professor, School of Design Strategies, Parsons
Janine Cibellis, Assistant Director of Development, The New School
Jay Dehejia, Part-time faculty, Design & Management program, Parsons
Alice Demirjian, Director, Fashion Marketing, School of Fashion, Parsons
Charles Finlay, Director of Foundation Relations, Office of Institutional Giving, The New School
Mark Johnson, Assistant Director of Practice-Based Learning, graduate program in International Affairs
Colleen Macklin, Associate Professor, School of Art, Media and Technology, Parsons
Anu Malhotra, Assistant Director of Development, The New School
Will Murray, formerly Assistant Director of Foundation Relations, Office of Institutional Giving, The New School
Scott Pobiner, Assistant Professor, School of Design Strategies, Parsons
Edwin Torres, formerly Director, External Partnerships, Parsons
Tatiana Wah, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy