Professor Terry Irwin

Professor and Head of the School of Design,
Carnegie Mellon University

Terry Irwin is a professor and Head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, a post she has held since 2009. At CMU she led efforts to create a new school-wide, values-based curriculum which launched in 2014. She is also a co-originator (along with Professor Cameron Tonkinwise and Dr. Gideon Kossoff) of Transition Design, a new area of design research, study and practice that advocates design-led societal transitions toward more sustainable futures. Terry has been a professional designer for over 40 years and a university-level educator since 1986. She was one of the founding partners of MetaDesign, an international design firm with offices in Berlin, London, San Francisco and Zürich. She and Gideon Kossoff are currently working with the city of Ojai, California to frame their ongoing water shortage as a Transition Design problem.

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