Arnold Wasserman Joins Us as the 2013-14 Nierenberg Chair


We are very pleased to announce that Arnold Wasserman has joined the School of Design as the 2013-2014 Nierenberg Chair.

Arnold Wasserman is chairman of the Idea Factory, a consultancy based in Singapore, specializing in innovation, strategy, and design.

He says, "My co-instructor Prof. Peter Scupelli and I are presenting the course "DEXIGN THE FUTURE: Human Centered Innovation for Exponential Times" this Fall and Spring. It is an experiment in blended learning for a design studio practice course. I am spending the first two weeks and the final week of the semester in residence at CMU in Pittsburgh. The rest of the semester I will be telepresent remotely from San Francisco. Along the way we will have a number of other presenters and teleguests.

Our students will do a major semester studio team project - "LIFE 2050 in PGH 3.0" - working together with the Pittsburgh City Planning department, which is just starting up Pittsburgh's first long range comprehensive development plan. Collaborating with the world class academic and research partners at CMU and throughout Pittsburgh in science and technology, the arts, humanities, and design, student teams will create scenarios and a roadmap of development pathways to achieve a future vision of health, justice, equity, creative opportunity, and sustainable prosperity in year 2050."

Wasserman is also Founding Partner of Collective Invention, an innovation consultancy based in San Francisco focused on “innovation for the common good” to improve life in the public domain. He has been named one of “20 Masters of Design” by Fast Company magazine. He has held the positions of Vice President of Corporate Industrial Design/Human Factors at NCR, Xerox, and Unisys Corporation. He has also been Dean of Pratt Institute’s School of Design, Senior Fellow for Design Strategy at IDEO, a product development consultancy, and Director of Design for the Raymond Loewy design office in Paris.

Wasserman has been a pioneer in the practice of human-centered, interdisciplinary innovation strategy for the creation of products, services, new ventures, public policy programs, and workplace environments that foster organizational creativity and interdisciplinary innovation.

Wasserman is a long-time member of the Professional Advisory Board of Carnegie Mellon University. He has taught yearly seminars on “Management of Innovation” at the Graduate School of Business Management, Scuola S. Anna, University of Pisa, Italy. He has lectured frequently at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, Austin, and at the Haas Graduate School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, where he has also been an Adjunct Professor.

Wasserman writes and lectures frequently on design, strategy, management, and innovation. He has been keynote speaker for The Conference Board in New York City; The National Association of Homebuilders in San Francisco and in Santa Barbara; INDEX: International Design Awards, Copenhagen; The Creative Industry Management Strategy International Forum in Taiwan; the Creative Industries Development Initiative and Design Education Initiative, both in Singapore; Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Conference in Winnipeg, Canada; the Business & Innovation Conference of the Norwegian Design Council, Oslo; the New Enterprise Innovation Conference of the Singapore Design Council; the Global Design Network Congress in Hong Kong; the CLASE Accion Por La Educacion Congress in Mexico City and the National Innovation Strategy Congress in Bogota Colombia. Most recently he was interviewed at the Commonwealth Club of California on the subject of “Redesigning Learning – Hope or Hype?” He hosted the first forum of the “CMU Inside Stories” speaker series in Silicon Valley.

He has been a member of the International Advisory Panel of Singapore's Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts creating a strategy to make Singapore a world hub of innovation and design. He is a member of the jury and advisory board of Singapore Design Council’s annual “President’s Design Award.” He was Principle Advisor for the International Council of Industrial Design’s 2009 Congress in Singapore where he initiated the Congress theme: DESIGN2050. He is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Design and is a member of the advisory board of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He is a consultant to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development.

Wasserman wrote the section on “Industrial Design” for Collier’s Encyclopedia. He has received numerous international awards for his designs of business equipment and consumer products. IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) presented him with its Bronze Apple Award for organizing the first national conference on universal design. Carnegie Mellon University has presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award. Wasserman has served as chairman of the jury for Business Week’s Industrial Design Excellence Awards competition.

Wasserman has been chairman and principal advisor of INDEX: 2005, 07, 09, 11 and 13, a major international design competition, conference, and exhibition that awards “Nobel Prizes for Design To Improve Life” in Copenhagen. He is also a member of the International Board of Advisors for INDEX.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Arts degree in design history and theory from the University of Chicago. 

Date Published: 
Sunday, August 11, 2013
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