MEET Professor Michele Gorman

Professor Michele Gorman is a Designer and teaches within The New School’s post graduate Parsons School of Constructed Environments and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute’s UG School of Architecture. Based in Brooklyn, she works on collaborative projects between Architecture and Interior Design + new media that take the form of store design, public art projects, and exhibitions in the United States and abroad. Her designs use new technologies to find new relationships between content, user and site in innovative ways. Her collaborations have been in the world of big data, gaming and social justice. She collaborated with OCR on “Shakespeare Machine”, a multimedia artwork for the Public Theater in New York City that has won the NYC Design Award, “And That’s the Way It Is”​, a site specific projection on the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, and has done research into the history of lighting and sound. A recent interiors project for Target in San Francisco called Open House, designed for Local Projects, integrates the Internet of Things into a spatial narrative that challenges how we approach retail spaces in the 21st century. The project has been nominated for an Architizer Award for Store Design. Her recent project, “This is My House of Green Grass: The Raw Retrieval of the Civil War” was multimedia art piece installation within the Catacombs of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. She has most recently received two Faculty Development grants to pursue research into Fictional Cities: The Gamification of Architecture and the impact it has on our public spaces, which will be taught as a Pratt Interdisciplinary Course course in the Spring 2019 semester and a Thesis Seminar and Studio in the Fall of 2018 and the Spring of 2019. Professor Gorman has a feminist round table lecture series called CodeXX which invites up and coming female designers to speak on their work in relationship to emerging topics in our field. Michele is dedicated to bringing diversity to the field of architecture and subverting standards that have stagnated our profession from an open and collaborative agenda. Besides sitting on the anti-discrimination committee at Pratt, she has designed an exhibition on activism in design at the Parsons Aronson Gallery, opening in this Spring 2018, called “Now What?! Advocacy, Alliances and Activism in Architecture Since 1968”. It launched at the Pratt School of Architecture and is currently showing in LA, then travelling to San Francisco and then Montreal/McGill University in the Fall of 2018.

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