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Creative Objective

Design for liberation through community-based practices by co-developing strategies and tactics that respond to the systemic marginalization of communities


Experience

Practicing Design Strategist & Artist  //  alopezdesigns, New York, NY  //  2005 – Present

  • Consultancy managing project-based services via transdisciplinary design

  • Processes consists of practical frameworks, methods, research, & collaborative approaches

UX Designer  //  CodeSCTY, New York, NY  //  Fall 2018 – Present

  • Engineer research to co-develop computational thinking concepts for youth audiences

  • Identify models & approaches to inform sustainable business frameworks & methodologies

Part-Time Faculty  //  The New School, New York, NY  //  Winter 2017 – Present

  • Facilitation support for undergraduate and graduate design courses

  • Strategies consist of critical research & collaboration activities for content comprehension

Community Researcher  //  Reboot, Brooklyn, NY  //  Summer 2018 – Winter 2018

  • Generated outreach strategies to support advocacy campaigns

  • Contributed to assessment via observation & analysis to inform feasibility & impact

Teaching Artist  //  Dreamyard, Bronx, NY  //  Fall 2017 – Present

  • Pedagogical art practices grounded through a social justice framework

  • Responsible for development of digital & visual arts curricula for ages 10-15

  • Accountable for educating community-building principles 

Visual Information Specialist  //  National Park Service, Denver, CO  //  Summer 2011 – 2016

  • Visual artist with the United States Department of the Interior impacting over 125 park units

  • Charged with brand development & visual communication for public outreach programs

  • Led team strategies in web development, interactive publications, & digital communication

  • Received recognition for design support for the National Water Trails initiative
    from the United States Secretary of the Interior

Disc Jockey  //  Sweet Sounds Entertainment, Denver, CO  //  Fall 2009 – 2015

  • Performed as Master of Ceremonies for over 140 private & public events

  • Choreographed events utilizing sound & participating systems

  • Created memory-based experiences using service design strategies


Residency

New Immigrant Community Empowerment NICE, Jackson Heights, NY  //  Fall 2017 – Spring 2018
Transpedagogy in the Ephemeral - Socially Engaged Practice + Design Thinking


Fellowships

Design + Diversity Fellowship D+D, Saint Louis, MI  //  Summer 2018 – Present

  • Award to support practitioners essential design tools to continue practice of design + inclusivity

Planned Parenthood of New York City PPNY, Manhattan, NY  //  Summer 2017

  • Practiced co-design strategies to develop patient engaged experiences using media technology

  • Contributed to facilitation of partnership strategies


Education

MFA Transdisciplinary Design

Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
May 2018  //  Departmental Honors

BFA Studio Art - Communication Design

MSU Denver, Denver, CO
December 2015