Pratt Presents is a curated series of high-profile public programs and events that showcase the Institute’s expertise and reputation as a distinguished academic institution, as well as a cultural hub. Pratt Presents lectures, conversations, and performances feature distinguished artists, thinkers, and influencers.

Big ideas. Bold thinkers. Brilliant dialogue. Fall 2015.

Pratt Presents Diversity in Design

Co-presented by Steelcase
with Erica Eden, director global design innovation, PepsiCo; Bibhu Mohapatra, founder and creative director, the Bibhu Mohapatra label; Eddie Opara, partner at Pentagram; Lou Switzer, CEO, the Switzer Group; and moderated by J. J. McCorvey, senior associate editor, Fast Company

Monday, October 19, 6:30 PM
Pre-event Reception at 5:30 PM
Steelcase Showroom
4 Columbus Circle (58th Street and 8th Avenue, SW Corner)
Free and open to the public; reservations required.

This panel discussion features an exclusive group of influential designers and technologists exploring the ways in which a diversity of perspectives helps enhance creativity and drive innovation, despite prevailing barriers. Design and technology are progressive and forward-thinking arenas, but how inclusive are they really? How might one’s ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, or socio-economic level affect their perspective on design? The conversation will explore these and other pressing questions as it probes the relationship between diversity and design.  

This program celebrates the fifth issue of Pratt’s publication Differentiate by Design (DxD) which showcases the Institute’s many corporate engagements. DxD5 celebrates diversity in design and asks the question, how can we do better?

Please note that if a free event is full we will offer standby seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Waiting in standby does not guarantee admission, but we will try to accommodate as many people as space allows.

For more information, please contact The Office of Public Programs at 718.687.5981.