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Ana Mengote Baluca

Visiting Instructor


Ana is a designer intent on using design to build a more socially equitable world. Her work is commonly found at the intersection of community-building and creative problem-solving. Above everything else, her primary objective is to work on solutions that have the most potential in impacting our culture and society in a positive way. She is currently one of the leaders of IDSA’s inaugural DEI council. She also serves as one of the co-chairs of the Publicity Committee of the Association of Filipino Scientists in America. She is experimenting and strategizing meaningful products as the founder and creative director of lowercase innovation.

She is a proponent of using design as a medium to weave culture, history, and philosophies to create impactful products and solutions. As a generalist designer and artist, her work takes on a spectrum of forms. Her first exhibit in New York City was with Data Through Design in 2019 – a gallery during NYC’s data week. Before that, her products as an Industrial designer have been exhibited at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, Seattle Design Festival, and presented for the ASEAN Furniture Design Awards. She empowers and activates fellow designers and creatives to be an activist through her speaking engagements in the US and the Philippines.

Post-Baccalaureate in Urban Studies, Columbia University.
Bachelors of Science in Industrial Design, The Art Institute of Seattle.