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Sophie Lan Hou
Sophie Lan Hou is an artist, educator, and peace builder utilizing transdisciplinary design methods to innovate strategic collaborations for sustained impact. Currently in her final year of the MFA Transdiscplinary Design program at Parsons the New School for Design, Sophie is well-versed in collaboration, critical reframing, open innovation models and participatory design-led research. She comes from a diverse background of global studies, youth development, photography and the performing arts. Throughout her work and travels across six continents Sophie constantly seeks to discover, celebrate and empower our shared experience as human beings, encouraging an ever-deepening commitment to global citizenship, ecological sustainability, justice and equality.
Taylor is studying transdisiplinary design at Parsons the New School, a masters program that explores how collaboration across all disciplines can work to tackle the complex problems of today. Her educational background is in communication and packaging design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, with a number of years experience working in branding and product innovation design industries. A few of her current projects include local and global food justice, using art and rethinking physical spaces as ways to promote empowerment with one’s food and overall health, developing public awareness campaigns promoting the understanding of neuroscience and most recently, developing an Office for Public Imagination. She is now directing her focus on cultural evolution, it’s influences, and how we can collaborate to build our futures with social and environmental sustainability at its core.
June Cho West
June Cho West is a musician and artist beginning her education as a Transdisciplinary Designer at Parsons School of Design. She studied Sociology and French at the University of Montana for her undergraduate degree, emphasizing in sociological perspective and critical theory. Her experience has traversed many areas of interest, including creative writing, fine art, sustainable agriculture, environmental justice, and global studies. She has also been largely influenced by her travels throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Her skills in creativity, formulation, qualitative understanding and critical thinking will help the team pursue its interests in empowerment through self-expression and fashion. As she develops her mission as a designer, she commits herself to social justice, sustainability and reverting to “slowness” in a fast-pace, high-tech society.
Partners & Collaborators
OAK STREET STYLE
OAK Street Style is a creative media agency based out of Oakland, California. As the brainchild of CHUN-MUI MILLER, her work grew out of a desire to (re)define style as it stands independent of “fashion.” In an effort to answer the questions of what is personal style, where does it come from and how & where does the real creativity happen, a series of larger conversations arose that attracted other artists to join the OSS team. These artists began their exploration of style as it relates to politics, art and culture by creating an ongoing series of streetstyle photographs & events that engage the audience to reflect on the deeper definition of style and its context within larger society.
DRESS PRACTICE COLLECTIVE (Fashion Studies/Parsons)
The Dress Practice Collective is a New School student-run organization aimed at joining elements of visual culture, fashion theory, design studies and personal practice through a variety of media. We hope to spark conversations and initiate collaborations between students, faculty and members of the greater community. The organization was founded in Spring 2013 for the purpose of presenting exhibitions, organizing workshops, hosting film screenings and publishing original content.
PROJECT AFRICA (Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA)/Milano)
Project Africa is a collaboration formed by students in the New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) to promote a deeper understanding of contemporary Africa. Through cross disciplinary dialogue, research, and special events Project Africa aims to expand narrow views of the continent and educate students and the public about Africa’s flourishing cultures, people, and beauty of the land. Every year this student-run organization brings together, some of the best minds researching and working in Africa, to share their findings and provide news from the field on topics ranging from fashion, history, politics and emerging issues.