van de Velde

Designer. Educator. Community Builder. Artist. Question Asker. Curious Person.

Mentor for the next generation of creative innovators and makers in emerging technologies.

Autodidact with a well-worn library card. 


After working in a variety of professions including visual art, design & innovation, and artistic research, I have acquired a considerable set of technical and design skills. I’m passionate about design and education, particularly within the intersection of art and technology.

I remain deeply committed to teaching and constantly seek ways to merge academic insights with industry practices to drive creativity and innovation beyond traditional educational limits. Currently, I'm a member of the design faculty at UC Berkeley's Master of Design Program, instructing on topics like discursive design, exhibition design and innovation, human-centered design, studio practice, foundational studies, and contemporary art practice.

I embrace an interdisciplinary approach in the work I choose to do and I thrive in environments that don’t fit into any specific framework, method, or subject. I believe that complex problems are tackled using deep investigations and quick iterations. Ultimately, my purpose is to help build inclusive cultures, practices, and frameworks within the design and experience economy that not only address challenges, but also evoke a sense of delight and joy.

In 2014, I completed my studies at MIT in the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) program where I focused my research on history and theory of design, art history, exhibition design, and philosophy of technology.