Dawn explores the intersection of
design, sustainability and business. Which is a fancy way of saying
that she wants the things we make to benefit both people and the world.
An industrial designer by training, she's a boundary-spanner and synthesist who has acted as a cross-disciplinary designer, strategist, art director,
project manager, producer and artist.
Dawn holds a design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (2000), and an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute
She apprenticed in green building and policy with
the Fisk-Vittori team at CMPBS
, and in furniture design with Macek Furniture
often collaborates with international artist Noel Harding
initiative, where she helped teach an interdisciplinary
course at the University of Windsor. She designed a $3.5M
tree-covered, wind-powered pedestrian bridge on the US-Canada border, has developed closed-loop manufacturing strategies for a
leading outdoor footwear manufacturer, and helped establish a public art master plan for a major american airport.
Dawn has been a WorldChanging contributor since just after it began, connected
by luck, geography and circumstance during the early Viridian
She's a co-author of WorldChanging: A User's Guide to the 21st Century
and has spoken at TEDGlobal 2005: Ideas big enough to change the
(Oxford UK), Doors of Perception
(Delhi), Subtle Technologies
(Toronto), and ICFF
(NYC). A Canadian liaison
for the o2 Global
Sustainable Design Network (Toronto/Ontario), she also occasionally maintains her sustainable/design/portal
as a resource site for product designers.
Other hats: secret identity as a medical illustrator for numerous books and journals, specializing in
women's health; former and future art-maker and singer.
A Torontonian living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dawn works on sustainable design strategy and marvels at the sunlight. Aylanto
, her design consultancy, is named for the
the ailanthus altissima
, best of the urban ruderal species.
Invasive, heatseeking, alley-dwelling and concrete-devouring, they
delight in inhabiting and remediating a broken landscape.
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