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  • Michele Gorman

    Assistant Professor of Interiors, Objects, and Technology

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    gormanm@newschool.edu

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    Michele Gorman

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    Michele Gorman Assistant Professor of Interiors, Objects, and Technologies in the School of Constructed Environments. 

    Director of the MFA Interior Design Program

    As a designer and technologist, Michele has designed and built a number of award winning objects, exhibitions, and spaces for clients such as the Public Theater, Target, Green-Wood Cemetery, New School’s Center for Data Art, ArchiteXX within the urban interior. As a design educator, she has worked towards a radically inclusive pedagogy in co-authorship with institutions in the Global South and North. Her upcoming co-authored chapter contribution is titled “The Radically Inclusive Studio: an open access conversation on inclusive practices within the design studio.” She has spoken and hosted workshops internationally this past year on inclusive pedagogy within the distributed studio, catalyzed by the global pandemic and pivot to online learning. Michele is committed to addressing social and environmental justice within the profession and academy. Michele began teaching at Parsons in 2016.  


    Degrees Held

    Masters of Architecture (Rhode Island School of Design) and BS Interior Design (magna cum laude)


    Recent Publications

    “The Radically Inclusive Studio: an open access conversation on inclusive practices within the architecture studio”. co-authored with Michele Gorman (US), Jolanda Morkel (South Africa), Lindy Osborne Burton (Australia), Hermie Delport (South Africa). Upcoming chapter contribution toThe Routledge Companion to Architectural Pedagogies of the Global South, edited by Harriet Harriss and Ashraf Salama,Ane Gonzalez Lara 2021.

    Companion website: The Radically Inclusive Studio: an open access conversation on radically inclusive practices in the design studio.

    theradicallyinclusivestudio.org 

     


    Performances and Appearances

    Recent

    Interior Design Education Council: The Anatomy of the Syllabus: Dismantling Power in Teaching Interiors (Gorman, Christian, Khew, Bennett, Elefterin)

    EAAE Workshop: Judging from A Distance: Observations and Provocations Towards Inclusive Online Design Feedback and Assessment Practices

    Unsettling Paradigms: The Decolonial Turn, Towards an Alternative / Inclusive Paradigm (Gorman, Delport, Morkel, Osborne-Burton)

    Parsons Curriculum Day: Future Visioning for the Radically Inclusive Studio (Gorman, Delport, Morkel)

    Constructing the Virtual Studio

    HELTASA: Inclusive Spatial Practices for Professional Education

    Immersive Environments Workshops: Part 1, 2, 3 ,4  

    Towards an Equitable School: Equitable Town Hall I + II, Pratt School of Architecture 

    Public Workshop / Collaborative Engagement: Radical Education Today: Architecture and Posthuman Life (New School), 2020 (Gorman and Perez de Vega)

    Gorman, M., Perez de Vega, E, Harriss, H., Morton, T. 2020, Decolonizing the Architecture Review: A Case Study in Designing an Equitable Review, Pratt Institute, online video, Talks. https://talks.pratt.edu/media/t/1_iz0soo26/41641711

    The Dinner Party, Mistresses of Pratt, Coordinator of a 40 person team of faculy, students, staff. Coordinating the making and designing of unique place settings, food, drink and event, licenses, media, websites, researchers, and special guests for feminist dinner party performance and event at President Frances Bronet’s House, March 2020.  https://commons.pratt.edu/mistressesofarchitecture/event-photos/

    CodeXX Feminist Roundtables + Design Action Exhibitions, 2013-current 

    Exhibitions: Now What?! Advocacy, Activism, and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968, 2018 in collaboration with ArchiteXX

    Feminist Roundatables around the theme of New Feminist Practices and Ecofeminism: Feminist Domestic Mutations, 2020, Xenofeminism and the Post Natural, 2019 

    WIKIPEDIA EDIT-A-THON SESSIONS, 2016-current: A feminist Wikipedia workshop to write the women of architecture into Wikipedia. 

    CodeXX Roundtable discussion series: Curator, Coordinator + Researcher for a series of topics affecting women in design. “Future Practices”, “Surface Matters: Sandra Wheeler”, “Engineering Tactics: Mediating Designn, Politics, + Practice: Eunjeong Seong, + The Environmental Tipping Point in Design: “Can Design Save the Climate Refugee?” 2015 Jan ‘13- present 

    Exhibitions: Private Choices, Public Spaces, 2014 (New School) in collaboration with ArchiteXX. Provides a venue for exhibiting designs, meeting, presentations, and design reivews for the last abortion clinic in Mississippi based around the research of Lori Brown. 

    Public Workshop / Collaborative Engagement: Radical Education Today: Architecture and Posthuman Life (New School), 2020 (Gorman and Perez de Vega) 

    Public Talk: Hour lecture on Michele Gorman’s creative work for Architecture, Objects, Technology and Social Justice at Parsons School of Constructed Environments 

    Zoom Talk: HELTASA (Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa) 2020 Conference: INCLUSIVE SPATIAL PRACTICES FOR PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION: EXPLORING THE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIO, (Delport, Gorman, Morkel, Osborne, Burton), December 3rd, 2020, https://heltasa.org.za/heltasa-conference-2020/ https://youtu.be/8vBfmmb7pCM 

    Zoom Talk: Creating a Virtual Commons, Urban Morphologies: Teaching Architecture Online: Methods and Outcomes, May, 2020 (Gorman) https://labs.ozyegin.edu.tr/drum/2020/05/20/teaching-architecture-online-methods-and-outcomes/ 

    Zoom Talk: Gorman, M. 2020, Creating a Virtual Commons, Pratt Institute Consortium for Research and Robotics, online video, viewed June 17, 2020, https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/18F1da79-2NIEqv82GqFR6V8LNnJX6a80CIf_aUNyfFnNmyAV7QUGy9ZQ7wdRCk . 

    Zoom Talk: Mistresses of Architecture, Fosters and Partners, 2020. 

    Zoom Talk: SoA Equitable Town Hall I, II, II, 2020 / 2021 

    Zoom Listening Session: Towards an Equitable School, 2020, Co-hosted with Jerrod Delaine, 2020  


    Research Interests

    Social Justice and Design Activism, Intensifying Forms though Mixed Realities, Democratizing Technology, Radically Inclusive Pedagogy and Curricula, Post-Natural Ecologies  


    Portfolio

    The Radically Inclusive Studio


    Current Courses

    Rep and Spatial Analysis
    PGID 5021, Fall 2021

    Rep and Spatial Analysis: Rec
    PGID 5022, Fall 2021

    Future Courses

    Design Studio 4: Thesis
    PGID 5301, Spring 2022

    Past Courses

    Principles of Interior Design
    PAID 1050, Spring 2021

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