Charlotte McCurdy is an interdisciplinary designer and researcher based in Brooklyn. Her research on developing a carbon-negative, algae plastic is currently featured in 2019-2020 in the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial in New York and in the Cube Museum Design Triennial in the Netherlands. She is a Global Security Fellow at the Rhode Island School of Design where her research on global nuclear threat reduction is funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She is a member of the NEW MUSEUM’s selective cultural incubator, NEW INC, in New York City. Previously, she consulted Fortune 200 companies on sustainability strategy. She holds a Masters degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and Bachelors degree in Global Affairs from Yale University and lectures across art, design and global affairs.
Charlotte’s research covers a wide swath of her interests, including climate change, biotechnology, food security, human-computer interfaces, and system design; she is driven to understand and humanize complex systems.
2019 “Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New York
2019 “Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” Cube Design Museum, Kerkrade, Netherlands
2019 “AProtoTypical” Industrial Design Graduate Biennial
2018 “Grad Show” Rhode Island School of Design
2017 “Anthology 22” Anthology Reading, Performance and Exhibition Series Brown University
2017 “This is How We Do It” Industrial Design Graduate Biennial, RISD
2016 “We Start from Making” Industrial Design Triennial, RISD
2016 “the bomb” Tribeca Film Festival
2019 Grist “It’s always summer now — so dress like it”
2017 RISD News, “Unexpected Insights”
2016 Bullentin of the Atomic Scientists “Nuclear film does not bomb on Broadway”
2016 RISD News, “No Nukes”
2018 Thomas Edison Award for Innovation and Invention, Industrial Design, RISD
2017 GPD Merit Fellowship, Graduate Industrial Design, RISD