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Charlotte McCurdy is an interdisciplinary designer from New York City. Her project “After Ancient Sunlight” is now on view as part of “Nature — The Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.” It won the 2019 Experimental Category of the Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards and has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Wallpaper, OZY, FastCompany, Core77, Women’s Wear Daily, Curbed, Grist, Gizmodo, and beyond. She is a Global Security Fellow at the Rhode Island School of Design with the support of the MacArthur Foundation and a member of the New Museum’s cultural incubator, NEW INC with the support of Science Sandbox. Her research focuses on making existential threats more tractable through design. She is a co-founder of cofutures and a 2019 Poptech Fellow. She holds a Master of Industrial Design from RISD, and a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs from Yale University. 




2019 Winner in the Experimental Category, Fast Company Innovation by Design Awards

2019 PopTech Fellow

2018 Global Security Fellow, RISD, NSquare & MacArthur Foundation

2018 Thomas Edison Award for Innovation and Invention, Industrial Design, RISD


2019 PopTech SHIFT, Camden, ME, USA (forthcoming)

2019 On Loop Workshop, A/D/O by Mini, Brooklyn, USA (forthcoming)

2019 "Material Health: Design Frontiers" Parsons Healthy Materials Lab, NYC, USA (forthcoming)

2019 “Speak to the Mammal: Making Existential Threats more Tractable through Design” Biennial Design Science Symposium “Inclusive Narratives from Nature.” Providence, USA

2019 “Innovation Process” NSquare Innovation Network Convening, Washington DC, USA

2019 “Materials of the Anthropocene,” Cooper Hewitt Triennial Salon, NY, USA

2019 “Creative Experiments,” NEW INC, Science Sandbox, The New Museum, NY, USA

2019 “Demo Day,” NEW INC, The New Museum, NY, USA

2019 “Biomimicry and Biohumility” Biodesigning the Future of Food, New York University, Integrated Telecommunications Program (ITP), New York, NY USA

2018 “Biotechnology and Textiles,” Textiles MFA Studio, Parsons, The New School, NY, USA 


2019-2020 “Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New York & Cube Design Museum, Kerkrade, Netherlands

2019 “Wearable Art” Site Projects, New Haven, USA

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 FastCompany “This biodegradable and carbon-negative raincoat is museum-worthy

2019 A/D/O Journal “Charlotte McCurdy’s Carbon-Capturing Coat

2019 core77 “Algae Demand Our Attention

2019 PBS, Peril and Promise, Climate Artists “Episode 5: Cooper Hewitt

2019 The Guardian “Making carbon-neutral clothes out of algae: the designers taking on fast fashion

2019 La Quotidienne, France5 “Idée du jour

2019 OZY “This Raincoat Made from Algae Offers a Message of Hope

2019 The New York Times “Glimpsing Our Post-Consumption Future at the Cooper Hewitt

2019 core77 “This Ethereal Raincoat is Made Out of Algae-Based Plastic

2019 Wallpaper “The Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial is a call to action for climate change

2019 WWD “Algae Raincoat, 3-D-printed Faux Fur On View at Cooper Hewitt’s Nature-inspired Triennial

2019 The New Yorker “Nature: Design Triennial

2019 Curbed “How design is being upended by the climate crisis

2019 Grist “It’s always summer now — so dress like it

2019 Gizmodo “Algae Raincoats, Mushroom Caskets: New Exhibit Asks Us to Radically Rethink How We Live With Nature

2019 A/D/O Journal “Force of Nature

2016 core77, “RISD's 2016 ID Triennial Demonstrates What's Behind an Industrial Design Education”

2016 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists “Nuclear film does not bomb on Broadway”