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

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 Curbed “How design is being upended by the climate crisis

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

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

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

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

2019 OZY “Mind Melt

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

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



2018 Global Security Fellowship, RISD, NSquare & MacArthur Foundation

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

2017 GPD Merit Fellowship, Graduate Industrial Design, RISD