Charlotte McCurdy is an interdisciplinary designer and researcher based in Brooklyn. Her research on developing a carbon-negative, algae plastic will be 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 degrees in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and 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.


Selected Exhibitions, Awards, Press



2019 (forthcoming) “Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New York 

2019 (forthcoming) “Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” Cube Design Museum, Kerkrade, Netherlands

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

2012 “Undergraduate Comprehensive Exhibition” Green Hall Galleries, Yale University

2007 “101 Dresses” Artspace, New Haven, CT

2007 “Playing Hands” Eli Whitney Museum, New Haven, CT



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

2012 Tristan Perlroth Fellow, Yale University

2012 Robert C. Bates Research Fellow, Yale University

2010 South Asian Studies Council SLA, Yale University



2017 RISD News, “Unexpected Insights”

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” 

2016 RISD News, “No Nukes”

2014 Financial Times, “Nespresso smells opportunity in helping small coffee growers”

2014 Fortune, “As foreign aid dries up, companies take the lead in global development”

2014 GreenBiz, “Starbucks, Green Mountain and McDonald's pour on coffee efforts”

2014 The Guardian, “Beyond charity: three innovative types of business partnerships for nonprofits”

2013 Huffington Post, “Is Corporate Philanthropy Dead as We Know It, or Should It Be?”

2013 Global Post, “George Clooney wants you to drink this coffee”

2013 GreenBiz, “Coca-Cola rolls out off-grid water kiosks for developing areas”

2013 All Things Considered, NPR,  “How An Ethiopian Bean Became The Cinderella Of Coffee”

2013 Yale Entrepreneurship Magazine “Cassava in The Classroom” 

2012 Yale Daily News “Constantly shifting ‘Control’: A profile...”