RDC Affiliates

Scott Barber, Scott Barber Apparel

Bio:
Scott Barber grew up in Wellman, Iowa, in a skiing family and spent a lot of time in Colorado, so both he and his older sister went to CSU. He studied economics and accounting. When he was a senior, he got a part-time job at a nice local men’s store. From there, he became a manufacturer’s representative in the Rocky Mountain region. In 1986, he moved to Los Angeles to work for a fine New England suit manufacturer. He was responsible for the Rocky Mountain and the west coast regions. In 1990, he moved back to Colorado to go to work in sales and design for Ferrell Reed, a Boulder-based dress shirt and necktie brand. As the workplace was beginning to become more casual, he left in 1994 to start his own sportswear brand and has been doing that since. He’s married to Tonya and they have a daughter Amanda and a son Charlie. They like to ski and travel and the kids play a lot of tennis. Scott likes old sports cars and motorcycles and still gets the chance to fly airplanes now and then. College basketball is his favorite spectator sport.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
My obvious interest in design thinking is what I’ve chosen to do for a living. I spend a high percentage of my time at work designing men’s sportswear. I love both fabric and garment design and I feel that it’s something that’s innate. Either you have an eye or you don’t. Since I was quite young, I’ve been very interested in things that stood out as being special, from iconic cars to architecture to fashion and consumer products of all kinds. The perfect fender line of a fifties Italian sports car or the simple, functional look and details of a Dieter Rams designed Bauhaus style table radio. I have always been interested in the personality behind the brand or design house. Why are Porsches the way they are? What makes the original Coke bottle satisfying to look at it? My mom was quite an aesthetic and could never understand why a window in a house was placed in such a clumsy spot. Getting the details just right is what makes me tick and I feel very fortunate to work on special products every day.

Scott Barber

Ray Browning, Nike, Inc.

Bio:
Ray Browning has a diverse background and skillset with expertise in human performance science, product innovation, and leadership. As a Senior Director in the Nike Innovation Sport Research Lab, Ray lead a team of sports scientists and engineers that drove footwear innovation. Prior to working at Nike, Ray was an Associate Professor in the Health and Exercise Science department at Colorado State University where he combined biomechanics, physiology and engineering to better understand how physical activity can prevent/treat obesity. He also co-founded Physical Activity Innovations. Prior to academia, Ray was the VP of Product Development at Asimba, author and professional triathlete. These experiences have developed his skills in innovation, entrepreneurship, product development, research and athletic performance. Ray holds a Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology (University of Colorado), M.S. in Kinesiology (UCLA) and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (CSU).

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
The framework of design thinking helps to guide the innovation process. By asking probing questions, identifying opportunities and iteratively developing potential solutions, new knowledge, products, and services can emerge. In my industry and academic roles, I have witnessed the challenge many organizations and individuals face when moving from application of skills to the creation of something new. As a result, my professional interest in design thinking is to help others understand and utilize this powerful approach. In particular, I am interested in optimizing the methods used to educate students, so they see themselves as engaged, impactful problem solvers.

Ray Browning

Laurie Davis, Davis Davis Architects

Bio:
Laurie Perriello Davis, Principal in Charge of Design at Davis Davis Architects, is an architect who believes in the ability of architecture to inspire and reshape the physical world with sustainable and regenerative methods. Her design direction is rooted in the belief in the transcendent qualities of authentic materiality and form. She strives to make buildings that celebrate people, the environment, and the community in a positive way. Laurie has taught design and theory classes at the University of Arkansas and the New School of Architecture in San Diego. Laurie joined with partner Robert L. Davis, Jr. in 1994 to create Davis Davis Architects. She is passionate about sustainable design and is a Living Futures Accredited Professional.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
Design enables us to imagine and remake the physical world into a better place. Design is inventing. Creating a world we can comprehend, because design teaches us. And one we are inspired by, because design reaches us by exciting our senses. Passion ignites us. Working with a mindset of making a regenerative world, design thinking allows us to draw from various other disciplines from philosophy to biology to create powerful concepts that lift us up. Good design buoys our humanity and refines our environ¬ments. Beauty compels us. I’m a maker. I use my hands to tell my brain how to see. So naturally, I’m a strong advocate for designers learning hand sketching and physical modeling. These hand-centered ex¬ploratory design and communication skills are empowering. In the last twenty years, we’ve been blessed with digital devel¬opments in information modeling and design representation, but it has also been a curse to the creative process. Before we make something technically proficient, we first must understand its essence and design value. This discovery happens when the hand meets paper with pencil and creativity sparks the brain. Design is iterative.

Laurie Davis

Colin Day, Institute for the Built Environment

Bio:
Colin Day is a Projects Manager for the Institute for the Built Environment focused on community and district scale projects and initiatives including the Fort Collins EcoDistrict, the Urban Lab, Sun Valley EcoDistrict, and the National Western Center. As a Project Manager for the Institute for the Built Environment, Colin’s focus is on civic resilience, community based participatory design, food systems, and placemaking. His Master’s work focused on redesigning environmentally compromised landscapes for educational and community uses. He received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the California College of the Arts, where he focused on painting and drawing. As a longtime resident and student of cities, his interest in urban design, urban scale sustainability and resilience, public art and edible landscape led him to his work at CSU. His interest in art and design, his skills in creative problem solving and abstract thinking, and his desire to collaborate through education and applied research are the foundation for his interest in participating in Richardson Design Center curriculum.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
My interest in the Richardson Design Center is based in my focus on civic engagement education through the lens of public art and placemaking. I have dedicated my educational and professional careers to the pursuit of activating public spaces around through art, food, ad community regeneration. My current work is aimed at engaging youth groups and community forums in conversations about community issues, and in co-creating solutions for these issues through collaborative art making and design interventions.

Colin Day

Carla Dore, Workplace Resource

Bio:
Carla Dore, President and CEO of Workplace Resource, has over 30 years of industry experience and holds degrees in both Interior Design and Industrial Construction Management from CSU. She is a fourth-generation Coloradan and the proud mother of two children. She enjoys an active lifestyle which includes fly-fishing, golf, travel, and cooking. In addition to serving proudly as a Trustee for the YMCA, she is involved in Colorado State University and is on the Executive Committee for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
For me, the excitement of what I do comes from the fact that nothing is ever boring, mundane, or routine. I always say that great things happen when you do what you say you are going to do, when you anticipate what your teammates and clients need and when you’re mindful to take care of each other. Over the course of time, this philosophy has enabled Workplace Resource to create extraordinary places inside and outside our organization.

Carla Dore

William Duff, William Duff Architects

Bio:
William Duff is the Founder and Managing Principal of San Francisco based WDA, an innovative, award-winning architecture practice that is nationally recognized for creating responsible, sustainable architecture throughout the Western U.S. His work is known for its elegant simplicity both in plan and detail, and for a sophisticated use of materials, light, and warmth to create innovative modern spaces. His designs have included flagship retail stores, single and multi-family homes, restaurants, office spaces, cafes, wineries, art galleries, and full building renovations. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and his Master's in Construction Management from Colorado State University.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
As architects, design thinking is at the core of everything we do. We use creativity to find solutions to problems where there seem to be none. Whether it’s figuring out how to fit a building into a tight urban site or solving a scheduling issue, creativity and design thinking are the tools that help us come up with innovative solutions to complex problems. I believe this same approach can be used in all fields and I’m excited for the role the Nancy Richardson Design Center can plan in promoting design thinking at CSU.

William Duff

Brian Dunbar, Institute for the Built Environment

Bio:
Brian Dunbar is Executive Director of the Institute for the Built Environment and Professor Emeritus of design and construction at Colorado State University. Brian holds degrees in architecture from University of Michigan and is a LEED AP, WELL AP, USGBC Faculty Member and USGBC Advisory Council member. Brian co-authored 147 Tips on Teaching Sustainability, Whole School Sustainability, and co-created LENSES, a regenerative design framework. Brian’s work in sustainable design and development has been honored by the AIA, the Colorado Governor, Alliance Center, businesses and universities. In 2012, the USGBC recognized Brian with its LEED Fellow distinction.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
The act of design thinking, especially when accomplished with open, free minds leads to design creations and solutions seldom found with rigid and isolated processes. As a researcher, practitioner, and facilitator of the stimulating integrative design process, I have witnessed true synergies where a newly formed, diverse team found their way to innovations that would not have been discovered by any of the individuals or by a less integrative process. I anticipate witnessing many stimulating charrettes, workshops, and group processes where celebrations of inspiring creations become a common occurrence! It is an honor to be invited to join the Nancy Richardson Design Center as an Affiliate Faculty. The far-reaching vision of the NRDC will bring together diverse students, faculty, and off-campus professionals to collaborate, innovate, and address real and hypothetical problems.

Brian Dunbar

Jami Dunbar, Under Armour

Bio:
Jami Dunbar is Vice President of Apparel and Virtualization for Lighthouse, Under Armour’s advanced manufacturing innovation hub. She joined Under Armour in August 2012 and is grateful to lead a team in the creation of award-winning and patented designs. Prior to Under Armour, she served as Vice President of Technical Design at Abercrombie & Fitch and previously held positions at Hollister, Nordstrom and Abercrombie Kids. Expanding her knowledge and educating others is key to evolving the industry’s thought process. She maintains active involvement with students in Apparel and Textiles and serves on multiple academic Advisory Boards. She received a Bachelor of Science in Apparel and Textiles from Kansas State University, holds several certifications, and continues to search for opportunities to learn about technologies that are shaping the way we will live our future lives.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
I am an innovator in apparel technical design. My key focus is conceiving, testing, and developing future processes for design, manufacturing, and virtualization of apparel. I am a strong believer that with vision and compassionate leadership we can utilize the resources at hand to develop revolutionary solutions that better our everyday lives.

Jami Dunbar

Scott Elias, Poudre School District

Bio:
Scott Elias is currently the Director of Innovative Learning Environment Design in the Poudre School District. Prior to joining the PSD team in June of 2018, Scott spent five years on the education team at Apple Inc. collaborating with K-12 district leaders around the country to support the design and strategic planning of innovative learning initiatives. In his current role, Scott leads the process of designing the instructional spaces for PSD’s new campuses and supports new and ongoing innovative projects in the district. Scott earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and his doctorate from Colorado State University.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
The challenges we face in public education are complex. Design thinking provides a structure for learners and leaders to solve interesting problems in creative ways and requires all of us to lead with empathy and challenge our assumptions. Additionally, the process encourages creativity, deep-thinking, and embracing failure while quickly taking action on a small scale. I have committed my career to changing the experience of "school" for all learners and design thinking provides a practical, replicable framework to move from idea to action.

Scott Elias

Aaron Finch, Headwaters Consulting, LLC.

Bio:
Aaron Finch is an entrepreneur and coach. He started his first company, an athletic club in Fort Collins, Colorado, soon after graduating from Colorado State University with a B.S in Natural Resources and a brief professional football career. He followed this first venture with the acquisition, growth, and ultimate sale of a contract plastic injection molding company. After receiving his M.B.A. from Stanford University, Aaron was a member of the founding team at Coinstar, where as COO/VP Operations he was responsible for product engineering, manufacturing, field service and logistics. Coinstar completed an IPO in 1997 and today is the leader in automated remote retail having added the business lines of Redbox and EcoATM. Recently, Aaron was the COO of Otter Products and CEO of 1OAK Technologies, a technology development company affiliated with Otter Products. He recently completed a year with Stanford Seed in West Africa, coaching the founders and leaders of small and medium enterprises and currently is consulting with early stage startups. Aaron is married to Catherine and has two grown children.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
For a significant portion of my business career, I have been responsible for product development and design. In this role, I have studied innovative organizations and implemented many initiatives to enhance the design process. In an early form of empathetic design during the earliest days of Coinstar, we had hundreds of open-ended conversations with average people about their relationship with their loose change. The data we gleaned from these simple observations and engagements told us all we needed to know to identify our target customers and their motivations, challenges, and needs. These insights led to a very successful business model. When working with Stanford Seed in West Africa, I was introduced to Design Thinking as developed at the Stanford d-school and quickly realized it "connected the dots" of my years of research and practice. Innovation and product design is about solving customer problems and meeting customer needs. Design thinking can be taught and the process can be adapted to problem solving in all spheres of human endeavor. It is human-centered, rich in rapid MVP prototypes, iterative, more about doing than thinking and mindful of process. What excites me the most about design thinking is it lets you create a new future through startling, unexpected design accidents.

Aaron Finch

Julie Horsting, Colorado Building Specialties

Bio:
A graduate of Colorado State University in Design with an emphasis in Construction Management, Julie Horsting spent her career in construction management. After nearly a decade in Commercial Construction Julie founded Colorado Building Specialties (CBS) where she was Owner/CEO for 25 years. Julie was passionate about business strategy, growth and customer service, however, her greatest reward was in growing the "team" and being a mentor to her staff. After selling CBS Julie went on to launch a business enterprise at Wellspring Community. "ArtBeat" is a sustainable business where Adults with Special Needs go "to work" every day. She continues to coach these amazing adults to do things they never thought possible. Julie is also passionate about "playing"…… A lover of tennis, golf, skiing, travel and ceramic arts. ….and fishing!

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
My interest in the Richardson Design Center is based on my passion for working with and coaching young adults in their careers. As an entrepreneur I was blessed with great mentors and had many opportunities to train and grow young professionals. My interest in "design thinking" would be to marry careers in design with hard work, integrity and ethics in the professional and personal lives of young adults.

Julie Horsting

Richard J. Howarth, CA Technologies

Bio:
Rich Howarth is passionate about building software products and has a very successful track record over many years. Rich holds the position of Senior Vice President, Engineering at CA Technologies where he is currently focused on building SaaS applications for enterprises that utilize AI and machine learning to improve business productivity. Rich is passionate about design thinking and building software that delights users. Rich is a former IBM executive with significant experience creating and delivering SaaS solutions. In his previous role in the Watson organization, he led engineering for IBM's Cloud Data Science and Machine Learning platform. Rich is also passionate about how to deliver innovations in companies of all sizes and scale them to become large businesses. He frequently presents at conferences and consults with CEOs and senior executives on this topic.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
I have been passionate about product design and design thinking for more than 20 years. This began decades ago when I was leading a software engineering team at IBM building enterprise software. I would frequently talk with users of our products who were disappointed with the usability of them. This led me to spend time watching how they used our products to better understand how to improve them. I realized our entire approach to building software was backwards and began to implement design thinking. About 10 years ago, IBM made a major investment in a new Austin Design Center and made design thinking a focus of all new product development. I had the opportunity to lead design as part of engineering for most of the last decade and truly see the benefits of this approach.

Richard Howarth

Susan Kreul-Froseth, Architect

Bio:
Having a passion for design all of her life, Susan Kreul-Froseth has been an active member of the profession since 1975. After earning a B.A. in art with a concentration in interior design, she obtained an M.S. in construction management, both at Colorado State University. Becoming a licensed architect was a long-term goal and after finishing her Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado, Susan became licensed in 1987. Among her most valuable industry experiences was as an apprentice to a Taliesin based student of Frank Lloyd Wright in addition to a position at the Philadelphia-based Martin Organization. Susan had the privilege of serving as a faculty member for 20 years at Colorado State University. She continues to practice architecture and design under her own name in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
The process of design is anything but simplistic. To some, it remains mysterious and overwhelming. It begins with the input of the practical and ends in the melding of the aesthetic to form a truly elegant solution. In the most idealistic sense, the process of design thinking culminates in an unquestionable "wow factor." The exciting, challenging, and important pattern of design thought and the resulting framework undeniably changes our lives as we continue to shape the environment of our future.

Susan Kreul-Froseth

Mary Littrell, Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe

Bio:
Mary Littrell is a Research Associate at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Professor and Head Emerita of the Department of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University, where she provided leadership in establishing the Avenir Museum. Her scholarship focuses on how textile artisans achieve viability in the increasingly competitive global market for handmade goods—working with artists in Ghana, Guatemala, India, and Afghanistan. Her most recent book highlights Embroidering within Boundaries: Afghan Women Create their Future (co-authored with Rangina Hamidi). Ongoing research addresses how textile folk artists transition toward innovation within their deeply rooted cultural traditions.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
As living traditions, textile practices are passed down within families and over generations. Textiles symbolize a group’s identity, contribute to community solidarity, and become valued cultural property. Emerging demand for handmade products in international markets coincides with artists’ interest in innovation. Customers, particularly in North America and Europe, are seeking alternatives to the industrial, mass-produced monotony of textiles in retail stores. They seek goods that offer uniqueness and are designed and made in small enterprises that value high quality craftsmanship. My current scholarship focuses on strategies employed by artists who are successfully innovating within their textile traditions. The artists specialize in tie-dye, block printing, natural dyes, embroidery, felting, and weaving. All began their design education at the hands of family members. The artists in India, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Mexico, and Peru illustrate a wide range of innovative strategies; examples include employing readily available but surprising dyestuffs, transferring designs across formerly gendered traditions, collaborating between historically separate textile communities, and commenting on social change through marketable textile forms.

Mary Littrell

Brooks Luby, Brooks Ltd

Bio:
Brooks LTD, founded in 1974, is the dream of the sole designer and visionary, Brooks Luby. A Colorado native, educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Brooks draws inspiration from the world around her. As a professional fashion designer and couturier, her awareness of advances in fabric technology, as well as changes in fashion influences and lifestyle, keep her a step ahead. The newest trends become woven into her ever-changing collections. In a word, Brooks’ style evolves without losing its creative focus. Bespoke fashion is not just sophisticated clothing. It’s truly custom-designed self-expression. Brooks’ look of luxurious clothing for the sophisticated woman’s thriving lifestyle has been the foundation of her business for 40+ years.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
Design thinking has been at the core of my professional career. I am continually looking for innovative ways to complete projects. Initiating new aesthetics leads to inventive work.

Brooks Luby

Josie Plaut, CSU Institute for the Built Environment

Bio:
Josie Plaut guides companies, municipalities, and organizations through developing capacity and action plans for regeneration. She is a strategic facilitator with a proven track record for helping teams to realize their visions, goals, and strategic priorities. Her recent work spans domestic and international clients across a variety of scales including buildings, master plans, districts, municipal programs, and organizational development. She brings a unique combination of subject matter expertise in regeneration, effective facilitation, and systems thinking that results in shared purpose, clarity of vision and engagement from project constituents. Josie is a founding developer of The LENSES (Living Environments in Natural Social and Economic Systems) Framework, which is a groundbreaking system for creating transformational change toward regenerative design and practice.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
I believe that how we think is the most important thing we can work on as individuals and professionals. Design thinking offers an approach to structure our thinking in a way that transcends and integrates across disciplines. Whether you are in science, business, or in a traditional design field, design thinking is a way to approach your work. From research design to a poster presentation, and from a marketing campaigns to product design, design thinking has something to offer nearly everyone. My professional interest in design thinking stems from my curiosity about processes and structures that add meaning and relevance to our work, and help us become effective agents for realizing the full potential of our respective endeavors.

Josie Plaut

Elicia Ratajczyk, CSU Institute for the Built Environment

Bio:
Elicia Ratajczyk is a Research Associate and Projects Manager at the Institute for the Built Environment. She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Colorado with specializations in Historic Preservation, Sustainable Design, and Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Systems. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Social Science with a concentration in Complex Adaptive Systems Science from Arizona State University. Her current research is focused on design-processes for complex adaptive systems and team network structures. Her areas of expertise include coupled infrastructure systems, resilience, and interdisciplinary, community-based, collaborative and applied research methods.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
Design is a fundamental human activity through which we attempt to navigate and manipulate the world around us for our survival, benefit, and pleasure. As human society has evolved, so too has the complexity and impact of our design activities. Now captured in the idea of the "Anthropocene," in which human activity is seen as the dominant force influencing climate and the environment. Now clearly intertwined as a complex social-ecological system at the global scale, we struggle in our ability to understand, design, implement, and manage solutions to complex global issues such as climate change, water scarcity, food security, and natural disasters. Some have asserted that this is because complex adaptive systems, like these, are moving targets that are only partially designed and partially emergent and self-organizing. Furthermore, these types of systems are difficult to understand and control due to the inherent dynamics of "wicked problems," such as uncertainty, social dilemmas, inequities, and trade-offs involving multiple feedback loops that sometimes cause both the problems and their potential solutions to shift and evolve together. These problems do not, however, negate our collective need to effectively design, produce, and implement strategies that allow us to meet our needs while simultaneously preserve, or even enhance, the global capacity to meet the world’s needs. As the fundamental activity of humanity, design thinking must move beyond move beyond mere problem solving and the creation of things to better understand our collaborative role in the delicate balance between design and emergence in the complex systems around us.

Elicia Ratajczyk

Annette Stelmack, Inspirit

Bio:
Annette K. Stelmack brings 35 years of experience in the building industry as a nationally recognized sustainable design leader, educator, and author. The founding principal of Inspirit-llc, she instills courage and life by inspiring through a fusion of environmental stewardship and creativity. Annette innately guides project teams with her passion and expertise for healthy, high-performing sustainable interiors. A LEED® AP BD+C and WELL AP design professional, she excels in programming, planning, design, research, documentation, specification and implementation of interior architectural finishes/details and furnishings for multi-unit housing, residential, hospitality and spa projects. She specializes in creating interiors that are ‘healthy by design’ and is deeply honored to serve clients who have multiple chemical sensitivities working toward the highest level of indoor air quality.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
My professional interests in design thinking includes, but not limited, to the following: integrative design; circular economy; human health and wellness; multiple chemical sensitivities; healthy, high-performing interiors; material transparency and optimization; design resiliency; multi-attribute product certifications; material and resources; regenerative design; and what’s next.

Annette Stelmack

Tracy Tafoya, Oz Interior Design Studio

Bio:
Tracy Tafoya is a mother of two inspiring daughters (17 and 14), who keep her young at heart. Travel is a passion of theirs, and they work hard to be able to enjoy new experiences together. Tracy has a unique professional story. She did a summer internship at OZ Architecture the year before graduation and started full time work with them, two weeks after graduation. Little did she know at the time, that she would grow from an intern to Director of Interior Design. She has been at OZ her entire professional career, just recently celebrating her 26th anniversary. She has been fortunate to work on a wide variety of project types, from historic renovations, multi-family housing, libraries, education (K-12 and higher ed), government and cultural projects, and workplace.

Professional Interest in Design Thinking:
Design thinking is an important part of our process. I lead many of our visioning/programming charrettes with new clients. I believe that having a human-centered approach to our work and project types, especially early in the design process when concepts are being contemplated and developed has is critical to better outcomes. This past spring, I completed an IDEO innovation course where I developed new approaches and tools of how to have empathy experiences that lead to more meaningful, impactful, and innovative solutions. I am honored to be an affiliate faculty member to help develop an environment of collaboration, teaching, and learning together.

Tracy Tafoya