Periodic Lectures on Design @ UArts – Tue Feb 15

Throughout the spring term, five leading design experts who illustrate remarkable and exciting approaches to problem solving and innovation are featured in a free, open-to-the-public lecture series held at the University of the Arts.

Presented by the Design programs at the University of the Arts and the University’s Corzo Center for the Creative Economy in partnership with DesignPhiladelphia, lectures take place on selected Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in CBS Auditorium (Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia).

First in the series, on Tue Feb 15, is: “Redesigning the Throw-Away Culture” with Tom Szaky: Founder, TerraCycle Inc.

TerraCycle upcycles trash into consumer products sold at the world’s largest retailers. Good-bye juice pouch; hello book bag! Szaky is an inspirational, award-winning entrepreneur whose company is redirecting our throw-away culture, with over 14 million people, collecting over 4 billion formerly non-recyclable items, in 11 countries. These recycling “brigades” have earned over $2 million for their schools and non-profits. Star of National Geographic Channel’s “Garbage Moguls,” Szaky left Princeton in his freshman year to pursue this grassroots, collaborative business model.

“There’s a growing and palpable design energy in Philadelphia,” says Chris Garvin, Dean of the University’s College of Media and Communication. “Through programs like this, we want to foster design discussions that bring together the University’s design community and the creative and business innovators throughout the region.”

Recognizing the powerful skills designers have to address the challenges and opportunities of our age, the University of the Arts is offering students and the broader design and business communities the opportunity to interact with top design thinkers and innovators.

Admission is free, but seating is limited; register at

Be sure to mark your calendars now for the rest of the series:

Tue Mar 1:
Susan Szenasy: Editor in Chief, Metropolis
“Design Thinking for a Sustainable World”

Tue Mar 29:
Matt Owens: Founding Partner, Athletics
“Creating the Collaborative Business Culture”

Tue Apr 12:
Ellen Lupton: Curator, Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
“D.I.Y. Career Paths”’

Tue May 3:
Tucker Viemeister: Director, LAB, Rockwell Group
“From Designing Things to Designing Experiences”

For more information, contact Margie Gorman at or 856-979-3721.

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