for Design Studies
AIGA’s Director of Strategic Initiatives Laetitia Wolff
to be first 2017 Design Conversations speaker
4:45pm, February, 14, 2017
James E. Booth Hall
Rochester Institute of Technology
About Laetitia Wolff
Laetitia Wolff is a design curator, creative strategist and author, self-described as a cultural engineer, interested in building bridges between design and the city. Her work focuses on creating projects that generate new discourses, practices and experiences around design as a tool for change.
She currently is AIGA strategic initiatives director, following three years of collaboration with the NY chapter of AIGA to build and oversee the organization’s civic initiatives with several community-centered and creative placemaking projects, including Design/Relief, and Identity Design Action: East New York. She headed the nonprofit startup desigNYC as its first executive director following her 2010 launch of expoTENtial, an urban intervention platform that investigated design’s strategies to address pressing environmental issues. In 2013 she co-curated “EmpathiCITY, Making our City Together” for the 8th edition of the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennale which activated the UNESCO Creative Cities network. In 2014 she produced for the City of Montreal “Unsitely!,” an international colloquium that explored design’s potential in addressing the negative impact of construction sites.
She is an instructor in the SVA’s Impact! Design for Social Change summer program. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Surface and Graphis magazines, Wolff is the author of the award-winning monograph on French graphic master Massin (Phaidon) and of the seminal Real Photo Postcards (Princeton Architectural Press).