Owen Foster, IDSA IDEA 2017 Jury Chair

Owen Foster, IDSA
SHIFT and Aether Global Learning

With his diverse background in architecture, landscape, environmental and industrial design, Owen Foster, IDSA, has worked on projects ranging from small consumer goods to complete green municipal environments. He has held positions such as design director for product design and manufacturing companies; co-founder of Fulcrum Collaborative—a group of designers who bring budding ideas to reality; and the East Coast landscape architect representative for Monrovia Nurseries.

Foster started his educational career with ID professorships at Auburn University and the University of Louisiana Lafayette. Foster recently held the positions of industrial design group department chair and professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Foster facilitated more than 20 cross-disciplinary collaborative studio projects with Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, GE and McDonald’s and guided international study abroad programs in Ireland, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. His journey led him to co-found SHiFT and Aether Global Learning, where Foster wants to provide a world-class educational experience through platforms for discovery, creation and reflection for the global community of makers, thinkers, changers, givers and leaders.

He was honored with IDSA's Education Award in 2015.