Ayako Takase, IDSA
Assistant professor & graduate program director in the department of Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design
Ayako Takase is co-founder and design director of Observatory: an award-winning, multi-disciplinary design studio based in Providence, RI, which she founded in 2001 with partner Cutter Hutton. Observatory helps organizations and individuals design and develop exceptional objects and experiences while focusing on creatively answering the problems and needs of people. The firm's projects range from furniture, tabletop products, and consumer goods to UX, UI, and strategy design for clients such as Herman Miller, Procter & Gamble, Keilhaur, and Bauer.
As an assistant professor and a graduate program director in the department of Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Takase teaches hands-on studios that focus on human-centric design, emotive design, and iterative design at the graduate and undergraduate levels.