Lorraine Justice, PhD, FIDSA


Lorraine Justice, PhD, FIDSA
IDSA Design Foundation President: 2013-2015
IDSA Educator Award: 2008
IDSA Individual Achievement Award: 2002

Lorraine Justice, Dean Emerita and Professor of Industrial Design at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), has dedicated her career to promoting, strengthening, and supporting Industrial Design in the United States and around the world. Her design and research focus areas have included sustainability, technology, and more recently, design reasoning and bias. 

Prior to joining the faculty at RIT, Justice served as Dean for seven years at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she helped raise funding to bring the Zaha Hadid Innovation Tower to the PolyU campus to house the School of Design—a first in Hong Kong. Previously, she was the Director of the Industrial Design Program at Georgia Tech for six years; and before that, worked in industry and as a professor at The Ohio State University for over a decade.  

Justice is a beloved IDSA member and Fellow. She received IDSA’s Education Award in 2008, served as President of IDSA’s Design Foundation from 2013-15, and was named among IDSA's 50 Notable Members when the Society celebrated its first 50 years in 2015. She also was named one of the top 40 influential designers by ID magazine in 2006. 

She has published two books with MIT Press: China’s Design Revolution (2012) and The Future of Design: Global Product Innovation for a Complex World (2019). Internationally recognized as a go-to resource on what’s next, she conducts workshops and speaks on the future of design and technology for corporations, governments, and non-profit organizations across the globe.  

“Polymath Lorraine Justice is an extraordinary exemplar,” writes Patricia Moore, FIDSA. "She has mentored generations of students, resulting in global Designers delivering the highest quality of life for people of all ages and abilities, with equity. Tireless in her numerous roles for IDSA, Lorraine’s commitment to excellence has elevated our industry and its members.”