Hackable framework that allows users to deploy and test their own tools and technologies, while also forming micro-environments inside the larger studio space.


Teams are increasingly working in a distributed fashion and they need to be able to easily connect and collaborate with one another while having their shared artifacts at hand. 

The Institute of Design is the birthplace of many of the tools and frameworks used globally in design research and strategic planning today. We studied and unpacked team activities at ID with a customized series of these very tools and frameworks.


Users helped us to better understand the way interdisciplinary teams work in analog and digital collaborative settings at ID and uncover ways to make them more productive and efficient.

A spectrum of student teams, and nearly all of ID's faculty, were interviewed to uncover how collaborative teams currently work and what their aspirations for future scenarios might be. Live team meetings were observed, new collaborative technologies were tested and project spaces were analyzed to better understand workflows and best practices.


Student studio and team spaces were used to launch and deploy "living prototypes" at IIT's Institute of Design.

These full-scale prototypes were constructed in house and tested on student teams working on real projects. Simple, off-the-shelf technologies were tested on the prototypes, including projectors, lighting, electrical sources and an analog reservation system.  A built-in feedback loop was provided to allow students, faculty and external stakeholders to give realtime comments and suggestions on how to improve the prototypes.


User Research and Education Space Strategy: Strawn+Sierralta and Dugdale Strategy 

Prototype Design: Strawn+Sierralta and Martin Thaler

Prototype Construction: Ed Koizumi for IIT's Institute of Design

IIT's Institute of Design: Patrick Whitney (Dean and Steelcase/Robert C. Pew Professor of Design), Matt Mayfield (Assistant Dean) and Hugh Musick (Associate Dean + Director of Executive Education)


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