Designer-in-Residence Program

The Designer-in-Residence program exists to enrich the MADI student experience by engaging with design professionals to bring the most up-to-date working knowledge to the curriculum. We partner with a designer that has skill sets aligned with our studio project each semester, where they come in for critique, guidance, and support. The program emphasizes direct contact with MADI students to broaden student exposure across multiple design disciplines. The Designers-in-Residence have spent approximately 2,400 hours over the last 5 years with our graduate students. We also highlight who they are and what their perspective is on design with a public event each semester.

McKaye Black

Senior Business Design Strategist at C1 Innovation Lab
Spring 2023

Emily Henry

Director of Business Development at Studio Outside
Fall 2022

J. Damany Daniel

Chief Imaginator at The Event Nerd
Spring 2022

Amanda Austin

Director of People Experience at Dialexa
Fall 2021

Rachel Triska

VP of External Affairs at CitySquare
Spring 2021

Nadine Dechausay

Community Philanthropy Director at Communities Foundation of Texas
Fall 2020

Cassini Nazir

Clinical Associate Professor
Spring 2020

Jennifer Abernathy

Senior Principal Design Lead at Chick-fil-a
Fall 2019

James Helms

VP of Design and Product at Intuit
Spring 2019

John Hicks

Sr. User Experience Researcher at Waste Management
Fall 2018

Michael Friebele

Senior Associate at CallisonRTKL
Spring 2018

A headshot of Jessica Burnham, a member of the Lyle School of Engineering Faculty.

Jessica Burnham

Executive Director of the Deep Ellum Foundation
Spring 2017

A headshot of Justin Childress, a member of the Lyle School of Engineering Faculty.

Justin Childress

Creative Director and Partner at Switch Design
Fall 2016