Biomaterials Lab

Premised on interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration to address timely themes such as biophilic design and circular economy, the Kusske Design Initiative includes the development of an experimental site to host a collection of natural materials and an associated maker space. This work is guided by the Biomaterials Lab Advisory Group, chaired by Arts & Design Librarian Deborah Ultan.

Biomaterials Lab Advisory Group

  • Deborah Ultan, Arts & Design Librarian (chair)
  • Alanna Nissen, KDI Coordinator
  • Abimbola Asojo, Associate Dean for Research, Creative Scholarship, and Engagement and Professor of Interior Design
  • Joe Favour, Professor and Head of Landscape Architecture
  • Linsey Griffin, KDI Co-Principal, Assistant Professor of Apparel Design, and Co-Director of the Human Dimensioning Laboratory
  • Mary Guzowski, Professor of Architecture
  • Barry Kudrowitz, Associate Professor and Product Design Program Director
  • Jean McElvain, Interim Director and Associate Curator of the Goldstein Museum of Design
  • Molly Sanford, Fabrication Director
  • Emilie Snell-Rood, Associate Professor and Associate Head of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (College of Biological Sciences)
  • Billy Weber, Lecturer of Architecture
  • Jennifer Yoos, Professor and Head of the School of Architecture


To ensure ongoing connectivity and support exchanges among the cohort and collaborators, for both online and hands-on creative work, KDI will develop a suite of digital tools, the Canopy. This work is guided by the Canopy Advisory Group, chaired by KDI Co-Principal and Associate Professor of Graphic Design Eugene Park.

Canopy Advisory Group