Mariana Amatullo

Associate Professor, Strategic Design & Management at Parsons School of Design - The New School, New York, United States

Mariana Amatullo is an associate professor of strategic design and management at the School of Design Strategies at Parsons The New School, New York. Mariana joined the institution in August 2017 after 16 years at ArtCenter College of Design in California, where she co-founded and led its award-winning department, Designmatters. As a practitioner-scholar, she has extensive expertise managing a portfolio of international and national educational projects, research initiatives and publications at the intersection of design, design management and social innovation. Her research focuses on the agency of design in organizational culture. She lectures internationally about design and social innovation and serves on a variety of executive and advisory boards in design and the arts, including Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. She is the lead editor of LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation (Designmatters/DAP, 2016) and recently published an open-source digest of the book: LEAP Dialogues: The Educator's Guide (Designmatters, September 2017). Her dissertation Design Attitude and Social Innovation: Empirical Studies of the Return on Design establishes the first quantitative metrics in the literature that demonstrate the statistical significance of design capabilities in the context of social innovation aims. She holds a Licence en Lettres degree from the Sorbonne University, Paris, where she also studied art history at L'Ecole du Louvre. Mariana received an M.A. in art history and museum studies from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in management (designing sustainable systems) from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio.