Ms. Terry Irwin

About Me

Head, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Member Since December 1987
Member Type Design Leader
AIGA Chapter Pittsburgh
Email ten.niwrit@yrret
Field Educator
Communication design
Information design/architecture

Terry Irwin is the Head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University and has been teaching at the University level since 1986. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon in 2009 she was an adjunct professor of design at Otis Parsons College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, and California College of the Arts (1989-2003), San Francisco and was a lecturer in design at University of Dundee, Scotland. She has lectured and guest taught at numerous schools in Europe and North America including Art Center, Los Angeles, The University of Washington, Seattle, Arizona State University, Tempe, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, University of the Arts, London and Bolzen Bolzano, Italy and the ICIS Centre, Denmark among others. Terry was a founding partner of the San Francisco office of MetaDesign, an international design firm with offices in San Francisco, Berlin, London, and Zurich and served as Creative Director from 1992 - 2001. In 2003 Terry moved to Devon, England to do a Masters Degree in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies. After completing her studies, she joined the faculty and taught design thinking to students with backgrounds in biology, ecology, physics, sociology and activism. In 2007 she moved to Scotland to undertake PhD studies at the Centre for the Study of Natural Design at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Terry's research explores how living systems principles can inform a more appropriate and responsible way to design and she is currently working with the faculty at CMU to incorporate 'design for society and the environment' into the heart of the curriculum. Terry holds an MFA in Design from the Allgemeine Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland.