Cynthia E Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (United States)


Trained as an industrial designer, for more than a decade Cynthia E. Smith led multidisciplinary design and planning projects for cultural institutions. After earning her graduate degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School, Smith joined Cooper Hewitt, where she integrates her work experience with her advocacy on human rights and social justice issues. Smith curates a humanitarian design exhibition series; serves on numerous international design juries, including the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge; is the Smithsonian expert on Inclusive Cities for the World Economic Forum’s interactive Transformation Map; and lectures widely on socially responsible design.

"Design Exchange"

Lightning talk part of the session "Museums as key civil society actors" on Monday 27 May + Discussion leader of the session "Museums as green revolution leaders " on Monday 27 May

How might museum exhibitions elevate the dialogue and inspire positive action—globally and locally? An exhibition series explores the significant role design can play addressing critical issues, from rapidly expanding informal urban settlements to entrenched poverty in the U.S. and beyond.