Debera Johnson leads Pratt’s commitment to sustainability in academics, research and practice through her role as Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Design Studies (CSDS). She is the founder of the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation established in 2002 during her tenure as chair of the Industrial Design program. The Incubator has supported over 30 start-ups in clean energy, fashion and product design. She has led the vision for the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator which will host 25 fashion, product and media designers and underscore Pratt’s commitment to the success of its alumni. Deb also founded the Partnership for Academic Leadership in Sustainability (PALS), whose fellows represent over 30 art and design colleges internationally.



Deborah Schneiderman, RA, IDEC, LEED AP is an Associate Professor of Interior Design in the School of Art & Design at Pratt Institute. Schneiderman received her MArch from SCI-Arc and her BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University. Her research and practice (deSc) explore interior prefabrication and sustainable built environments. Recent research includes Schneiderman’s 2012 book, “Inside Prefab: The Ready-made Interior,” (Princeton Architectural Press), and forthcoming books include “The Prefab Bathroom: An Architectural History” (McFarland Publishing, 2014) and “Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015). Schneiderman’s design work has recently been published in Interior Design magazine, Metropolis, dezeen magazine, and Inhabitat. Schneiderman has lectured Internationally in peer-reviewed conferences as well as invited lectures including the Storefront for Art and Architecture, The Center for Architecture, and Van Alen Institute Books, in addition to National and International Lectures.



Jacquelyn received her BS degree in Business Entrepreneurship and a Minor in Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon.  In 2013, she graduated from Pratt Institute with a Master of Science in Interior Design, and she currently works as a full-time designer at the hospitality design and concept firm AvroKO.  While attending Pratt, she was a recipient of the 2013 Sustainable Student Award and she was an active member of the Sustainable Coalition, serving as the assistant to the coordinator. She is honored to have the opportunity to continue this work as the new Sustainable Coalition Alumni Ambassador.




coalition_member_jaime_steinJaime Stein is a practiced sustainability consultant and researcher with a proven and successful record of community engagement, sustainability planning and environmental policy analysis.  Her more than 12 years experience in advocating for sustainable communities ranges from public health assessment and education in West Africa to environmental policy analysis and technical assistance to New York City Environmental Justice communities.  While a research fellow at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability, Jaime reviewed the City’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory.  While the environmental policy analyst for Sustainable South Bronx, Ms. Stein served on the 2009 New York State Climate Change Resiliency Task Force, the 2010 New York State Climate Action Planning process and the New York State Public Service Commission’s review of Con Edison’s Demand Response programs.  Currently, Ms. Stein directs the Urban Environmental Systems Management program at Pratt Institute, a Master of Science in sustainability studies with a curriculum at the nexus of environmental design, science and policy.  Her current academic research focuses on green infrastructure and sustainability planning for New York City manufacturers and small businesses.  She serves as the chair of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Infrastructure Workforce Development Committee and coordinates a professional certificate in green infrastructure within the Center for Continuing & Professional Studies at Pratt.



 Professor Jon Otis is a tenured faculty in the Interior Design Department. He has taught at Pratt since 1998. In addition to teaching studio and lecture courses, Jon is conducting research and strategizing to create a new masters program in Interpretive Planning & Design. He isactive in organizations such the AIGA, AAM, IDEC, IIDA, IDSA and has lectured at American universities and at industry conferences. Jon is the Founder and Principal of OlA – Object Agency, a multidisciplinary design studio and design strategy agency, whose work ranges from interior architecture and design, exhibition design, branding & visual communications, product design, web/media design, and strategic consulting.




Christian Rietzke has been teaching in the Interior Design Department since 2005. He is the founder of Eat Your Design. Parallel to his teaching engagement, Mr Rietzke is Senior Associate at McKay Architecture/ Design, specializing in adaptive reuse projects in New York and New Jersey. Mr Rietzke‘s work has been published in Domus and Icon Design magazine and shown in several exhibitions. He is a graduate of the architectural programs of Pratt Institute (M.Arch) and Münster School of Architecture (Dipl-Ing). Since 2008, he is on the board of the Rotary Club of Metro NYC.




coalition_member_miranda_pearcecoalition_member_miranda_pearce Miranda Pearce is in her third year of the M.S. in Interior Design Program at Pratt Institute. She has her B.B.A in Global Business, concentrating on Economics and French language. Last year, she is serving as the 2014 Greenweek Assistant Coordinator.







Pratt Envirolutions, a student-run group dedicated to environmental activism, has maintained a strong tradition of collaboration with CSDS. The club aims to spread awareness of sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices on the Pratt campus and to promote green design.



Maddie is a first year graduate student in the Masters of Science in Interior Design program at Pratt Institute. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Art History and Curatorial Studies from Brigham Young University in 2012. She received a 2014 Green Week Award at Pratt Institute for her sustainable design of an Integrative Health Center.







Rose Barone is the Project Coordinator for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) at Pratt Institute. NYPIRG is New York’s largest student-directed grassroots organization that advocates for environmental protection and students’ rights to affordable higher education. Students involved with Pratt NYPIRG gain experience in organizing and activating both their campus and greater NYC communities on environmental campaigns such as promoting the use of renewable energy, sustainable practices, banning fracking in NY, recycling and GMO labeling.





Vicky is in the first year of Masters of Science in Interior Design at Pratt Institute. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Ceramics. She has high interest in non-traditional materials as well as manipulating them through biomimicry, modern day technology, and hands on exploration that usually leads to disaster, but very interesting and applicable finds.







After receiving her Bachelor of Arts with an Emphasis in Interior Design from San Diego State University in 2008, she went on to earn her Master of Science in Interior Design from Pratt in 2012. She first became involved with the Sustainable Coalition during the 2010 Green Week, and spent the following academic year acting as assistant to the coordinator. As a LEED Green Associate, she actively incorporates environmentally smart products and designs into her projects.





Gunner turns ideas into reality. Never being one to let inspiration gather dust, he’s known for expanding the scope of his work outside his core; architectural, industrial, and conceptual design. Whether it’s taking the helm of his own clothing line, pitching commercials to Cadillac, or having his tributary art mistaken by the press for originals; Gunner transforms design challenges into opportunities. He is involved in projects that span across the creative spectrum featured in magazines, television and documentaries, or built into the cityscape of Midtown Manhattan. Gunner has collaborated with design teams, such as Project Breaker, TED, Stanford University and hosts workshops at local institutions. After attending Pratt Institute Gunner founded TurnUpArt, a startup that upcycles all the wasted art supplies from colleges and donates them to community organizations. Looking out for students and professionals alike, Gunner is rescuing supplies for tomorrow’s artist.



Suching is a first year graduate student in the Interior Design program at Pratt Institute. She received her BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  As a former member of the IDSA Student Chapter who currently works in the 3D Prototyping Lab at Pratt, Suching strives to integrate technology and sustainable materials in her interior design projects.






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Tian is a first year Graduate student in the Interior Design program at Pratt Institute. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Having practiced as a multi-media artist, she is very interested in exploring materiality of subjects while integrating sustainable aspect into her design. Growing up in Vancouver and having participated in the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) program in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2015, Tian highly values the concept of sustainability and is aware of its importance in relation to our current and future environment. 





Lucy is a Senior in the undergraduate Industrial Design program at Pratt Institute. After learning about sustainability through various design classes, she decided to get involved with Envirolutions, working to improve understanding and sustainable practice on campus. She then ran for the Student Government Association Chair of Sustainability with the goal of connecting student sustainability groups with each other and the administration to allow changes to take place, as well as start her own sustainable initiatives. As a designer, she aims to create objects that have been fully considered from beginning to end of life




Elisia Langdon is a senior Industrial Design student minoring in Sustainability. She is the current Chair of Sustainability in Pratt’s Student Government Association and former Co­President of Envirolutions. Her current work in design seeks to create new relationships between people and their belongings to form a more sustainable way of living. As Chair of Sustainability she intends to help students who are passionate about sustainability to put their ideas into action both in their work and on campus.





Rachel is a Second year Graduate student in the Interior Design program at Pratt Institute. She received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Connecticut in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. She was the Program Coordinator and Head Coach for the Spirit Program at the University of Connecticut exploring her creativity through choreography and performances with the Cheerleading, Dance, and Mascot teams. Having grown up in East Hartford, CT, her interests are in the development of sustainable options and upgrades that are accessible in Urban communities.




Irene is a first year graduate student in the Interior Design program program at Pratt Institute. She received Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Accounting from the University of Maryland – College Park and holds a CPA license from a previous career. She received a 2017 Green Week Award at Pratt for her sustainable design of an Integrative Health Center. As an avid traveler, Irene is interested in exploring how sustainable design can be made accessible to people around the world to improve the way we live. 





Ankita is a second year graduate student in Masters of Science in Sustainable Environmental Systems program at Pratt institute. She has studied and practiced architecture from India. She has special interest in sustainability interwoven within urban communities.