About Lara Penin

Lara Penin
New York | United States

Lara Penin is a service designer for social innovation. http://www.newschool.edu/desis/

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Lara Penin is Director of Transdisciplinary Design Graduate Program at Parsons School of Design, The New School. She is an Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Design and a co-founder of Parsons DESIS Lab, a multidisciplinary research lab at the intersection of service design, social innovation and sustainable practices. Lara holds a PhD in Industrial Design from Milan Polytechnic University and a BA in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo.

Lara Penin
Design and Social Innovation for Sustainability Lab at Parsons

Lara’s interest in Service Design

In her work she seeks to explore the agency of service design to effect positive social change towards sustainability while bridging the gap between the innovation of design pedagogy and practice. She has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the São Paulo Architecture Biennale. Lara is publishing a textbook on service design titled “An Introduction to Service Design. Designing the Invisible” (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017).


Lara’s contribution


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Touchpoint Article Beyond the Service Journey

Beyond the Service Journey

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Touchpoint Article A Critical Approach To Service Design Education

A Critical Approach To Service Design Education

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Touchpoint Issue Vol. 5 No. 3

Vol. 5 No. 3

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