Ron Morrison is a designer, researcher, and social practitioner. He works to create strategies using art and design that help people understand how urban systems work and how to work within them. With a strong background in community development and social advocacy, he believes that people should have participatory access to shaping their cities and communities and sees design as a medium for creating knowledge and moving beyond paralysis in the face of complexity.
His current work investigates technology and infrastructure as a sociotechnical system for crafting the design of more equitable and sustainable services. He has been a collaborator with design teams that implemented projects in New Orleans, Ghana, Colombia, Niger, New York, and Venice and has had work featured in AIA New York, the UN World Urban Forum, and the Allied Media Conference. Based in New York, he has worked in a wide range of roles within strategic design, collaborating with such organizations as The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Transportation Alternatives, and the Association of Neighbors and Housing Development.
Ron holds degrees in Psychology and Gender Studies, as well as a graduate degree in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons School of Design. He is currently an artist in residence at Eyebeam Studio for Art and Technology building open source platforms to upend the continued practice of solitary confinement.