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MFA of Industrial Design Chair
MFA Industrial Design, Chair/Associate Professor
MID in Industrial Design, Domus Academy, Milan Italy; BID in Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.
Cia leads the new MFA/ID program with the mindset of Portland’s start-up culture fused to OCAC’s preeminence in craft and the digital frontier. Her industrial design career spans product, furniture, lighting and exhibition design in the US and abroad. She is the former VP of Design + Development for Watson, a Pacific Northwest contract furniture manufacturer recognized nationally for leadership in sustainable design and manufacturing practices. Prior to joining Watson, she served as VP of Product Development for Brayton International, the design-leading subsidiary of workplace giant, Steelcase. Cia has worked in the pioneering Milan studios of Ettore Sottsass and Aldo Cibic collaborating on products and exhibitions for international clients, like Artemide and Tostem.
Independently, she has developed new consumer product ideas for Corning, Steel Italia, Oceano, Tag, and start-up Rehamed. Her interactive and interpretive exhibition design work for museums includes the Aerospace Museum in Los Angeles; the Motorola Museum of Electronics, Schaumburg, IL; the Motorola Museum, Beijing, China; The Science Discovery Museum, Acton, MA; and The Schoolhouse Children’s Museum, Boynton, FL. Her interest in learning and education has led to teaching assignments at Rhode Island School of Design and Miami's Design + Architecture Senior High School.
EXHIBITIONS: Salone del Mobile; Euroluce, Milan Triennale with Isao Hosoe; Gallery 91, New Domestic Objects, New York City.
PUBLICATIONS: Abitare, Ocean Drive, ID Magazine
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America), Designer’s Accord, SCRUM Certified License.
SERVICES: Design Advisory Board, Savannah College of Art and Design, School of Design; Guest Lecturer, University of North Carolina, Emergent Design; Panelist, Arango Design Foundation; Guest Lecturer, IDC, Vancouver, BC; Guest Lecturer, Craft in the 21st Century, Steelcase, Seattle; Volunteer Exhibit Designer, Bainbridge Island Children’s Museum.