Katie Koch is a designer and educator in New York & co-founder of Project: Interaction.
With a spark of energy, I lead groups in exploring, finding and solving problems as small as choosing a restaurant for dinner and as big as redefining a high school classroom experience. My background in graphic design and communications has given me a strong foundation in visual thinking that I combine with my passion for creating community around a social object.
I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and a few years ago I quit my job, sold my stuff and got on a plane headed for New York. I brought with me a little of the Midwestern enthusiastic charm, and have made a comfy home in
Back to School
In 2011 I finished my masters degree in interaction design at SVA. I spent two years studying the world around me, observing people and how they interact with the people and “stuff” in their lives. I got to hang out in high schools for my thesis research, which brought back many fun memories.
In 2009 I co-founded Project: Interaction with Carmen Dukes, an after school program that teaches high school students to change their communities using design. The program focuses on in-school participation as a mechanism for learning. Through Project: Interaction, I have worked with the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s teen design program to incorporate interaction design education into existing programming. As Project: Interaction grows to expand its core focus around education, community and service, I will continue her work as a teacher and leader in the organization.
I really can’t stay away from school.
I’m an adjunct faculty member in the undergraduate Design and Technology department at Parsons and frequently speak about new methods for infusing creativity into education.
Yeehaw! and More
In 2010 I spent 10 weeks in Austin, Texas interning at Adaptive Path. In case you’re wondering how it went, I’ve captured all my adventures online. In my free time I photograph white board drawings. It’s rad!