Terry Irwin
School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Terry Irwin is the Head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University and has been teaching at the University level since 1986. She has been an adjunct professor at Otis Parsons, Los Angeles, California College of the Arts (1989-2003), San Francisco and The University of Dundee, Scotland. She has also guest taught and lectured widely in North America and Europe.
Terry was a founding partner of the San Francisco office of the international design firm, MetaDesign where she served as Creative Director from 1992 – 2001. In 2003 Terry moved to Devon, England to do a Masters Degree in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies and joined the faculty there in 2004. In 2007 she moved to Scotland to undertake PhD studies at the Centre for the Study of Natural Design at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Terry’s research explores how living systems principles can inform a more appropriate and responsible way to design. Terry holds an MFA in Design from the Allgemeine Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland.