Although I’ll always be a wolverine, my collaborations with the fine folks at Michigan State University’s new Experience Architecture program have taught me that there is more than one Michigan school I can call my own. A new program that just graduated its first class, Experience Architecture is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to create experiences for people in digital and physical environments. And starting this winter semester, I’ll have the pleasure and responsibility to serve as the program’s Experience Architect in Residence.
Building on the work of the great Keith Instone, I plan to support the program, its faculty, and its students through mentoring, advising, and relationship building with other industry organizations and professionals. Through my service, students will have access to real-world examples of how the theories they’re learning about play out in the field, and how best they can prepare themselves for careers in user experience.
While I won’t technically be in residence on the East Lansing campus of MSU (I’m still cranking out design work for Cadillac at General Motors), I do plan to visit regularly for in-class collaborations, student mentoring, and program support. I’ll also be offering virtual mentoring for students or recent alums seeking an industry perspective as they prepare for their careers in the field.
I can’t wait to share more about the program, its students, and our process for developing future user experience professionals