Cameron Tonkinwise is the outgoing Associate Dean for Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design. From August 1st, Cameron will be the Director of Design Studies at Carnegie Mellon University and Chair of the Design PhD Committee.
He was formerly the co-Chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center. Before coming to New York, Cameron was the Director of Design Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, and prior to that, Executive Officer of Change Design, a not-for-profit independent research organization (formerly EcoDesign Foundation).
His doctoral research concerned the educational theories of Martin Heidegger and he continues to investigate what the ontological philosophy of Heidegger can teach designers. His current research focuses on ‘dematerialization design’ — enhancing societal sustainability by facilitating less materials intense lifestyles through design: in short, sharing.