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Amelia Black Lecture

Nov 29 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Bison Building / MFA AC+D Studios

MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios


421 NE 10th Ave.
Portland, OR, 97232   [map]

A designer who can’t stop making, Amelia Black utilizes a broad design skill-set to research, make and ultimately invest in the human experience of ideas. Thriving through the physical exploration of material stories, whether a brand identity, a packaging design or a ceramic object - Amelia’s work seeks to tell stories you can feel & touch.

Currently the design lead on Packaging & Innovation team at Blue Apron where she is focused on improving the delivery of a more sustainable food system through at-home cooking experiences. Amelia has over 10 years of experience working on teams at places like IDEO,, Machine, and Arup to utilize user research in order to drive design projects that elevate the human experience and build business capacity. She is also the co-founder of Studio Ana a community-based ceramics studio located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that provides emerging potters with access to tools & resources to build their practice.

A graduate of the SVA, Design Criticism (D-Crit) masters program in New York City, her thesis research explored the topic of olfactory experience to understand the role of scent in everyday objects and spaces. She holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture & Designed Objects from the Art Institute of Chicago and in 2009, Amelia was awarded a fellowship at NYU’s Steinhardt School as the Publications Director for the Environmental Health Clinic. Amelia has exhibited her projects in such venues as the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Salone Satellite at the Milan Furniture Fair and the Noguchi Museum.