Lawrence Abrahamson is a design lead at IDEO who has 15 years of professional experience working on interdisciplinary teams in international contexts. Before joining IDEO, Lawrence established a design and experience consultancy in Singapore and was a visiting researcher at Nanyang Technological University where he investigated an Asian perception of space. He has taught design research in the architecture department of CEDIM in Monterrey, Mexico, and recently authored a short essay on “Ma,” the Japanese sense of space, for Mas Context.
An interdisciplinary designer, educator, and nomad, Deborah Alden is a perpetual liaison and translator between practices, people, and cultures. She is co-founder of The Comradery and a research and strategy consultant working primarily in Asian and Latin American markets. Whether conducting field research on food deserts in Brooklyn or developing a new undergraduate design program in Singapore, she believes that engaging and understanding people and their communities is the key to creating lasting impact. She has also taught design research at CEDIM in Monterrey, Mexico, and her article “A Fading Tradition,” which takes a look at the loss of cultural identity in young Singaporeans, was published in Iridescent: Icograda Journal of Design Research.