At Made in Space designer and a sociologist, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, explores the intersection of cognitive, social and environmental sciences to build experiences and interventions that help challenge the status quo and shift the trajectory of the future towards sustainability. Her work demystifies the hidden lives of everyday things and unpacks the cognitive experiences of the human and material world. Her work seeks to find new narratives about sustainability and the way design, architecture and technology can help rapidly pave the way towards a circular economy.
Leyla embodies the innovation that instigates positive environmental and social change. She is a New York-based, Australian designer, social scientist and sustainability expert, and is internationally recognised. As a lead developer of the disruptive design approach, she is behind several pioneering sustainability and educational initiatives. She is the founder of two design agencies, Disrupt Design in New York and Melbourne-based Eco Innovators, as well as the UnSchool, her uniquely rebellious experimental knowledge lab that is all about disrupting the mainstream way in which knowledge is gained and shared. She was named a 2016 Champion of the Earth by UN Environment. Her 2013 main-stage TED talk has been seen more than one million times, making and it one of the most watched TED talks on sustainability. Her works, such as Design Play Cards, Game Changer Game, Secret Life of Things, Designercise, and the AIGA Gender Equity Toolkit, are at the forefront of activated experience design. She has authored several handbooks for change makers and continues to agitate for new ways of solving complex social problems through beautifully designed interventions.