Lori Nishikawa


I was born and raised with thousands of aunties and uncles, my extented ohana in Hawaii. Living on the island of Maui, I was raised knowing and experiencing that we must all have “kuleana” the responsibility to care for others. I always bring this philosophy to my design practice.

Whether I’m developing concepts with NASA scientists and engineers or creating healing spaces for hospitals in Santiago, I’ve seen how design with purpose makes a positive impact across the globe. I bring my skills in design, strategy, research and development to the forefront when exploring solutions for these complex social and environmental challenges.

I am relentlessly driven to improve systems and products that have failed the 21st century. I hope to continue working with diverse teams, triangulating perspectives and bringing design thinking to the global community. We are not just a rock in the middle of the ocean; we are all connected and all responsible for each other and our planet.

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Systems Design Intern for Early Mission Formulation
    February 2017 - May 2017
    La Canada, CA

    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Industrial Design Intern for Ocean Worlds
    June 2016 - August 2016
    La Canada, CA

    ArtCenter College of Design
    Co-Founder of Student-led class
    January 2017 - April 2017
    Pasadena, CA

    ArtCenter College of Design
    Career + Professional Development Office, Lead Designer
    May 2015 - May 2016
    Pasadena, CA

  • Gallery/Exhibit

    Student Gallery
    Safe Ninos - Healing Tree


    Student Leadership Award
    ArtCenter Summer 2017 Graduating Class
    In recognition of student leadership
    Summer 2017

    Student Merit Award (SMA)
    Industrial Designers Society of America
    In recognition of ArtCenter Representative
    April 2017

    Thai Embassy, Tokyo Gallery Participant
    Thai Embassy in Tokyo
    In recognition of Future Craft

    Spark Concept: Bronze
    Spark Awards
    In recognition of Safe Ninos Healing Tree

    In recognition of Healing Tree
    November 2016

    Spark Concept: World-changing Finalist
    Spark Awards
    In recognition of GirlSight


    Published by DesignMatters at ArtCenter

    Safe Niños - Design for Holistic Healing
    El Mundo De Santi
    Published by DesignMatters at ArtCenter

    Future Craft: Japan & Thailand Edition
    Muang Kung Ties
    Published by DesignMatters at ArtCenter
    December 29, 2016

    Student Spotlight: Lori Nishikawa
    Social Impact
    DesignMatters at ArtCenter

    Students Tackling Social Issues in their Art and Design: Product Design Student Lori Nishikawa
    Social Impact
    Dot Magazine: Social Impact
    April 2017

    Core Strengths

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