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Sara Hendren, MDes.

Sara Hendren

Assistant Professor of Design

Milas Hall 334


MDes. (with distinction), Art, Design, and the Public Domain, Harvard Graduate School of Design
M.A., European History, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Studio Art, Wheaton College

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Investigating Normal


Adaptive and Assistive Technologies Prosthetics Accessible Architecture Biopolitics Disability Studies Social Design and Public Art Practices Art-engineering hybrids


Lincoln City Fellowship
Fulbright Scholar


Sara Hendren is an artist and design researcher whose work engages adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, accessible architecture, and related ideas. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at MOMA (NYC), and her writing and design work have appeared in the Boston GlobeThe Atlantic TechFastCo Design, and on National Public Radio (US), among others. Work at various stages includes ramp design for wheelchair users and skateboarders; low-tech assistive devices; the long-running Accessible Icon Project, which she co-founded, and mobility on Mars. She lectures widely and formerly taught at the Rhode Island School of design. She runs the Abler web site.

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