I am a Principal of Design, Insights & Strategy at Michael Graves Architecture & Design. With the firm since 2003, I passionately believe design has the power to positively impact people’s lives. My mission is to apply the right blend of research, psychology, creativity and strategy so that root causes are identified, allowing the best solution to be designed.  Well-rounded solutions require multi-disciplinary input and collaboration. As a partner at MGA&D, I work with architects, interior designers, product designers, graphic designers, researchers and strategists all focused on one goal: enhancing the human experience at every scale. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design.

Rob Van Varick will serve as a judge for the 2021 Innovation Forum Humanities track.