Hi there!

I’m Romy - a designer, researcher and recent Harvard grad, dedicated to unlocking civic innovation, rethinking humane technology and experimenting with any new tool that comes my way. 



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Currently researching / interested in:
︎ Collective intelligence
︎ Design Fiction
︎ Civic Futures
︎ Fixing Social Media

Favorite / recommended podcasts:
︎ Your Undivided Attention 
︎ Invisibilia 
︎ Recode Decode

Currently reading:
︎ Adverdarial Design
︎ Speculative Everything

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How can we improve collaboration between client & service provider?


SMART PLANNING TABLE

A smart table aimed at creating a fluid conversation between designers and clients, comprises of colored notes that hold the requirements of an architectural plan, and a web interface translates a colored combination into an architectural drawing with Pix2pix.
JUL 2019
CANNONDESIGN

WEB DEV . MACHINE LEARNING . TANGIBLE TOOL



Can social computing methods enable local communities to participate in the design process to generate culturally-relevant housing types?


COLLECTIVE DESIGNING FOR COLLECTIVE LIVING

Through a web interface + ML model, this project imagines co-design tools that will be used by communities in Boston, and allow them to customize and their residential space.


JUL 2020
HARVARD LABORATORY FOR DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES


WEB DEV . COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN . UX DESIGN





What if public spaces were reclaimed for civic participation?


PIXELS OF PARTICIPATION 

The project weaves street art and civic debate to form a new space for political participation in the city’s urban transit.


MAY 2020
SENSEABLE CITY LAB

UX DESIGN . SMART TECH DESIGN . CIVIC TECH





Can we eliminate boundaries of trust through computation?


COMPUTATION AS TRUST

Match-making occupants based on their opposing lifestyles, providing them with a larger apartment when needed without having them share spaces - this model questions our need for residential boundaries, and imagines a more individualistic future.

DEC 2019
MIT COMPUTATION LAB

DATA SCIENCE . DESIGN . ARCHITECTURE






What if we crowdsourced the renaming of streets? 


HIDDEN HISTORIES

This project elevates hidden histories of advocacy and progressive movements in Boston by proposing new street names that highlight these movements and many names and anonymous women, trans and non-binary people who took part.
JUL 2021
MIT URBAN PLANNING DEPARTMENT

DATA COLLECTION . WEB DEV . URBAN TECHNOLOGY





If mindless scrolling becomes creative, will it still be mindless?


INSTACREATE

InstaCreate attemps to end mindless scrolling by understanding the subconscious of scrollers and giving it creative agency. 
DEC 2019
MIT MEDIA LAB

CREATIVE CODING . SCIENCE FICTION 



How can we assist conversations to give voices to those unheard?


SOCIABOWL

Conversations can sometimes be imbalanced when some participants have more dominant characters and others tend to wait for their turn passively. This project aims to mediate group conversation through a dynamic and tangible centerpiece. 
DEC 2018
MIT MEDIA LAB

TANGIBLE TOOL . ARDUINO . CONVERSATION TOOL