Distinguished Adjunct of Professional Practice
Steve Hamilton is a strategic designer focused on systems-based problems ranging from climate change to health outcomes in the developing world. Using participatory design methods such as Transition Design he facilitates community generated activity leading to behavioral change and alignment among diverse stakeholder groups. As Distinguished Adjunct of Professional Practice at Carnegie Mellon University, Hamilton focuses on the deployment and testing of Transition Design via real-world engagements and is currently working to launch The Ojai Transition Design Center in California.
Hamilton began his career in the film industry, founding two successful post production companies and providing editing and sound design for notable filmmakers such as Ang Lee, Hal Hartley, and Michael Almereyda among many others. He’s also collaborated with Choreographer Trisha Brown, and the Artists Matthew Barney, Pierre Huyghe and Mika Rottenberg. His own film, sound, and sculptural artwork has been shown at museums and galleries both here and abroad.
He has a degree in English Literature from Santa Clara University and an MFA from the Products of Design program at School of Visual Arts in NYC.