Thoughts on readings and proceedings in the Fall 2020 Senior Environments Studio taught by Daphne Peters.


Thoughts on the readings and proceedings in this class taught by Professor John Soluri.


Here are some questions that correspond to Coffee: A Global History, pp. 7–43:

(1) Compare the botanical, economic, and cultural dimensions of Arabica and Robusta coffees. …

Engaging freshmen at CMU to become food citizens through their on-campus experience, caring for the Earth through the foods that they eat.

The Design Team

Ema, Yue, Xuehui, and Nick

Ema Karavdic completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney and is currently a candidate for the Master of Design at CMU. …

So we succeeded at using what we’ve learned to persuade, but who were we really persuading?

Let’s take a closer look.

Nick Marotta

The prompt for this project was to enable an autographic physicalization of a normally unseen phenomenon. For the physicalization to be autographic, the phenomenon must create evidence of itself.

I decided to focus on block play in the context of early education. When kids play with blocks, it…

Nicholas Marotta


This post chronicles the progress of my experience in Stacie Rohrbach’s Learner Experience Design class. What follows will be a mix of reflections, process work, and documentation.

There are many reasons to be excited, diving into learner experience design. Right off the bat, one of the reasons…

The exhibit I designed was based around the idea of introducing visitors to Basquiat. Basquiat’s rise to fame and acquisition of critical acclaim was undoubtedly aided by, or even because of, his personality. While selling postcards on the street without a home to his name, Basquiat met Andy Warhol, the…

Self-reflection Hybrid Environments 10/01/18

150–250 word self-reflection posted to Medium: What other types of environments are becoming hybrid? Give at least one specific example and note whether or not you think the hybridization of the environment improves the user experience.

Many environments now are becoming hybrid as the inclusion of technology becomes more accessible…


It is my understanding that an architect creates the building and the environments designer creates the spaces within. An architect is concerned with how the building should function whereas environments designers are focused on the inhabitants and user’s needs. Environments within a building are designed with an experience in…

Artist Information and Initial Moodboard:


Idea 2: An exhibit that introduces you to Basquiat in the same way he was introduced to the New York art world in the 70s. From the outside of the gallery, you would see his graffiti poetry over the walls, signed “SAMO.” That would…

Nick Marotta

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store