Krista Donaldson, D-Rev CEO and Stanford d.school lecturer and Mariana Amatullo, cofounder and vice president of Designmatters at Art Center College of Design were named two of the 50 most influential designers "pushing the boundaries of their discipline into promising new directions."
Donaldson and Amatullo are both past recipients of NCIIA E-Team and Course & Program Grants. Amatullo and her students at Designmatters are responsible for the GiraDora, a manually powered washing machine designed to address issues related to water poverty and a notable entry in Fast Company's 2012 Innovation by Design Awards.
Mariana Amatullo, vice president at Art Center College of Design and co-founder of Designmatters, the College’s social impact initiative, has won the inaugural Dell Social Innovation Education Award. The honor recognizes outstanding leadership in teaching and supporting student social innovators.
Amatullo was chosen for her exemplary leadership and holistic approach in building new modes of engagement for art and design education with social impact, promoting broad collaboration through cross-sector partnerships with non-profit organizations, development agencies and industry.
Mariana Amatullo is the Co-founder, VP and Director of the college-wide initiative Designmatters at the Art Center College of Design, based in Pasadena California. Through her leadership, the Art Center is the first design institution to be affiliated as a non-governmental organization with several United Nations agencies, NGOs and development organizations. The award-winning and tangible outcomes of the Designmatters portfolio unite educational objectives with advocacy and social innovation outcomes that are disseminated globally by Designmatters partners. Amatullo lectures and publishes internationally about experiential design curricula and tools to incubate social impact projects beyond the classroom/studio walls. Mariana was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina; she holds an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Southern California and a Licence en Lettres Degree from the Sorbonne University, Paris.