About Us

What is the Brown Design Workshop?

The Brown Design Workshop is a new space on campus designed to provide a collaborative and creative environment for project-based learning. Open to all of Brown and RISD, the space houses a new set of rapid prototyping equipment, allowing students the opportunity to bridge the gap between theory and practice by framing projects as a response to their own curiosities and interests, thus uniting classroom and experiential learning. The ample workspace and engineering equipment of Prince Lab coupled with the unique blend of creative thinkers on College Hill can transform the Design Workshop into a place where play, tinkering, and peer-to-peer learning thrive. We hope that an interdisciplinary, creative community, will take root, and that studios like this will serve as a model for more project-based learning classes in the School of Engineering.

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Who are we?


Chris Bull is trained in mechanical and electrical engineering and material science. For the past twenty years, he has been involved in appropriate technology, co-teaching a course at Brown University and co-authoring two books on the subject with Professor Barrett Hazeltine: "Appropriate Technology; Tools, Choices, and Implications" (1998) and co-editor, "Field Guide of Appropriate Technology" (2002). He has developed collaborations with the Design Division of the Rhode Island School of Design, co-teaching design studios for engineering and design students, and working with colleagues there on a variety of design projects.

Email: cbull@brown.edu   Office: PL 207   Phone: 863-2572

Ian Gonsher is an artist, designer, and educator. He is on the faculty in the School of Engineering at Brown University, where his teaching and research focus on the creative process through interdisciplinary practice. He is also the Associate Director of the Brown Creative Mind Initiative. Ian has degrees in Art History and Industrial Design from the University of Kansas, and also holds an MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. His most recent work focuses on design strategies that blend creative practices across disciplines as a means of developing pedagogical strategies for teaching creative thinking.

E-Mail: Ian_Gonsher@brown.edu   Website: http://www.gonsherdesign.com/


Brian Corkum
Benjamin Lyons
Michael Packer
Raymond Pagliarini
Charlie Vickers
Paul Waltz
Senior Technical Assistant
Senior Technical Assistant
Senior Instrument Maker
Senior Instrument Maker
JEPIS Manager
Senior Technical Assistant


Farzanah Ausaluth
Ahyoung Choe
Kelly Hering
Eric Shine
Ben Snell
events, workshops, calendars
monitor hours & calendar, accountability
new monitor signup & training
new member signup & training
communications & website

Head Monitors

Lukas Bentel
Evan Cranston
Evan Finkle
Pawel Golyski
Daniel Gregg
Danica Mitchell
Omar Nema
Minsoo Thigpen
Daniel Tonderys
Kevin Wiesner
Lukas WinklerPrins

Contact Us

Send all inquiries to designworkshop@brown.edu or drop by and talk to us during open hours! We’re located within Prince Lab off Barus and Holly, just east of Brook Street between Waterman and George. See this map for more detailed directions.