Raissa is a transdisciplinary designer and researcher exploring systems, services and processes that move towards more equitable futures. Prior to Openbox, she worked in design and research for blockchain, customer experience, and corporate social responsibility. She received her undergraduate degree with majors in architecture and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons School of Design.
What did you do before Openbox?
I was in graduate school at Parsons School of Design where I had the time and space to experiment with new methods and to question what design is and could be.
What do you like about the work you do?
Working with others who embody different lived experiences, and the constant learning that comes with collaborating on complex challenges.
What does inclusivity mean to you?
Inclusivity is not an end, but a means to design for joy. It is the start of building a world in which each person can thrive and be nurtured, and in which addressing basic needs is no longer the primary focus.
When do you feel most like yourself?
When I’m dancing by myself
I spend a lot of time thinking about…
Identity, social networks, self-care, and what makes the perfect dumpling.