About Our Faculty

Our faculty of internationally renowned educators – accomplished professionals across a range of design, technology and business fields – help our students develop their abilities through projects and critical dialogue in a design studio environment.

Andy Ogden – Department Chair

Formerly vice president of design for Walt Disney Imagineering R&D and an influential car designer for Honda Research of America, Andy has been on the Art Center faculty since 1984 and has helped train designers who hold leadership positions around the world. He has a strong record of innovation, award-winning design excellence and management with more than 20 years of professional R&D experience and market success in consumer products, transportation, entertainment, interactive media and education. He is the principle inventor for seven U.S. invention patents for immersive displays, human interface systems, robotics and motion simulators. Andy has a B.S. in industrial design, with distinction, from Art Center College of Design (1983); studied executive management at UCLA Andersen School of Management; and studied architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Katherine Bennett

An Art Center faculty member since 1988, Katherine has a passion for research, strategic planning, information architecture, design development and design/technology history. Her specialty is understanding and analyzing the user experience to discover design opportunities. An active member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), she has served as the organization’s vice president of education; member of the board of directors; western district education representative; and IDSA/LA chapter chair. Katherine has worked with Henry Dreyfuss Associates, Hauser Associates and the Mega/Erg think tank, where she developed designs ranging from laboratory and business equipment to tableware, gas stations, office and residential furniture and consumer products for clients including Herman Miller, Avery Dennison and Johnson Controls. Katherine is currently concluding her work towards an M.A. in design research at Art Center, holds a B.S.I.D from the University of the Arts, and holds a Certificate in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.Katherine’s blogs:  http://www.designinvestigations.com/

James Chu

James has an expansive career as a Creative Director, Branding Strategist, Industrial Designer, and Educator. He has led multidisciplinary teams in the development of branding strategies and the creation of new value for companies including Nike, Nokia, Vertu, Belkin, Motorola, Cisco, Linksys, Disney, Verizon Wireless, and Monster Music. James studied Computer Science at The University of Southern California and has a BS in product Design from Art Center College of Design (89)

Tylor Garland

Tylor is CEO and co Founder of Boombang Inc. a Los Angeles based creative think tank leading research, strategy, product development, branding and advertising. The firm has brought over 250 products to market since inception that have generated more than one billion dollars in retail sales for companies including Disney, ConAgra, Logitech, Church & Dwight, Target and Newell Rubbermaid. Tylor is formerly Managing Director of Product Development & Engineering for Frog Design. His design work has been recognized by awards from Red dot and IDSA, featured in GQ, Wired and Fortune Magazine and displayed at San Francisco’s MoMA and the Whitney museum. He is a guest lecturer for organizations such as CCA, Mattel and the Harvard Business School.

Marshall Hamachi

Marshall is Associate Director of the Color, Materials and Trends Exploration Laboratory (CMTEL) at the Art Center College of Design. CMTEL serves as materials library and collaborative learning space for students to discover emerging color and material technologies, develop sensibilities for color and material design trends, and design with industry partners in immersive workshop settings. Marshall has worked in the areas of design modeling and prototyping for the automotive, medical, and consumer product industries, as well as corporate learning, interactive retail systems, and technology commercialization. Marshall studied economics at the University of California at Irvine.

Maritza Herrera

Maritza Herrera, department coordinator, got her start in the entertainment industry, working for 15 years as a dancer and actor performing in various commercials, videos and theater productions. From 2004 to 2007, she worked as an assistant casting director for Renita Casting. She has also served as executive assistant to Nely Galán, CEO of gaLAn Entertainment. Since coming to Art Center in 2007, Herrera has taken on a number of roles, including serving as department coordinator for the Industrial Design and Entertainment Design graduate programs. She also serves as the College’s speaker liaison for its annual Sustainability Summit. Herrera received her Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Long Beach, where she majored in psychology and dance.

Dyna Kau

Dyna is founder of Girl Of All Work, a company creating contemporary office accessories targeted towards a female demographic. Her clients include: The Container Store, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, SFMOMA, The Norton Simon Museum of Art, Barnes and Noble, Dick Blick Art Stores, Indigo, and several other domestic and international retail outlets. Her work has been featured in In Style Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, and other trade periodicals. Dyna worked previously in the field of environmental design, developing brand identity, graphics, and way-finding systems for commercial spaces.
Dyna was raised in Southern California and graduated from Art Center College of Design as valedictorian in 2004 with a BFA in graphic design/packaging.

Wook Kim - Director

Formerly a semiconductor engineer at Analog Devices, Wook developed mixed signal converters for the digital entertainment and communications industries. His professional experiences also include being a professional executive coach, a grade school teacher for at-risk kids in Boston, and a manager in restaurants with a keen focus on delivering the ultimate service experience to customers. Across these different disciplines, Wook has consistently emphasized organizational optimization as well as the development of individuals to assist them in achieving their unique potentials. He is dedicated to coaching future innovators in understanding the psychology behind human needs as the trade-offs inherent in the complexities of modern business dynamics. Wook holds an M.E.M. degree in engineering management from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in positive organizational psychology from Claremont Graduate University, and  a B.E. in electrical engineering and a B.A. in engineering sciences  from Dartmouth College.

Stan Kong

A renowned design educator, consultant and design advocate, Stan has inspired and influenced generations of individuals to pursue an education in design that have gone on to become successful leaders in companies throughout the world. Stan is a core member of the Grad ID faculty and teaches in Art Center’s Public Programs.  He is also Head of the Product Design Program at Pasadena City College. A founding Co-Chair of the alumni scholarship fundraising group, Legacy Circle, he also serves on the Visual Arts and Design Academy Advisory Board, the Executive Board of Directors for the Armory Center for the Arts and the Rowe and Gayle Giesen Trust Board of Trustees. Stan’s many honors include Art Center’s “Outstanding Service Alumni Award”, the Institute of Education Service Award, the Risser “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” Award, the Los Angeles County Cherry Blossom Festival “Teachers Making a Difference” Award, the Art Directors Club of Los Angeles Award of Excellence, and Honorable Mention presented by Porsche for concepts in product and transportation design. Stan Kong has a B.S. in Product Design from Art Center College of Design (83-02)

Story Musgrave

Adjunct Professor and advisor to GradID, Story is an accomplished pilot, surgeon, mechanic, poet, designer and philosopher. He has written 25 scientific papers in the areas of aerospace medicine and physiology, temperature regulation, exercise physiology and clinical surgery. One of NASA’s most experienced astronauts, Story flew on six space flights; performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger’s maiden flight; conducted two classified Department of Defense missions; spacewalked to repair the ailing Hubble telescope; and, on his last flight, operated an electronic chip-manufacturing satellite aboard Columbia. Story participated in the design and development of all space shuttle extravehicular activity equipment for his missions, including spacesuits, life-support systems, airlocks and manned maneuvering units. Throughout his 30-year career with NASA, Story enriched his experiences by capturing the essence of spaceflight through a variety of mediums including photography, poetry and personal experiments. Story has seven graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology, and he has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. Story’s website: http://www.spacestory.com

Javier Palomares

Javier is the founder of Curve Ahead, a design firm specializing in the full range of capabilities that develop ideas into innovative solutions for consumer products and furniture. Curve ahead’s clients/partners include Disney-Bruckheimer films, Espacio Sami Hayek, Dellarobbia USA, Nova Lighting, and Orange 22. Javier’s designs have been displayed at the High Point Market, Bernhardt Design at ICFF, Javits Center, and the Dwell in Design show, Los Angeles. Javier was born in Bogota, Colombia. He has a degree in Industrial Design from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, and a BS in product design with honors from Art Center College of Design.

Lloyd Walker

Lloyd is the principal of innovation services firm Precurve, LLC and an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in early-stage technology startups and 25 years of strategic planning and product development experience. Throughout his career, Lloyd has provided creative foresight, innovation management and business leadership for emerging markets and technologies. He serves as a senior executive, advisor and shareholder for technology businesses in Texas and California. As former president of Human Code, an interactive developer sold to Sapient in 2000, he grew the firm into a leading national developer of electronic games, e-learning and online solutions. Prior to Human Code, he performed strategy and product design for NASA, as well as Honda and several other Fortune 500 companies. Lloyd has an M.S. in studies of the future from the University of Houston, and a B.S. in industrial design from Art Center.