Ron Kirkpatrick and Helen Maria Nugent are the co-founders of HAELO Design, an independent, research-oriented studio with a focus on strategic futures and speculative design.
Helen Maria Nugent is also the Dean of the Design Division at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, overseeing graduate and undergraduate programs in Industrial, Interaction, Fashion, Furniture, Illustration, Design Strategy and Business, and Graphic design. Prior to this, Nugent was the founding Chair of the Designed Objects programs, and the Director of the First Year Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She has over 25 years of experience leading innovation in design education.
Ron Kirkpatrick was born in the USA to a military family that moved between 6 states and 3 countries before his 18th birthday. He studied history, economics and architecture in Florida, England, Italy, and Mexico before founding Haelo Design with Helen Maria Nugent in 1993. In addition to his work with Haelo, Ron is currently Director of Capital Planning and Special. www.haelodesign.com