Embrace complexity to innovate

Rosanne Somerson is a furniture designer/maker, educator and RISD's 17th president. The first female alumna to lead the art/design school, she co-founded the Department of Furniture Design and was selected as president for her collaborative leadership style and informed vision. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
Rosanne Somerson is a furniture designer/maker, educator and RISD's 17th president. The first female alumna to lead the art/design school, she co-founded the Department of Furniture Design and was selected as president for her collaborative leadership style and informed vision. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY
I've often told students that the biggest creative challenge they will face is that of designing their own careers. And I remind them their RISD education has prepared them to do just that. Art and design education teaches students to thrive in uncertainty. They excel not only in solving problems, but in reframing core questions…

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