Stuart Candy

Experiential futurist

Stuart Candy, Ph.D. (@futuryst) is an Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, where he is responsible for integrating futures throughout the curriculum. His work aims to distribute and amplify the social capacity for foresight by any media necessary. Bridging policy, research, art, and activism, Stuart is recognised as a pioneer of practices where design and longer-term thinking meet, expanding their boundaries through numerous transmedia storytelling projects, participatory design events, tools for practitioners, and guerrilla interventions. 

As a strategic advisor and facilitator, Stuart has worked with diverse institutions including IDEO, the University of Oxford, the Dubai Museum of the Future, UNESCO, Burning Man, the Omidyar Group, Autodesk, the United States Conference of Mayors, the National Film Board of Canada, and governments at all levels. He has introduced hybrid design/futures approaches to learners around the world, including programs at the Royal College of Art, National University of Singapore, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Before becoming a professor he wrote the first doctoral dissertation on foresight and design, The Futures of Everyday Life, and worked as an in-house futurist at the global engineering firm Arup.

Stuart is a founding Foresight Advisory Board member at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Geneva), and a fellow of the Museum of Tomorrow (Rio de Janeiro), INK (Mumbai), and The Long Now Foundation (San Francisco). He is co-director of Situation Lab, and co-creator of the award-winning imagination game The Thing From The Future.