Liz Ogbu: Designer, Urbanist, Social Innovator

Liz Ogbu

Liz Ogbu is an expert on sustainable design and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has a long history of working with communities to tackle wicked social problems through design. Currently, she has her own multidisciplinary design and consulting practice and is on faculty at UC Berkeley and Stanford’s Previous roles include first-ever Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Art & Public Life at California College of the Arts, Innovator-in-Residence through the inaugural Fellowship, and Design Director at the nonprofit Public Architecture. Her projects have been featured in museum exhibitions and received numerous design awards globally. She has also written for and been profiled in publications such as Metropolis, Core 77, and the Journal of Urban Design. Named as one of Public Interest Design’s Top 100, Liz is also a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and one of the 2012 Next City Vanguard. She earned architecture degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University.