As a Design Thinking Fellow, Annika will work with her team to facilitate the growth of Design Thinking and Human–Centered Design through workshops, fostering new partnerships at Tulane and in the New Orleans community. In the hopes of creating positive social change throughout New Orleans, Annika would like to create a campaign to further the awareness of Design Thinking by reaching out to grass–roots movements. She is excited to introduce design as an interdisciplinary tool that can be used and applied outside of the traditional design fields, and hopes that adaptations of the DT model will eventually be applied all over Tulane’s campus. Annika looks to apply Human-Centered Design in both her personal and academic life, including her upcoming thesis project.
As a fifth year Masters of Architecture student, Annika is interested in using architecture as a means of social change and public impact. This summer she worked with the nonprofit PlayBuild NOLA, collaborating with both the founder and other PlayBuild members to create an architecture and engineering based workbook for children, in the hopes to inspire social change at a young age. In the Tulane community, she is vice president of Alpha Rho Chi, the architecture and allied arts fraternity, member of the American Institute of Architecture Students and currently part of creating a school–wide charity initiative.