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 November Design Thinking Breakfast with Michelle Barrett + Chris Daemmrich
Friday, November 5th, 2021

Michelle Barrett & Chris Daemmrich led the November 2021 session of Design Thinking Breakfast.

About the Hosts

Chris Daemmrich is the Visiting Assistant Professor at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University. 


  • Chris Daemmrich was born and raised on Tonkawa land in Austin, Texas. He studied architecture and political science on Chitimacha, Choctaw and Houma land at Tulane University of Louisiana in New Orleans, graduating with an M.Arch and a B.A. in political science in 2017.  
  • In his teaching at the Taylor Center for Design Thinking and Social Innovation at Tulane University and through the Collaborative Design Workshop, his design justice research, advocacy and education practice, Chris participates in the creation of reparative, queer, feminist space.  

Michelle Barrett, currently located in Kansas City, Missouri – the unceded land of the Osage and Kansa people- is a 2019 M.Arch graduate of Tulane University’s School of Architecture and currently works as a designer at Gould Evans. 

  • In her role as designer, she contributes to the entire project process from initial programming, research and schematic design all the way through construction documentation and administration.  
  • In her role as a design activist, she advocates for diversity, inclusion, and equity within the built environment and the architectural profession at every stage of the pipeline. 
  • Michelle co-founded the Tulane Black Arch Alumni Coalition (TBAAC) and co-facilitates Emergent Grounds for Design Education (EGDE). She has served as a National Student Representative on the NOMA National Executive Board, founding president of NOMAS at Kent State University, and current NOMA KC Student Outreach board member and Project Pipeline coordinator. 


About Design Thinking Breakfast

  • These casual events will be moving to an online format until further notice … and breakfasts will be BYOC – ‘Bring your own coffee’.
  • The goal is to learn from each other. The format will evolve as we learn, together, what might be most valuable (and enjoyable!) to us all. Breakfasts will include both time to mingle and one or two quick activities to foster knowledge-sharing or community-building.
  • The DT breakfasts are open to all. No DT experience is required.
  • Come with an open heart and mind and prepare to learn and share with others in the local, regional, and international DT community.
  • Please invite anyone who would enjoy both sharing with and learning from other practitioners and educators in the greater New Orleans area, the Gulf South, and connecting with other people in the local, regional and international design thinking community.
  • When: One Friday each month.
  • Cost: Free
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