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Read Smith’s plans for the fall 2020 semester
and the college’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Design Thinking

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Design in service of broad social issues.

The world around us is largely shaped by design—the products, services, infrastructures, systems and narratives that form our experience are all designed. At Smith College, we question gender, race, ethnicity, power and ability as dynamics that shape who gets to participate in creating the world in which we live. Students become critically engaged with the processes shaping our reality, making representations, and fabricating working prototypes. 

Capen Annex and our making capabilities are closed until further notice. We are still offering curricular and co-curricular opportunities for the Smith community. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out via email at

Meet with us through Calendly

You can also still meet directly with Laura or Emily through zoom by scheduling a meeting at Meet with Laura to discuss creative projects from home, making with home materials, and independent project management. Meet with Emily to discuss coursework, design practice, and career opportunities in design!

Virtual Making Opportunities

We're so excited to launch Make it Work: a new series on making with household materials. We will be offering weekly making activities to take your mind off the news! Community members, housemates, and kids are welcome. For current information on this virtual program, please sign up for our weekly mailing list or visit our Facebook page.


A Space for Making

The Design Thinking Initiative is housed in Capen Annex, a space designed and dedicated to hands-on creativity and experimentation. Participants engage in group work, high- and low-tech prototyping, and collaborative idea generation.

Exterior view of Capen Annex

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Design Thinking Initiative

146 Elm Street
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3653
Fax: 413-585-3655