Brooke Chornyak is an experience designer, educator and collaborator. She has presented papers both nationally and internationally in a wide variety of settings. In 2004 she earned a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and went to work as a designer for CBT architects in Boston. Their she was part of a five person design team working collaboratively with architects, urban and interior designers to craft programs that reinforce the design integrity and give additional form to clients intentions.

In 2010 she earned an MGD from North Carolina Sate University and began working as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. There she conducted research on food systems, tool making and collaborative methods for interdisciplinary work.

Now she is the co-founder of Collective IQ, a human centered design research lab located in Portland, Maine.

kitchen research in and around food
kitchen as station

cargo collective site

film studies



lectures and workshops
2015 Cumulus and Design Research Society, LearnXDesign - Chicago, ILL
Presenting a paper titled:"Teaching Systems Thinking through Food".

2014 Design Research Society Conference - Umea Sweden
Organized a conversation on the use of digital tools for online collaboration

2014 International Food Design Experience - Dunedin, New Zealand
Presented a paper on Food as Lens

2013 Foodscapes: Access to Food, Excess of Food - Schloss Seggau, Austria
Presented a paper titled “teaching systems thinking through the landscape of food”

2013 Design Inquiry: Station - Vinalhaven, Maine
Presented a lecture and directed a workshop on food preparation as the basis for exploring collaborative situations, the evolution of recipes, kitchen tools and objects in and around food

2013 Tasmeem Doha: Hybrid Making - Doha, Qatar
Co-Directed a workshop on the culinary arts as a microcosm of design practice

2012 The 2nd International Conference on Design Creativity - Glasgow, Scotland research co-presenter – “Necessity is the mother of innovation: constraints and community engagement”

2011 UNIDCOM/IADE 6th International Conference - Lisbon, Portugal
presented research on the application of umberto eco’s concept of “open work” in design practice under the category of: sensibility for design, social business & change.

2011 Design Inquiry: Make/Do - Vinalhaven, Maine
presented a lecture and directing a workshop on the application of “open work” and tool making for design education.

2011 Tasmeem Doha: Synapse: Designer as Link - Doha, Qatar
directed a workshop about crafting and testing tools for co-creation in design practice

2010 NCSU Biennial Graduate Symposium - Raleigh, North Carolina
member of the symposium design team. also in partnership i planned a participatory interactive installation and a repurposing screen printing workshop for the event

2010 5th Annual NCSU Graduate Student Research Symposium - Raleigh, North Carolina
research presenter

2009 Design Inquiry: DesignLESS - Vinalhaven, Maine
organized and directed a workshop focused on thinking through rapid prototyping with repurposed materials