George and Sara Aye, School of the Art Institute faculty, TED prize
George Aye and Sara Cantor Aye, faculty members in SAIC's department of architecture, interior architecture, and designed objects, have received a $10,000 prize from TED. Their City 2.0 grant will support Designing Chicago: New Tools for Public Transit, a project from the Aye's Greater Good Studio that leverages public participation and design to improve citywide navigation. The award is part of a $100,000 year-long effort to support online platforms devoted to making cities function better worldwide. Sara Cantor Aye co-founded Greater Good Studio with George in 2011 to apply her design research and innovation practice to the social sector. Formerly research director at IA Collaborative, Sara works as an advocate for the user across every step of the design process. In addition to being an instructor at SAIC, Sara also teaches at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Institute of Design at IIT, and Lake Forest College. SAIC Assistant Professor George Aye co-founded Greater Good Studio as a way to increase the impact of his user-centered design practice. Before joining SAIC he began his design career at IDEO Chicago and currently holds nine patents. After seven years at IDEO, George became the lead designer at the Chicago Transit Authority, where he explored the intersection of design and public policy by envisioning the design of a new bus system for Chicago. George also spent a year as Creative Director at IA Collaborative, building a new industrial design team, before transitioning to academia full-time.