Audrey Bennett

Associate Professor, Communication and Media

Audrey Grace Bennett is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication. She teaches courses in design theory, research and practice and conducts research on collaborative and participatory design as methods for cross-cultural communication.
Bennett is editor of "Design Studies: Theory and Research in Graphic Design" published by Princeton Architectural Press that chronicles historical and contemporary efforts of designers to broaden the scope of the profession of graphic design to include user research. 
Her current research--funded by Rensselaer, the Society for Technical Communication, and the National Science Foundation--includes the development of a theory of interactive aesthetics (IA) that democratizes the design process and places designers in virtual collaboration with lay audiences. IA facilitates the participation of remote participants in various stages of the design process through the use of new or existing communication technologies. 
Her papers are published in the Journal of Design Research, Visible Language, Design Issues, The Journal of Graphic Design and various international design research conference proceedings. More information about her research can be found via “BaoHouse”—a virtual design studio that she directs.
View Audrey Grace Bennett's CV.


Yale University School of Art, M.F.A. Graphic Design (terminal degree)
Dartmouth College, B.A. Studio Art

Research Focus
  • graphic design, human-centered design
  • participatory design