Carnegie Mellon University

Bruce Hanington

Bruce Hanington

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Design

  • Margaret Morrison 104A
  • 412-268-1641
Address Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Bruce Hanington is an Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies for the MDES, MPS and MA programs, and former Program Chair of Industrial Design. His core teaching includes How People Work, Research Methods for Design, Design Principles and Practices, and The Meaning of Form (Industrial Design Studio). Bruce has dedicated his teaching and research to methods and practices for human centered design, with an emphasis on design ethnography, participatory design, and the meaning of form in context. Bruce has also taught Design Thinking for executive education and MBA leadership, in cooperation with the Tepper School of Business.

Bruce’s past projects include work with General Electric’s Appliance division designing human-centered appliances, and research for Johnson & Johnson on design opportunities to enhance prescription skin care compliance among teens. Currently he participates in research on assessing use and behavior patterns in the graduate design studio as a learning environment.