Adriana Valdez Young

Adriana Valdez Young is a people-centered designer, researcher, and content strategist working at the intersection of design, technology, and cities. She has over a decade of experience teaching urban design history, social innovation, and design research. She holds a B.A. in history from Brown University and an MSc. in city design and social science from the London School of Economics.

Adriana is a design researcher  for urban technology platforms and is currently an urban design strategist at Openbox. Previously, she led consumer research and insights for littleBits, a DIY hardware product for kids and educators to invent their own technology, and led branding and content at Stae, a city data management platform.

Her own design research work focuses on immigrant and refugee communities and their agency in shaping their own urban surroundings. She has led independent research on informal economies of migrant and refugee communities in London, Kuwait, and Ahmedabad. She has authored articles on the politics of inclusive public space for publications such as the Journal of Urban Technology, Makeshift Magazine, GOOD, and Ethnography Matters, and CITY Journal.