Soft Goods – Design Studio



The Soft Goods Design Studio explores product design that uses materials that are not rigid. Combining the skills of a fashion designer and the design approach of an industrial designer this class creates a unique way to solve a specific set of design criteria. The goal of this course is to give a basic overview of technical pattern making used in creating products in fabric or other soft materials.


Wearable Technology – Design Studio

NASA Wearable Technology Design Studio

During the course of the NASA Wearable Technology Design Studio, students research and develop solutions for specific problems faced by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.  Using a more scientific approach to product design, student groups develop a series of wearable technology projects using Arduino and various electronic sensors, actuators, LEDs and other devices while conducting design research.  The focus is to improve astronauts’ efficiency, safety and health during space flight.  Students work closely with our NASA mentor to identify current needs, and also collaborate with engineers from partner universities and industries.

Portable Environments – Design Studio

Clothing is our own portable environment. Protective clothing can be the barrier between life and death in many activities. It can protect us from unsafe conditions, harsh environments, help us improve athletic performance and even give us the ability to fly, swim to incredible depth or float in outer space.

In the Design Studio course, students identify and design products, environments and component complexes of broad scope. Beyond fashion and more than functional apparel, these products are both designed and engineered. Students design products ranging from functional apparel to body worn devices and protective gear with a focus on mobility and the use of flexible textile based materials.

Internet of Things – Design Studio

It’s hard to imagine your life without a smartphone in your hand. We rely on them for everything from communication, information, entertainment and social interactions. This course explores the impact of the Internet on everyday products. This emerging platform called the Internet of Things – wherein billions and trillions of devices communicating with each other and “the cloud” – could enable unprecedented, innovative products and services. Industrial design will lead the development of smart objects and this course will explore the design of products for the home of the future.


Mars Transit Habitat – Space Studio

Outcomes projects

Course Objective

xHab – Human Centered Space Studio, Mars Transit Habitat and Mars Surface Habitat.

Awarded a 2016 NASA eXploration (X-HAB) Innovation Grant, this course provides undergraduate and graduate students from the Schools of Architecture and Design the opportunity to work together and in direct association with NASA astronauts, scientists, physicists and engineers.

Students in this collaborative, full-year design course, co–taught by Michael Morris and Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman,, designed a transit habitat for manned mission to Mars in the fall semester of 2015 and built the actual test prototype(s) in the spring term of 2016.

Pratt’s Industrial Design and Architecture students worked scientists, engineers and astronauts from NASA as well as consulting professors and researchers from  other universities on all aspects research, design and fabrication. Field trips to NASA’s Johnson Space Center,  gave them the opportunity to make presentations, study and tour the facilities.