Rebecca Erde’s industrial design and art practice are grounded in interdisciplinarity, making, and experimentation. Born and raised in New York, Erde received a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015 and returned to graduate school for her Masters of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2017. She recently finished her thesis, Designing Resiliency: Products for Mental Health. Erde’s diverse background in architecture, woodworking, metalworking, and digital fabrication allows her to approach design and glass making through an unconventional lens. After graduating from architecture school, she worked as a furniture designer and woodworker in the Brooklyn Navy Yard for two years. At RISD, she continued studying kiln casting, furniture, and other forms of digital fabrication and design.



INSTRUCTOR ON RECORD @ Rhode Island School of Design, January 2019 to February 2019, Industrial Design Studio, (re) designing Self-Care (co-taught with Adam Chuong)

TEACHING ASSISTANT @ Rhode Island School of Design, February 2018 to May 2018, Woodworking TA for graduate Industrial Design class, Full Scale

DESIGNER AND WOODWORKER @ Bien Hecho Brooklyn, Part Time, March 2016 to July 2017, Responsibilities included designing furniture, outputting technical drawings, rendering for clients; milling, finishing, assemblies, and installations

DESIGN MANAGER @ Modos Furniture, Member of New Lab, Part Time, June 2016 to July 2017, Responsibilities included fabrication, installations, Kickstarter fulfillment, designing new products, marketing, client interaction, graphic design, website design, social media, photography, packaging design, and organizing our ICFF booth

DRAFTER, FABRICATOR, AND TEACHER @ Total Metal Resource and Metal Shop Fantasy Camp, Part Time, March 2016 to October 2016

DESIGNER, FABRICATION LAB @ SHoP Architects, September 2015 to November 2015, Responsibilities included architectural scale model building and shop maintenance

VOLUNTEER ARCHITECTURE TEACHER @ Washington University in St. Louis, January 2014 to May 2015, The Alberti Program for elementary, middle and high school students focused on design and sustainability


MASTER OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN @ Rhode Island School of Design, Spring 2019, Recipient of Alexander Graham Bell Award, in recognition of a student whose work involves projects dealing with medical rehabilitation

CERTIFICATE IN COLLEGIATE TEACHING IN ART & DESIGN @ Rhode Island School of Design, Fall and Spring 2019, focused study in the area of collegiate-level studio pedagogy

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE @ Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Double Minor in Urban Design and in French, Cum Laude, Dean’s List May 2015

ARCHITECTURE PROGRAM @ Danish Institute of Study Abroad, Fall Semester of 2014 in Copenhagen


FEATURED IN CORE77, the Industrial Design Blog in June 2019 “A Huggable SAD Lamp that Engages and Comforts Users”

GRADUATE COMMONS GRANT RECIPIENT from Rhode Island School of Design, 2019

EXHIBITOR, Industrial Design Graduate Biennial Show 2019 in Providence, RI

FINALIST in Emerge 2018, a biennial international competition and a series of exhibitions for emerging kilncast glass artists hosted by Bullseye Glass Company in Portland, OR

EXHIBITOR in New England Builder’s Ball 2018, handbuilt bicycle show held in Boston, MA

FRED M RODDY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP from Rhode Island School of Design, Awarded by the Industrial Design Department for a focus on healthcare design and for outstanding academic achievement, 2018-2019 academic year

FEATURED IN CORE77, the Industrial Design Blog in March 2017 “Traditional Japanese Wood Joinery Cast in an Untraditional Material: Glass”

EXHIBITED AND PUBLISHED in the ACADIA (Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture) 2015 International Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio for senior project, AMP


Prototyping / Model Making / Digital Fabrication / 3D Printing / CNC Milling / CNC Plasma Cutting / Lasercutting / Woodworking / Metalworking / Moldmaking / Slip Casting / Glass Casting / Sketching / Photography


Illustrator / Photoshop / InDesign / Rhinoceros / Windows OS / Apple iOS / AutoCAD / Microsoft Office / Arduino / Solidworks


English and French