Stephen Burks is a designer and educator.

He believes in a pluralistic vision of design that is inclusive of all cultural perspectives. His ongoing Man Made project bridges the gap between authentic developing world production, industrial manufacturing, and contemporary design. Independently and through association with the nonprofits Aid to Artisans, Artesanías de Colombia, the Clinton Global Initiative, Design Network Africa, and the Nature Conservancy. He and his studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, have been commissioned by many of the world’s leading design-driven brands to develop collections that engage hand production as a strategy for innovation for manufacturers worldwide. In 2019, he was a Harvard Loeb Fellow and is currently Design Critic in Design Engineering at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and an Expert-In-Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab.

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