Sara Hendren, Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow, spent her fellowship year working on a book, What Can a Body Do?, about the unexpected places where disability is at the heart of design, to be published by Riverhead in 2020. Examining the origins and evolution of products, architecture, city planning, and beyond, Hendren will report on the always-adaptive human body where it meets the built environment and our collective global stakes in an inclusively designed future. Hendren is a designer- and researcher-in-residence at Olin College where she runs the Adaptation + Ability group, a lab for creative technology and the body; she also teaches human-centered design and disability studies for engineering students.
Sara's work, which includes artifacts, graphics, and social design projects, has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at MoMA and the Cooper Hewitt. In 2017-18, she is the recipient of a Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good.