Aaron Fry, born 1968, is from Wellington, New Zealand. An Associate Professor of Design Strategies at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City since 2005. Aaron is an artist, designer and educator with eighteen years of full-time experience in the design education field, having previously taught at three universities; two in his native country of New Zealand and prior to Parsons, at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston between 1999 and 2005.
Current research includes being co-director of the Visualizing Finance Laboratory, a School of Design Strategies research initiative that explores the relationship between narrative illustration and financial concepts in journalism, popular culture, in design and business pedagogy and in personal finance (financial literacy). The lab’s proceedings and position “Visualizing Finance 1.0: Developing a Common Language” was published in 2012, and Aaron co-authors papers and attends conferences to present the VFL’s ideas which most recently include a paper for the DRS Cumulus conference in Oslo and a collaborative design competition with a peer institution, Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. Since 2011 Aaron has been working in Brazil on a research project in the Zona Leste (East Zone) region of São Paulo. This project examines issues in public education in an economically and socially peripheral part of a rapidly developing city. This study utilized design tools for primary research at a particular school (CEU Inacio Monteiro in Cidade Tiradentes) and work on this is ongoing. Aaron is working a paper on fashion education and small business entrepreneurship (co-authored with Professors Steven Faerm and Reina Arakji. Aaron’s current interests are at the intersection of design, business and the social sciences (anthropology and psychology and economics). Aaron holds a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, a Graduate Diploma in Art from Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University and an MFA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.