— Research

Improving air quality
Co-designing with doulas
Creating meaningful metrics
Adapting wayfinding

— Design

Fostering slow conversation
Playing in public
Reinventing the library
Designing an exhibit
Branding for levity

— User Experience

Telling the Soofa story
Prototyping an interface

— Art

Making eye contact


I’m Gabrielle Clarke. I'm a manager, design researcher, human-centered designer, and engineer from San Diego, California. I graduated from Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts in 2018 with a degree in engineering and a concentration in human-centered design. I love thinking about problems at the system level, and also refining small details.

Last year, I worked as a research and development intern at female-founded smart city sustainable hardware start-up Soofa on user engagement projects throughout the company. I’m currently taking a break from the tech world to explore my love for food and working with people as a restaurant manager at The Crack Shack.

In life, I enjoy traveling and learning new things. I have a particular fondness for Southern California weather, good Mexican food, and rock and roll.


Making eye contact

built environment, critical design, installation and pop-up, art

Step 1.    Find people you don't know

Step 2.   Make eye contact with them

Eye contact is a performance piece I made for my Spatial Studio at Parsons Paris.  The text explanation for this piece from my documentation booklet is as follows:

Coming to Paris, I noticed that people rarely make eye contact on the Métro. In my own hometown of San Diego, California, everyone smiles at each other, people wave from their cars, and people are generally friendly to people they don’t know. When I’m on the Métro and I make eye contact with someone, my gaze feels taboo. I thus chose to play with my perception of the world around me by intentionally making eye contact with as many strangers as possible. I rode the Métro across town and wandered around Gare du Nord. In each place, I took an intentionally reserved posture, standing or seated neutrally with my hands clasped in front of me, and allowed my head to turn and my gaze to wander, seeking the eyes of others. I received some funny looks and glares, but some smiles as well.

Eye contact is curiosity, interest, respect, disrespect, threat, acknowledgement, equality.

Project details
Spring 2017
Parsons Paris