— 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.


                 Olin College of Engineering is a new school by most standards. It was founded in 1997, and graduated its first class in 2006. The campus itself, though, was built before the curriculum, culture, or even the size of the student body was fully established, which means the buildings have some major flaws.

"Retrofitting a college" features selections of work from from my 4-year engagement as a student working to make Olin's built environment work for its people: realigning our resources with the needs and culture of the Olin community.

I started this work in 2014 when I joined the Olin Workshop on the Library (OWL), a group aimed at rethinking our campus library. This engagement helped spark a movement of other similar projects across campus, including my work reinventing the library during the OWL Summer Design/Build, my work branding for levity in the Machine Shop, and my try at fostering slow conversation via a pop-up coffeeshop project. I have been proud to be a part of this student-driven institutional change throughout my college experience additionally through my work on the Library Staff and as a Fabrication Instructor in our Machine Shop.