2427 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Ithaca, New York
Design + Environmental Analysis


Denise Ramzy is a designer and educator whose work bridges multiple disciplines within the built environment. Before coming to Cornell, she was an Assistant Professor at Parsons The New School for Design and Interim Director of the Strategic Design Management program at Parsons Paris. Denise has taught design studios, seminars and lecture courses to undergraduate, graduate and adult students at Columbia University, New York University, Parsons and Pratt Institute.
She is the founding principal of Field Dimension, a research and design practice focused on sustainable design and redevelopment; the intersection of design and business in the built environment; and food design. Current projects include Design Diversions (, a curated series of design-related events started in 2010, which serves as both a research platform and an educational and community resource.
Formerly she worked in New York office of the multidisciplinary design consultancy, Pentagram, on design, brand & strategy projects. Previous experience includes project management for a wide range of organizations, from Columbia University on its campus expansion to Tate Modern during its inaugural year.
A LEED AP BD+C, she serves as a consultant for the U.S. Green Building Council, advising on and developing USGBC educational & research initiatives. She has also volunteered on multiple USGBC committees and chaired the working group that created "Stories from Practice", a media-rich database of green building projects.


DEA 4402 / Disruptive Design Competitions Studio
DEA 4040 / Professional Practice, Ethics & Entrepreneurship
DEA 3700 / Design Methods
DEA 3600 / Design City
DEA 3040 / Intro to Professional Practice
DEA 2550 / Design Strategy & Management
DEA 2030 / Digital Communications
DEA 2020 / Intro to Sustainable Design


M.Sc. Real Estate Development, Columbia University, New York, NY
M.I.D. Industrial Design, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
B.A. Art, Williams College, Williamstown, MA