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Who We Are

Phyllis Henderson (Fifi)
PhD, Associate AIA, LEED AP

Founder, Instructor

With a 20+ year background in architecture, design and experiential research, Fifi has served in a broad range of roles, from university professor, architectural and interior designer, to design strategist and project manager. She teaches a variety of design methods to students, clients and project teams to better their experience through the design of spaces, educational curriculum and program development. Fifi is particularly interested in design thinking because it is a non-linear, strategy-based process for problem solving that tackles issues through empathy and iterative hands-on making. It was developed by Stanford University’s “d” school for people in business, higher education, the public sector and K12 education as a process to create real change. As an architect, Fifi recognized that the hallmarks of design thinking strategies closely mirrored the design process taught in architecture school and is now offering that exceptional learning experience to kids. A parent of two young girls, Fifi is always looking for resources that promote individuality and creativity while building character, grit and independent thinking skills.