Assistant Professor of Product Design
Alison Wood, an interdisciplinary designer, playing between the world of art and design, has rejoined KCAI where she previously taught in Foundation. She is also a consulting industrial designer for Rock Cottage Glassworks, one of two glassblowing studios in Kansas City. Her role encompasses public art design, product design, digital modeling, and digital fabrication. From 2009, upon graduation from KCAI’s sculpture department, Alison has woven many educational opportunities into a broad range of study. First at Dale Chihuly’s Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Washington. From there, she honed a glassblowing apprenticeship for nearly seven years with Dierk Van Keppel at Rock Cottage Glassworks.
With influence from Kansas City’s metal engineering firm Zahner, Alison elected to complete a masters of Interior Architecture, Furniture, and Product Design from Kansas State University. Over the duration of her graduate studies, Alison attended DIS in Copenhagen, Denmark, presented her published research in Valencia, Spain, and designed for the contract furniture market company OFS. Outside of the office, she consults on product design, industrial design, and interior design. For fun, Alison spends her personal time designing furniture with an eye for sustainability and closed loop life cycles.