Kirsten Robinson is an award-winning systems design engineer and designer. She worked on Governor General Award winning architect Phillip Beesley’s Hylozoic Soil team to create responsive architectures that were shown across Canada and at the Venice Biennial. As an engineer, she has worked in robotics and electrical engineering creating ethanol from waste cellulose, reducing pain from pressure on neruofibromas, and on building underwater robots, adjustable high-heeled shoes, operating systems for Blackberries, and energy models.
She is currently a researcher at The Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience at the University of Waterloo and doing a PhD in Systems Design Engineering. She is interested in the common patterns that drive systems ranging from cells to societies and in what makes long-term prosperity possible.