Denise Ramzy

Denise Ramzy

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Director of the Business Minors Program

Faculty Expertise

  • Design Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Sustainable Business
  • Creative Leadership


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


Cornell Directory Entry


Denise is a designer and educator who brings a sustainable, human-centred and entrepreneurial approach to design and business curricula, focusing on design strategy and management. She is a Senior Lecturer in Design Strategy at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Prior to that, she was a Lecturer in the Department of Design + Environmental Analysis in the College of Human Ecology. She serves as faculty advisor for Medium Design Collective, a platform for interdisciplinary design at Cornell.

Before coming to Cornell, she was an Assistant Professor at Parsons 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.

Her research and practice bridge multiple disciplines within the built environment. She is the founding principal of Field Dimension, a research and design practice focused on sustainable design and redevelopment and the intersection of design and business in the built environment. Recent 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 the New York office of the multidisciplinary design consultancy, Pentagram, on architecture, design, brand and strategy projects. Previous experience includes project management for a wide range of organisations, including Columbia University on its campus expansion and Tate Modern during its inaugural year.

Recent Courses

  • AEM 4375 - Business Design
  • AEM 3110/AEM 5110 - Design and Innovation

Academic Degrees

  • MS Columbia University
  • Master of Industrial Design University of the Arts
  • BA Williams College