Kristen Murray is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Architecture at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. She is interested in the design of informal learning environments and public space, as well as participatory design processes. Prior to beginning graduate school, Kristen spent eight years at the Science Museum of Minnesota where she developed programs for the museum’s Learning Technologies Center (LTC) and Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center. She has participated in and led projects funded by the National Science Foundation and various corporate foundations, and worked with youth and educators across the U.S. and abroad.
Kristen continues to collaborate with LTC and the Exploratorium’s Learning Studio, exploring the intersections of science, technology, art, craft, engineering and design through the development of project-based learning experiences for children, teens and adults. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys boating in The Sea Clamp (her home-made rowboat), planning thematic tour games of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and playing music on Indonesian gamelan instruments.