Liz Ogbu


A designer, urbanist, and social innovator, Liz is an expert on disruptive innovation in challenged urban environments. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has long worked with communities in need to leverage the power of design to deliver social impact. She is Founder and Principal of Studio O, a multidisciplinary design and innovation firm, as well as on faculty at UC Berkeley. Her previous roles include first-ever Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Art & Public Life at California College of the Arts, Innovator-in-Residence through the inaugural Fellowship, and Design Director at the nonprofit Public Architecture. And her projects have been widely exhibited and recognized both in the U.S. and internationally. Named as one of Public Interest Design’s Top 100, Liz is also a 2014 Aspen Ideas Scholar and a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. She earned architecture degrees from Wellesley College and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.