The Design Futures Lab is a collaborative space of speculative research and design in the MFA Design program at CCA. Design has a vital role to play in shaping both the imagination and our tangible expression of the future, building towards more resiliency, equity, and inclusion. In manufacturing processes, technology development, urban engagement, and aesthetic expressions, design is at the forefront of these questions. Design Future Lab takes this charge, designing and testing innovating ideas and shaping both the form and values of our future cities and environment.


The Future Fellowship is an annual, juried award given to support exceptional graduate thesis work focused on future-oriented ideas, prototypes, and research trajectories. Each year 2-3 awards are given. The Fellows receive support for the continuation of their research and design, summer studios at CCA, and mentorship from futurists and business strategists through a partnership with the Design Future Initiative. The Fellowship culminates in an exhibition of work and public lecture at CCA.

2020 Fellows

  • Annika Bastacky
  • Miko Yu
  • Yao Zheng