A professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Altringer lectures on innovation and design, and is a faculty associate for the school’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. She is also founder of its Desirability Lab – a think tank that combines psychological research and hands-on design.
An architect by background with a master’s degree from the University of Cape Town, she also holds a doctorate from Cambridge University in organizational behaviour, a visiting scholarship at Stanford, degrees in psychology and economics, and has performed postdoctoral work at MIT. Altringer has also worked on a number of global sustainability and innovation projects – mostly in consumer products, fashion and urban design and development. She’s currently engaged in the area of friendly human-robot interaction.