• Barent Roth

    Assistant Professor of Product and Industrial Design


    Barent is a designer and professor dedicated to creating and teaching the importance of sustainable products, practices, and services. An educator at heart, he has taught at both of his Alma Maters, the University of Illinois where he received his BFA in industrial design, and the University of the Arts where he graduated with honors for his Master’s degree focusing on Sustainable Design. Co-founder of the award winning sustainable to restorative design firm grow-design, and the creator of the LA Green Drinks network, Barent started teaching a Green Living Workshop with Sustainable Works, a Santa Monica based non-profit committed to Environmental Education and Action, and quickly rose to Executive Director of the organization.

    In addition to educating/advocating about the urgency to transition to a Circular Economy, he works to continuously improve his own personal impact by supporting sustainable businesses and cooperatives, enjoying a vegan lifestyle, purchasing renewable energy his family, and participating in the emerging paradigm of collaborative consumption.

    Having married a New Yorker while living in California, Barent moved to Brooklyn in 2011 to live with his new wife, have a daughter and lower their ecological footprint (currently 1.34 planets).  He now teaches courses on sustainability and/or design at The New School in New York City while designing sustainable solutions.

    Barent’s design for a BikeShare Helmet won the 2016 Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge for Best Professional Project.

    Degrees Held:

    Bachelor of Fine Arts - Industrial Design from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Master's in Industrial Design from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Research Interests:

    Design for a Circular Economy

    Sustainable Design

    Sustainable Education

    Sustainable Food

    Sustainable 3D Printing

    Awards And Honors:

    Cradle to Cradle Product Design Competition - Best Profesional Project for BikeShare Helmet

    EPA Cradle to Cradle Packing Competition - Innovation Award for BioPAK Biodegradable packaging

    Current Courses:

    Computer-Aided Industrial Des (Spring 2020)

    Design Studio 4 (Spring 2021)

    Design Studio 5

    Disaster Preparation (Spring 2021)

    Life Cycle Analysis

    Materials & Manufacturing Proc (Spring 2021)