Hi! I’m a mixed methods researcher and design strategist. I lead community at 3x3. I write about inclusive design for UX Magazine and I teach in graduate programs of interaction design at School for the Visual Arts. I consult for a collection of companies in architecture, healthcare, hardware, and tech to deliver human-centered insights that solve real problems.

I became a researcher because I lived in many places and learned from wonderful people. I grew up spending summers with my family in Caracas and winters in Chinatown in Honolulu. I worked at a women’s prison in Upstate New York, co-designing summer camps with children and their incarcerated mothers. I founded a school for undocumented immigrant families in Providence, Rhode Island. I researched privatized-public spaces in India, China, and the Middle East. I studied politics in a small city outside of Moscow at the time when Putin was first elected.

I have a BA in History from Brown University and an MSc in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics. I’ve written articles on inclusive urbanism and cultural identity for The Journal of Urban Technology, Journal of Women and Performance, Asian Ethnicity, GOOD, Ethnography Matters, and CITY Journal.

Adriana Valdez Young

Adriana Valdez Young

Mother, mixed-methods researcher, faculty at SVA’s MFA in Interaction Design, Head of Community at 3x3, New Yorker.